Building WASH resilience to climate change in rural communities: Discussion Phase 1

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Building WASH resilience to climate change in rural communities

Will you join us and contribute your experience, knowledge and voice to evolve the sanitation sector's response to climate change?

The global sanitation sector has taken initial steps to incorporate responses to climate change into rural sanitation programming and services. However, much of the discussion has focused on technological improvements. Furthermore, the voices of vulnerable people, households, and communities who are at the forefront of experiencing climate change impacts on sanitation are largely absent in existing discussions. Whilst resilient technology is of course crucial, the human dimension of the challenge needs to receive equal attention. There is currently limited actionable guidance on how the rural sanitation and hygiene sector can respond to climate change through planning and implementing project delivery, enabling demand, changing behaviour, addressing social norms, monitoring and evaluation, and people-centred activities at the local level.

Following on from the publication of Frontiers 17: Rural Sanitation and Climate Change by the Sanitation Learning Hub at IDS, together with the Institute of Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney, and building on a webinar to present the publication's themes on  14th July at 9.30 am BST (you can still register to join here or access a recording later), the Sanitation Learning Hub, together with ISF and supported by SuSanA, is hosting an online moderated discussion between July and September here on the SuSanA forum.

The aims are to
  • co-evolve actionable ideas for the integration of climate thinking and learning into rural sanitation and hygiene programming at the household and community level.
  • stimulate discussion, knowledge and experience sharing on addressing climate impacts on rural sanitation and hygiene practices
  • increase momentum around programming on climate change in rural sanitation that places people, households and communities at the centre
The discussion will culminate in a longer online Sharing and Learning workshop in September 2021.
 
The discussion will take place in three phases
  • 19th-30th July
  • 9th-21st August
  • 30th August-11th September
with a different question or theme to invite your contributions. You will find them below this post from the 19th July onwards.

We hope you will share your experiences, challenges and needs toevolve the sector’s thinking on addressing climate risks for rural sanitation. Join the discussion below once the 1st question has been posted.

A few pointers:
Please
  • stick to the theme of each phase (unrelated posts will be removed by the moderators)
  • be concise,
  • share your own work,
  • be honest about what’s challenging or not working,
  • share your questions
You might also like to consult the SuSanA forum rules
 
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Re: Building WASH resilience to climate change in rural communities

If you missed the webinar on 14th July  watch it here (scroll to the bottom of the page) – the authors share learning on how to get started on integrating climate thinking into existing sanitation programmes.  Rural Sanitation and Climate Change: Putting Ideas into Practice - Sanitation Learning Hub
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Re: Building WASH resilience to climate change in rural communities: Discussion Phase 1

Welcome to Phase 1 of the discussion on rural sanitation and climate change. Our question to guide our conversation is


What activities are you currently engaged in to address climate change impacts on rural sanitation? What is the biggest challenge you face in this work?
 
Please share your experiences in reply to this thread. We look forward to hearing from you.
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Re: Building WASH resilience to climate change in rural communities: Discussion Phase 1

Hi Petra,

Thanks for starting this discussion. I'd like to share a new project that the University of Technology Sydney is doing with SNV Laos. Our project is titled "Inspiring local government heroes of climate action for inclusive WASH". It's a new project we are just starting through the Water for Women Fund supported by DFAT.

The primary objective of the work is to inspire local governments in Lao PDR to overcome barriers to addressing climate change impacts within their jobs to champion climate action for inclusive rural sanitation. The thinking behind the project is that we need to stimulate some intrinsic motivation in local governments that they can and should do something about climate change if we expect climate resilient sanitation service delivery to be sustainable. The project will have 4 phases:
  1. Qualitative data collection to learn about local government officials' perceptions of climate change and it's relevance for their sanitation work, and barriers and enablers for taking climate action;
  2. Based on the data, development of "personas" - empathetic characterizations of local government officials that represent their needs, concerns, behaviours, and beliefs surrounding climate action
  3. Development of interventions that will provide targeted local government officials (our would-be heroes) with the resources they need to advocate for and champion climate action in rural sanitation in their departments;
  4. Documentation of case studies and a replicable process that can be used in other countries
Some challenges we are anticipating include low levels of awareness about climate change, a tendency for people to see climate action as the responsibility of some other ministry (e.g. ministry of environment), and perhaps a feeling that local government is already under-resourced in supporting rural sanitation as is. But these are the types of barriers that we aiming to overcome in phase 3 of the project.

The project just started this month and will run until September 2022, so we are looking forward to sharing outputs next year. We are also doing a similar process with local government in Nepal on rural water and climate change.
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Re: Building WASH resilience to climate change in rural communities: Discussion Phase 1

Thanks Jeremy. That is really interesting. Looking forward to hearing about the findings.
What strikes me as so important about what you describe here is that people are at the heart of what you are looking at - what are their needs, interests, beliefs, concerns etc? How can we support those who are in positions where decisions get made. Rather than blaming officials for not doing more, it feels constructive to investigate what they might need to be able to act. I'd love to hear from the Water for Women partners in Laos about their experience as they move through the different phases of the project.
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