Policy Manual on Wastewater released at Sixth Asia Pacific Urban Forum

A “Policy Guidance Manual on Wastewater Management” was released on the occasion of the Sixth Asia Pacific Urban Forum (APUF6) at Jakarta, Indonesia on 19 October 2015. Jointly produced by UN ESCAP, UN-Habitat and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), the manual focuses on decentralized wastewater treatment systems.

imageReleasing the manual was Dr. Thammarat Koottatep of Environmental Engineering and Management (EEM) of AIT’s School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD) along with senior colleagues at APUF6. Those who attended the event included Mr. Donovan Storey, Chief of Sustainable Urban Development Section, UN-ESCAP; Mr. Avi Sarkar, Technical Advisor, UN-Habitat; Dr. Aida Karazhanova, UN-ESCAP; Mr. Ramdeep Sah, Joint Secretary, Water and Environment Division, Ministry of Urban Development, Nepal; Mr. Kulwant Singh, Chief Technical Advisor United Nations Human Settlements Programme; Mr. Noupeuk Virabouth, Deputy Director General, Department of Housing and Urban Planing, Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Lao PDR; and Mr. Kazushi HASHIMOTO, Adviser to Japan Sanitation Consortium.

The manual is an outcome of a joint UN ESCAP and UN-Habitat project on “Strengthening capacity of policymakers in South-East Asia to promote policies and developing plans for improved wastewater treatment and reuse in urban and periurban areas.” The project intended to address the fast-growing problem of untreated wastewater through promotion of Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems (DEWATS). It also includes outcomes obtained from three national workshops in Lao PDR, Cambodia and Vietnam and two regional workshops.

In their joint foreword, Mr. Raekwon Chung, Director, Environment and Development Division, UN ESCAP and Mr. Alioune Badiane, Director of Project and Program Division, UN-Habitat state that “the publication has been developed based on experience of policy makers of South-East Asia and consultations with relevant stakeholders at country and regional level.” This manual provides a step-by-step guide on development and implementation of DEWATS in developing countries of the region.

The Policy Guidance Manual is available at this link: http://www.unescap.org/resources/policy-guidance-manual-wastewater-management