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3rd International Faecal Sludge Management Conference: call for papers

FSM3 call for papersFSM3 – 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/


Conference explores faecal sludge management, a key link to up-scaling sanitation

Getting ready to access the pit for emptying, eThekwini , South Africa. Photo: Elisabeth von Muench, SuSanA

Since many experts believe that flush toilets and sewerage are unaffordable for the large majority urban and rural communities, faecal sludge management (FSM) is seen as a key link to up-scaling sanitation.

But do we need to reinvent the toilet or invent a sanitation industry? That was the concluding thought of Water for People’s Steven Sugden, one of the 100 or so presenters at the Second International Faecal Sludge Management conference (FSM2). Looking at all the presentations, the impression you get is that we need both better technologies and better business models.

FSM2 ook place in Durban, South Africa from 29-31 October 2012. The conference was structured around the following themes:

  • On-site Sanitation as a Business
  • Socio-political Aspects of On-site Sanitation
  • Understanding On-site Sanitation
  • Toilet Design for FSM Optimisation
  • Pit Emptying – What are the Options?
  • The How of Faecal Sludge Treatment
  • Waste Not Want Not – Beneficial Use of Faecal Sludges
  • Technology and Innovation
  • Health Aspects of Faecal Sludges

All the presentations are available on the SuSanA website.