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TitleMid-term-proceedings on capacity development for the safe use of wastewater in agriculture : a collaboration of UN-water members and partners
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsArdakanian, R, Sewilam, H, Liebe, J
Secondary TitleUNW-DPC Proceedings
Pagination159 p.; 23 fig.; 16 tab.
Date Published2012-08-01
PublisherUnited Nations University, UN Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development, UNW-DPC
Place PublishedBonn, Germany
Keywordsagriculture, capacity building, safe water supply, wastewater recycling, water use

Wastewater use in agriculture was one of the topics addressed at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) as a significant issue for the global green economy. It is estimated that 200 million farmers worldwide irrigate at least 20 Mha with treated, partially treated and untreated wastewater.The use of wastewater in agriculture is an effective and economic way of recycling urban wastewater, especially as it contains nutrients important for agricultural production. However, using it without adequate treatment or practices leads to increased health risks and environmental and economic impacts. The global understanding of such impacts and mitigation measures has critical gaps. To promote the safe use of wastewater in agriculture, the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC) brought together, in a multi-year project under UN-Water, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World

Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the

United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH), the

International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) and the International Water

Management Institute (IWMI) for a global project aimed at developing national capacities

for the promotion of safe use of wastewater in agriculture, in developing countries and

countries in transition. This project, which started in November 2011 and will run through May 2013, includes capacity needs assessment of individuals and organizations at a national level in many countries, and development of their capacities by sharing knowledge at an international level. This capacity development approach targets organizations in a vertical direction (individuals, institutions, system) as well as in a horizontal direction (health, water and agriculture sectors). Different capacity development techniques were followed using this initiative, such as international knowledge-sharing events, development of web-based learning systems and making use of the relevant materials developed by UN-Water members and partners. [authors abstract]

NotesWith references on p. 137 - 145
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