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2007/2008 International Training Programme (ITP) in Ecological Sanitation

Sponsored by Sida

 Targeted for Asia, Africa and EECCA (Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia)

Ecological Alternatives in Sanitation
This advanced, international training programme in ecological sanitation focuses on attractive sanitation solutions for urban and peri-urban areas to promote human health, enhance human dignity, improve nutritional status and protect water sources. The basic principle of ecological sanitation is "Closing the Loop on Sanitation", which implies that the nutrients in human excreta - after proper sanitisation - are used as a resource in local cultivation, including urban agriculture, and the water used in households is treated and returned safely to the environment.

Target group

Professionals in selected countries
in Asia, Africa and EECCA engaged in town planning, water supply, waste management, hygiene, and socio-economic development, researchers and teachers/trainers in fields related to sustainable sanitation, and key persons engaged in NGOs with projects associated with community development for improved sanitation and water supply.  

Programme content

  • Water and nutrient cycles in time and space, and related routes of contamination

  • Management options for improved urban ecological sanitation and ways to utilise nutrients in human excreta as a resource in urban agriculture

  • Risk assessment including hygiene in handling sanitized urine and faecal matter and residents' and professionals' attitudes and norms concerning such risks

  • Costs and benefits, including those related to the environment, of ecological sanitation systems compared to current technical alternatives

  • Exchange of experiences of household efforts to improve well-being through safe excreta disposal and protection of ground water

  • Skills training in social inquiry

Dates and Practicalities
The programme has three parts: a 3-week programme in Sweden, a period between programmes for project work back home, and a 2-week programme in the region. The language requirement is English. Costs are covered by Sida.
The deadline for applications is
1 April 2007.

ITP 99a "Ecological Alternatives in Sanitation" - for Africa and Asia:

  • For all African and Asian participants: a 3-week programme in Sweden from 13-31 August 2007

  • For African participants: a 2-week programme in South Africa in February 2008

  • For Asian participants: a 2-week programme in India in March 2008

  • Eligible African countries are: Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

  • Eligible Asian countries are: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Iran, Laos, Mongolia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Vietnam, and West Bank and Gaza.

  • Announcement (PDF; 44kb) :: Program Brochure (PDF; 386kb) :: Application Form (PDF; 143kb)

ITP 99b "Ecological Alternatives in Sanitation" - for Africa and EECCA:

  • For all African and EECCA participants: a 3-week programme in Sweden from 17 September - 5 October 2007

  • For African participants: a 2-week programme in South Africa in April 2008

  • For EECCA participants: a 2-week programme in India in May 2008

  • Eligible African countries are: Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, and Uganda.

  • Eligible EECCA countries are: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Serbia and Montenegro, Tajikistan, and Ukraine.

  • Announcement (PDF; 44kb) :: Program Brochure (PDF; 387kb) :: Application Form (PDF; 143kb)

Programme Organiser
The EcoSanRes Programme at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).
Contact person: Cecilia Ruben -
Current Address: SEI, Box 2142, SE-103 14 Stockholm, Sweden
New Address from 26 February 2007: Krätriket 2B, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden


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