REACHING SANITATION AND WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT GOALS THROUGH THE ATLAS
The inaugural Sanitation and Wastewater Atlas of Africa has been released by the African Development Bank, the UN Environment Program and the GRID-Arendal. The Atlas is a tool to benchmark and propel Africa’s progress towards sustainable development goal targets on safe sanitation and wastewater management. It aims to help policy makers accelerate change and investment in the sector and will highlight opportunities where investment in sanitation and wastewater management can improve health and spur economic growth. It will incorporate maps, graphics and profiles of all African countries, including analyses of their water resources and provision of basic services. It also explores the links between sanitation, wastewater, ecosystem health and human health, and discusses frameworks that can lead to better infrastructure and systems. There is an urgent need to upgrade Africa’s water and sanitation infrastructure, and the responsibility is on African governments to incorporate WASH programs into their post-Covid strategic planning, Africa’s slow pace in meeting sanitation targets calls for practical and transformative solutions in the management of wastewater and the provision of sanitation infrastructure. Such solutions will help to boost public health and secure the sustainability of Africa’s natural resources.