Sustainable Management of Water and Sanitation

Working Group discussing Goal 6 “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”.


Scarcity of water, unsustainable management of the available water and poor sanitation conditions of a large portion of the global population is a hindrance in the path of creating a sustainable society. Water Scarcity affects more than 40% people of the world. Of the available water, much of it is contaminated by fecal matter, pollution and untreated sewage discharged directly into water bodies without treatment. 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services, such as toilets or latrines.

These are only few of the staggering figures that indicate the current global scenario of water and sanitation.

Adoption of the SDG Goal 6 marks that the world has come to an agreement that Sustainable Development is impossible without addressing the issues of water and sanitation at a global level. Acknowledgement of a problem is the first step towards solving it. The task that now lies ahead of us i.e the post-2015 agenda will be to honour the targets spelled out in the goal and achieve it together.
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) has a critical role to play in achieving these targets. ESD provides the knowledge, skills and develops the competencies to find solutions. Education also acts as a driver for demand for proper facilities and paves the way for creation of national policies to fulfill these demands.

The working group brought a common understanding of the cross-cutting nature of both water and sanitation and the need for addressing this issue to achieve other global goals. It emphasized on education as a means to bring awareness to the key stakeholders – beneficiaries, government, funding agencies and other key stakeholders. It helped in formulating measurable indicators, prioritization of action areas, plan for wise utilization of available resources and explore newer funding mechanism so that the target could be achieved faster.

This working group had been planned with the following objectives:
1. To critically examine the role of education in –

  • water management with case studies
  • sanitation management scenario with case studies

2. To study successful models of Open Defecation Free (ODF)  areas (village or urban localities) and make recommendation on replicability
3. To study WASH in Schools (WinS) scenario vis a vis the national strategies
4. To study inclusivity in WASH from gender, disability, social exclusion and poverty point of view


  • The key challenges and gaps in water and sanitation sector that education can address were identified
  • A plan of action for post 2015 agenda was prepared 
  • Global networks and partners were identified for effective implementation of Goal 6
  • Collective advocacy with the government and other implementing agencies
  • A set of recommendations for WASH in Schools were formulated  

Who participated?

  • Policy makers and administrators  associated with Water and Sanitation governance and WASH Education
  • UN Bodies and Non Governmental Organizations working on WASH
  • Teaching faculty, Researchers and students  

CEE Focal Point: Dr. Simanta Kalita

Workshop Sessions

Date and Time

Session title & description

Discussion points and Speakers

11 January 2016

Session I:

14:30-16:00 Hrs (1.5 Hrs)

Setting the tone


This session will –

  • Introduce the participants to each other
  • Set the context showing links to the plenary,explaining what is education for water and sanitation in the context of SDGs
  • Decide a discussion agenda for the three days workshop
    • Role of Education in achieving the SDG no 6 Sri Ashoke Chatterjee


    • In length discussion on the role of education vis-à-vis Goal 6 targets

Session II:

17:00-18:00 Hrs (1 Hrs)


  • Citizen Science for Water Management – Dr. Jim Taylor, WESSA South Africa
  • Hydrology education with special reference to environmental hydrology and water quality studiesDr. Chandan Mahanta, Professor, IIT Guwahati


12 January 2016

Session III:

11:15-13:15 Hrs (2 Hrs)

Capacities and Role of Stakeholders

Continuing discussion on Day 1 discussion points

  • Charles Hopkins, Senior Advisor, UNESCO

  • Ravindra Wagh, Programme Coordinator, VIKSAT

  • Mr. Sanjay Joshi
  • Dr. Simanta Kalita, Programme Coordinator, CEE North

Session IV:

14:30-16:00 Hrs (1.5 Hrs)

Sharing experiences

Poster and platform presentations
Case studies from participants

  • Mamita Bora Thakkar, UNICEF, Delhi
  • Karuna Singh, Earth Day Network
  • Shyam Bedekar, Secretary, Vatsalya Foundation
  • Vijay Kaushal, Programme Coordinator, VIKSAT

13 January 2016

Session V:

09:45- 10:45 Hrs (1 Hrs)


Jigna Surkar, Gender Resource Centre, Gujarat

Debendra Parekh, Environmental Sanitation Institution (ESI)

Session VI:

11:15- 13:15 Hrs (2 Hrs)

Drawing road map for post 2015 (2)

Mayank Joshi

Dilip Surkar, Director, VASCSC