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Schematic overview of working groupsWithin SuSanA several thematic working groups have been established in order to cover a variety of different sanitation aspects and to provide outputs that underline the problems and opportunities of these aspects.

The schematic on the left hand side indicates how the 11 working groups relate to the sanitation chain and to each other. In brackets are the numbers of the respective working groups (click to enlarge).



Working group 1 - Capacity development

This working group aims to create a global network to strategically accelerate and influence the capacity development process in the sanitation sector.

Working group 2 - Finance and economics

This working group will enrich the weak data base on finance and economics - which play a key role in the selection and sustainability of sanitation systems - and develop a methodology for cost benefit analysis.

Working group 3 - Renewable energies and climate change

The objective of this working group is to raise general awareness for the energy potential of the sustainable sanitation approach and its prospective contribution to reduce dependence on imported or fossil energy sources.

Working group 4 - Sanitation systems, technology options, hygiene and health

This working group will develop possible options on how to improve sanitation systems especially in developing countries.

Working group 5 - Food security and productive sanitation systems

This working group aims to raise awareness for the reuse-oriented sustainable sanitation approach, its prospective contribution to global food security and to promote this approach on a large scale.

Working group 6 - Cities

The overall aim of this working group is to develop strategies on how cities can adopt an appropriate planning, implementation, and management process that leads towards more sustainable sanitation solutions.

Working group 7 - Community, rural and schools (with gender and social aspects)

7a: Raising general awareness for community and rural sanitation by creating discussion fora and enhancing networking opportunities.
7b: Developing a fact sheet addressing the specific needs of both men and women in sustainable sanitation so that both accept the sustainable sanitation solutions. 

Working group 8 - Emergency and reconstruction situations

The objective of this working group is to combine the knowledge from experts in the fields of sanitation with the knowledge from experts in the field of emergency response and reconstruction.

Working group 9 - Sanitation as a business and public awareness

9a: Developing an open-source data base on best practices in integrated social marketing and to establish a formal network of experts in this field.
9b: Creating global awareness of sustainable sanitation options, and on how to make them more accessible and affordable in the local and global market especially for the poor.

Working group 10 - Operation and maintenance

The main task of this working group is to discuss and disseminate relevant information related to best practice examples of operation and maintenance systems for sustainable sanitation by elaborating fact sheets, case studies, posters and other information materials.

Working group 11 - Groundwater Protection

The main aim of this working group is to create awareness and formulate recommendations for the protection of groundwater through sustainable sanitation.

Working group 12 - WASH and Nutrition

The main aim of this working group is to examine the widely neglected and underestimated adverse nutritional impact of lack of safe WASH particularly in emergency and in chronicle situations.

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