On 3-4 September 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand, the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and BORDA Southeast Asia conducted an international horizontal learning event on the process of establishing standard testing procedures for decentralised wastewater treatment. Joining the event were representatives of the governments of Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Philippines and Vietnam.
During the two-day event, participants discussed the extent to which the establishment of performance test standards for decentralised wastewater treatment is progressing in their countries. Through this exchange, participants learned about relevant processes, challenges and innovations in performance testing. Participants also engaged in an active discussion on creating sustainable business potential for decentralised sanitation systems to support sanitation sector development, and foresaw a potential joint collaboration as one way forward.
Countries in Southeast Asia have taken a progressive approach to sanitation, ensuring that decentralised wastewater treatment products are distributed in the market. Event participants shared their recent experiences with sanitation development:
Facilitating horizontal learning exchanges — participants learning from each other with the aim of transferring knowledge from one situation to another — is a key element in the AIT-BORDA collaboration. The partnership supports local and national governments in implementing the Integrated Sanitation Approach, which includes decentralised wastewater management as an essential component of sanitation service provision. The intent is to enable cities to realise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly the interconnected goals of ensuring access to safely managed sanitation (SDG 6) and making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG 11).
On 3-4 September 2018 in Bangkok, the Asian Institute of Technology and BORDA conducted a horizontal learning event for government representatives from several Southeast Asian countries on establishing standard testing procedures for decentralised wastewater treatment
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