Why? – Project Goals
Onsite and decentralised urban water management systems (UWM) will play a key role in enabling sustainability transitions in the water and sanitation sector. Yet, despite their potential, only a few cities worldwide have successfully implemented innovative approaches at scale – so called “lighthouse initiatives”. Our project focuses on some of the most visible examples.
We are particularly interested in the long-term implementation process and understanding how key actors were able to establish socio-technical configurations ‘that work’ over time. Overall, we aim at developing a holistic assessment framework that identifies interdependencies between technical and institutional aspects. The goal is to operationalise this framework with a set of clearly defined indicators for key institutional dimensions, as well as technical performance parameters.
Ultimately, the project aims to conceptualise, identify, assess and synthesise international best practices to derive a guidebook for future large-scale implementations of UWM solutions in cities in both developed and emerging economies.