We are excited to announce the first thematic discussion of the SuSanA Regional Chapter MENA on the topic of
The MENA region, in its diversity of countries and contexts, presents a great variety of sanitation challenges: increasing water consumption, sanitation lagging behind, water scarcity, weak institutional coordination, rapid population growth, rural areas left out, armed conflicts, refugee crisis…
Despite massive investments made in conventional sewered systems, large portions of the region’s population will remain unconnected for the next decades. Many utilities are struggling to operate and maintain properly the existing wastewater treatment infrastructure, and the responsibility for non-sewered areas, relying on onsite systems, is often not clearly or not at all allocated. For the sanitation coverage to become more inclusive, sustainable and reach the low- and middle-income areas, especially the rural areas, new alternatives must be considered.
By establishing a Regional Chapter MENA, SuSanA opens its knowledge pool and makes content relevant and adapted to the MENA context accessible for the Arabic and French speaking communities, for both professionals and students looking to advance sustainable sanitation in the Region.
In this thematic discussion – the first discussion to be held under the umbrella of the SuSanA Regional Chapter MENA – we will share our knowledge for tackling sanitation challenges in MENA, and discussing the best practices and applications of sanitation systems and technologies in the region.
Running for four weeks from Tuesday May 16 to Tuesday June 13 on the SuSanA online discussion forum, the discussion will look at the following areas:
Topic 1: Sanitation Systems Challenges in the MENA region
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Topic 2: How would we tackle Sanitation Challenges in MENA?
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Topic 3: What are the key resources in Arabic in the field of Sanitation?
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Topic 4: What are the best sanitation practices and local solutions in MENA?
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During the discussion, regular summaries of forum entries will be posted to keep you updated on our conversation.
Coordination on behalf of the SuSanA Regional Chapter MENA for this thematic discussion is carried out by Kareem Hassan (Benaa Foundation). For any questions, please post on the forum or contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kindly visit http://forum.susana.org/thematic-discussion-applications-of-sanitation-systems-and-technologies-in-the-mena-region to join our discussion. Everybody can view the discussion, but in order to make a post you have to be a registered SuSanA member. Register here (for free): http://www.susana.org/register
We look forward to your contributions and an enriching discussion on applications of sanitation systems and technologies in MENA