Water & Sanitation

Climate Resilient Recovery Action in Bangladesh: A Case of Water ATM and Sanitation Service in Rajshahi

By |2022-04-08T16:32:50+02:00April 8th 2022|Climate Change & Resilience, Water & Sanitation, , , |

Dipak Bhowmick, Kumar Abhishek, and Keshav Jha present an innovative approach to improve access to clean drinking water and sanitation for Bangladesh's urban poor.

To Advance Water Justice, We Need Data Justice

By |2022-04-04T11:10:28+02:00February 3rd 2022|Smart & Digital Development, Water & Sanitation, , , |

Set in the desert and with large numbers of unregistered citizens, water justice is a major concern in Lima, Peru. Fenna Imara Hoefsloot outlines how the city's digital water infrastructure excludes parts of the population from reliable water supply.

Climate Adaptive Sanitation Technology in Haiti

By |2021-10-27T08:27:57+02:00October 27th 2021|Energy & Waste, Water & Sanitation, , |

Providing all citizens with access to sanitation is a challenge in many urban centres. Ashlie Bermudez presents how non-profit social enterprise SOIL is meeting this challenge with innovative, sustainable sanitation technology in Haiti.

Don’t Waste Wastewater! Wastewater-to-Energy in Urban Pakistan

By |2021-10-21T14:05:22+02:00October 12th 2021|Energy & Waste, Water & Sanitation, , , , , |

Climate-resilient and energy-efficient cities need to think about water reuse. Especially in South Asian countries like Pakistan, where the potential of wastewater-to-energy systems is incredibly high. By Masooma Batool

Hang in There, Chennai!

By |2021-06-17T10:35:04+02:00June 17th 2021|Climate Change & Resilience, Water & Sanitation, , , , |

Chennai’s wetlands are prone to disastrous floods and droughts. Jayshree Vencatesan delves into the city’s past and shows just how important understanding city hydrology is for urban planning.

It’s Time to Change the Housing Conversation

By |2020-10-06T09:29:06+02:00October 6th 2020|Economic Development, Housing & Informality, Water & Sanitation, , , , , |

Safe, affordable housing is not an end in itself but should be interwoven with other interventions to improve access to related services and benefits. As the pandemic exacerbates shortcomings in housing programmes around the world, Vidhee Garg on the need to re-think housing and to look beyond its purely quantitative aspects.

Jakarta’s Pandemic Water Stress: Hitting the Economy and the Urban Poor

By |2020-09-30T09:05:53+02:00September 30th 2020|Urban Health, Water & Sanitation, , , , |

The Covid-19 pandemic increases the already existing water scarcity in Indonesia's capital, affecting already disadvantaged inhabitants most of all, writes Akash Sahu.

Making Water and Sanitation Work for the Poor in Kenya

By |2020-06-22T12:37:27+02:00June 16th 2020|Multi Stakeholder Partnerships, Urban Health, Water & Sanitation, , , , |

A well-functioning system for water and sanitation must address the needs of under-served urban residents. Eden Mati-Mwangi shows how a systems-change approach can have a lasting impact on Kenya’s sanitations sector.

Energy and Resources from Wastewater: A Triple-Win Solution for Cities in China and India

By |2020-04-30T10:37:44+02:00April 30th 2020|Water & Sanitation, , , , |

Drawing on examples from China and India, Betsy Otto, Xiaotian Fu, and Sahana Goswami from the World Resource Institute present the benefits of circular economy approaches in urban wastewater treatment.

Landscape Porosity: Why we need Water-Based Urbanism

By |2020-05-14T08:53:35+02:00April 28th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Water & Sanitation, , , , , |

Creating urban spaces that allow for the free flow and penetration of water and wind is essential to the survival of water-based cities like Bangkok. “Landscape porosity” can help us better understand and defend these urban ecosystems in times of climate change, says Kotchakorn Voraakhom.

Circular Economies – Benefits for an Urban Setting

By |2020-04-09T13:16:41+02:00April 9th 2020|Energy & Waste, Water & Sanitation, , , , , , |

The waste produced by cities does not need to be dumped – but instead can become the starting point of a new production cycle, argues Nick Jeffries from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Cooperatively Recovering Water as an Urban Common

By |2020-04-07T07:56:09+02:00April 7th 2020|Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Water & Sanitation, , , |

Water as a common resource that no one should derive profit from – an idea that stands in crass contrast to privatising urban water management. Kostas Nikolaou, professor and activist with the Greek water movement K136, portrays their successful fight against privatisation.

A Green Sponge in the City – Nature-Based Solutions Benefitting Urban Planning

By |2020-03-17T09:26:55+01:00March 17th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Water & Sanitation, , , |

With cities continuously more threatened by climate change induced disasters, urban planning's reflex response is to protect cities against nature. But what if the solution lies in working with nature instead against it? Architect Kongjiang Yu invites our readers to imagine what cities could look like if they took into account ancient wisdom on spatial planning.

Urban Settings Need New Approaches

By |2021-02-23T14:48:17+01:00December 12th 2019|Economic Development, Energy & Waste, Urban Health, Water & Sanitation, , , , , , , , |

The traditional relief-rehabilitation-development paradigm does not hold true in urban conflict zones. A combined approach of long-term support for systems reinforcing short-term support for individuals would meet people’s needs, secure development gains, and represent value for money. The cost of failing to adapt is simply too high, argues Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

How to Make Sure Mexico’s Cities Don’t Run Out of Water

By |2021-04-08T15:13:04+02:00September 3rd 2019|Water & Sanitation, , , , |

Water is a central issue for urban development in Mexico. Groundwater is overexploited, and there is a lack of wastewater treatment facilities. Jorge Silva reviews government programmes that aim to solve the problem.

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