Sustainable Sanitation Workshop, Mexico (7th January 2016)

by Susan Mercer | Aug 29, 2016

Dr. Santiago Septien Stringel was invited to a workshop about sustainable sanitation, organized by Sarar-T. The event was held on Thursday 7th January, in Tepoztlan, Mexico.

Sarar-T is a Mexican social enterprise that promotes and supports the implementation of solutions for sustainable sanitation and water management.

The mission of the workshop was to discuss ways in which the sanitation sector in Mexico can be upgraded in order to address the issues of water scarcity, the pollution of water resources and to improve the quality of life in poor communities. During the workshop, different successful case studies on sustainable sanitation in the national and international context were presented, and the applicability of the value chain approach to the sector was discussed. At the end of the workshop, a group exercise and brainstorming session were organised to conclude the session.

Santiago presented the experiences in implementation sanitation solutions in the eThekwini municipality and participated actively in the discussions. He pointed out that the main problem in Mexico is the lack of awareness on sustainable sanitation by the government and civil society. Considerable efforts should be made in order to face this lack of awareness. In addition, the collaboration of Sarar-T with academic institutions, local governments and NGOs is a strategic approach for the development of the sector.

A lecturer - researcher from the local academic institute UAM (“Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana”) expressed an interest in further collaboration with the PRG.

Talk session during the workshop

Sunset in Tepoztlan