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Webinar on sustainable rural solid waste management

The SuSanA India Chapter is hosting a webinar to bring together national experts and practitioners on the topic on 14 October, from 4 to 5 PM.


Image: Webinar on sustainable rural solid waste management © Nitya Jacob -


India has 250,000 Gram Panchayats consisting of around 650,000 villages. Around 64.6 per cent of the population lives in rural areas and are governed by the Gram Panchayats. Taking forward the work done under Swachh Bharat Mission I, the second phase SBM II consolidates the gains.

One of the aspects is solid and liquid waste management (SLWM). Here, solid waste management (SWM) is critical for improving liquid waste management since mismanaged solid waste is a major contributor to choked drains and treatment systems. Rural solid waste contains organic waste and inorganic waste in the form of kitchen waste, paper, plastic, textiles and agricultural refuse.

The on-going thematic discussion has raised these and other issues. SuSanA will conduct a webinar on the topic to highlight examples and challenges of rural SWM from practitioners who have implemented activities in their villages.

The speakers will consider the following issues:
• How would you mobilise the community to demand better and sustainable SWM systems in rural areas to ensure preparation and participation? Please provide examples from your experience of BCC and IEC approaches and activities that have worked?
• How would you plan for setting up sustainable SWM systems, and what are the critical factors to be considered while planning for the same? What are the components of such a system?
• How do you organise and coordinate activities among different agencies for sustainable SWM systems?

The speakers are:
Nitya Jacob, SuSanA: introduction to the topic and SuSanA
Pramod Dabrase, international SWM expert, CSEDI Navi Mumbai: overview of rural SWM,challenges and successes from different states
Asad Umar, Aga Khan Foundation: AKF’s strategy in rural SWM and how it has supported stategovernments to develop and implement programmes
Imtiaz Ali, Sarthak, Bhopal: tackling the issue of plastic waste
Arka Sinha Roy, sanitation professional: the COWW approach in Bihar

The link to register for the webinar is

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