SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:24:19 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb 22 Sept. SuSanA side event at IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition in Lisbon, Portugal - by: tmsinnovation
Just in case those of you in Lisbon for the IWA WW congress have missed it, there will be a SuSanA side event on
22 Sept. from 15h30 to 17h30.

Room: 1.06

The side event is entitled "Determining system boundaries for climate mitigation in sanitation programmes using an energy footprint perspective"

Organised by: Borda, IWA and the SuSanA secretariat held by GIZ

After a couple of presentation inputs we will have an open fishbowl discussion which will allow everyone to engage in the discussion.

Here is a short description of what we hope to discuss in the side event:

"Sanitation systems include the user interface, conveyance, treatment and safe reuse or disposal, the combinations of technologies that can be implemented within a sanitation system and their energy footprint varies greatly from context to context. Therefore a potential to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) in sanitation systems exists. As more climate mitigation programmes are planned the potential that improved sanitation systems offer to reduce energy consumption presents an opportunity to consider the ideal system boundaries and their impact on the energy footprint.

An energy footprint perspective takes into consideration both energy consumption as well as embodied energy. With consideration of the energy footprint alongside more traditional economic analysis, decision makers would have a better perspective to judge investment decisions in sanitation systems that should contribute to climate mitigation. The challenge is where to set the system boundary.

The discussion would look at the challenges of determining the system boundaries and the impact that moving system boundaries have on the energy footprint. The discussion will include questions like; when looking at defining the ideal system boundaries for assessing a wastewater system holistically should embodied energy be considered? What happens to the energy footprint when the system boundary is expanded to take into consideration the impact of reusing wastewater in agriculture? Many more questions will come from your interactive participation in the side event."

Happy to have some further discussion ideas here and any points of correction.
Kind regards
Events Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:17:42 +0000
Re: IWA World Water Congress 2014 - Water and Energy Workshop, Monday, September 22, 2014 - by: tmsinnovation
just in case you have not been able to find this workshop quickly in the programme for Monday 22 September, it is part of Track 2 and in room 1.09.

Below is the updated workshop description:
"Energy & Carbon Neutral Utilities
Chair: Corinne Trommsdorff IWA
Can water & wastewater utilities be carbon & energy neutral by 2030?

The workshop will capitalise on existing knowledge, and share experiences
of utilities and water sector professionals to build a toolbox of technologies
and concepts for consideration by utilities starting or continuing an energy
efficiency approach. This is an on-going process continuing after the
workshop. Gustaf Olsson (IEA Lund University, Sweden) discusses the water
cycle for energy saving avoidance and generation opportunities. A matrix of
solutions, initiated by IWA Water Climate and Energy Programme, will be
shared and developed. Sub-groups focusing on water treatment, distribution,
wastewater treatment and households led by Daniel Nolasco (NOLASCO y
Asociados S. A., Argentina), Jose Porro (University of Girona, Spain), Enrique
Cabrera (Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain) and Steve Kenway
(University of Queensland, Australia). Benchmarking, indicators, technologies
and case studies are covered."

Look forward to seeing you there.

Direct link to Monday's programme is here:]]>
Events Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:20:03 +0000
Civil Society Side Events in NY this week - by: alysonnhayes
Attached, please find the concept notes and flyers for these events.

Event details are as follows:

Topic: Urban Health in Sustainable Development
Date: September 20, 2014
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
Venue: New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue, New York, 10029

Topic: Role of Civil Society for Monitoring the SDGs after 2015
Date: September 23, 3014
Time: 4:00-7:00pm
Venue: New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue, New York, 10029
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Events Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:24:41 +0000
Re: AfricaSan 4: 19th SuSanA meeting cancelled! - by: secretariat
As AfricaSan 4 has been postponed to May 2015, please note that the 19th SuSanA meeting will not take place during October 6-7, 2014 at Dakar Senegal.

(Posted by Shobana)]]>
Events Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:37:31 +0000
The 2nd International Conference on Urban Sustainability and Resilience - by: luizacampos
The 2nd International Conference on Urban Sustainability and Resilience will be taking place from 3rd – 5th November at University College London.

