An Asia-Africa online consultation FAEAL SLUDGE TREATMENT IN RURAL AREAS: WILL URBAN-RURAL CONVERGENCE WORK?

The 2021 joint monitoring progress report from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) indicates that there has been an improvement in safe sanitation in areas around the world – about 37% of households disposed of their excreta safely on site in 2015; by 2020, that number had risen to 51%.

What happens to untreated faecal sludge? It must be addressed onsite or offsite, if we are to work towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 on safe sanitation. The best option for rural areas is on-site sanitation, although there are instances where on-site sanitation is faulty or insufficient to deal with sludge. Renovating faulty toilets is not always recommended as a solution.

The question is as follows: are the rural areas of the countries of the South ready to face these new challenges with which they are confronted? Do we understand what kind of processing technologies would be appropriate in such scenarios? Will these technologies be expensive? These questions tell us that this cannot be a business as usual scenario. Indiscriminate construction of faecal sludge treatment plants for and in rural areas cannot be the only solution. We must keep the economy in mind and, at the same time, bring communities together to ensure a better and more sustainable future. How to create this synergy?

Some interesting examples and solutions are now emerging on models of urban-rural convergence that offer a viable way forward – Bangladesh has lessons to offer in this area, as does India. The Center for Science and Environment (CSE) invites you to join its Asia-Africa online consultation which will bring together experiences from around the world on one platform to discuss a way forward to facilitate a synergistic future to ensure safe sanitation. The aim would be to learn from examples and experiences around the world and use them to better plan and implement.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT

SUKANYA NAIR
The CSE Media Resource Center,
[email protected]
8816818864

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