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Title: Community participation and local regulations for sustainable sanitation and water reuse in Anza village, Palestine
Authors: Al-Sa'ed, Rashed
Mohammed, Abdellatif
Lechner, Markus
Keywords: Water reuse - Citizen participation - Palestine - Anza;Sewage - Purification - Citizen participation - Palestine - Anza;Irrigation projects - Palestine - Anza;Water resources development - Citizen participation - Palestine - Anza
Issue Date: 11-Apr-2012
Publisher: EcoSan Club Austria (
Source: Al-Sa`ed, R., Mohammed, A., Lechner, M., 2012. Community participation and local regulations for sustainable sanitation and water reuse in Anza village, Palestine. Sustainable Sanitation Practice 11(4), 20-28.
Abstract: Free access to water and agricultural land, and sustainable sanitation can reduce food insecurity and enhance economic development in Palestine. This paper presents initial findings of an EU funded project to erect sustainable wastewater treatment and effluent recycling schemes for food security in Anza village. The project aimed at the erection of affordable and environmentally sound sanitation infrastructures considering community consultation and local regulatory rules. The feasibility study showed that low cost treatment options were neither sustainable nor cost effective compared with mechanised biological systems. Results of scoping sessions revealed that major stakeholders (village council members, women and farmers) are willing to accept and pay for environmentally sound and cost effective sanitation facilities. The study recommends the need for coordination between regulatory institutions, funding agencies and community to oversee and coordinate planning activities. Early community participation in the planning process facilitated proper technology selection considering the socio-political, financial and environmental aspects.
Description: refereed article
Appears in Collections:Institute of Environmental and Water Studies

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