Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture: Dissemination of Good Practice Examples and Setting the Research Agenda

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    Hiroshan Hettiarachchi

    Despite water shortages worldwide, more than 80 per cent of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused. In a world where vital resources are increasingly finite, wastewater can provide a valuable source of energy, irrigation, and fertilization.

    This project aims to raise awareness about the value of wastewater, while championing the implementation of minimum standards for water reuse for agricultural purposes. It examines and compiles best-practice examples from Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and engages a broad range of stakeholders to identify knowledge gaps. From this analysis, the project will collate best-practice examples and begin doctoral-level research on the identified knowledge gaps.

    The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It is one of the contributions towards the Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture – Phase 2 (SUWA2) initiative led by UNU-FLORES on behalf of six UN-Water members, partners and programmes (FAO, WHO, UNEP, UNU-INWEH, UNU-FLORES, and IWMI).