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Life cycle approach for evaluating sanitation projects - case study: biogas latrine

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posted on 12.02.2018, 15:09 by Sarah Ocwieja, James R. Mihelcic
This paper applies a Life Cycle Assessment framework for the evaluation of water and sanitation projects to a biogas latrine constructed in Uganda. This will be the first time this assessment tool is applied to a sanitation project in the East African Region. While using this tool, one takes into consideration five life stages of a development project and five sustainability factors (socio cultural respect, community participation, political cohesion, economic sustainability, and environmental sustainability). By using this tool during planning, implementation and evaluation of a project, the sustainability of a project can be increased and lessons can be learned and implemented in similar future projects. In this case study the tool was used to evaluate the biogas project and create a starting point to rehabilitate the system.



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OCWIEJA, S. and MIHELCIC, J.R., 2009. Life cycle approach for evaluating sanitation projects - case study: biogas latrine. IN: Shaw, R.J. (ed). Water, sanitation and hygiene - Sustainable development and multisectoral approaches: Proceedings of the 34th WEDC International Conference, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 18-22 May 2009, 9p.p.


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