Faecal Sludge Management and the Sustainable Development Goals

Almost 50% of the world's population use onsite sanitation with containment technologies such as pit latrines and septic tanks as the means for storage of excreta (feces and urine). Faecal sludge accumulates in these technologies and sustainable management is essential to protect human and environmental health. FSM is also an integral part of the recently accepted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) where the indicator "safely managed sanitation" is an indicator for Goal 6 under Target 6.2, and only achievable if adequate FSM is implemented. Adequate and sustainable FSM includes emptying, collection, transport, treatment and the recovery of valuable resources, such as water, energy and nutrients, from faecal sludge. This magazines highlights articles dealing with the topics mentioned above.