Sustainable Sanitation in Cities - A Framework for Action

Lüthi, C., Panesar, A., Schütze, T., Norström, A., McConville, J., Parkinson,
Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (Susana), Internation Forum on Urbanism
16 March 2011

The demands of sustainable development require us to rethink the current approach towards the way in which we dispose of our waste. Considerable progress is being made in the areas of solid waste recycling and renewable energy production but the sustainable management of human waste is an area that is still in its infancy. However, the need for sustainable sanitation is becoming critical due to the need to safeguard fresh water sources from contamination, recycle valuable nutrients contained in excreta for food production, and to conserve energy.

The publication "Sustainable Sanitation in Cities"  seeks to define what sustainable sanitation means in the urban context and how this can be achieved within the constraints and complexities of the urban environment. The authors redefine the relationship between sanitary engineering and urban planning and thus contribute to the ongoing debate on urban sustainability. The book is dedicated to innovative approaches to sanitation and illustrates what putting sustainable sanitation into action means in practice by presenting several case studies.

About the publisher

The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) is a loose network of more than 120 organizations working on common issues and is open to others active in the promotion of sustainable sanitation. The overall goal of the SuSanA is to contribute to the achievement of the MDGs by promoting sustainable sanitation systems in urban and rural context.


The International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU) is a network of universities, research institutes and knowledge centers with the task to strengthen the international and interdisciplinary collaboration in the field of Urbanism.

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