We already had World Toilet Day on November 19. Now, starting in 2014, we have World Portable Sanitation Day (WPSD), initiated by the Portable Sanitation Association International (PSAI), on August 15.
The aim of the celebration is to raise awareness about the need to expand access to sustainable sanitation. The PSAI estimates that portable sanitation can save 125 million gallons (470 million litres) of fresh water daily, as well as have a significant impact on productivity and fuel savings at construction sites.
The PSAI has over 550 portable restroom organisations in 34 countries around the world as members. The majority of members are from the USA, where the PSAI is based.
Web site: http://psai.org/world-portable-sanitation-day/
Join WSUP and the WASHplus project for this interactive webinar.
Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Time: 10:00-11:00 EDT (New York) / 15.00–16:00 BST (London)
Reserve your place now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/846901233.
The African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) and the Government of Senegal are pleased to announce the dates and venue of the fourth AfricaSan conference, AfricaSan 4.
Date: 8 – 10 October 2014
Location: Dakar, Senegal (King Fahd Hotel)
Registration website: coming soon, watch this space!
FSM3 – the 3rd International Faecal Sludge Management Conference will be held from 18 – 22 January 2015 in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
Conference organisers World Smart Capital Initiative are inviting extended abstracts for presentations or workshops proposals to be sent by 31 May 2014.
FSM3 will share research and experience and build upon practical developments since the last FSM2 Conference, which was held in Durban, South Africa in October 2012.
The themes of the conference are:
- The enabling environment for FSM – Institutional framework, regulation and political advocacy, and public private partnerships
- Ensuring city-wide FSM service delivery – FSM as part of integrated city sanitation planning, decision-support systems
- FSM as an enterprise – Commercial viability, financing arrangements and cost recovery
- FS desludging and transportation – FS characterization, technologies and O&M of pit emptying, collection and FS transportation
- Sustaining FSM services – Logistics, management arrangements, performance-based contracting
- Innovation in FS treatment – Developments in treatment technologies, co-treatment with organic solid waste; operational performance and O&M
- Maximizing resource recovery – How to maximize beneficial use of FS treatment end-products (energy, nutrients and water)
- Health and environmental risks of FSM – Assessment and mitigation of health risks and environmental impacts
- Socio-cultural aspects of on-site sanitation – Societal factors, social marketing and advocacy for FSM
For more information go to http://www.fsm3.org/