Wastewater treatment in small communities in Bolivia:Sustainable technologies and resilient planning (ongoing)
Wastewater from small communities in Bolivia comprise a major source of environmental pollution. Biochar has shown great capacity for small scale wastewater treatment and its production is an effective measure for climate change mitigation and renewable energy production. Adoption of new technologies, e.g. biochar-based technologies, for effective wastewater treatment depends on early engagement of different stakeholders during the development of the technology. Identification of technical and market readiness and understanding the social-institutional forces affecting onsite wastewater sector are necessary steps for developing innovations within the sector. This project will explore the effectiveness of multi-actor engagement in planning for adoption of biochar-based systems as an alternative treatment for wastewater in small communities in Bolivia. The project will investigate the technical and market readiness of biochar-based wastewater treatment systems as an alternative to existing non-functioning systems. It will also explore the socio-technical dynamics influencing selection of wastewater systems in small communities Bolivia. In addition, the project will develop, test and assess serious gaming as a planning tool facilitating sustainable planning of onsite wastewater systems. The project will contribute to meeting the sustainable development goals 6, 11 and 16 regarding clean water and sanitation, sustainable cities and communities, and strong institutions. In addition to test the potential for participatory planning techniques, mainly gaming, in facilitating sustainable planning of onsite wastewater systems. Project funded by the Swedish Research Council.
Primary investigator: Marwa Dabaieh