International Training on Tools and Approaches for Citywide Water and Sanitation Management

Date: 24 July – 03 August, 2018
Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute (AAETI)                     For registration click here
Nimli, Rajasthan (301405)                                                             Limited Partial/Full Scholarships available.


Part I – Water Prudent Cities: Resources Assessment, Budgeting, Planning and Augmentation
Date: 24 July – 28 July

Part II – Sustainable Sanitation in Cities: Assessment, Planning, Reuse, Recover and Safety
Date: 30 July – 3 August

The participants can choose to attend both or any one of the trainings.

About the Training
Rapid urban growth and unplanned development has led to poor provisioning of basic utility services such as access to water and sanitation (W&S). In 2015, the WHO-UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) estimated that globally 660 million people still do not have access to improved drinking-water sources, and over 2.4 billion people do not have access to improved sanitation. At city-level we are observing several cities struggling to manage stormwater and wastewater across the world. Recognising the severity of the issue, globally, serious efforts are being undertaken to manage the W&S sector in a sustainable way. The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 envisions sufficient availability and sustainable management of W&S for all. The objectives of the goal are to ensure equitable, adequate and safe W&S services to all. It clearly highlights the significance of water-use efficiency, integrated resources management, conservation of water-related ecosystems and sources, community participation, stakeholder cooperation, capacity building for water harvesting, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse for achieving these goals. The SDG (Goal 3) also talks about the importance of proper W&S management for combating several common diseases and improving health of the people. SDG (Goal 11)aimsto reduce water related disasters by suggesting preventive actions. SDG (Goal 15) targets the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands. These are different goals but they would have to be looked comprehensively for sustainable W&S management. 

In India, the National Water Mission (National Action Plan on Climate Change) and National Water Policy, 2012 goals are to assess impact of climate change on water resources, promotion of citizen and State action for water conservation and augmentation, increasing water use efficiency by 20% and promotion of basin level integrated water resources management. There are numerous national and state level initiatives emphasizing the importance of sanitation, like National Urban Sanitation Policy (NUSP), Smart City Mission, Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). The focus, however, lies in the “hardware” aspect of sanitation, which mainly includes provision of services and infrastructure, like the construction of toilets or laying of the pipeline network. Lack of comprehensive planning and services exposes humans to adverse health risks. 

The above-mentioned goals are ambitious yet vital to achieve if we wish to build a water sensitive and healthy ecosystem. One has to understand that the W&S management are done at various levels – Individual building, Neighborhood, City and Sub-basin/basin levels. The planning and management for achievement of the above-mentioned goals of SDG and national water mission requires utilization of various tools and approaches which could be utilized to achieve one or more of these goals. The tools and approaches could be preventive or reactive in nature or they could be focused around a single/multiple dimension (social, economic or environment). From these vast set of tools & approaches, we have selected some key ones - GIS, SFD, HIS, WSUDP (SuDs, RWH and DWWTs), and SSP which are state-of-art and context specific that could help in achieving the above-mentioned goals.

Understanding the need of building capacity of stakeholders for creating a water and sanitation prudent society, the School of Water and Waste, AAETI, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is organizing a 10 Days training on “Tools and Approaches for Citywide Water and Sanitation Management”.  The 10 days short term residential training is being organized at CSE’s newly built state-of-art facility, AAETI at Nimli, Rajasthan. AAETI is a learning, training and innovation centre designed to find appropriate and affordable solutions to some of the most pressing environmental problems. To read more please click here


The aim of the training is to create change-agents in the water and sanitation sector, who will have in-depth understanding of key tools and approaches for city wide water and sanitation management.


  • Developing community of practice in the W&S sector
  • Exposure and use of key tools and approaches for existing and upcoming policies, programmes and projects
  • Build capacity of researchers for pursuing further research and make them competent for W&S sector related green jobs
  • Aiding faculties in curriculum development 

Training Methodology

The trainings style is considerably based on the ‘Harvard Case Method’, which conveys teaching messages through interactive practical work done by trainees. The trainings will be focused on experiential learning – including individual/group interaction, practical group exercises, interaction with experts, discussions, field visit and documentary films to highlight the best management practices successfully implemented. Furthermore, the trainings are complimented by sessions and discussions on existing case studies which demonstrate the recommended actions and interventions for sustainable water and sanitation management.

Learning Outcomes

  • Hands on experience on GIS tool and its utilization in W&S sector
  • Exposure to W&S planning and assessment tools and approaches
  • Enhanced skills for planning and designing of water sensitive systems
  • Improved knowledge on techno-economic feasibility ofvarious WSUDP structures
  • Acquaintance with actionable research and implementation opportunities
  • Improved understanding of SFDs as advocacy, monitoring and planning tool
  • Understand the SSP process and its importance to all sanitation stakeholders in their respective context
  • Recognize how SSP can aid and enhance the process of citywide planning. 