An early bird delegate rate is available until 30 September via

To find out about the conference including the panel event chaired by BBC Environment Analyst, Roger Harrabin, please visit]]>
Events Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:04:27 +0000
Re: 18th SuSanA meeting in Stockholm: 5 and 6 Sept. 2014 - with live streaming on 6 Sept. and twitter chats - by: muench
If you have some minutes (or hours) to spare on your Saturday today, be sure to watch Day 2 of the SuSanA meeting on this live stream over the internet which is on right now:

I am watching it as I type this. It's working very nicely, with very good sound and picture (at least for me with a fast internet connection).

You can also follow on twitter by following the hashtag #18susana.

Events Sat, 06 Sep 2014 08:29:37 +0000
Re: 18th SuSanA meeting in Stockholm: 5 and 6 Sept. 2014 - with live streaming on 6 Sept. and twitter chats - by: muench
It is however important that the tweets include the agreed hashtag which is #18susana.

David used #susana in his tweets but that is not specific enough.
You can see his tweets here:

There were also some from Madeleine:

and Vishvanath (impressive number of nearly 5000 followers):

and Katja Bessenova

I hope to see more tweets tomorrow on Day 2 of the SuSanA Meeting. Make sure you include the hashtag #18susana.

I think the most important tweets should become part of the meeting minutes, especially if they contain an opinion or assessment or statement, as they are the most interesting.

It's all part of the social media outreach of SuSanA.

Events Fri, 05 Sep 2014 20:06:58 +0000
Re: 18th SuSanA meeting in Stockholm: 5 and 6 Sept. 2014 - with live streaming on 6 Sept. and twitter chats - by: secretariat
Twubs makes it easier for us to follow the hashtag and has created a chat room for all those who post with #18susana.
Clicking this link takes you to the chat room where you have to click 'Join this Twub' and login with your personal Twitter account and password.
All posts with #18susana will keep updating on the feed which enables us to discuss on various topics and comment instantly.
So, there would no necessity to navigate to another page for tweeting or sending replies.

The page looks like this once you join the chat.

Events Fri, 05 Sep 2014 10:01:29 +0000
Re: 18th SuSanA meeting in Stockholm: 5 and 6 Sept. 2014 - with live streaming on 6 Sept. and twitter chats - by: muench
You mentioned an App called Twub - how is this different from using Twitter in the normal way by following the hashtag #18susana?

Note for all: the first day of the 18th SuSanA meeting starts today in 2.5 hours. I have copied the agenda below (from here:

If you are on Twitter this afternoon, you could follow it and ask question by using the hashtag #18susana. It looks like an interesting afternoon!

Aganda Day 1

Session 1 · Introduction and thematic presentations on overarching themes · 14:00 - 15:30
Chair: Francois Brikke

14:00 Welcome greeting and
the success story of
Learning from the past 7 years and looking
ahead to the future
Arne Panesar (GIZ)

14:25 Sustainable sanitation at
the World Water Week
Feedback from sessions involving SuSanA
Thilo Panzerbieter (GTO)

14:40 Slot 1: Thematic
Presentation / dialogue
(25 + 5)
Unpacking the nexus from the regional
to the local level with experiences from
eThekwini Water and Sanitation
Jakob Granit (SEI)
Neil MacLeod(EWS)

15:10 Slot 2: Thematic
Presentation (10 + 10)

SuSanA’s role in expanded water
monitoring: Domestic wastewater,
faecal sludge management and reuse
Graham Alabaster (UNHabitat
/ WHO)

15:30 Coffee break

Session 2 · Making investments in sanitation last overtime· 16:00 - 18:00
Chair: tbc

16:00 Slot 3: Dialogue or
Thematic Presentation

Making investments in sanitation last
overtime – from CLTS via FSM to
maintain large infrastructure
Christian Zurbrugg
(Sandec/ Eawag)
Linda Strande (Sandec/

16:20 Slot 4: Thematic
Presentation (15 + 5)
TBC – Networks contribution to making
investments last
Themba Gumbo (UNDP

16:40 Slot 5: Thematic
Presentation (15 + 5)
Going for ZOD achieving sustainable
sanitation through Community Health
Juliet Waterkeyn (Africa

17:00 Slot 6: Thematic
Presentation (15 + 5)
One for all or all for one: the boundary
conditions behind different sanitation
Darren Saywell (Plan

