SuSanA News mail March 2012
Dear SuSanA members and partners,
This monthly e-mail informs you about the latest news from SuSanA and the SuSanA partners. For more frequent news updates please visit our facebook page: (http://www.facebook.com/susana.org) or check the SuSanA discussion forum (http://www.forum.susana.org). This e-mail is sent to 2548 subscribers of the SuSanA mailing list and contains the following topics:
More information on 4th Africa Water Week: www.susana.org/lang-en/news/latest-news/700-african-water-week-2012-in-egypt
2. Rethinking sanitation through a sustainability perspective: SuSanA Seminar in MarrakechThis SuSanA seminar took place at the 16th African Water Association’s (AfWA’s) Water and Sanitation Congress on 22 February 2012 in Marrakech, Morocco. It focused on the activities of SuSanA with a special focus on its working group 10 on Operation and maintenance. The seminar was convened by SuSanA, CLARA and GIZ and attended by around 50 participants. The seminar had some interesting presentations. Doulaye Kone from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation spoke about the need to build a sanitation industry and thier initiative to promote innovations in the sanitation industry. This was followed by presentations from Günter Langergraber (BOKU university, Austria) on "CLARA - Capacity-Linked water and sanitation for Africa's peri-urban and Rural Areas" and Magalie Bassan (Eawag Sandec, Switzerland) on "Management issues of faecal sludge management". The videos of these presentations will be uploaded soon on the SuSanA website.
Presentations and pictures of the seminar are available here: www.susana.org/lang-en/meetings/side-events/173-side-events/688-feb-2012-susana-seminar-in-marrakech
3. SuSanA working groups are growing and have 2 new working group leadsThe SuSanA working groups are growing. Recently we reviewed the number of members in each working group and we found that the maximum number of members have enrolled in WG 7 - Community, rural and schools with gender and social aspects, WG 4 - Systems, technology, health and hygiene, and WG 9 - Sanitation as a business and public awareness with around 600 members each. www.flickr.com/photos/gtzecosan/6962071893/in/photostream
Also last month, two new members joined the team of WG leads and therefore the SuSanA core group. Charles B. Niwagaba from the Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda and Leif Wolf from CSIRO, Australia have volunteered to lead the WG 4 - sanitation systems and WG 11 - Ground water protection, respectively.
Thank you for your commitment Charles and Leif and welcome to the core group!
4. Poster section improved: Posters can now be sorted according to technologiesIt is now possible to search the poster section in the SuSanA library according to the technology displayed on the posters. We decided to develop this function to make it easier for you to find the information you need www.susana.org/lang-en/library/rm-posters.
Greywater treatment in an oasis town, Béni Abbès, Béchar, Algeria
Bracken, P. (2012). Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA)
The main objective of the sanitation activities of this IWRM project in the oasis town of Béni Abbès is to support the elaboration of an overall strategy for the future management of all wastewater, ensuring the collection and treatment of the generated wastewater within the oasis and to maximise its reuse potential. The greywater treatment and reuse systems used in the project were designed to collect, treat and reuse greywater coming from kitchen sinks and wash hand basins.
6. New photo sets from Burundi, Kenya and Morocco added to sustainable sanitation flickr databaseThe sustainable sanitation flickr database now has 7100 photos with the addition of new photo sets from Burundi, Kenya, Morocco and Zimbabwe which were added to this collection.
7. Looking for a job? Check out the SuSanA job section
If you are looking for new career opportunities in the sanitation sector, you should visit the SuSanA jobs section. In this section we offer our SuSanA partners an opportunity to publish their job vacancies. The applicants can then directly get in touch with the concerned partner organisation. www.susana.org/lang-en/news/jobs
8. SuSanA is growing: We announce 5 new partners
We would like to welcome the following 5 new partners who have recently joined SuSanA bringing the total number to 175.
