By definition, Sanitation Safety Plans (SSP) manage risks associated with wastewater use in agriculture. Accordingly, very low level of wastewater treatment would not exclude wastewater from being used safely for agriculture production, which might reduce burden on governments regarding huge investments required for high level of wastewater treatment. Consequently, safe agricultural reuse might be optimized at far lower investments, which results in better management of available resources. Moreover, safety plans would allow countries to better control their current practices particularly in cases where raw wastewater is used for irrigation by defining and monitoring of control measures at all sanitation chain starting from toilet and ending up at consumers table.
The issue of stakeholders’ acceptance is very important. Nevertheless, it still needs further effort to emphasis its importance in the MENA region. In this regard, this training module is unique as it goes beyond previous trainings with the objective to train stakeholders on methods to increase their acceptance of a given reuse project and enable trainees to learn methods to understand, analyze and consider women and men interests’ when formulating reuse projects and policies.
This will contribute to project objective 4: Stakeholders’ capacity for safe water reuse will be strengthened. Reuse stakeholders will be sensitized, trained, and linked with a network MENA to speed up the adaptation and replication of reuse solutions.