Available courses

We are living in water-stressed times. Approximately four billion people experience severe water scarcity at least one month per year. It is estimated that by 2030, 700 million people worldwide could be displaced due to intense water scarcity. The growing demand for water comes at a time when the potential for augmenting supply is limited, water tables are falling and water quality issues have increasingly come to the forefront. The current water paradigm in India and many developing countries, primary focuses on the supply side management and providing hardware solutions is unsustainable and non-feasible. This further aggravates the problem of inadequate municipal supply, ground water depletion and water pollution.

Moreover the current COVID19 pandemic demonstrates why water and sanitation — being an effective barrier against the virus — must be available, accessible and affordable to all. A lack of these can be a significant vector / pathway in the transmission of the virus, if proper hygiene is not followed. The need of the hour is to rework water and sanitation management systems instead of focusing solely on infrastructure solutions for water and sanitation challenges — as is usually seen in developing countries.

A proposed alternative to the growing water crisis that is increasingly being considered is use of  wastewater as a resource. At present, 80% of wastewater worldwide is released untreated in the environment and in developing countries such as in India only 22% of sewage generated is treated. Research findings have explored the huge potential of wastewater and reusing and recycling of treated wastewater to augment freshwater sources and mitigate water stress. Moreover, policy frameworks all over the world also emphasize on the reuse and recycling of treated wastewater for local purpose. This calls for a paradigm shift from the current centralized approach to one which is sustainable in nature and emphasizes on the reuse and recycle of treated wastewater. 

One such sustainable approach is decentralized wastewater treatment as it addresses the problem of water pollution and scarcity. The approach is based on the important principle – devolving level of the application so that wastewater can be treated at affordable costs, cutting the cost of pumping long distances and promoting local reuse of treated wastewater. Decentralized wastewater management approach can play a vital role in today’s world, as it is more economically affordable and is an ecologically sustainable option that requires low maintenance. It provides an added advantage to meet the huge demand of non-potable water which does not require tertiary level of treatment, thus reducing the stress on water sources. The socio-economic situation and the context of urbanization highlight the need for decentralized wastewater solutions. In such circumstances, local reuse and recycling of treated wastewater too holds immense potential in terms of overall urban environmental sustainability.

Purpose
To help students, working professionals and environmental enthusiasts learn state-of-art concepts and principles of improved urban water management at their own comfort.

Learning Objectives:

    • To understand the existing problems in wastewater management.
    • Understanding of the definition, concept and approach of decentralized wastewater treatment vis a vis centralized wastewater treatment and its intervention in urban areas.
    • Acquaintance to web based portal MOUNT – case studies showing different technologies and cost effectiveness. 
    • Understanding about the enabling frameworks and regulations applicable to decentralized wastewater treatment including reuse. 

Content:
The course will consist of the following modules:
Module I: Water and wastewater management: Understanding present complexities
Module II: Decentralized wastewater treatment: A paradigm shift
Module III: MOUNT: A Web based tool for Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Technologies
Module IV: Enabling environment for effective decentralized wastewater treatment including reuse 

Course Design:

The course comprises of self-study, technological learning tools such as presentations, videos featuring case studies from various countries and other audio material. It will facilitate interaction amongst participants through online forums and discussions. It will be interactive course with periodic assessment through group discussions, exercises and quizzes. Participants will also get a chance to interact and learn from experts at CSE and abroad through online interactions and a webinar.

Participants are expected to complete the course in a period of about four weeks with a workload of 24 hours. Participant is expected to spend about 6 hours per week on reading, discussion, interaction and assignments. At the end of the week and module, participants are expected to submit an assignment based on their learning. These assignments may have multiple choice questions, short answer type questions, quizzes, or essay type of question. Assessment will be done on the following criteria –

  1. Comprehensiveness of observations and problems identified
  2. Extent of critical engagement with course learning
  3. Depth and nuance in suggested interventions
  4. Ability to critique self-developed strategy 

At the end of the course, the participants would also get bonus points for being attentive, creative and responsive during the training programme. 

