Women Build Latrines in Darfur
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Women dig a latrine at Kalma camp, South Darfur Read More>>

UNEP Press Release

Further Rise in Number of Marine ‘Dead Zones’ Global Programme Action Global (GPA) for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Sources. Oct 2006 Link>>

Wastewater flows to ocean

Sewage discharges are a top global concern for oceans, UNEP reports. Read More>>

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Sanitation Helps the Environment

Factsheet Sanitation protects the environment >>

Improved disposal of human waste protects the quality of drinking water sources.  Re-use of composted waste for agriculture is an environmental, as well as economic, gain. At present, each year more than 200 million tonnes of human waste – and vast quantities of waste water and solid waste – go uncollected and untreated around the world, fouling the environment and exposing millions of people to disease and squalor.

Additional Resources

Sanitation and CleanlinessSanitation and Cleanliness for a Healthy Environment
This booklet gives communities information about how significant sanitation improvements can be made by better use of indigenous skills and local resources. UNDP/Hesperian Foundation, 2005. Link>>

GEO 2003 year bookThe UNEP Global Environment Outlook (GEO) Year Book 2003 includes a report and graphics on ‘Dead Zones’, or low oxygenated areas in the world’s seas and oceans, from land-based sources of water pollution, such as sewage. Link>>

Unep logoWater Supply and Sanitation Coverage in UNEP Regional Seas Need for Wastewater Emission Targets? The main objective of this study is to link sanitation provision and environmental issues and make this relation the central theme for defining objectives, targets and indicators. UNEP, 2003-2004. Section I: Regional presentation of data; Section II: Targets and Indicators for Domestic Sanitation & Wastewater Treatment; Section III: An Inventory of Regional Specific Data and the Feasibility of developing Regional Wastewater Emission Targets (WET)


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