May 16, 2005

Toronto water expert dispatched to help with post-tsunami rebuilding activities

TORONTO, ONT-The city of Toronto is sending one of its water and sanitation experts to Aceh province, Indonesia, to assist with critical mid- to long-term relief following the tsunami of December 26, 2004. Ted Bowering, manager of policy and program development in Toronto Water, will be working with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and in co-operation with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) which is undertaking a major Aceh Emergency Response and Transitional Recovery (ERTR) program. During his assignment, from May 9 to 27, Bowering will support the organization of local tsunami recovery projects in Aceh in the area of municipal waste management. He will also help the ERTR project team review and co-ordinate water and sanitation-related activities among UNDP, UNICEF and WHO programs to determine cross-cutting aspects and potential for greater co-operation in these activities as well as for upgrading the sludge treatment plant and landfill in Banda Aceh. Bowering's assignment is the first step in fulfulling a commitment, made by the city after the tsunami disaster, to offer its expertise to provide mid- to long-term assistance in the region. More than 400 municipal employees have indicated their willingness to travel to the area and assist with rebuilding.

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