Topic 6d Water and Sanitation

News

New study demands Commission to support institutional environment for Human Right to Water – and to avoid threats to it: http://www.right2water.eu/de/news

Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Report of the Secretary-General https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/files/report/2017/secretary-general-sdg-report-2017--EN.pdf

Please look for more information on the track at the 2018 Messina Conference here.

Next Conference: Track 6d

Please look for more information on the track at the 2019 Nanjing Conference coming soon

Most related UN-SDGs

Past Conference

In 2018 in Messina water and sanitation was vividly discussed in track 6d (http://www.isdrsconference.org/site/view/519/track-6d/). The papers focused on wastewater management, urban water system, sustainable water utilisation and the reduction of water footprint. During the discussion, the following main issues were highlighted: costs, processes, pollutions, agricultural use, stakeholders, technology-issues, different applications, domestic use, human behaviour, cultural aspects, etc. Read more.

In 2017 in Bogotá water governance was a special track discussing water challenges: http://isdrs2017.sites.exordo.com/site/view/304/track-0d/. Theme II Ecosystem Pressures and Limits also focused on the resource exhaustion of water http://isdrs2017.sites.exordo.com/site/view/158/track-2c/.

Dr. de Albuquerque spoke in Lisbon 2016 about “Development for all and everywhere - the promise of the SDGs and how to deliver it”. Catarina de Albuquerque is the Executive chair of Sanitation and Water for All (SWA), a multi-stakeholder global partnership. http://isdrs2016.sites.exordo.com/page/28/keynote-speakers/

Knowledge Resources

State of the Art: 

SDG 6: “Access to safe water and sanitation and sound management of freshwater ecosystems are essential to human health and to environmental sustainability and economic prosperity.” click here
Facts & figures & targets are listed here

Henn et al. (2012: 7) highlight that “water is life say different races, water is a public good or public property think the citizen, water is a civil right declare the United Nations. Water is policy teaches reality, water is profit knows economy, water is not a common trading good, but an inherited asset that has to be protected, defended and used appropriately, manifests the EU Water Framework Directive.”

Drinking water

…is a valuable source going along with diverse challenges: access, rights, demographic change, climate change, anthropogenic trace elements and persistent substances, microplastics, changed conflicts of use, skilled workers, etc. Water, land and energy are strongly interlinked (Tingey-Holyoak, 2014). Water governance refers to the spectrum of political, social, economic and administrative systems that ensure the responsible use and management of water and water-related services at all levels. This makes it clear that only effective governance is the basis for successful land and water management and must be fully taken into account at all levels of planning and management (Arnold, 2015).

Sanitation and hygiene

Wastewater disposal and sanitation opportunities are closely linked to hygiene, health and safety issues. Environmental damages, diseases, pandemics, violation often base on missing knowledge, lacking infrastructure and education, absent awareness of needed hygiene practices or willingness to invest in and maintain sanitation and wastewater disposal technologies.

references

Arnold, M. 2015. The lack of strategic sustainability orientation in German water companies, Ecological Economics, Vol. 117 No. 9, pp. 39–52.

Henn, M., Hansen C., Rode, B., Baier, V., Krüger, H.-W., Geiler, N., 2012. Wasser ist keine Ware. Wasserversorgung zwischen Gemeinwohl und Kommerz. VSA. Hamburg.

Tingey-Holyoak, J.A., 2014. Water sharing risk in agriculture: Perceptions of farm dam management accountability in Australia. Agricultural Water Management. 145, 123–133.

 

Recommended Sources:

The top useful sources are the following:
1) Look at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network on Redefining the Role of Business.
2) Useful courses available at the UN SDG Academy; see for example "Globalization: past and future".
3) The Critical Facts You Need To Know About The Clean Water Crisis, Anna Kucirkova
4) Henn et al. (2012: 7) highlight that “water is life say different races, water is a public good or public property think the citizen, water is a civil right declare the United Nations. Water is policy teaches reality, water is profit knows economy, water is not a common trading good, but an inherited asset that has to be protected, defended and used appropriately, manifests the EU Water Framework Directive.”

Drinking water
…is a valuable source going along with diverse challenges: access, rights, demographic change, climate change, anthropogenic trace elements and persistent substances, microplastics, changed conflicts of use, skilled workers, etc. Water, land and energy are strongly interlinked (Tingey-Holyoak, 2014). Water governance refers to the spectrum of political, social, economic and administrative systems that ensure the responsible use and management of water and water-related services at all levels. This makes it clear that only effective governance is the basis for successful land and water management and must be fully taken into account at all levels of planning and management (Arnold, 2015).

Sanitation and hygiene
Wastewater disposal and sanitation opportunities are closely linked to hygiene, health and safety issues. Environmental damages, diseases, pandemics, violation often base on missing knowledge, lacking infrastructure and education, absent awareness of needed hygiene practices or willingness to invest in and maintain sanitation and wastewater disposal technologies.

Recommended Sources:

Acceptance of new sanitation: The role of end-users' pro-environmental personal norms and risk and benefit perceptions https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0043135417310278

Climate change versus deforestation: Implications for tree species distribution in the dry forests of southern Ecuador http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0190092

Clean drinking water as a Sustainable Development Goal: fair, universal access with increasing block tariffs https://www.diw.de/documents/publikationen/73/diw_01.c.561626.de/diw_econ_bull_2017-28-3.pdf

Content and Implementation of a Right to Water. An Institutional Economics Approach http://www.metropolis-verlag.de/Content-and-Implementation-of-a-Right-to-Water/1208/book.do

Corporate social responsibility representation of the German water-supply and distribution companies: from colourful to barren landscapes http://www.inderscience.com/info/inarticle.php?artid=80655

Fostering equity and wellbeing through water: A reinterpretation of the goal of securing access https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305750X17303649

Global models underestimate large decadal declining and rising water storage trends relative to GRACE satellite data http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/01/16/1704665115

Property Rights and Water Access: Evidence from Land Titling in Rural Peru https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305750X16301723

Specification of a human right to water: a sustainability assessment of access hurdles http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02508060.2017.1342062

Sustainable Access to Water for All: How to Conceptualize and to Implement the Human Right to Water http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/18760104-01302005

The lack of strategic sustainability orientation in German water companies https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921800915002451

Risk assessment to groundwater of pit latrine rural sanitation policy in developing country settings https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969717324130