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Towards cleaner and healthier cities - Accelerating city to city exchange on sustainable sanitation
ICLEI - South Asia along with Ecosan Services Foundation (ESF), Pune are inviting you to the Conference “Towards Cleaner and Healthier Cities - Accelerating City to City Exchange on Sustainable Sanitation” taking place in New Delhi on 7 and 8 May 2013. The conference - closing event of the project “ACCESSanitation” - is of special relevance to local government officials who are interested in developing city sanitation plans.

The overall objective of the conference is to provide a platform for local governments, practitioners and funding agencies to learn from each other and exchange their experiences in sustainable urban sanitation. The event is also for sharing the outcomes of the project ACCESSanitation which has been implemented with support from EuropeAid of the European Commission and the Indian Ministry of Urban Development in ten cities in India and the Philippines. Apart from ICLEI South Asia and ESF, implementing partners are Xavier University in the Philippines and the ICLEI regional secretariats in Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa.

Should you be interested in participating in the conference, please write to soumya.chaturvedula@iclei.org.

For more general information on the conference or the project ACCESSanitation, please visit www.accessanitation.org or contact accessanitation@iclei.org.
Five Philippines Cities Prepare Their Local Sustainable Sanitation Action Plans
ICLEA SEA and partner Sustainable Sanitation Center of Xavier University (XU-SuSan) recently completed the 2nd cycle of city visits to the five Philippine cities participating in ACCESSanitation, namely, Bayawan, Dipolog, Olongapo, Puerto Princesa and San Fernando (Pampanga).  Held in the first two weeks of March, the visits were conducted primarily to help the cities prepare their local sustainable sanitation action plan for the pilot project and the complementary awareness-raising action plan through face-to-face coaching

In addition to the local workshop, separate focus group discussions with key and primary stakeholders from the city government and the local community in the selected focus area were organized during the visit to gather information on levels of awareness on issues regarding local sanitation, current sanitation practices and potential opportunities to stimulate sanitation behavior change.  Information gathered was then used as input to the baseline survey on local sanitation behavior.  The output of the survey will be used to help them create locally appropriate awareness-raising strategies.

In general, the city visits have been designed as reinforcement activities to complement the process-oriented training activities in the National Cities Workshops.  The ACCESSanitation project has already conducted two national workshops in the Philippines: the first one was held in 2010; the second, in February of this year.

The 2nd National Cities Workshop was successfully con  ducted in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga from 7 to 10 February.  The event, which was also organized by ICLEI SEA along with XU-SuSan, was attended by a total of 25 representatives from the five participating cities.  The workshop used process-oriented support and coaching to train members of the local implementation team on sanitation (LITS) in each of the project cities on developing local sustainable action plans as well as awareness raising campaigns on sanitation issues at the community level.

The four-day workshop also included a day-long field visit to sites demonstrating sustainable sanitation solutions.  Participants visited two slaughter houses that were connected to decentralized water treatment systems and incorporated a wetland system for tertiary treatment of their effluents. The field visit demonstrated the economical and efficient use of natural treatm  ent systems for reducing high level of organic effluents from the slaughter houses.

Earlier in the year, ICLEI SEA attended the Third Partner Meeting and Second Advisory Board Meeting on ACCESSanitation to report the status of implementation of the project in the five Philippine cities and to outline a time plan for the next year. 

The ACCESSanitation – Accelerating City-to-City Exchange for Sustainable Sanitation Project (www.accessanitation.org) is being implemented simultaneously in India and the Philippines.  Five cities in India and five in the Philippines will aim at making tangible improvements in their sanitation services and facilities.  Part financed by the European Commission, the project is coordinated by the ICLEI European Secretariat and is being overseen by an Advisory Board composed of selected experts from the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance.
First Joint Meeting of ACCESSanitation Project Partners and Advisory Board Held in Capetown, South Africa

Delegates from the ICLEI regional secretariats (i.e. Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, and South Asia), Ecosan Services Foundation (India) and Xavier University (Philippines) gathered together in the City of Cape Town, South Africa on 11-15 May 2010 for the Second Partners Meeting and the First Joint Partners and Advisory Board Meeting for the ACCESSanitation – Accelerating City-to-City Exchange on Sustainable Sanitation Project with aims (i) to build on the foundation that was laid down during the First Partners Meeting in Manila, and (ii) to facilitate the first meeting between the project partners and members of the ACCESSanitation Advisory Board.

From May 11 to 13, project partners shared the latest information on ongoing sustainable sanitation projects and programmes in India, the Philippines, and SADC region; discussed the city selection process and finalized the shortlist of participating cities; reached an agreement regarding concept for awareness-raising and behavioral change, training concept and approach, and strategy for stakeholder engagement and dissemination; and discussed and adopted amendments post-Manila Partners Meeting.

The project’s Advisory Board members –composed of representatives from the Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association, International Water Association, International Water Management Institute, University of KwaZulu-Natal, United Nations Human Settlements Programme, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) and Stockholm Environmental Institute– held their first meeting with the partners on May 14 and 15 during which project concepts and the selection of cities were discussed and recommendations were given on these matters.

Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt, Mayoral Committee Member for Planning and Environment (also an ICLEI Executive Committee member), welcomed the ACCESSanitation delegates to Cape Town on the first day of the joint meeting.  City Councilor Justus gave a presentation on the successes and challenges of undertaking sanitation initiatives the city and discussed the opportunities which to look forward in the sector.  Later, the city staff brought the ACCESSanitation team to visit the (i) anaerobic toilet system at Masicedane Informal settlement in Camp Road, Strandfontein; (ii) vacuum sewer system at Kosovo informal settlement in Weltevreden Valley; and (iii) MobiSan urine diversion and dry sanitation (dehydration) system at Pook se Bos informal settlement located in Pooke Road, Ryland.

The exchange of knowledge on sustainable solutions among local authorities in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Sub-saharan Africa through the ACCESSanitation Project is expected to “facilitate new partnerships in the Global South in order to accelerate the solutions, technologies and, most importantly, the consolidated action that are urgently needed.”