 



Introduction

Recently conducted 'SFD Week - Designing and Implementing Sustainable Sanitation for All'. A three-day conclave on sanitation, imparting knowledge on the importance of mapping faecal sludge, how SFDs done so far, have resulted in achieving advocacy and to learn from experiences and help cities move beyond open defecation free (ODF) for citywide sanitation. The conclave was supported by International Water Association (IWA), Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) and National Faecal Sludge and Septage Management Alliance (NFSSM). 

The fate of excreta produced by urban populations across the globe is often poorly understood. Particularly in low- and middle-income countries with rapidly expanding cities, excreta management represents a growing challenge; generating significant negative public health and environmental risks.

Solving the sanitation crisis is, therefore, a challenge and opportunity in need of cross-sectoral communication, and facilitating such communication requires a new language and new communication tools. One of the tools used to inform stakeholders from a range of backgrounds on citywide sanitation conditions is known colloquially as the Shit Flow Diagram (SFD), which often form a crucial basis for discussion among a wide range of urban agencies on future steps towards better urban sanitation for all. 

SFD (excreta flow diagram) is a visualization tool that summarizes complex information into an easy-to-understand graphic, as it simply shows how excreta is or is not contained along the sanitation chain. SFDs are increasingly being used to analyze the sanitation situation in urban areas.

To know more about SFDs, click here

The online course 

The e-course will provide hand on experience to state and non-state actors to prepare SFD for towns and cities. The course will give you the necessary knowledge to describe what an SFD could be used for, prepare your own SFD and use the tools and methods used for preparation of SFD graphic and report.

Aim of course

To provide hands on experience to participants on how to prepare SFD for towns and cities.

Target audience

This training is intended for anyone who wishes to prepare an SFD report for a town or a city. Whether you are working for a local, regional or national government, an NGO, a University, or if you are just interested in learning more about SFDs, this training is for you.

Learning outcomes

  • Improved understanding of SFDs as advocacy, monitoring and planning tool
  • Acquaintance with the methodology of data collection and analysis
  • Enhanced knowledge on terms, jargons and variables used in the sanitation value chain
  • Hands on experience on using graphic generator to develop SFD



Cities in India and South Asia are spiralling. Our climate is changing, making cities more prone to extreme rain events and floods while water scarcity and pollution continue to grow. Water problems jeopardise the survival of millions of people globally. Recent water crises in states of India - Chennai, Bihar and Assam over last summer have been devastating. Ground water, lakes and rivers in India are exhaustively overdrawn (a CSE study showing ground water sources 48% of urban water supply in India), yet no city in the country has adequate water supply. Fresh water sources are reducing due to rapid urban expansion. Cities encroach and pollute them as wastewater is disposed into water bodies untreated. Central Pollution Control Board indicates that 43,117 MLD (million litres per day) of untreated sewage flows into rivers across India. Additionally, 351 river stretches across the country are polluted due to discharge of both municipal and industrial waste water over the years (CPCB, 2018).

Presently, as we confront the new global enemy novel ‘coronavirus disease’ (COVID-19), the availability of water will be a crucial determinant for a successful outcome in this war. It is estimated that family of five would need around 100 to 200 litres of water per day only to wash hands. The current urban water management paradigm has its difficulties – it is energy and capital intensive, has legal and institutional gaps, creates and maintains wealth inequality and disregards our natural environment. It prioritises access for a select population and excludes the remaining. Research indicates that the urban poor around the world pay up to 50 times more for one litre of water than their better off neighbours, as they buy their water from private sellers (UN Water). Yet, our problems and solutions both usually involve big, technological fixes with little consideration of increasing vulnerability of the urban poor and national ecosystems.

Realizing the current water scenario and demand for this knowledge, the School of Water and Waste, AAETI, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is organizing an online course on “Water Woes: Understanding Urban Water Management” as part of a series of successful online programs that CSE has conducted since 2016. The course will provide a holistic perspective on today’s water scenario and emphasize the need to move towards a water secure future. It will help practitioners and decision makers with various other commitments to improve their subject-knowledge online in their own time, using a highly supportive and interactive learning platform. 


Purpose:

To help students, working professionals and environmental enthusiasts learn state-of-art concepts and principles of improved urban water management at their own comfort and pace. 


