Regional Workshop on Ecological Sanitation in South Asia :SEI-UNICEF India PCA UNICEF ROSA, SEI, Ministry of Health Care & Nutrition and Ministry of Water Supply & Drainage Sri Lanka April 27-29 2009,Kaluthara
Documentation of Ecosan initiatives for finalizing the road map for scaling up in India in consultation with DDWS, Government of India in line with important events and activities completed during SACOSAN Delhi.
Evaluation of Ecosan Program in Tamilnadu and Karnataka for lessons learned, way forward…
Sensitization workshop with tea/coffee growers association in Coimbatore for use of urine as fertilizer.
Sensitization workshop with Orange growers association in Tripura for the use of human urine as fertilizer.
Capacity building of CCDUs for integrating ecosan with ongoing TSC program.
Creation of a regional ecosan node for continuous capacity building of organizations working for the promotion of ecosan.
Creating a centre of excellence at Gandhi Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Bangalore in association with Arghyam.
Sensitization workshop with developers and builders on urban ecosan.
Exposure visit of UNICEF Officers, research institutions, government officers and NGOs to Philippines for ecosan demonstration.
Exposure visit of research institutions, central government officers to SANDEC, Switzerland for ongoing/completed research on urine and its products.
Coordination and knowledge management for ecosan resource development
Develop several design options for various models of ecological sanitation for rural and urban setting appropriate to different geographical conditions for individual households, public toilet complex and schools.
Generating private manufacturer’s interest in ecosan product and developing a distribution network in all districts.
Establishing partnership and networking for continuous ecosan training program for capacity development.
Yellow pages on ecological sanitation on India sanitation portal.
Translation of ecosan book and compendium of sanitation technologies in Hindi.
Research on developing and submitting a proposal for new small scale methodology under Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) for claiming Carbon credits from ecological sanitation (urine diverting toilets/waterless urinals) by using human urine as liquid fertilizer.
Establishing partnership with M S Swaminathan Research Foundation for taking further the research on urine farming for evidence based advocacy for its contribution in food security.
Follow up and information dissemination of undertaken research on ecosan.
Research on urine crystallization in India in partnership with water and sanitation in developing countries (SANDEC), Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland.
Establishing partnership with International Development Enterprises (India) for developing and testing low cost plastic storage tank for urine.
Regional workshop on ecological sanitation organized by CAPNET South Asia at Bangalore from 15-17 th Feb 2008.
DDWS, Govt. of India organized a National level sustainable sanitation workshop at Delhi in May 2008.
Taking further the momentum gained in Bangalore and Delhi workshop several events and activities were planned during SACOSAN III from 16-21 st November 2008 for advocacy and awareness of ecological sanitation in India and the region.
The advocacy was spearheaded by the Prime Minister of India in his opening SACOSAN III speech by emphasizing the need for recycle oriented system.
” We should look upon human waste as a resource to be recycled and reused so that it does not contaminate our land or water.”
The father of green revolution in India Dr. M S Swaminathan went beyond sanitation and emphasized the need of recycle based sanitation system for our future food security.” India needs a 2 nd revolution for its growing need of food for 1.2 billion people.”
SACOSAN III declaration , “Technologies ( e.g. which requires less water and /or no water) and the practice of ‘reuse and recycle’ of human wastes and solid and liquid wastes ( including conversion into energy), will be promoted.”
“Collaborations with private sector ( including toilet associations and groups of sanitary goods and service providers) will be strengthened in developing sanitation standards, technologies and products that are appropriate, affordable, ecologically-friendly and easily accessible.”
India country paper released during SACOSAN III identified the need for alternative sanitation and advocates for the ecological sanitation.