Sanitation and Climate Change: Assessing Resilience and Emissions (SCARE) project selected to be certified on the road to Dakar 2022

The 9th edition of the World Water Forum will be held in Dakar on March 22 – 26, 2022, with a new approach to focus on action for water. The event aims to ultimately create coherence with SDGs and directly contribute to the 2030 agenda. This edition of the forum will focus on four core priorities to enable a cross-cutting exchange between all stakeholders. Each priority is composed of 5 to 6 actions which represent the objectives that the Forum will strive to accomplish. These actions will deliver concrete responses to a broad set of water-related SDG targets.

SCARE project

Four (04) countries in Africa and Asia, including Senegal, are embedded in a research project on Sanitation and Climate Change; Assessing Resilience and Emissions (SCARE). The project is coordinated in Senegal by GGGI with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a consortium of research institutions worldwide (Universities of Bristol, Leeds, University Technology Sydney, Haramaya, Kathmandu and Kyambogo). The launching ceremony for Senegal was held on April 29th at the Radisson Blu hotel in Dakar chaired by the Sanitation Director Omar Sene from the Ministry of Water & Sanitation and accompanied by M. Libasse BA the president of Senegalese national committee on climate change (COMNAC) and Mamadou Konate senior advisor, on behalf of the GGGI Country Representative. .

The project aims to develop a better understanding of the linkages between sanitation services and climate change; GHG emissions specifically on-site sanitation facilities will be assessed, as these account for close to 80% of emissions of sanitation services in Senegal according to a 2020 report from GGGI. Yet, the factors are not fully understood. The University of Leeds developed and tested a methodology (CACTUS) to calculate emissions from different containment conditions, which will be tested in Senegal and the three other countries of the study.

In Senegal, the project will be implemented by Thies Polytechnic University, building on their expertise in the matter and gathering solid data for Senegal. This data enables Senegal to better respond to some of challenges on the environment and climate change, and attract climate finance to  develop resilient and sustained services and ensure better public health.

The first stage of the project will be carried out in the cities of Kaoloack and Kolda  with physical testing in different location types, in different conditions throughout the day and during dry and wet seasons during this year.

The SCARE project will enable GHG emissions estimations linked to the sanitation value chain in urban & secondary cities with a better understanding of the impact of technology options for a better management of climate resilient sanitation services.

Initiative Dakar 2022

The organizing committee has put in place the the initiative Dakar 2022 as a key consultation process entity that works on collecting and showcasing projects with economic impacts and improving  the lives of the population. In the line with the forum’s priorities, Dakar 2022 is linked to the achievement of the SDGs, especially SDG 6. Climate change and Sanitation SCARE project, will benefit the city’s international exposure, partnerships, and possibly funding from partners institutions for the 2022 edition. Learn more information about selected projects