The language of this event was German. Die Veranstaltung soll die auf dem Sektorgespräch "Sanitärversorgung" am 12. Dezember 2008 im BMZ initiierten Diskussionen vertiefen helfen und insbesondere verstärkte Aufmerksamkeit auf die Bereiche semizentrales und dezentrales Abwassermanagement lenken. Hierbei soll Stand der Technik sowie neuere Entwicklungen in beiden Bereichen fokussiert auf den nationalen Bereichen dargestellt und in ihren kurz-, mittel- und langfristigen Auswirkungen auf die Entwicklungszusammenarbeit diskutiert werden.
Since decades conventional wastewater treatment systems guarantee hygiene and environmental protection in Germany. However it was found that these systems are not easily adaptable to changing needs in relationship with effective climate and resource protection. A change of paradigm from end-of-pipe solutions to resource-oriented wastewater systems is required.
The threatening shortage of phosphorus – a key component of fertilisers – is crucial for the world’s food supplies. Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for all plants and animals. It is also one of the three key components (together with nitrogen and potassium) of fertilisers, and therefore crucial for the world’s food supply system. Phosphorus shortage will be one of the most pressing problems of the coming years. Global supply is limited and concentrated in just a few countries. Demand is increasing rapidly. Since there is not yet an alternative for phosphorus, innovative strategies are needed to ensure its availability. Bas Eickhout and Lena Ek (both members of the European Parliament) and the Nutrient Flow Task Group (NFTG) intended this Mini Seminar to accelerate the search for solutions and help develop opportunities created by the phosphorus crisis.