Session of the Mediterranean Cross Continental Process, coordinated by Jauad EL KHARRAZ (EMWIS/SEMIDE) & Nejib ABID (ONAS, Tunisia) to respond to the priority 4 of this process: "Urban and Industrial Wastewater collection and treatment"
During the World Water Forum held in Marseille from 12 to 17 March 2012, the Euro-Mediterranean Information System on know-how in the Water sector (EMWIS) coordinated with the Tunisian National Office for Sanitation (ONAS) the session Med 4.2: “Sustainable cost recovery (SCR) for sanitation services” under the Mediterranean Cross Continental Process, Priority 4: Urban and Industrial Wastewater collection and treatment.
Financing is a necessary (but not sufficient) condition for achieving adequate water and sanitation services and the resulting benefits on health, education and economic activity. In the last years, not only developing countries but also developed countries are facing difficulties to establish sustainable mechanisms to finance such sector. In
Hence, the objective of this session was to analyze and discuss the best mechanisms for financing urban and industrial sanitation services. One of the important mechanisms consists in considering the cost recovery scheme for the overall sanitation cycle in order to have a clear picture of all the costs and to match them with the necessary financial resources: tax payer money, tariffs and fees, and international financial aid (Transfer) i.e. the 3 Ts. This approach aims at answering the question "Who pays what?" On the other hand, it was also the occasion to discuss some emerging solutions such as: generating new revenues (reuse waste water & sludge, energy production) and payment for ecosystem (Eco-tax / environmental tax).
Some case studies from
This session took place on Wednesday 14/03 from 08h00 to 10h00 in room: “PC 13 - Patio 3 > Palais des Congrès (Level 1)”, in coordination with the sessions of the thematic process on "Financing water for all".
Target Med 4.2:
By 2015, each Mediterranean country has defined a strategy of sustainable cost recovery (SCR) for sanitation services through the use of tariffs and fees, public subsidies and international financial assistance to ensure economical sustainability, equitable access for all and pollution control.