Celebrating 10 Years: FSM Heroes- Past, Present and Future
6th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference
The FSM Alliance is excited to take on its role as the new host and organiser for the International Faecal Sludge Management conference (FSM conference). The FSM Alliance was announced at AfricaSan 5/FSM5 in Cape Town, South Africa in 2019 to create a centralised platform for those working in the FSM sub-sector.
The 6th International Faecal Sludge Management conference (FSM6) will continue its mission of sharing best practice and innovation to improve how faecal sludge is managed and how to expand service to the 4.5 billion people lacking access to safely managed sanitation. The FSM conference is held bi-annually and alternates between being held in Asia and Africa. FSM6 will draw experience from Asia to address the demands and challenges of the sanitation sector, while also highlighting best practice and lessons learned from around the globe with a focus on including examples from Africa and Latin America. It will, once again, provide the opportunity for sector professionals, governments, policy-makers, utilities, development partners, investors, industries and service providers to coordinate, develop and share learning to provide affordable and workable solutions at scale.
This conference will focus on practical solutions to sustainably manage the whole sanitation service chain, covering the toilet, containment, emptying, transport, treatment and reuse, as an essential component of city-wide urban sanitation services. It will also highlight best practices on how to incorporate marginalised stakeholders and consumers into the institutional frameworks and enabling environments with a focus on providing service to low-income communities and disadvantaged populations.
The theme of FSM6 is, Celebrating 10 Years: FSM Heroes – Past, Present and Future. From our first conference in 2011, to the FSM Alliance now being an established organisation- we have certainly come a long way. One thing that has remained constant in the sanitation sector is the need for safe service provision at all levels. Sanitation workers have been providing essential services, especially to communities with poor sanitation infrastructures. Much progress has been achieved within FSM, and there is no doubt that current research and implementation of FSM is making great leaps toward achieving SDG 6.2.
With the deadline of the SDG’s just 9 years to go, FSM6 will focus on the evolution of the FSM sub-sector to date with a look towards the future on the key issues we feel can contribute to a world where everyone has access to safe sanitation.