Session A: Opening ceremony and introduction to the sanitation issue in West Africa
"I have a good knowledge of the conference venue and I stand ready to conduct and answer any question regarding Burkina Faso, in general and specifically Ouagadougou city.
For having worked on sanitation events with CREPA for several years, I ensure the timing of the opening ceremony and Gala Dinner, where I could present the Burkinabe and foreign authorities. Be sure that I am a good time-manager for such events".
The first part of the morning was marked by the speeches for opening the ceremony by the General manager of the CREPA, Mr. Tidiane Tandia, the General Coordinator of NETSSAF, Mr. Mirko Hänel and the Representative of the Minister for Hydraulics and Agriculture of Burkina Faso. The Representative of the Ministry for hydraulics and Agriculture stressed the importance of NETSSAF project for West Africa , region which faced several problems and constraints to achieve the Millenium Development Goals . Therefore, NETSSAF Project is welcomed to help urban and rural populations to take the way of the sustainable development through sustainable sanitation which is expressed by a safe hygiene , a sure environment and a greater productivity of agriculture.
Following the opening ceremony, Prof. Ralf Otterpohl, scientific coordinator of NETSSAF project presents the main points of the coordination of the project. According to Prof. Otterpöhl, the sustainable sanitation Approach aims to protect human health and the environment while reducing the use of water in sanitation system and –when possible- recycling nutrients to help reduce the need for artificial fertilizers in agriculture, and can be only successfully applied under consideration of the actual technical, economic, social and institutional framework. The general objective of NETSSSAF is therefore to coordinate and integrate the current scientific research, technological innovation and execution activities, creating synergies to support large-scale implementation of sustainable sanitation systems in peri-urban and rural areas, in order to propose feasible solutions for the achievement of the Millenium Development Goals in Africa. Indeed, NETSSAF aims at giving value to the sanitation through: (i) improvement of the public health; (ii) production of the fertilizers (increase in the productivity); (iii) improvement of the quality of the soils;(iv) jobs opportunities in the sanitation (implementation and maintenance).
The objectives of the project were achieved. Four significant tools were elaborate:
Andrea Knupp, from Water and Sanitation Program in Africa WSP-AF of World Bank, based in Ethiopia underlined the AfricaSan 2008 Objectives which are defined as follow: Assess the status of H&S in Africa, Review lessons learned and identify strategic areas for improvement,Raise the profile of H&S in national and regional policies,Generate an AfricaSan action Plan to accelerate sustainable access to H&S. According to Andreas, the main outputs are: 600+ delegates, including 30+ African ministers, eThikwini Declaration: African governments commit to separate budget lines and to spend >0.5 of GDP on H&S, Action Plan to finance and track progress towards MDGs, Regional sanitation advocacy campaign launched, Sanitation review of 32 countries.
Finally M. Andreas defined the five recommendations from Africa san as follow:
Prof. Gueladio Cissé, Director of Swiss Centre for Scientific Research in Côte d’Ivoire, presented The programme NCCR North-South which is among 20 Swiss National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCR) – 2001. - NCCR North South is funded by :
The NCCR North-South attempts to build bridges between:
Prof. Cissé wished for the future to :
The last speaker for the session A was Dr Günter Langergraber from University of BOKU, Austria on the approach of ROSA project toward a sustainable sanitation. The ROSA project carried out the following objectives:
Dr Günter, gave a Summary and an outlook of ROSA as follow:
Prof. Ralf Otterpohl
Technical University Hamburg Harburg, Germany
Mr. Andreas Knapp
World Bank, Water and Sanitation Program Africa, Ethiopia
Prof. Gueladio Cissé
Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques (CSRS), Cote d'Ivore
Dr. Günther Langergraber
BOKU University, Australia