1st Specialist Conference on Municipal Water Management and Sanitation in Developing Countries | Asian Development Bank

1st Specialist Conference on Municipal Water Management and Sanitation in Developing Countries

Event | 2 - 4 December 2014 Bangkok, Thailand


Despite immense efforts over the last decade to improve access to sustainable wastewater management and sanitation in developing countries, the situation has hardly improved. In Asia, a large number of the population still does not have access to any type of basic sanitation facilities. In places when access has been provided, such technologies often fail due to lack of institutional capacity for operation and maintenance, among other reasons.

Today, there is a widespread consensus that traditional top-down approaches for infrastructure provision and conventional technologies based on end-of-pipe solutions are at the center of the problem. Currently, several organizations are developing alternative options. However, recent research has shown that alternative approaches may suffer from similar shortcomings as conventional solutions and may not be a panacea to solve the wastewater and sanitation challenge. Even more, due to the proliferation of different types of concepts and technologies to address this problem, it became even more difficult to find the solutions that are best suited in a given context. For instance: should the problem be tackled at source? Should it be more decentralized? Do we need to re-engineer the entire sanitation chain? Or should we revive more centralized concepts?

This conference aims at discussing the wastewater and sanitation challenge from an integrated perspective and different angles, following the “from toilet to source” concept, which means that any toilet wastewater sooner or later becomes a water source. The term “integrated perspective” refers mainly to a perspective which acknowledges that, if a sector is analyzed in isolation, only sub-optimal solutions may be determined. Instead, wastewater should be tackled with consideration of stormwater, sludge, and solid waste management. Due to institutional boundaries and different time frames, however, this may be difficult to achieve.

To foster the integrated perspective, this conference is supported by three IWA Specialist Groups; namely the Specialist Group on Water Management and Sanitation in Developing Countries, the Specialist Group on Sludge Management, and the Specialist Group on Urban Drainage. The conference is also co-organized by the Japan Sanitation Consortium, the Wastewater Management Authority (Thailand), the Faculty of Engineering (Prince of Songkhla University, Thailand) and Environmental Engineering Association of Thailand with ADB and GIZ as strategic knowledge partners.


The conference welcomes contributions in the field of municipal wastewater management in rural, peri-urban and urban areas and at small, medium and large scales that fall under one or more of the following conference themes:

  • New conceptual approaches and technologies to wastewater management
  • New approaches to planning, financing and implementation
  • Integrated solutions considering sludge, storm-water and solid waste management aspects
  • Independent evaluation and assessment of wastewater solutions
  • Case and pilot studies

Call for papers

Abstracts will be accepted for oral and poster presentation, and shall be limited to a maximum of two A4 pages (including figures and tables). The abstracts have to contain adequate information to allow a sound review, including:

  • Clear description of the methodology applied
  • Summary of the achieved results
  • Expected impact of the work and learning points for future applications
  • Supporting material where required

Abstract should be submitted via the conference’s email: [email protected]. Submission of abstracts will be welcomed until 30 June 2014.

For more information, please visit the conference website.

Key dates

Closing date for abstract submission: 30 June 2014
Date of notification to selected authors: 31 July 2014
Closing date for full paper and poster submission: 30 September 2014
Commencement of conference registration: To be announced