12th Conference tackles sanitation and climate change

 The 12th ESAWAS Annual General Conference and Meeting was held under the theme 'The Regulatory environment for  accelerating access to WSS services with focus on sanitation and climate resilient systems: leaving no one behind'  from 27-29th November, 2018 in Nyamata, Rwanda.

The over 80 participants had representatives from the water supply and sanitation (WSS) regulators of Zambia, Tanzania, Lesotho, Zanzibar and Mozambique; the Ministry departments responsible for WSS regulation in Uganda and Botswana; the Water Services Association of Malawi; the Water and Sanitation for Urban Poor (WSUP) - UK; Sanergy-Kenya; Climate Resilience Infrastructure Development Facility (CRIDF) - South Africa; various water Utilities from the region (Lusaka WSC-Zambia, AdeM-Mozambique, DAWASA-Tanzania, Moshi-Tanzania and ZAWA-Zanzibar). The meeting hosted by the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) also included local participants from Utilities, operators and development partners.

The Conference was opened by the ESAWAS Chairperson, Mr Emilio Muchanga and the RURA Director General, Lt Col. Patrick Nyirishema. The key note presentation on the theme was delivered by Dr Dennis Mwanza, Chief of Party-E-Wash, Nigeria. The three speakers underscored the need to take a pragmatic approach to the sanitation challenge in view of climate change which is 'here and happening now'. 

The two-day deliberations focused on service delivery efforts being made by service providers from infrastructure and financing options (both onsite and offsite) to solid-waste management. The regulatory frameworks for inclusive sanitation service provision that incorporate non-sewered sanitation and mainstream climate change were also deliberated on. Participants agreed that the focus on sanitation ought to be holistic with service delivery options taking cognisance of the impact of climate change particularly during flooding for onsite sanitation options. Ultimately, stakeholders must focus on climate resilient water supply and sanitation services.

  

 

 

 




Dr Mwanza delivering the keynote         Conference Participants                     Mr Muchanga and Lt.Col Nyirishema
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