Waste Water as a Resource

Session 1: Waste water treatment and resource recovery

Chair person: Ger Bergkamp

Case studies Session 1

Chair person: Ger Bergkamp

Panel debate and open discussion

Chair person: Ger Bergkamp

Multi-stakeholder panel
- speakers session 1
- Andre Dzikus, UN-Habitat (Kenya)
- Durk Krol, Director, WSSTP (Belgium)
- Ms. Janet Molina Maturano, Research-PhD Student, Ghent University (Belgium)

Panel debate

Technology readiness

Are we beyond the testing and pilot stage with turning wastewater to resources? What is missing on the technology side to get to scale and have an impact on SDG realization?

Is the majority of municipal and industrial wastewater ‘owners’ ready to adopt new approaches and technologies? Yes, why? If not, what is needed?

Is there sufficient technical capacity in the sector to scale-up wastewater – resource recovery practices? What needs to happen?

New policies, regulation, and institutional set-up

What regulation do we need to accelerate adoption of wastewater to resource recovery? What are examples from regions and countries?

What policy and institutional change is needed to turn wastewater treatment plants into resource factories that sell products to a market?

New business models and financing

What makes turning wastewater into new resources a viable business case?

Do we need new business models to make the transition happen or happen faster to reach the SDG targets on wastewater?

Do we need new types or additional financing?

Rapporteur Summary - Dr. Hong Li

Outlook & Concluding remarks

Session 2: Decentralised waste water and resource recovery solutions in emerging and developing economies

Case studies Session 2

Panel debate and open discussion

Chair person: Ger Bergkamp

Multi-stakeholder panel & open discussion
- Speakers Session 2
- H.E. Nkandu Luo, Minister Higher Education, Science & Technology (Zambia)
- Stefan Reuter, Executive Director, BORDA (Germany)
- Brieux Michoud, WaterPreneurs (Switzerland)

Social acceptance and capacity

Are new technologies and derived new resources socially accepted? What helps or hinders this social acceptance?

What education, knowledge, know-how, and capacities are needed to scale-up tried and tested approaches at local level and beyond?

Entrepreneurship for scaling-up

How to make wastewater – resource recovery at local level a viable business with acceptable risks and returns?

Do we need franchise models with build in support and capacity development to mobilize entrepreneurship and accelerate scaling-up to reach the SDGs?

Enabling environment

What is required from government to reach the SDGs on wastewater making use of decentralized approaches? What hindrances need to be removed?

What incentives can be provided to local communities / local government to become pro-active and adopt decentralized approaches and resource recovery to reach the SDGs?