The course is designed for mid-career professionals who work in low-income countries or countries in transition, and deal with planning, promoting, designing, operating or managing sanitation systems for residents in urban, peri-urban, slum or rural areas.
Participants are typically employed by government departments, private companies, local or international NGOs, universities, research institutions, aid agencies or international bodies such as WHO or UNICEF.
Dates, Fee, ECTS
Start: 08 May 2017
End: 08 September 2017
ECTS credit points: 5
Deadline IHE application: 23 April 2017 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 850
Start: 07 May 2018
End: 07 September 2018
Deadline IHE application: 06 May 2018 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 896
- Know the limitations of conventional sewer-based ("flush and forget") or pit-based ("drop and store") sanitation systems, in the context of developing countries, with a focus on urban or peri-urban areas
- Understand the need for a paradigm shift in urban sanitation and the relevance for the MDGs
- Have a good overview of the available technology and reuse options within the ecosan approach (collection, transfer and treatment of excreta and greywater; safe reuse; nontechnical aspects; ecosan in emergency areas, slums, and modern integrated urba
Participants complete the course in part-time, online learning mode over a period of 18 weeks with a total workload of 140 hours (equivalent to a course of 3 weeks full-time). They spend about 9 hours per week on this course by reading, listening to podcasts, watching video clips, participating in asynchronous discussions, asking questions to the teacher and to fellow classmates, and working on the assignments.
Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Course Certificate issued by UNESCO-IHE.
- Introduction to ecosan approach (4 weeks) - The need for and definition of ecosan and MDGs; Characteristics of urine, faeces and greywater; Overview of technologies for ecosan
- Transfer and treatment of human excreta and greywater (6 weeks) - Treatment aspects for urine, faeces and greywater; Conventional on-site sanitation; Storage and transport logistics; Introduction to anaerobic treatment technologies; Constructed wetlands; Composting; Faecal sludge management; Alternative sewer systems; Urban groundwater pollution
- Reuse of ecosan products (2 weeks) - Introduction to productive sanitation systems; Urban agriculture and reuse research results
- Non-technical aspects of ecosan (2 weeks) - Financial aspects and market considerations; Social, institutional, policy and gender aspects
- Water supply and ecosan (2 weeks) - Urban water demand management measures; Rainwater harvesting
This course has previously been sponsored by Grontmij, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Huber and Vitens.