Programme Design

Part I: Water Prudent Cities: Resources Assessment, Budgeting, Planning and Augmentation

  • Hydrological Information System (HIS),
  • Geographic Information System (GIS),
  • Green Infrastructure (GI), and
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design & Planning (WSUDP) (Sustainable Urban Drainage System - SuDS and Rainwater Harvesting –RWH)

The first week of the training will provide exposure to W&S management framework in India. It will deal with HIS (including surface and groundwater), with a special focus on data availability and resources assessment at national level.  The training would provide hands on experience on using GIS software for doing essential activities such as delineation and digitization of various datasets. The GI approach, which is being recommended globally, will be discussed in detail with case studies followed by focus dedicated sessions on WSUDP. The training programme will reflect on potential of water augmentation through rainwater harvesting by using public spaces to recharge, store and reuse the rainwater.

Part II:  Sustainable Sanitation in Cities: Assessment, Planning, Reuse, Recover and Safety

  • WSUDP (Decentralised Waste Water Treatment Systems -DWWTs), including reuse and recycle
  • Shit Flow Diagram (SFD),
  • GIS,
  • Sanitation Safety Planning (SSP)

The second week of the trainingprogramme will focus on understanding potential of sustainable and affordable DWWT systems. It would talk about the essential components of reuse and recover and cost benefit analysis. It would also provide essential training sessions on use of GIS tool in sanitation related projects.  SFD tool would be discussed in detail, which is an innovative way to engage sanitation experts, political leaders and civil society in coordinated discussions about excreta management in their city. The training sessions on Sanitation Safety Planning (SSP), whichis a step-by-step risk based management approach for meeting health objectives by efficiently managing sanitation systems,will provide an overview of the current state of knowledge on sanitation safety and will present an integrated approach that includes planning, technology and management.

Field Visit
The training programme, Part I and Part II,will have one day each reserved for field visits to have practical visibility of the best management practices following WSUDP approach.

Special Offers
Participants who would be selected for the training programme would either get full or part scholarship. The selection would be based on participants’ eligibility, credentials, supporting documents and probability of transforming the learnings from training into implementation “becoming a change-agent". 

Female participants, candidates from Economically Weaker Sections, Government institutions and sanitation alliance partners are specially encouraged to apply and avail the scholarship benefits. 

Full scholarship includes travel, boarding & lodging costs and training kit & fees costs. Accommodation on double sharing basis and group pick-up & drop for local travel from pre-defined locations. 

Part Fellowship doesn't include to & fro Delhi travel (from your respective location) costs. However, it covers all other costs mentioned above. 

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be informed. 

It is mandatory to provide letter of motivation and nomination/reference for processing your application. 

The local travel details would be shared with the selected participants. 

Who can apply?

  • National and State Level Training Entities, PMUs supporting Smart City, AMRUT and HRIDAY Mission.
  • Urban Planners, Engineers and Consultants
  • Practitioners from consultancies, community-based organizations, social-welfare organizations, non-government organizations
  • Independent researchers, and academia working in the WASH sector
  • Key stakeholders in the water and sanitation value chain
  • Public health personnel and Sanitary Inspectors from Urban Local Bodies 

How to apply?

Step 1: For filling the application form for registration and scholarship, please click here link

Step 2: People can choose to stay in single accommodation will have to pay Rs. 1500 per night. 


Course Coordinator:

For more information on the training programme kindly contact:

Dr. Mahreen Matto
Programme Manager,
Water Programme
+91-11-40616000 (Ext: 257),

Rudresh Kumar Sugam
Senior Programme Manager,
Water Programme
+91-11-40616000 (Ext: 389),

Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla,
Senior Director & Academic Director, (School of Water and Waste, Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute – AAETI).




“An eye opener program that meets the everyday needs of everyone without much cost. I will look forward to tap ideas from future programs.”
Mawuli Dogli, CSIR – IIR, Ghana


“The balance between the theoretical and practical understanding was great and well balanced.”
Tapas Bhargava, Student, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal


“This training helped me in understanding DWWT systems and I think I can directly apply any of topics/techniques covered in this course.”
Madhvi Namburi, Secretary, Indian Red Cross society Gannavaram branch, Hyderabad


“The training went according to plan. Keep it up! My topmost objective was to understand thedevelopment of SSP. I recommend e-learning courses and exchanges between participants of thetraining as follow-up activities. I would suggest this training to lecturers in Water and WastewaterEngineering at KEWI”
By: William WasongaOduor, Lecturer Kenya Water Institute, Kenya


 “Attending this training was a great experience. I hope these learning and sharing initiativescontinue into the future with a similar spirit! Thank you! I wanted to get familiar with the differentSSP steps and wish that a learning platform is created where this group of participants can shareexperiences and updates. I find that the training is relevant for the Water Aid staff as all ourprogramme designsinclude sanitation interventions”
Anindita Hridita, Programme Officer WaterAid, Bangladesh


“The learning from trainings can be directly implemented; also, trainings like this should be conducted in developing countries. I invite CSE for conducting training of Rawandian decision makers too.”
Felicien Sindikubwabo, Rainwater Harvesting Construction Technician, Rwanda Natural Resources Authority, Rwanda


“The SFD training has helped me a lot in understanding the SFD graphic generator. I learned that, only by entering data in the tool, we can eaisly generate the SFD graphic. This particular infographic is very effective and it should be used by all.”
Sanjay Singh, Director, Population Services India, Patna, Bihar, India




From Terminal 3 (Indira Gandhi International Airport) to AAETI

From New Delhi Railway Station (Ajmeri Gate) to AAETI