In celebration of World Toilet Day 2020, Human Right 2 Water’s CEO Amanda Loeffen moderated IWRA’s webinar on “Sustainable Sanitation and Climate Change”.
4.2 billion people are currently living without access to safely managed sanitation, and in efforts of raising awareness of the global sanitation crisis, this event brought together a variety of distinguished experts from around the globe to discuss the issues faced in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6; water and sanitation for all by 2030.
Amanda provided an introduction into the topic, addressing the relationship between climate change and our adaptation and use of sanitation systems.
“Community based adaptation is a really powerful tool for creating sustainable change at local levels, and in turn influencing the quality and volume of water at the river basin level.”
The panellists shared sanitation stories and experiences from various parts of the developed and developing world, covering topics that connected groundwater and climate, the challenges of waste-water governance in Bulgaria and Lebanon, and the technical complexities of managing sewage in urban areas with fast growing populations.
The snapshot above captures speakers (in order clockwise from top left): Amanda Loeffen, CEO, HR2W; Scott McKenzie, PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia; Stefan Reuter, Member of the Board, Faecal Sludge Management Alliance, Netherlands; Alice Aureli, Chief Groundwater Systems and Settlements Section, UNESCO-IHP, France; Issmat Kassem, Faculty of Agriculture, American University in Beirut, Lebanon; and Diana Iskreva, Executive Director, Earth Forever, Bulgaria.
The event saw a total of 140 registered attendees from all around the world. If you were unable to join the webinar, a recording of the event is now available.
Human Right 2 Water is host to a webinar series with events held every month. To watch some of our previous webinars, or to learn about those that are upcoming, head over to our “Our Webinar” page.