The European Sanitation Initiative aims to build capacities and partnerships and to empower people to advance SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation for all by 2030 in an inclusive way. SDG 6 is essentially about people. Citizens that need water and sanitation, workers that provide water and sanitation services, but also people in knowledge institutes and in Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) that educate, raise awareness and advocate for safe sanitation, clean water and public health. Active participation of all stakeholders must be ensured to realize sustainable solutions and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals: clean water and sanitation (SDG 6) is essential to achieve good health (SDG 3), to end extreme poverty (SDG 1), to end hunger (SDG 2) and to advance all other SDGs.

Collaboration between public and private partners, NGO’s and knowledge institutes provides a better chance of solving the problems. Some of the areas where sanitation needs will be greatest in the coming 15 years are already suffering water shortages and facing rapid population growth. Integrated development planning for water use, reuse and recycling between sectors and to protect ecosystems (in Goals 6, 12 and 15) is imperative. A range of “sustainable sanitation” systems are available that minimize water inputs and enable its safe, efficient recycling. To shift to sustainable sanitation provision, countries will need to integrate sanitation into sustainable development planning, institutions and policies in a way that helps maximize the benefits and minimize trade-offs. We also need to keep developing innovative ways to work with communities that not only motivate people to abandon open defecation, but also to reuse sanitation wastewater and “humanure”.

Across Europe there is a lot of expertise. A huge number of utilities, local public and private water and sanitation service providers, governments and CSO’s, knowledge institutes, they all have capacities and experiences that should be shared with people and institutions in other parts of the world and in developing countries.

EuSAIN supports partnerships for capacity building and knowledge sharing for sanitation, water and health and helps to implement this ambition on an integrated, coherent and inclusive manner on a global scale by involving stakeholders in Europe and in the developing countries. Together we cooperate in realizing sanitation and water for all by 2030. Consequently EuSAIN helps to improve health and nutrition for all and advance SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 11, 12, 15 and 17 at the same time. Read more >