Objectives:

  • Identify gaps in the legal aspects of water provision access and governance.
  • Recognize the various external and internal stresses and shocks to water bodies in a city
  • Indicate the current problems with physical water infrastructure
  • Illustrate the increasing scope of a decentralised approach to wastewater management
  • Demonstrate inequity in access and pricing of water in a city and associated ripple effects among the urban poor
  • Suggest scope for interventions based on different problem scenarios and contexts.
  • Identify tools and approaches for urban water management 


Themes:

Theme 1: Water and Development – What Works and What doesn’t

Theme 2: Making Water Everybody’s Business

Theme 3: Learning from Nature – The Dying Wisdom

Theme 4: Tools and Approaches to operationalize interventions 


Course Work

The course comprises of self-study, technological learning tools such as presentations, videos featuring case studies from various countries, interviews with experts, inspirational talks, and other audio material. It will facilitate interaction amongst participants through online forums and discussions. Also, it will be interactive with several interesting assessment exercises and quizzes. Participants will also get a chance to interact and learn from experts at CSE through online interactions and a webinar. 

Online Training Programme on Tools for Mainstreaming Blue Green Spaces and Infrastructure


Cities are growing in size, space and economy. However, cities today are facing multiple challenges, emerging from an ever increasing demand for services, crumbling infrastructure and climate change. In this context, it is imperative to mainstream the concept and strategies of Green Infrastructure (GI) with Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning (WSUDP).

However, despite numerous benefits of GI & WSUDP, its wider implementation faces a number of challenges, such as lack of awareness by decision-makers and rigid regulatory or funding policies that stipulate traditional grey approaches. Also, there is a need for agreed methodologies for cost-benefit analyses that would enable a full comparison of grey and blue-green spaces / infrastructure options.

CSE published India’s first Practitioner’s Guide(s) on Green Infrastructure and Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning; including an Urban Water Sustainability Template in 2017, commissioned by the Central Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India. The guides aim at mainstreaming reforms and capacity building of state / municipal functionaries and others involved in the advocacy for sustainable urban water management in India cities. Various global institutions have also developed tools and approaches in this direction to help cities and towns, and their regions, to be sustainable, resilient, productive, and liveable and water sensitive.

The School of Water and Waste (SW&W) is a capacity building initiative of CSE that aims to establish policy principles, innovative technologies, and implementation strategies for city wide water and sanitation management, which will lay the foundations for a water and waste-prudent society.

The course features technological learning tools such as presentations, videos featuring case studies, and other audio and reading material. The training focuses on roll out and testing of various tools which help in mainstreaming the concept and strategies of blue green Infrastructure.

Aim
The aim of the training is to create change-agents in the urban water management sector, who will have in-depth understanding of key tools and approaches for mainstreaming blue green infrastructure.

Objectives

  • Overview of blue green infrastructure approach.
  • Understanding and state of art tools developed for in global south like Water Sensitive Cities Index developed by CRCWSC.
  • BlueHealth Tools: Behavioural Assessment Tool (BBAT), Environmental Assessment Tool (BEAT), Community Level Survey (BCLS)
  • Roll out, test and contextualisation of the tools in local / regional context vis-à-vis upcoming policy, programmes and projects.




Cities in the global south are growing and expanding rapidly. Rapid, unplanned urban growth leads to its own set of problems. Our fresh water sources are reducing, cities encroach and pollute them as wastewater is disposed into water bodies untreated and groundwater exploitation is rampant. Floods in Chennai and Mumbaiand drying cities like Cape Town and Dar E Salam over therecent past have been devastating for human life and property. Experts identify increased unplanned urban growth, grey infrastructure and reduced green spaces as the major root causes tomany of these issues.

Green Infrastructure thus provides a new concept - a ‘smart’ method for natural conservation and urban planning. It is high time we realize that ecosystems are not a frill but a necessity.

Augmenting urban green infrastructure is considered to be an effective approach to reduce the adverse impact of urbanization on the hydrological cycle. They improve natural water systems in cities and dampen peak flows from storms that frequently lead to flooding in our cities to help create more water sensitive cities. Expansion of urban green infrastructure interventions is not only an economical and environmentally-friendly approach to deal with storm water runoff and urban flooding, but can also improve the resilience and sustainability of cities.

