Economic Spillover Effects from Two Fecal Sludge Management Programs in the Philippines | Asian Development Bank

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Economic Spillover Effects from Two Fecal Sludge Management Programs in the Philippines

Event | 7 December 2017 ADBI, Tokyo, Japan

Background

Global interest in and awareness of non-sewered sanitation and fecal sludge management (FSM) are increasing. More and more research and development projects in this field are being funded by organizations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Asia and Africa.

Two city-wide FSM case studies in the Philippines will be discussed: one in Dumaguete City, and the other in Project 7, Quezon City. These demonstrate economic spillover effects as ancillary benefits of the treatment processes: cost savings are worth much more than the original capital expenditures for the wastewater treatment facility. This confirms that the potential economic development resulting from the spillover effects, as future benefits and net present values, could be an incentive for local government officials to implement FSM. The seminar aims to develop a toolkit to help estimate economic development resulting from investments in FSM, using the Philippine experience as a template.

About the speaker

David Robbins is a specialist in on-site and decentralized wastewater management (DEWATS), with an emphasis on FSM. He has 27 years of experience in building engineering, operational, and managerial capacity to deliver local wastewater projects in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. He has written extensively on urban sanitation policies, procedures, and practices; served as sanitation advisor for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Philippine Sanitation Alliance program; and led a team that developed the USAID Septage Management Toolkit used in the Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Nepal.

Objectives

  • To promote discussion among economists and sanitation experts on developing a toolkit that will estimate economic development resulting from investments in FSM, using the above cases as a template
  • To gather experts in the field of water, sanitation, and economics to discuss methods and techniques to determine long-term economic impacts of installing on-site wastewater treatment systems and urban co-treatment plants

Participants

Senior experts, research associates from ADBI, experts from think tanks working in the water and sanitation sector in Japan, and private sector professionals.

Participant responsibilities

Actively join discussions and share views and experiences.

Output

Better understanding of tools and techniques to estimate spillover effects resulting from installing wastewater treatment plants for two cases in the Philippines.

How to register

For inquiries, please contact [email protected].

Language

English

Time of event

12:00 - 13:00