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5th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference

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The fifth FSM conference will continue its mission of advocating and sharing good practice and innovation to improve how faecal sludge is managed and contributes to meeting the sanitation needs of 4.5 billion people lacking access to sustainable sanitation services. This platform creates additional impetus to address the demands and challenges of the sanitation sector Africa, whilst also continuing to maintain the independent identity and global focus of the FSM conferences, including Asia. It will, once again provide the opportunity for sector professionals, governments, policy-makers, utilities, development partners, investors, industries and service providers to coordinate, develop and share learning to provide affordable and workable solutions at scale. This conference will focus on practical solutions to sustainably manage the whole non-sewered sanitation service chain, covering the toilet, containment, emptying, transport, treatment and reuse, as an essential component of city-wide urban sanitation services.

The focus of FSM5 will be to demonstrate FSM as a utility service that can be:

  • Structured and regulated by government
  • Delivered in partnership with private service providers
  • Organized to attract investment from government, development partners, commercial banks, and private entities

Building on the success of the first four International FSM Conferences in Chennai (2017), Hanoi (2015) and in Durban (2011& 2012), the FSM conference aims to bring together professionals working in the sector, including utilities, service providers, cities, governments, academics, scientists, consultants, donors and industries, to support the global initiative of disseminating sustainable solutions for FSM

FSM5 will be held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, a country that well represents the dynamic policy changes, economic growth and business innovation in West Africa that inspire new solutions and open new horizons for all innovators. Cote d’Ivoire has a host country will convene the West African community of sanitation professionals, public and private, academia and policy makers to learn and exchange with peers from the World. The region offers a unique opportunity for sanitation industry and business development, private investments, development projects focusing on FSM innovation.

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