Driven by environmental, economic and ecological benefits, resource recovery from water draws worldwide attention. Increasingly, resources from waste streams are being recovered. Novel forms of existing resources are now abstracted from water and wastewater based on waste streams, while more conventional forms, such as methane production, are gaining momentum. simultaneously, major research effort...
The full (economic, social and ecological) value of ecosystem services is often ignored or underestimated. As with the intangibly valuable, this is much a case of not appreciating the benefits that ecosystem services bring to our well-being until they are lost — when they are degraded, if not overwhelmed. For they are not readily appreciated, nor easily understood. This Paper attempts to illumin...
The Lisbon Charter is an international framework of good practice for public policy and regulation in drinking water supply, sanitation and wastewater management services. It contains clear reference to the rights and responsibilities of the various stakeholders and users. It offers a vision and a practical platform for reforming water management for sustainable development. Through five key pri...
In late September 2014, global attention focused on two assemblies separated by five time zones across one ocean. New York and Lisbon hosted influential gatherings to advance human progress in the face of escalating competition over finite natural resources, in particular: water. The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition Synthesis Report is a groundbreaking report documenting the key discuss...
Shortages of human resources in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector will undermine the progress made by many countries over the last decades to increase access to water and sanitation. In this report, the first of its kind, the IWA provides an overarching recommendation for the development of national capacity development strategies that have high-level political buy-in with involveme...
Sanitation 21  is an important component of the global sanitation toolkit, which presents a planning framework based on international best practices. Initially developed in 2006, this updated version builds on recent experiences where good planning has formed an integral part of achieving improvements in urban sanitation. The document sets out key principles and process guidelines to help city s...
Synthesis Report from the 2013 IWA Development Congress & Exhibition in Nairobi, Kenya.