9. Monthly SuSanA discussion forum digest: What has been discussed?
The SuSanA discussion forum is now 8 months old and it is growing fast. Please feel welcome to continue supporting the discussion forum with your contributions to the ongoing debates. These are some of the topics that have been discussed last month:
Subscribe to the email alerts for forum postings: http://forum.susana.org/forum/subscribe
10. Sharing knowledge: New additions to the SuSanA librarySince the last news mail, we have added another 89 documents to the SuSanA library bringing the total number to 1155 (see http://www.susana.org/library where the most recently uploaded documents are shown at the top of the list). We highlight the following seven publications to you:
Technology review of UDDTs - Design principles, urine and faeces management, costs, maintenance
Rieck, C., von Muench.E., GIZ, Germany
This technology review – which is part of GIZ’s series of technology reviews on sustainable sanitation technologies – deals with urine diversion dehydration toilets (UDDTs) and has recently been updated and restructured. It is putting the focus on general design aspects for double vault UDDTs, specific settings, costs, operation and maintenance and practical experiences. The UDDT is portrayed as a valid sanitation alternative for rural and urban areas in cases when other conventional systems (sewer systems or pit latrines) are not suitable. The authors are welcoming feedback, input and contributions to this publication for the final revision and printing until the end of March 2012.
Download UDDT technology review: www.susana.org/lang-en/library?view=ccbktypeitem&type=2&id=874
Link to all five GIZ technology reviews : www.susana.org/library?search=technology+review+GIZ
Getting Africa to meet the sanitation MDG: Lessons from Rwanda
Jain, N. (2011). World Bank, Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), USA.
This Case Study highlights interrelated drivers including cultural factors, the post-genocide reconstruction process, progress in related sectors, and specific sector initiatives.
A glimpse into community and institutional biogas plants in Nepal
Forte, J. (2011)
This report focusses on the following research components which were undertaken: a) an overview of biogas technology research; b) an overview of community and institutional biogas plants; c) a detailed survey and analysis of case studies; and d) an evaluation and conclusions.
Experiences from rural Benin: Sanitation marketing at scale
Scott, B., Jenkins, M., Kpinsoton, G. (2011). World Bank, Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), USA.
This field note presents the Benin story and its development of a successful national sanitation marketing program adapted to the rural African context. It provides valuable learning, lessons and innovations for other African countries seeking to develop rural sanitation marketing programs that stimulate household demand at scale and harness the potential and capacity of the local informal private sector market to supply products that respond to consumer needs.
An innovative greywater treatment system for urban areas - International transferability of a German approach, installed in GIZ's headquaters in Eschborn.
Löw, K. (2011), Master Thesis, Nürtingen-Geislingen University, Germany
In its German headquarters in Eschborn, GIZ installed a greywater treatment system within the research project SANIRESCH. It is based on membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology designed by HUBER SE. Within this work the international transferability of this technology was investigated. Using environmental aspects based on water scarcity as an indicator criterion, 32 countries were assessed. Due to water shortage, poor water quality, high population density and high urbanisation rate, the MENA region was identified as a hotspot.
Sustainable Sanitation Practice (SSP), Issue 10: 10 years of ecosan club
Ecosan Club (ed.) (2012). EcoSan Club, Austria.
The issue comprises 3 articles which
1. tell the story behind EcoSan Club,
2. revisit implementation projects that EcoSan Club has been carried out during the last decade, and
3. summarize awareness raising activities of EcoSan Club.
Harnessing the wisdom of crowds: Open discussion forum helps to answer sanitation related questions
Von Münch, E., Rieck, C. (2011). Appropriate Technology, Volume 38, No. 4, p. 24-26.
The secretariat of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) set up a new discussion forum and launched it in July 2011: www.forum.susana.org. The forum is open as opposed to some existing closed forums which require a login even just for reading or are only e-mail based.
You can find more information on events and news on the SuSanA website: www.susana.org/news. We invite you to send us information on events and news items for publication on the SuSanA website. To provide comments and questions, please e-mail us or use our discussion forum (www.forum.susana.org).
Kind regards from Eschborn (Germany),