EcoEng Newsletter No. 12, June 2006

New Interactive CD-Rom for Ecosan Capacity Building

Content No. 12/06
  Title page / Index
  Water from the well
  Phototrophic biofilms
  optimising waste flow
  India: Water supply
  schemes in a slum
  Austria: Sewerless city
  Composting: Ch. 5
  PNG: Ecosan project
  Biopros project
  Ecosan curriculum CD
EcoEng News:
  Joe Swamp
Various issues:
  IEES Writers' Fund
  Mailing list
  EE-Newsletter Flier
by Katharina Conradin
seecon gmbh
Laurenzentorgasse 8
CH-5000 Aarau

Katharina Conradin has been studying Geography, Man-Society-Environment (MGU) and English since 2002. Several stays outside Switzerland, in South America and India, e.g. during an internship on ecological sanitation in Pune and Bangalore in spring 2006. Since August 2005 she is working for seecon.
  Recognising the lack of comprehensive training material in ecosan capacity building, Dr. Johannes Heeb from seecon international, Professor Petter Jenssen from the Norwegian and Dr. Ken Gnanakan from the Indian NGO ACTS have decided to compile an "Ecosan Curriculum" to fill this gap and create a teaching material that can be distributed easily and at a low cost. This task has been strongly supported by various organizations – most importantly the German Agency for Technical Cooperation GTZ, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC and the Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology EAWAG. After 8 months of intensive work by the three initiators and Katharina Conradin (seecon international) the Beta version of the CD was launched at the World Water Forum in Mexico this March.

The CD itself is an extensive course which can either be accessed as a tutorial for self-study or can be presented to a broader audience in PowerPoint lectures. The different modules allow users from various backgrounds to find information according to their needs and concerns: Module one elaborates on the intrinsic connection between water & sanitation and the Millennium Development Goals, while module two clarifies how ecosan can be an approach to human dignity, community health and food security. The third module then focuses on the more technical aspects of ecosan and explains basic technical functions and processes of source separating systems. More insight in the management, planning and implementation of ecosan projects – covering aspects such as how to make an informed choice, as well as socio-cultural, gender, economic, agricultural and health & hygiene aspects, as well as how to raise awareness – is given in the fourth module. The fifth module provides examples of successful implementations of ecosan concepts all over the world, thus making clear that ecosan is not only a cheap low-tech approach for development countries, but an intelligent and viable solution for people all around the globe.

The structure of the ecosan curriculum CD enables the user to start and end at any point by facilitating an easy individual navigation through modules and sub-modules according to background knowledge and interest. In this way, the curriculum can be of use to a wide audience – from the beginner who wishes to get an introductory course on ecosan to professionals who are interested in reading up on a specific topic only.

The CD has been designed and composed using a large number of background information with the intention of compiling the vast array of largely unstructured information available on the subject. While the modules can be used as resources on their own, the allow the reader to get the specific or more detailed information required by a large number of links to conference papers, publications and reports which are directly accessible from the CD. Moreover, a number of Internet-links assure that the newest available information can be accessed wherever possible.

The CD-ROM "Ecosan Curriculum" can be ordered from seecon international against the nominal fee of Euro 50 (Euro 10 for individuals or agencies from low-income countries). For ordering, please contact:

Dr. Johannes Heeb
seecon international
Bahnhofstrasse 2
CH-6110 Wolhusen

© 2006, International Ecological Engineering Society, Wolhusen, Switzerland