Worldwide, 2.7 billion people rely on onsite sanitation and more than 4.5 billion people do not have access to safely managed sanitation services. Yet, in many places there is still no management system in place to deal with the faecal sludge (e.g. septage and pit latrine sludge) from such systems. This results in the faecal waste often being dumped directly into the immediate residential surrounding areas, neighbourhood or downstream environment, with significant health and environmental implications. Creating faecal sludge management (FSM) public services and infrastructure that work for everyone, to keep faecal sludge out of the environment and protect public health, is a new major challenge for achieving universal sanitation access as acknowledged by the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations at its General Assembly of September 25, 2015.

To address this challenge, a global platform for FSM discussion and learning was created in 2011 by leading global sector organizations. The aim was to share experiences, brainstorm potential solutions and formulate evidence-based policy recommendations that promote appropriate practices. At the same time, the plan was to identify and disseminate lessons learned on how to make FSM an integral part of urban sanitation service delivery – in cities and towns both with and without sewerage systems. International FSM conferences have played a key part in this global platform and have grown in size and reach. Most recently, FSM4 was held in Chennai, India in 2017 and attracted over 1000 participants. Previous conferences were held in Hanoi (2015) and in Durban (2011 and 2012). The conferences bring together professionals working in the sector, including utilities, service providers, cities, governments, academics, scientists, consultants, donors and industries, to support the global initiative of disseminating sustainable solutions for FSM. FSM5 will be held in Africa in the third week of February 2019.

Download below:
1. FSM Innovation: Case Studies on the Business, Policy and Technology of Faecal Sludge Management – full document, various authors
2. Overview and Analysis: Implementing FSM Services: Emerging Examples of Success, Peter Hawkins and Isabel Blackett
3. Tackling the Second-Generation Sanitation Challenge at Scale: Business Solutions for Inclusive Faecal Sludge Management in Bangladesh, Noémie de La Brosse, Rosie Renouf, Suman Kanti Nath
4. Towards a Model Sanitation City: Operationalizing FSM Regulations in Warangal, V. S. Chary, Y. M. Reddy, S. Ahmad
5. Moving Towards Improved Urban Septage Management at Scale in Indonesia, A. K. Mardikanto, A. Indiyani, M. Listyasari, R. Siregar
6. Scaling up Faecal Sludge Management in Kenya’s Urban Areas, S. O. Okoth, J. K. Ronoh, A. Dubois, D. Mbalo
7. Sanitation and Sewerage Management: The Malaysian Experience, Dorai Narayana
8. Emerging Lessons on FSM from Maputo, Mozambique, O. Muximpua, P. Hawkins, J. Stricker, Z. Mugabe, O. Matendjua, A. Madamuge
9. City-Wide Fecal Sludge Management Programs in the Philippines, Robbins, D.
10. Dakar: Organising the Faecal Sludge Market, Becaye Sidy Diop and Mbaye Mbéguéré
11. Sustainable FSM Services through Integrated Use of Resources and Innovative Technologies: A Case Study of the eThekwini Municipality (Durban) South Africa, T. Gounden and N. Alcock
12. Leveraging FSM to Close the Urban Sanitation Loop in Kampala, G. Nkurunziza, Dr. N. L. Bateganya, J. Z. Byansi, J. Rokob, J. Busingye
13. Approaches to Faecal Sludge Management in Peri-Urban Areas: A Case Study in the City of Lusaka, Simwambi, A., Hibler, S., Pietruschka, B., Hawkins, P.
14. FSM4 Case Studies (1st Edition), various authors


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