3rd International Conference
on Ecological Sanitation
23 - 26 May 2005, Durban, South Africa
Ecological sanitation: A sustainable, integrated solution
Why the EcoSan conference?
The Millennium Development Goals were agreed to in 2000 when all United Nations member states pledged to reduce by half the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water by 2015. At the WSSD in 2002, it was further agreed to reduce by half the proportion of people without basic sanitation by 2015. The development of appropriate technical options and implementation methods plays a pivotal role in meeting these objectives. What progress has been made towards meeting these objectives?
About South Africa
South Africa is committed to eradicating its water supply and sanitation backlogs by 2008 and 2010 respectively. The country has also firmly grasped the ecosan challenge, with tremendous advances being made in this field. Since 1997, when the first projects were initiated, approximately 20 000 ecosan toilets have been implemented, with eThekwini Municipality (Durban) accounting for the largest number. Delegates will be afforded the opportunity to visit some of these projects in the area. A further attraction, of course, is the country's rich diversity of cultures, geography and wildlife, as well as its wonderful climate.
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