CSE - School of Water and Waste in partnership with the University of West England are jointly organizing this online course. The course aims to build basic orientation of practitioners on GI and eventually build a community of practice who can successfully work towards designing and implementing green infrastructure interventions in town/ cities.

Purpose

To help students, working professionals and environmental enthusiasts learn state-of-art concepts and principles of green infrastructure for improved urban water management at their own comfort and pace.

Objectives

  1. Define and conceptualize green infrastructure for water resource management in urban areas
  2. Provide an overview of the current problems with water infrastructure
  3. Understand the GI approach and strategies for analyses with regard to planning for different urban typologies
  4. Recognize scope for GI interventions based on different problem scenarios and contexts
  5. Understand and apply case studies in support of GI principles across the world 

Aim of the Course

The objective of the course is to gain an understanding of all of the required aspects for the design and operation of a comprehensive faecal sludge management system. 

Course Learning Objectives

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

Have an understanding of the treatment, management, and planning aspects related to FSM, and how they interact

Comprehend the importance of proper sludge characterisation for optimal collection and transport, treatment and reuse

Apply engineering fundamentals to design systems for management and treatment of faecal sludge

Learn about state of the art advocacy tools like Shit Flow Diagram

Place FSM in an urban sanitation context for sustainable and feasible planning of FSM systems


Course

This is the Second e-learning course dedicated to faecal sludge management. It compiles the current state of knowledge of this rapidly evolving field and presents an integrated approach that includes technology, management and planning. It addresses the planning and organization of the entire faecal sludge management service chain, from the collection and transport of sludge and its treatment options, to the final end use or disposal of treated sludge.


Participant's Benefits

On successful enrolment

>> One year free subscription to CSE’s fortnightly magazine Down To Earth

>> Become member of Global FSM e-learning Alliance

Top 20 participants will get 50% refund of fees

Top 5 participants will get chance to participate in CSE workshop


Global e-learning Alliance

The Global Faecal Sludge Management e-Learning Alliance is a platform to facilitate development and empower the dissemination of knowledge on faecal sludge management (FSM) through online education, so that the sanitation challenges can be embraced with deeper insight, advanced knowledge and greater confidence. It also provides an enabling environment with a vibrant community of professionals who have completed the essential element of the alliance - the e-learning course on Faecal Sludge Management.


Partners

The Global Faecal Sludge Management e-Learning Alliance is a platform to facilitate development and empower the dissemination of knowledge on faecal sludge management (FSM) through online education, so that the sanitation challenges can be embraced with deeper insight, advanced knowledge and greater confidence. It also provides an enabling environment with a vibrant community of professionals who have completed the essential element of the alliance - the e-learning course on Faecal Sludge Management.



Cities in the global south are spiraling. Our climate is changing, making cities more prone to extreme rain events and floods while water scarcity and pollution continue to grow. Ground water, lakes and rivers are exhaustively overdrawn. For example, a CSE study showed that 48% of urban water supply in India is met by ground water resources yet no city in the country has adequate water supply. Fresh water sources are reducing due to rapid urban expansion. Cities encroach and pollute them as wastewater is disposed into water bodies untreated. 

The course will provide a holistic perspective on today’s urban water scenario and emphasize the need to move towards a water secure future. It will help practitioners and decision makers with various other commitments improve their subject-knowledge in their own time, using a highly supportive and interactive learning platform.

Purpose
To help students, working professionals and environmental enthusiasts learn state-of-art concepts and principles of improved urban water management at their own comfort.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify gaps in water provision, access and governance
  • Recognize the various external and internal stresses and shocks to water bodies in a city
  • Indicate the current problems with water infrastructure
  • Illustrate the increasing scope of a decentralised approach to water management
  • Demonstrate inequity in access and pricing of water in a city
  • Suggest scope for interventions based on different problem scenarios and contexts
  • Identify tools and approaches for urban water management

Content:
The course will consist of the following modules:
Module I: Water and Development – Understanding present complexities 
Module II:Overview of Urban Water Governance – Alternative reforms  
Module III: Basic Principles of Nature-based Urban Water Management
Module IV: Introduction to Tools and Approaches to operationalize interventions


Introduction

Recently conducted 'SFD Week - Designing and Implementing Sustainable Sanitation for All'. A three-day conclave on sanitation, imparting knowledge on the importance of mapping faecal sludge, how SFDs done so far, have resulted in achieving advocacy and to learn from experiences and help cities move beyond open defecation free (ODF) for citywide sanitation. The conclave was supported by International Water Association (IWA), Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) and National Faecal Sludge and Septage Management Alliance (NFSSM). 

