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UNEA-4 EVENT: Don’t waste it, reuse it! Innovative solutions and business models for wastewater reuse

Date: Monday 11 March 2019

Time: 13:30 – 14:30

Venue: Global Partnership on Marine Litter and Clean Seas Tent

The event focuses on the topic of wastewater and aims to highlight innovative solutions and business models for the reuse of this valuable resource. The goal is to bring together relevant stakeholders for sharing best practices, experiences, and solutions for wastewater reuse. The experts will elaborate on alternative financing mechanisms and business models for wastewater, as well as innovative solutions for wastewater reuse. They will also elaborate on the need for strengthening partnerships and advocacy to tackle the challenges posed by wastewater management and will elaborate on future and current initiatives, including the Global Wastewater Initiative (GW²I), and related activities. The experts will present and discuss the topic in a creative way of seeking and triggering interaction with the audience.

Clever Mafuta,GRID-Arendal’s Africa Programme Leader, will be a panellist and Miles Macmillan-Lawler,GRID-Arendal’s Chief Scientist, will be attending.

UNEA-4 EVENT: The Nasty Nexus: Nutrients, Wastewater & Marine Litter

Date: Monday 11 March 2019

Time: 14:30 – 15:30

Venue: Global Partnership on Marine Litter and Clean Seas Tent

The degradation of the marine environment from land-based pollution remains a high priority on the global development agenda. Along with the scourge of marine plastics, untreated wastewater and nutrient loadings have also been having significant impacts on human and marine ecosystem health. This resulting “nasty nexus” which is an increasingly recognized health risk, warrants the adoption of more integrated ‘circular’ approaches to mitigate multiple types of land-based pollution through more sustainable consumption and production practices. It should be also noted that tackling land-based pollution requires a “source-to-sea” approach. The event will explore the emerging issues on the topic of marine pollution from land, with a focus on the nexus between micro-plastics, wastewater and nutrients management, highlighting innovation in structure-conduct-performance (SCP) approaches that may be scaled-up globally. Please register here.

Clever Mafuta, GRID-Arendal’s Africa Programme Leader, will be a panellist and Miles Macmillan-Lawler, GRID-Arendal’s Chief Scientist, will be attending.

The project will at the same time contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, on clean water and sanitation and particularly its target 6.3 “By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally.”

It will profile the state of and trends in wastewater management and sanitation delivery on the African continent and generate a range of communication and outreach products, including simple shows, story maps, news and policy briefs, and an atlas.

Africa’s slow pace in meeting sanitation targets calls for practical and transformative solutions in the management of wastewater and provision of sanitation services. Such solutions will help to boost public health and secure the sustainability of Africa’s natural resources. They can also trigger wiser investments in integrated wastewater management and employment opportunities while ensuring the integrity of water resources and water-based ecosystems. Rapid population growth and urbanization rates (and hence rising waste production levels), industrialization, and low resilience to climate change impacts create even more urgency for the solutions. 

Status: In progress

Type: Terrestrial

Programme: Africa

Tags: Africa continent Sanitation


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