Eawag / German Federal Foreign Office / Global WASH Cluster / Sustainable Sanitation Alliance / Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs / The German WASH Network

Improving Emergency Wastewater Management: Compendium of Sanitation Technologies in Emergencies

Wednesday 30 August | 09.00-10.30 | Room: NL 253
Emergency Sanitation Compendium - German WASH Network

Appropriate and adequate sanitation hardware solutions and respective management of faecal sludge (FSM) are imperative for the protection of human and environmental health in emergencies. With a variety of humanitarian contexts that are becoming increasingly longer-term or protracted, there is a need to put a much stronger sector focus on a systems approach in emergencies by looking at the entire sanitation service chain (from toilet, via collection, transport, treatment until safe disposal/reuse) ranging from proven technologies to innovative and emerging technology options. The “Compendium of Sanitation Technologies in Emergencies” currently being developed by German WASH Network, Eawag, Global WASH Cluster, SuSanA and key humanitarian WASH organisations is trying to fill this gap with a user-friendly, state-of-the-art capacity development and decision support tool based on the experience and expertise of a wide range of humanitarian and development WASH professionals. The publication is intended to be launched by March 2018 as part of the Global WASH Cluster Annual Meeting. Stockholm World Water Week provides an exceptional and timely platform to present a first draft of this multi-agency publication as it allows bringing together humanitarian and development actors from policy to practise to get in-depth feedback and discuss policy implications and dissemination strategies.


09:00 Existing sanitation challenges: Reflections from recent emergencies
Dominique Porteaud, GWC, and Franck Bouvet, GWC

09:10 The Compendium of Sanitation Technologies in Emergencies
Robert Gensch, German WASH Network

09:30 Round table discussion

  1. Structure: How to best reflect the complex and multifaceted nature of disasters (different phases, contexts etc.) in a simple, systematic and comprehensible document structure
  2. Dissemination: How to create a constant learning platform and living document via a Compendium online platform, corresponding trainings etc.
  3. Synergies: Potential synergies and compatibility with other ongoing activities like Sphere, HIF, SSWM etc.

10:15 Summary from the tables

10:30 Close of the session