Please check out the new WECF website on wecf.org!

Stay here to browse our website archive (2004-2018).

WECF Deutschland

WECF France

WECF Nederland

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

Terra Preta Sanitation - The Future of Sanitation?

Linking sanitation, agriculture, soil protection and climate change Terra Preta Sanitation – An interdisciplinary approach

26.08.2013 | WECF



The first international conference on “Terra Preta Sanitation” (TPS) is held on the 28th -31st of August at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH). The Institute of Wastewater Management and Water Protection (AWW) and the environmental network WECF host this professional event under the patronage of the Federal Ministry of Environment.

This event has to be seen against the background of 2.6 billion people worldwide without sufficient sanitation. The well-known and expensive sanitation and wastewater system “Flush and Forget” is no sensible solution for this problem and, therefore, new alternative approaches are necessary. It is important to link the sectors sanitation, agriculture, soil protection and climate change.

TPS stands for a sustainable toilet system and for waste water management, respectively, and refers to the rediscovered black soil from the Amazon (Terra Preta di Indio). Terra Preta is among the most fertile soils worldwide and according to most recent research results it is mainly compounded from organic waste, including toilet waste and charcoal. Technologies for the joint production of energy and biochar from organic waste are an integrated part of TPS. They should be adapted to decentralized sanitation systems. At large scale, also electric power can be produced together with biochar.

This two day conference will enable over 100 experts from universities, environmental organizations and other non-governmental organizations from 20 countries to exchange information about possibilities and potentials of this new approach.
The conference will close on August 31 with excursions to Terra Preta pilot projects in Hamburg. The second excursion will take participants to another settlement project in Allermöhe with composting toilets working successfully since years.

Contact:
•    Torsten Bettendorf, TUHH, bettendorf@tuhh.de  tel.: 0179-1201513
•    Claudia Wendland, WECF, claudia.wendland@wecf.eu, tel.: 0172-4143901

For further information, you are welcome to visit our webpage: www.tps-ic.org. There is still an opportunity to be part of the conference as participant or press representative. The conference is supported by IWA, BDZ, UNESCO-IHE, WASH-Network, SuSanA and financed by Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU).



Related News

Calling for periods free from plastic & hazardous chemicals
Letter to Frédérique Ries, MEP, European Parliament on behalf of the #BreakFreeFromPlastics movement
04.09.2018

Together for sustainable sanitation and water security worldwide!
Stockholm, 26-31 Aug 2018: WECF participated in the World Water Week 2018 to further support the worldwide implementation of SDG 6
01.09.2018

Fifth meeting of the Expert Group on Equitable Access to Water and Sanitation, 26 - 27 June 2018
WECF shares experiences on developing and implementing Equitable Access Action Plans
27.07.2018

National Round Table and Training on Drinking Water Issues and Priorities in Macedonia
Working Package 2 – Educational measures for responsible institutions and drafting of regulations, among the on-going project „Water and Sanitation Safety Planning in Romania, Albania, and FYR Macedonia”
27.07.2018

Training for Teachers on Water and Sanitation Safety Planning
Women in Development and WECF organise a 2-day workshop in Shkodra region, Albania
27.07.2018