17:20 Slot 7: Thematic
Presentation (15 + 5)
Matter flow diagrams as a strong
advocacy tool and a new base for
discussion on the fate of excreta
Peter Hawkins (WSP)

17:40 Discussion Bringing it all together Arne Panesar (GIZ)
17:55 Wrap-up of Day 1 Arne Panesar (GIZ)

Events Fri, 05 Sep 2014 09:31:19 +0000
WATSAN, Agriculture, and Nutrition – BRAC Experience (Bonn, Germany, 8 Sept.) - by: bracken Just heard of this event taking place in Bonn on Monday afternoon at the ZEF (Center for Development Research), Walter Flex Straße 3, 53113 Bonn]]>
Events Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12:45:48 +0000
Re: 18th SuSanA meeting in Stockholm: 5 and 6 Sept. 2014 - with live streaming on 6 Sept. and twitter chats - by: secretariat
On the 6th of September, members can participate in the twitter discussions and send questions to the speakers via Twubs using your Twitter account.

Please use the following link:

Do not forget to use #18susana !

The live stream will be available on the SuSanA meeting webpage.

Events Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:43:05 +0000
Re: FSM3 - International Faecal Sludge Management Conference 19-22 Jan 2015 in Hanoi, Vietnam - by: jonpar Events Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:32:50 +0000 Re: Stockholm World Water Week & SuSanA meeting: Suggestions for online participation during and after the events - by: Sowmya
I am looking forward to the live streaming, thanks a ton! And, my apologies, I have not been regular in participation as I would have liked.

(1) Video editing: We could perhaps split the activity into a few parts: (a) Split the 1.5 hour videos into 3-4 parts and upload on a discussion thread, (b) 3-4 volunteers could take up a part-session each and make a list of which parts of the video to keep ie., list from which second to which second to keep, (c) SuSanA Secretariat checks if the list is okay, (d) another 3-4 volunteers use Microsoft MovieMaker to split the videos as per the list and join them to create the edited version. This will ensure that (i) the edit list is checked by three persons before the work is actually done, (ii) people who may be good at stating which content is good may not be comfortable using a video editing software and (iii) reduce total work per individual on the activities. We will need to do this for each 1.5 hour video. I can help with 2 part sessions - listing or editing.

(2) Sample videos: It would be great to make a "profile list" of people to whom the video links would be sent. Is it possible to put together a list of academic institutions that have some sanitation-related course? SuSanA members as well as those involved in publications could help with putting this list together. So, students taking up sanitation courses and students from other courses (such as, community development, entrepreneurship, etc) could be two profiles. Similarly, environment / energy conservation related grassroots organizations could be other profiles. Then, decide content of the 2-minute messages (for each profile) and edit videos accordingly.

(3) Online discussion: Having a "profile list" will also help find 1-2 topics that would be of common interest to most of the profiles. Develop a set of questions on the topic (1 question for each profile) and ensure those are answered. This could be a topic discussed previously at an expert level on the online forum - for example, what a particular technology means to each of these profiles. Maybe, the members could help choose a topic and develop the set of questions / key 2 minute messages (based on what action we want - awareness, discussion, collaboration, etc). It could be anything from carbon footprint of sustainable sanitation technologies to comparison of different materials used in producing sanitation equipment. Or, research areas where having standardized protocols could be of help (for instance, sanitation equivalent of WHO Quality of Life questionnaires that can be integrated into sanitation impact assessment).

(4) Connecting forum agenda with discussion topics: Given the time constraint, for the present meeting, it might be good to simply take the most active discussions and the working groups they belong to and create a word cloud to present at the meeting and post on the forum. (There are online generators, such as, Wordle.) This could give an instant view of focus of most discussions (and, therefore, other areas where it might be good to have discussion on). And, that can be a link for continuing discussions on the forum after the event. A word cloud also helps having a discussion between students, novices and experts. Probably, take 1-2 topics out of the word cloud and build the question list / group discussion pointers so that participants with different expertise levels can participate and we can also have our 2-minute videos capture different perspectives on a topic leading to the key messages.

(5) YouTube click rates: I am not sure why there are only few views but an interim step could be to provide transcripts of atleast 3-4 sample videos and see if people are viewing the transcript (probably post it on a separate page so that page views gives total number of persons interested in reading the transcript). That will help understand impact of incremental user action required, internet connectivity etc on the YouTube views.

