Do you want to learn how to plan affordable and context-specific sanitation solutions? Do you want to be updated on the newest developments in urban sanitation planning and programming? Do you want to get insights about best practices examples of urban sanitation systems in low- and middle-income countries? If yes, this course is for you!
The course starts with an introduction about integrated sanitation planning, dealing with citywide planning as well as with planning for specific contexts such as informal settlements. After presenting different sanitation planning frameworks you will learn about the different systems and technologies – the key terminology and concepts and why systems’ thinking is crucial for urban environmental sanitation. The course covers the whole sanitation chain providing detailed information about appropriate sanitation systems (e.g. waterless pit-based, decentralized water-based, black water transport).
Eawag-Sandec and EPFL jointly offer this course with sanitation experts from the World Bank and WHO.
We simultaneously offer this course in English and French. The name of the French course is « Planification & Design des Systèmes et Technologies d’Assainissement ».
MOOC SERIES “SANITATION, WATER AND SOLID WASTE FOR DEVELOPMENT”
This course is one of four in the series “Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development".
Introduction to sanitation planning & systems approach The course will begin with an overview of why sanitation is important for human health and environmental protection, especially in urban areas. This is followed by a presentation of the importance of the Enabling Environment. It will then review existing state-of-the-art environmental sanitation planning approaches (Sanitation 21, CLUES, CLTS) that are currently being used in international development.
Sanitation systems & technologies After presenting different sanitation planning frameworks you will learn about the systems approach to environmental sanitation – the key terminology and concepts and why systems’ thinking is crucial for urban environmental sanitation.
Sanitation systems & technologies The focus of week 3 provides a detailed overview of different sanitation systems, from simple the single pit system to more complex centralised treatment systems. The main treatment processes are then reviewed in detail, highlighting advantages and disadvantages of each.
Urban sanitation solutions - Case studies In this week we’ll present case studies from Africa and Asia showing different sanitation solutions from neighbourhood to national scale.
Urban sanitation tools Week 5 presents various urban sanitation tools, such a excreta flow diagrams (SFD’s) or sanitation safety planning. In February 2017, we updated this week with a series of modules from our colleagues from the World Bank Water and Sanitation Programme covering key topics of urban sanitation.
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