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Global MDG Challenge

2.5 billion with no sanitation
1.75 billion to be served by 2015

450 million new installations by 2015

15,000 installations per hour to 2015



The China Node for Sustainable Sanitation

The ultimate ambition of the China Node for Sustainable Sanitation (CNSS) is to influence Chinese policy to promote and guide sustainable sanitation development throughout Asia, and to assist in social marketing. The overall aim is that China would act as a catalyst for sustainable sanitation development within the region.

The CNSS has an overall mandate to conduct regional projects taking in hand policy and regulations reform, in addition to testing, training and development. There is a strong opportunity and demand in China to promote sustainable sanitation solutions. Nationally, overall betterment of the living standard and a rapidly growing middle class have all put strong demand on improving the access to, and quality of, sanitation.

Sustainable sanitation is an integral part of the development agenda in China. There is great potential for promoting and facilitating the mainstreaming of sustainable sanitation issues in both rural and urban areas.

Project implementation

The challenge for the CNSS is to promote sustainable sanitation solutions in emerging cities and towns.

Specific objectives guiding our work include:

  • establishing a ‘clearinghouse’ for information, communication and education in the area of sustainable sanitation development in China;
  • building Chinese partnerships, as well as South-South and North-South international networks, with the ambition that the CNSS takes more of an East Asia regional perspective in the long run; and
  • developing sustainable sanitation projects, with a focus on:
    • integrating sustainable sanitation with major national programs;
    • creating successful urban models as city-based solutions;
    • organic farming and ”green food” production.

The long-term ambition is to find national funding in China, creating a situation where the project can run independently of Sida-funding.

Related Publications

  • 研讨会报告 - 鄂尔多斯生态镇项目:经验教训与未来方向 (Workshop report - Erdos Eco-Town Project: Lessons learned and ways forward) (in Chinese) PDF: 544kb
  • 4-IN-1 BIOGAS SYSTEMS A Field Study on SANITATION ASPECTS & ACCEPTANCE ISSUES in Chaoyang and Shenyang Municipalities, Liaoning Province. CHINA NODE FOR SUSTAINABLE SANITATION (CNSS). May 2011. Centre for Sustainable Environmental Sanitation, University of Science and Technology Beijing. 36p. (PDF 1.12 MB)
  • Node Report - China Knowledge Node - 20-June-2011 PDF: 579kb
  • 堆肥厕所: 应用于非洲并为农作物提供肥料的低成本卫生厕所 (Toilets That Make Compost: Chinese edition. Peter Morgan) PDF:8.43MB
  • Sustainable Sanitation Campaign in China - 生态卫生排水行动在中国 PDF: 5.88MB

Contact Information:

Full contact name and postal address: James Gao (CWA)
Clean Water Alliance
F1702, Trumph City
No.170 Beiyuan Road, Beijing 100101

Zhifu Li (University of Science and Technology Beijing)
University of Science and Technology
Xuyean Road 30, Haidian District, Beijing 100083
Phone numbers with country code: James Gao: +86-10-58236215/16/18/19
Zhifu Li: +86-10-62334378
Emails: (James Gao)
(Zhifu Li)
Websites: www.cleanwater.org.cn/page/defaulten.asp?pageID=142




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