Book Cover: Urban Sanitation

Urban Sanitation

The subject of the 11th Gersau Workshop was limited to selected aspects of urban development. Questions of water supply were left aside, for example, to concentrate on "dirty" portions of the cycle. Within the field of urban sanitation, technical questions were deferred in favour of strategic and organisational concerns. While the primary responsibility for urban sanitation lies with local governments, municipal authorities are seldom able to satisfy mounting needs on their own.

11th Gersau Workshop was limited to selected aspects of urban development. Questions of water supply were left aside, for example, to concentrate on "dirty" portions of the cycle. Within the field of urban sanitation, technical questions were deferred in favour of strategic and organisational concerns. While the primary responsibility for urban sanitation lies with local governments, municipal authorities are seldom able to satisfy mounting needs on their own.

The Workshop was thus attentive to the contributions of various stakeholders, including user communities, private enterprises, municipal institutions, nongovernmental organisations (NGO) and external support agencies (ESA). A central issue concerned the ways in which these stakeholders could be mobilised and coordinated in the interest of more effective and equitable urban sanitation.

Author: Peter Schübeler
Published by: Skat Consulting
Published: 1995
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