A focus on wastewater
The wastewater theme of this year’s World Water Day is especially opportune for the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). After years of pioneering research, we are poised for a new phase of concerted effort to transform our novel vision of improved wastewater management into a reality for rapidly urbanizing areas of the developing world.
Where others mainly see intractable problems with unaffordable remedies, we see major opportunities for low-income countries to implement cost-effective green solutions that deliver enormous benefits for poor households. Much recent experience suggests that these solutions can reduce water pollution, improve sanitation, strengthen food security and help drive economic growth.
Most of our work on wastewater management forms part of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Landscapes and Ecosystems (WLE), which IWMI leads. Along with WLE, IWMI communicates about this work actively, as you will see from the accompanying links to blog posts, publications, videos, social media reporting and mass media coverage.
For the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and its partners, World Water Day (WWD) is a good time to highlight issues we confront every day. Among these, wastewater – the WWD theme for this year – occupies a central place.
In the years to come, we will give it even more attention, following recent adjustments in how IWMI’s research addresses key development priorities.
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Developing countries struggling to cope with huge volumes of human waste may finally get some relief. A new study by IWMI and partners has found a way to make costs of fecal sludge removal more affordable for poor households. Published this week in the journal PLoS ONE, the study is getting significant attention from the international media.
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Year of wastewater campaign
The WWDR is an annual and thematic report that focuses on different strategic water issues each year and aims to provide decision-makers with the tools to implement sustainable use of our water resources. IWMI researchers contributed significantly to the report as a whole and particularly to five of its 18 chapters, co-authoring Chapter 7 (Agriculture), which covers the sector’s dual role as both a source of water pollution and major user of wastewater.