Mozambican musician wins top environment prize

Posted by Laura Grant on April 14, 2008
Posted in Green News

Mozambican musician Feliciano dos Santos has won the 2008 Goldman Environmental Prize for Africa for his work promoting ecological sanitation in remote areas of Mozambique. The Goldman Environmental Prize honours grassroots environmental heroes from the six inhabitated continents. Dos Santos and his band Massukos use music to promote the importance of water and sanitation, HIV/Aids and food security.

As part of his work as director of NGO Estamos, he promotes low cost, “ecological sanitation”, which uses composting toilets called EcoSans to transform human waste into agricultural fertiliser. After each use a family adds soil and ash to the toilet for a number of months. The pit is then buried and left for eight months and another pit is used. “During the eight months all the harmful pathogens die off, leaving a rich fertiliser that can be dug up and used in the fields,” according to the Goldman prize website. Since 2000 Santos and Estamos have helped thousands of villagers gain access to clean water and ecological sanitation, it adds.
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