World Water Day 2017

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.

World Water Day 2017: Banking on wastewater

Jeremy Bird

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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New poop removal system could revolutionize sanitation

PLOS ONE 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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PublicationsRelated NewsVideos
IWMI Research Report – 169: Beyond ‘More Crop per Drop’: Evolving thinking on agricultural water productivity (March 16, 2017) - This Research Report chronicles the evolution of thinking on water productivity in the research agenda of IWMI.
Resource Recovery & Reuse, series-7: A review on production, marketing and use of fuel briquettes (February 2, 2017) - Where modern heating and cooking fuels for domestic, institutional, commercial and industrial use are not readily available, briquettes made from biomass residues could contribute to the sustainable supply of energy. This study reviews the briquette making process, looking at the entire value chain starting from the type and characteristics of feedstock used for briquette making […]
Wastewater Irrigation in Maharashtra: An exploration (November 16, 2016) - This Highlight presents a synthesis of field explorations in 11 locations in Maharashtra which cover the extent of wastewater irrigation.

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Year of wastewater campaign

Wastewater campaign page on the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems website.

World Water Development Report 2017

World Water Development Report 2017The 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.

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