Faecal Sludge Management Conference, Durban South Africa, 29 - 31 October 2012 (with feedback)


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Re: Faecal Sludge Management Conference, Durban South Africa, 29 - 31 October 2012

(Dear SOIL people (Sascha?), good luck with your quest, would be great to meet you in Durban!)

Dear all,

I would like to find out who from this group is planning to attend the Durban Faecal Sludge Management conference in the end of October? From the SuSanA secretariat it will be Trevor Surridge and myself going.

We would like to organise a little informal meeting of members of SuSanA working groups 4 (FSM is part of WG 4 on sanitation systems), and also WG 9 (business) and WG 5 (productive sanitation) as they also touch on FSM.
(for details on these working groups see here: www.susana.org/working-groups )

It makes a big difference to have the luxury to meet face-to-face once.
For Working Group 4 there was talk about developing a new factsheet on FSM.
See posting about this idea here:

Hence, if you are reading this and you are going to be in Durban, please let us know. Either by writing here or by e-mailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Vishwanath and Steffen, I already saw you both in the program). Then we will find a suitable time to meet up and sit together either at lunch or dinner time.

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Re: Faecal Sludge Management Conference, Durban South Africa, 29 - 31 October 2012

Hi there,

Does anyone know of any groups or foundations that can help support travel costs to FSM2? We're keen to send someone from SOIL Haiti, but we do not have a budget for international travel. Any suggestions, leads or monies will be most appreciated!

Best from Port-au-Prince
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Faecal Sludge Management Conference, Durban South Africa, 29 - 31 October 2012 (with feedback)

The Second Faecal Sludge Management Conference is taking place in Durban, South Africa from the 29th to the 31st of October 2012. Registration is now open and there are discounts for early bookings and for IWA members.

FSM 2 will pick up where FSM 1 (Durban, March 2011) left off – with a commitment to capturing and sharing developments in the management and beneficiation of faecal sludges (including urine). This year the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has committed to showcase and present developments in up to 40 of their Sanitation Grand Challenge Projects. For more information on FSM 1 see “What happens when the pit is full?” at www.afrisan.org

FSM2 is structured around the following themes:
• On-site Sanitation as a Business
• Socio-political Aspects of On-site Sanitation
• Understanding On-site Sanitation
• Toilet Design for FSM Optimisation
• Pit Emptying – What are the Options?
• The How of Faecal Sludge Treatment
• Waste Not Want Not - Beneficial Use of Faecal Sludges
• Technology and Innovation
• Health Aspects of Faecal Sludges

Field visits will be arranged for Thursday 1 November, including the following:
• LaDePa (Latrine Dehydration and Pasteurisation plant) – pelletising of pit sludge
• The eThekwini Pit emptying programme
• Struvite generation from urine plant at the University of KwaZulu Natal
• The Newlands/kwaMashu permaculture centre and ABR research facility
• eThekwini’s informal settlement sanitation provision programme

Please find the programme attached to this post.

Register online at www.pid.co.za or download and complete the conference booking form. Registration will be confirmed once we have received your full payment.

Presenters at FSM 2 will share experiences from countries around the world including Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Chile, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nepal, Sweden, South Africa, the USA, the United Kingdom, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The line-up of keynote speakers includes:

Dr Doulaye Koné – Senior Programme Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
The BMGF has committed over $200Million over the next few years to research and advocacy in this field which it has identified as a major area for impacting health in the developing world.

Dr Linda Strande-Gaulke – Research Manager, EAWAG
EAWAG (The Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology) is a leader in the FSM field, and manages research projects around the world. The organisation is currently compiling a book on the subject of Faecal Sludge Management.

Steve Sugden – Research Manager, Water for People and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
will look at Sanitation as a Business, drawing on his experiences with the development and transfer of the Gulper technology into commercial businesses – giving valuable insight into the process of taking a technology from concept into the marketplace.

Pam Elardo, Director of the Wastewater Treatment Division in the Department of Natural Resources and Parks, King County, Washington
will present a case study entitled Reimagining Sanitation in Seattle

Conference Fees
Take advantage of the early bird special and if you are an IWA member be sure to claim your IWA membership discount. Registration fees are available at www.pid.co.za

Online at www.pid.co.za you can find a list of accommodation options close to the conference venue.

For more information contact the FSM2 secretariat
Bobbie Louton on Tel +27 33 342 3012 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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