Haiti - Environment : First National Sustainable Sanitation Conference
The conference aims to highlight the positive progress and best practices in sustainable sanitation as well as address ongoing challenges to effective and permanent sanitation in Haiti, including the fight against the ongoing cholera epidemic. SOIL, in partnership with UNICEF, and with support from DINEPA (National Directorate of Water Supply and Sanitation) and Bochika, is hosting the first Sustainable Sanitation Conference in Haiti in order to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, lessons-learned, and development of national standards for sanitation provision. The agenda includes information sessions by DINEPA, sanitation practitioners and community groups. Presenters and attendees are encouraged to bring kits, equipment or materials relevant to the workshop. Innovative latrine slabs or toilet systems, superstructure kits, waste treatment technologies, hand-washing devices, promotional materials and other items for demonstration will be on display.
"SOIL has been providing ecological and sustainable sanitation solutions in Haiti for nearly 7 years. We are happy to joined, in the past two years, by a large number of organizations and initiatives that involve composting toilets and bio-systems that prevent sanitation-related illness and death and transform human wastes into a valuable resource", said Dr. Sasha Kramer, SOIL's Executive Director. "These environmental solutions to Haiti’s sanitation problem have proven to be low-cost, effective and popularly received, and it is now time to take this success to scale with an annual conference dedicated to information sharing, accountability and implementation".
In Haiti, only one out of ten people in rural areas and one of four in urban areas have access to improved sanitation. Without access to toilets, untreated waste flushes or leaches into rivers and waterways where they mix with water used for drinking or bathing. This lack of access to sanitation is a key reason cholera quickly turned into an epidemic after it first appeared in late 2010. The epidemic has thus far, claimed nearly 7,000 lives. The government and international organizations are challenged to coordinate and finance long-term sanitation solutions, while communities around Haiti have set an internationally recognized precedent for overcoming constraints with low-cost, locally-built sustainable sanitation solutions. SOIL and its co-sponsors of the National Sustainable Sanitation Conference seek to highlight their successes and develop a blue print for taking them to scale.
Conference Details :
Tuesday and Wednesday, June 12th and 13th, 2012
Ritz Kinam II Hotel, Pétion-ville, Haiti.
Share knowledge and experience about current trends in excreta and waste disposal, in emergency, transitional and development contexts, and to reach common understanding on possible approaches for increasing access to sanitation services in Haiti.
The conference is divided into two thematic days:
Day 1 - Tuesday 12, June : Information sharing, where we will look at DINEPA´s strategy for sanitation sector in Haiti, and share experiences from selected field practitioners and communities, through presentations and question & answer sessions.
Day 2 - Wednesday 13, June : Explore options for making sanitation solutions more sustainable and more demand driven, with a plenary discussion panel to examine issues related to the longer-term management aspects of sanitation services.
The registration fee, which includes lunch and refreshments during the two-day conference, is $25 USD per individual and $500 USD per corporation (i.e. any for-profit business or individual representing a business; maximum two people per corporation). Payment may be made by cash or check (payable to “SOIL”) on June 12st during registration. Presenters and Conference Sponsors attend free. Attendance is limited.
For more informations contact : info [@] oursoil.org
Learn more about SOIL :
SOIL is a US 501c3 grassroots organization working in Haiti to facilitate the community-identified priority of ecological sanitation (EcoSan), where human wastes are converted into valuable fertilizer. EcoSan simultaneously tackles some of Haiti’s toughest challenges – providing improved sanitation to people who would otherwise have no access to a toilet and producing rich organic compost critical for agriculture and reforestation. Since building Haiti’s first EcoSan toilet in 2006, SOIL has gone on to become one of the country’s largest sanitation providers.