Department Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development

Strategic Environmental Sanitation Planning

Sandec’s research on Sustainable Environmental Sanitation Planning (SESP) systematically addresses the complexity of urban sanitation in order to develop appropriate sanitation systems and services in low- and middle-income areas and emergency humanitarian settings. Our research provides evidence for improvements in policy and practice. The development, testing and implementation of structured planning and training tools contributes to state-of-the-art knowledge through our practice of active dissemination. We work in partnerships with local and international institutions to support sustainable urban sanitation approaches and to build capacity in the sector.

Our vision for urban sanitation planning is synthesised here.

Our research group has a strong focus on capacity development and offers training and eLearning on integrated, participatory sanitation planning (e.g. MOOC).

Contact

Dr. Christoph LüthiDr. Eng. Infrastructure PlanningTel. +41 58 765 5614Send Mail

Ongoing Research Projects

4S is assessing small-scale sanitation systems in South Asia to provide policy recommendations for improved sanitation system design, implementation and O&M.
This research aims to bridge the planning gap for small towns (i.e. less than 100’000 population).
SESP supports organisations in the development of tools and guidelines to improve and monitor WASH in schools and health care facilities.
ConCaD will build capacity of private sector consulting firms and individual consultants to plan and design urban sanitation services.
The aim of CWIS research is to develop a method that synthesizes existing information about the sanitation landscapes of cities in India and that presents comprehensive sanitation solutions.
Identifying criteria to determine when a shared toilet can be considered of high quality in terms of user acceptability, impact on wellbeing and other potential quality indicators.

Training and Key References

SESP supports organisations in doing enabling environment assessments, which are necessary to sustain WASH interventions.
Free online course on planning & design of sanitation systems and technologies.
Eawag-Sandec in partnership with UN-HABITAT and WSSCC has published complete guidelines for Community-Led Urban Environmental Sanitation Planning (CLUES).
A broad overview of sanitation systems and technologies in various contexts.

Past Research Projects

ESRISS deals with the sanitation planning gap in Nile Delta villages that are not connected to large centralised treatment plants.
This two-year research project assesses the conditions and functionality of sanitary infrastructure in four selected health centres in India and Uganda.

Blue Diversion Toilet

Continuation of the project: Blue Diversion AUTARKY

Team

Dr. Christoph LüthiDr. Eng. Infrastructure PlanningTel. +41 58 765 5614Send Mail
Philippe ReymondEnvironmental engineer EPFTel. +41 58 765 5148Send Mail
Samuel RenggliMSc ETH Environmental EngineeringTel. +41 58 765 5611Send Mail
Vasco SchelbertMSc Sustainable DevelopmentTel. +41 58 765 6855Send Mail
Abishek Sankara NarayanDoctoral ResearcherTel. +41 58 765 6771Send Mail
Ashanti BleichMSc Environmental TechnologyTel. +41 58 765 6468Send Mail
Christopher FriedrichResearch AssistantTel. +41 58 765 5198Send Mail

External Team Members

Elizabeth Tilley, PhD
Senior Lecturer
Department of Environmental Health
WASHTED Associate
University of Malawi, The Polytechnic
Blantyre, Malawi

Elizabeth.Tilley@eawag.ch