For the first time, the Faecal Sludge Management Alliance (FSMA) will partner with the African Water Association to co-host the 21st AfWA Congress & Exhibition and the 7th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, to bring together water and sanitation in this joint event, including faecal sludge management.
Dr Károly Kovács, the President of the Hungarian Water Partnership, and head of our group gave a professional presentation at the international congress which attracted more than 3000 participants. In his professional presentation, he presented sustainable and affordable solutions to the investment needs of water and wastewater infrastructure that can contribute effectively to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Even in Europe water utility infrastructure management and development are facing profound financing gaps. The reconstruction of the ageing water infrastructure is underfinanced and underperforming. Capital costs are not or are just partly included in tariffs, nor covered by public spending.
The financial resources needed to finance city-level WASH investments indicated in the UNEP City-Level Decoupling Report (22.600 billion USD) are unrealistic to be found and invested!
The alternative “near-to-consumer” solutions with an investment cost for drinking water provision and liquid waste handling is less than 70.- €/capita, the total capital needed for 4 billion people living in less developed cities and rural areas will be only 280 Billion USD.
The presentation was based on the aforementioned large-scale detailed evaluations. The solutions that were presented are based on affordable and sustainable WASH approaches and solutions that are proven and can be attractive enough for the private sector as well. The presentation was focusing on solutions, both for drinking water provision and liquid waste handling, for communities where there is no adequate, or water supply or sewerage network.
The Impact of the implementation of the alternative “near the consumer” solution will be:
In his presentation, Dr Károly Kovács stressed that the sustainability of water infrastructure development requires that public funding is complemented by private investment. To this end, near-to-costumer solutions provide sufficiently profitable, bankable and affordable investment opportunities, which have been effective in helping developing countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as soon as possible.