Contributing to Productive Wastewater and Excreta Management in Africa: UNESCO Global Water Pathogen Project Workshop
The workshop ‘Contributing to Productive Wastewater and Excreta Management in Africa’ is part of the Global Water Pathogen Project (GWPP), implemented by the International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO in partnership with Michigan State University. This project is supporting Member States' efforts to achieve water and sanitation targets and goals of the Ngor Declaration, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Agenda 2063 “The Africa We Want”, as well as the Africa Water Vision 2025. The workshop will bring together 100 professionals and decision-makers from different disciplines.
The GWPP project and its online tool will be presented to participants, as well as the challenges related to wastewater and excreta management and the solutions available . The workshop will help to identify case studies of interest for the end-user community and receive their feedback on the tools to be developed.
The GWPP involves over 110 experts from 41 countries in a grand effort to compile updated information on pathogens in sewage and water, and the tools available to destroy them. Its overall goal is to contribute to reducing mortality linked to water pathogens, lack of safe drinking water and basic sanitation. GWPP is developing a state-of-the-art update of the current benchmark reference work on water-related disease risks and intervention measures, i.e. the book “Sanitation and Disease: Health Aspects of Excreta and Wastewater Management” (Feachem et al. 1983). The work will be freely available on an “open access integration platform” that will be updated regularly by the experts and will also be published by UNESCO in a hardcopy format in English, French and Spanish.
The Workshop will be opened by Hon. Eng. Gerson Lwenge, Minister of Water and Irrigation of the United Republic of Tanzania. It will take place from 09:30 to 16:30 at the Protea Hotel Courtyard, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Participants will have the chance familiarize themselves with the GWPP resource and its online platform, and to help improve its scope and efficiency by providing feedback on its content, the tools to be developed and its presentation, so as to optimize the usability and efficacy of the resource by its beneficiaries.
A panel discussion will focus on case studies to familiarize potential end-users on the way to apply the information from GWPP to protect public health. A survey will be distributed to participants to facilitate data gathering on end-user needs and provide them with the desired information to improve sustainable access to basic sanitation and safe water. The workshop will precede the 6th Africa Water Week.