How can the private sector help with fecal sludge management and resource recycling from this waste product? Initially published on the World Bank's Water Blog, this post looks at how business opportunities could make sanitation more sustainable.
Wastewater recovery is a hot topic, but there's much more work to be done. This dispatch from SWWW identifies some of the strategies that can help mainstream wastewater recovery and make it a globally implemented and universally accepted practice.
It's cheaper to mine phosphorus than it is to recycle it: as a result there has been little incentive to reclaim phosphorus, despite its disastrous environmental effects. A new paper in Evironmental Science & Technology makes a new case for the recovery and reuse of phosphorus.
Ecomodernism embraces agricultural intensification as one of the primary means of decoupling humanity from the environment. However, ecomodernism relies on some problematic assumptions about the division between humanity and nature and the nature of human use of rural spaces.
Interest in investing in sustainability is on the rise. With 2016 set to be the year of green finance according to some, potential investors and stakeholders are congregating at GLF this year to discuss opportunities. Here are some development initiatives they can invest in.
For IWMI Director General, Jeremy Bird, the world's emerging water crisis in most places is one of management rather than of absolute water shortages -- of not making the most of clean water, and of profligate disregard for the value of waste water.
Integrated business models throughout the sanitation value chain can turn waste into valuable resources such as biofuels or fertilizer and save water, thus leading to even broader livelihood improvements. But why are some models vastly more successful than others?
Many government officials see wastewater treatment plants as expensive and low cost recovery investments. This is why governments are struggling to meet the wastewater treatment needs of their countries.
René van Veenhuizen from RUAF reviews two new guides on the safe use of wastewater in agriculture. Wastewater is a resource which can, when used safely, alleviate the pressure on (fresh)water resources...