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Home Sections Ecology and the Environment “Sustainable Sanitation: A Matter of Urgency Now” Is KK! Talk Show Topic Today, Oct. 14 @ 1830H
“Sustainable Sanitation: A Matter of Urgency Now” Is KK! Talk Show Topic Today, Oct. 14 @ 1830H PDF Print E-mail
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Written by EARTH Institute Asia Press Office   
Tuesday, 13 October 2009 07:49

S anitation is traditionally defined as the “hygienic means of promoting health through prevention of human contact with the hazards of wastes. Hazards can be either physical, microbiological, biological or chemical agents of disease. Wastes that can cause health problems are human-and-animal feces, solid wastes, domestic wastewater, industrial wastes and agricultural wastes.”


Adding “sustainable” to the term means having sanitation systems that not only protect and promote human health but also minimize environmental degradation and depletion of the resource base. They are technically and institutionally appropriate, socially acceptable, and economically viable in the long term (Stockholm Environmental Institute).


Tropical depression Ondoy did not only cause massive damage to life and property. It also showed the inadequacy of our sanitation systems. What happened is a wake up call that sustainable sanitation is now a matter of urgency. We must establish sustainable sanitation systems or else we could be buried in wastes. What can we do? Where shall we start?


On Oct. 14, 2009, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Kalikasan, Kaunlaran! (KK!) will provide some answers. Guests are Dr. Gunilla Brattberg, director, EcoSanRes Programme, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden; Takehiro Nakamura, director, UNEP-International Environmental Technology Center, Osaka and Shiga, Japan, and Ms. Lilia Casanova, EARTH Institute Asia trustee and project director, World Bank-funded DOH Project on Developing Sustainable Sanitation Education Programs in the Philippines. Dr. Cora Claudio, president, EARTH Institute Asia, will moderate the discussion in conversational Tagalog-English.


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