Looking forward to the event,

Thanks and regards,

Events Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:17:28 +0000
Re: Base of the Pyramid (BoP) World Convention & Expo, ITE Headquarters & ITE College Central, Singapore - by: muench Base of the Pyramid (BoP) World Convention & Expo. A Brave New Marketplace: Unleashing Opportunities at the Base of the Pyramid, in Singapore - is now taking place and you can follow it on twitter by following this hashtag:


Or this handle: @BoPHub

It's pretty interesting. We have e.g. the following people sending their tweets from there right now: John Sauer (Water for People), Ingeborg Krukkert and Catarina Fonseca (both IRC), Jack Sim (of course! World Toilet Organisation), Clean Team from Ghana.


P.S. My apologies to people who don't like using Twitter. I know exactly how you feel. I used to think what's this jargon with hashtag and handle, what is it all about!?! Meanwhile, I have been "converted" and also use Twitter for following what's going on in the sanitation sector. It can be quite a useful tool once you are used to it.]]>
Events Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:22:56 +0000
Re: Stockholm World Water Week & SuSanA meeting: Suggestions for online participation during and after the events - by: muench
I have read your post with your suggestions for online participation during and after the Stockholm World Water Week and SuSanA meeting several times, in order to figure out which of your suggestions could be implemented and how.

However, I have not really succeeded because some of them I didn't fully understand and others I couldn't get my head around how to do it practically.

Perhaps you or others could help me by picking out those that are most easily doable at first and by developing a priority list of things we could do?

I do totally agree with your intention, because whilst these face-to-face meetings are wonderful if you are one of the lucky few who has the resources to attend, they are also a bit "old fashioned" now that we have so many possibilities at hand for virtual participation. (and also if we are serious about trying to reduce climate change causing emissions from air planes, can we really justify to fly thousands of kilometres just to attend a meeting of a few days somewhere in the world?)

In this context, I am thrilled to learn that at least the second day of the SuSanA meeting will be live streamed over the internet, see the announcement by the secretariat here today:

So if you can, do try to block out the specified times (be sure to convert the Swedish time to your local time; there are useful time converter pages on the internet) and follow the event live. It is more fun live than to watch the recording afterwards!

Date is Saturday 6 September.

Now as per your other suggestions, e.g. you said we should pick up the major discussion from the forum and integrate them into the meeting agenda, and vice versa: take what was discussed at the meeting back to the forum.

This sounds good in theory but I see a few practical obstacles:
  1. The level of technical depth that some of the forum discussions go into are not really appropriate/interesting/relevant for the bulk of people attending a SuSanA meeting (which may be 60-100 people with various backgrounds, could be novices, students, experts with a range of different interests).
  2. Some (or even many) of the people usually attending the SuSanA meetings have not been engaging much on the forum, I am not totally sure why, but it seems to be a fact. There are horses for courses, some people like online forums, others don't. So I am not sure that it would be feasible to get the attendees of the SuSanA meeting to write on the forum before/during/after the event?
  3. The topics that are being discussed at the SuSanA meetings are sometimes quite specific to the way SuSanA is structured (e.g. last year there was a long discussion about how the SuSanA working groups are organised). Perhaps that is less interesting for the forum readers?

By the way, last year the SuSanA meeting (second day) was also live streamed and the video footage from that 17th meeting is available here online which I think is very nice:

What disturbes me a little is that when I look on the click rates for these 4 videos on Youtube, they are rather low, between 30-50 views only. I guess the main reason* is that each video is too long (1.5 hours or so) and that it would be better to break down the videos into smaller, more manageable chunks of say 15 minutes duration. But I also do understand that this takes more time to do and the resources from the SuSanA secretariat are limited.

Here it might be nice if one of the SuSanA partners (or even members?) put up their hand and say: "I could do the video editing and uploading of the separate clips as a voluntary contribution" - thereby making it more of a team effort and not putting all the burden on the secretariat?

I look forward to reading everyone's feedback on the points that I have made in this post.


* Another reason for low click rates of these Youtube videos from the 17th meeting could be that many of our members are on low internet connections and cannot view such videos well, or that Youtube is even banned in their country.]]>
Events Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:53:40 +0000