The fate of excreta produced by urban populations across the globe is often poorly understood. Particularly in low- and middle-income countries with rapidly expanding cities, excreta management represents a growing challenge; generating significant negative public health and environmental risks.

Solving the sanitation crisis is, therefore, a challenge and opportunity in need of cross-sectoral communication, and facilitating such communication requires a new language and new communication tools. One of the tools used to inform stakeholders from a range of backgrounds on citywide sanitation conditions is known colloquially as the Shit Flow Diagram (SFD), which often form a crucial basis for discussion among a wide range of urban agencies on future steps towards better urban sanitation for all. 

SFD (excreta flow diagram) is a visualization tool that summarizes complex information into an easy-to-understand graphic, as it simply shows how excreta is or is not contained along the sanitation chain. SFDs are increasingly being used to analyze the sanitation situation in urban areas.

To know more about SFDs, click here

The online course 

The e-course will provide hand on experience to state and non-state actors to prepare SFD for towns and cities. The course will give you the necessary knowledge to describe what an SFD could be used for, prepare your own SFD and use the tools and methods used for preparation of SFD graphic and report.

Aim of course

To provide hands on experience to participants on how to prepare SFD for towns and cities.

Target audience

This training is intended for anyone who wishes to prepare an SFD report for a town or a city. Whether you are working for a local, regional or national government, an NGO, a University, or if you are just interested in learning more about SFDs, this training is for you.

Learning outcomes

  • Improved understanding of SFDs as advocacy, monitoring and planning tool
  • Acquaintance with the methodology of data collection and analysis
  • Enhanced knowledge on terms, jargons and variables used in the sanitation value chain
  • Hands on experience on using graphic generator to develop SFD



Cities in the global south are spiraling. Our climate is changing, making cities more prone to extreme rain events and floods while water scarcity and pollution continue to grow. Ground water, lakes and rivers are exhaustively overdrawn. For example, a CSE study showed that 48% of urban water supply in India is met by ground water resources yet no city in the country has adequate water supply. Fresh water sources are reducing due to rapid urban expansion. Cities encroach and pollute them as wastewater is disposed into water bodies untreated. 

The course will provide a holistic perspective on today’s urban water scenario and emphasize the need to move towards a water secure future. It will help practitioners and decision makers with various other commitments improve their subject-knowledge in their own time, using a highly supportive and interactive learning platform.

Purpose
To help students, working professionals and environmental enthusiasts learn state-of-art concepts and principles of improved urban water management at their own comfort.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify gaps in water provision, access and governance
  • Recognize the various external and internal stresses and shocks to water bodies in a city
  • Indicate the current problems with water infrastructure
  • Illustrate the increasing scope of a decentralised approach to water management
  • Demonstrate inequity in access and pricing of water in a city
  • Suggest scope for interventions based on different problem scenarios and contexts
  • Identify tools and approaches for urban water management

Content:
The course will consist of the following modules:
Module I: Water and Development – Understanding present complexities 
Module II:Overview of Urban Water Governance – Alternative reforms  
Module III: Basic Principles of Nature-based Urban Water Management
Module IV: Introduction to Tools and Approaches to operationalize interventions

Coursework
The course comprises of self-study, technological learning tools such as presentations, videos featuring case studies from various countries, interviews with experts, inspirational talks, and other audio material. It will facilitate interaction amongst participants through online forums and discussions. Also, it will be interactive with several interesting assessment exercises and quizzes. Participants will also get a chance to interact and learn from experts at CSE through online interactions and a webinar.


