Ecosan - closing the loop - Proceedings of the 2nd international symposium, 7th –11th April 2003, Lübeck, Germany

GTZ, IWA (2003)

Published in: 2003
Pages: 263

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH and International Water Association (IWA)


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From the foreword:

Apart from expanding and supporting the ecosan network, this second symposium provided experts from a wide range of disciplines with the opportunity for a professional exchange. The attendance of 350 enthusiastic experts from a wide range of disciplines from 60 countries ensured that the exchange was fruitful and addressed the complexity of the transition to new sanitation concepts. A further goal of the symposium was to develop a set of recommendations for the up-scaling and further development of ecosan, which the conference adopted as the “Ten Lübeck Recommendations for Action” on the final day. Overall, the conference proved to be an important contribution of the German Federal Government to achieving the Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of people without access to adequate sanitary systems by 2015.
Since the symposium, the interest in ecological sanitation has continued to grow further. The electronic ecosan-Newsletter, produced on a quarterly basis by the highly motivated staff of the GTZ ecosan sector project, is sent to over 4700 subscribers and requests for further assistance are received by the ecosan team on a regular basis.
With these proceedings we want to provide a comprehensive overview of current activities, ideas and debates within the growing global ecosan network targeting a successful, worldwide re-orientation towards ecological sanitation in both the North and the South. We regard our work as an essential contribution to sustainable integrated management of water and other natural resources and for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Continuing this work in the spirit of the symposium, the GTZ sector project will support and strengthen this network. We are committed to further support this worldwide activity by co-operative development and
implementation of pilot projects, particularly in urban areas. We want to be successful by including international and local partners, and through the active dissemination and exchange of theoretical and practical know-how and information on existing and new ecosan-related developments. On behalf of the GTZ ecosan-team I cordially invite any party interested in productive co-operation to contact us and take part!

(GTZ is now called GIZ since 2011)

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GTZ, IWA (2003). Ecosan - closing the loop - Proceedings of the 2nd international symposium, 7th –11th April 2003, Lübeck, Germany. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH and International Water Association (IWA)

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