Special Issue "Sustainable Development of Sanitation, Water Supply and Solid Waste in Low-and Middle Income Settings"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2016)
Dr. Christian Zurbrügg
In 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the universal, integrated and transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. The overall aim is to free the human race from poverty, realize the human rights of all, achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, as well as safeguard the planet for generations to come. The goals balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.
Drinking water, sanitation and solid waste management are at the core of the new 2030 Agenda. This is expressed through dedicated goals on water and sanitation(SDG 6), sustainable cities (SDG 11), and responsible consumption (SDG 12) and clear linkages to goals relating to health, food security, climate change, resilience to disasters and protection of ecosystems, among many others.
Sanitation, water supply and solid waste management are crucial for achieving the SDGs. Progress is especially urgent in low and middle-income settings where the most vulnerable bear the greatest burden of the negative impact. Furthermore, where sanitation, water and solid waste has been improved, unfortunately around 30% of the projects fail after two to five years. To provide lasting, reliable services to all requires the use of sustainability principles and practices from the beginning.
Therefore, it is timely to publish research results and provide scientific evidence on how sustainability in these sectors can be achieved. Sustainability is one of the most pressing issues facing the WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) sector today.
Comprehensive reviews, case studies, or research articles that focus on scientific methods, evidence of sustainable approaches and promising innovations in drinking water supply, sanitation and solid waste management are invited for submission to this Special Issue.
Dr. Christian Zurbrügg
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- Drinking water
- Multiple water use services
- Water treatment
- Water supply systems
- Wastewater management
- Fecal sludge management
- Hygiene behavior
- Biowaste management
- Waste recycling
- Policy and regulation
- Urban slums
- Slum upgrading
- Participatory development
- Affordable environmental services
- Urban infrastructure