Introduction

The fate of excreta produced by urban populations across the globe is often poorly understood. Particularly in low- and middle-income countries with rapidly expanding cities, excreta management represents a growing challenge; generating significant negative public health and environmental risks.

Solving the sanitation crisis is, therefore, a challenge and opportunity in need of cross-sectoral communication, and facilitating such communication requires a new language and new communication tools. One of the tools used to inform stakeholders from a range of backgrounds on citywide sanitation conditions is known colloquially as the Shit Flow Diagram (SFD), which often form a crucial basis for discussion among a wide range of urban agencies on future steps towards better urban sanitation for all. 

SFD (excreta flow diagram) is a visualization tool that summarizes complex information into an easy-to-understand graphic, as it simply shows how excreta is or is not contained along the sanitation chain. SFDs are increasingly being used to analyze the sanitation situation in urban areas.

To know more about SFDs, click here

The online course 

The e-course will provide hand on experience to state and non-state actors to prepare SFD for towns and cities. The course will give you the necessary knowledge to describe what an SFD could be used for, prepare your own SFD and use the tools and methods used for preparation of SFD graphic and report.

Aim of course

To provide hands on experience to participants on how to prepare SFD for towns and cities.

Target audience

This training is intended for anyone who wishes to prepare an SFD report for a town or a city. Whether you are working for a local, regional or national government, an NGO, a University, or if you are just interested in learning more about SFDs, this training is for you.

Learning outcomes

  • Improved understanding of SFDs as advocacy, monitoring and planning tool
  • Acquaintance with the methodology of data collection and analysis
  • Enhanced knowledge on terms, jargons and variables used in the sanitation value chain
  • Hands on experience on using graphic generator to develop SFD

The SFD Promotion Initiative

The main objective of the SFD Promotion Initiative is to continue further development of the SFD approach. This approach includes standardized guidance – a methodology and tools - for the easy production of standardized SFDs, backed by a description of information sources and the enabling environment in the city concerned. 

The Steering Committee of the SFD Promotion Initiative consists of representatives from the six partner organizations –GIZWSPEAWAGUoLWEDC, and CSE. Regular monthly meetings of the Steering Committee allow for a close exchange on progress and results, ideas and experiences.


Aim of the Course

The objective of the course is to gain an understanding of all of the required aspects for the design and operation of a comprehensive faecal sludge management system. 

Course Learning Objectives

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

Have an understanding of the treatment, management, and planning aspects related to FSM, and how they interact

Comprehend the importance of proper sludge characterisation for optimal collection and transport, treatment and reuse

Apply engineering fundamentals to design systems for management and treatment of faecal sludge

Learn about state of the art advocacy tools like Shit Flow Diagram

Place FSM in an urban sanitation context for sustainable and feasible planning of FSM systems


Course

This is the Second e-learning course dedicated to faecal sludge management. It compiles the current state of knowledge of this rapidly evolving field and presents an integrated approach that includes technology, management and planning. It addresses the planning and organization of the entire faecal sludge management service chain, from the collection and transport of sludge and its treatment options, to the final end use or disposal of treated sludge.


Participant's Benefits

On successful enrolment

>> One year free subscription to CSE’s fortnightly magazine Down To Earth

>> Become member of Global FSM e-learning Alliance

Top 20 participants will get 50% refund of fees

Top 5 participants will get chance to participate in CSE workshop


Global e-learning Alliance

The Global Faecal Sludge Management e-Learning Alliance is a platform to facilitate development and empower the dissemination of knowledge on faecal sludge management (FSM) through online education, so that the sanitation challenges can be embraced with deeper insight, advanced knowledge and greater confidence. It also provides an enabling environment with a vibrant community of professionals who have completed the essential element of the alliance - the e-learning course on Faecal Sludge Management.


Partners

The Global Faecal Sludge Management e-Learning Alliance is a platform to facilitate development and empower the dissemination of knowledge on faecal sludge management (FSM) through online education, so that the sanitation challenges can be embraced with deeper insight, advanced knowledge and greater confidence. It also provides an enabling environment with a vibrant community of professionals who have completed the essential element of the alliance - the e-learning course on Faecal Sludge Management.