Proceedings: Regional Policy Workshop on Wastewater Management and Sanitation in South-East Asia, 2-3 April 2015, UNCC

Proceedings: Regional Policy Workshop on Wastewater Management and Sanitation in South-East Asia, 2-3 April 2015, UNCC

 
Date: 
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Abstract

This is the Proceedings of the Regional Policy Workshop on Wastewater Management and Sanitation in South-East Asia, conducted on 2-3 April 2015 at UNCC, Bangkok, Thailand.

The policy workshop reviewed strategies and policy tools on wastewater treatment and sanitation to scale up good practices and to enable financing mechanisms. Participants agreed that there should be a strong political will, commitment and leadership from the government to move forward wastewater management and sanitation at the central and local government levels. The following three steps should be continued beyond the project:

1. The technical solutions along with strategic management of the process need to be worked out, for example in de-sludging management, spreading/scaling up other relevant technologies, that are considering specific needs of different users, such as of schools or households, etc.;
2. Sustainable financial mechanism for wastewater management needs to be ensured through commitments and fostering partnerships among regional players. Pro-Poor Public-Private Partnership would play a critically important role in this process;
3. E-learning module on enabling policies is an important and cost-effective tool for improving the wastewater management. It also provides accessibility of tools for knowledge sharing and calls stakeholders to contribute in improvement of such tools, that can further be integrated into day-to-day development of relevant and efficient policies and regulations.

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