Contextualizing Sustainable Development for Small Scale Water and Sanitation Systems in Cochabamba, Bolivia
Book chapter, 2013

Water and sanitation are pressing issues for the urban poor in Bolivia where the lack of safe water and sanitation services contributes to urban poverty. This paper defines sustainable development (SD) in relation to small scale water and sanitation systems in the metropolitan area of Cochabamba, Bolivia. A case study on the water and sanitation systems of two housing cooperatives is performed. By involving all the concerned stakeholders this study aims to identify a contextualized definition of SD, which can be used in order to assess and steer the development of small scale water and sanitation systems in the metropolitan area of Cochabamba. The identified definition consists of the following criteria, referred to as key issues: social context, socio-political factors, target group, freshwater resources, economic obstacles, reproducibility, knowledge, management, reliability, water quality and disposal. Three main challenges are identified to have had major influence on the contextualization of the SD concept: which stakeholders that are included, how the differing opinions among the stakeholders are addressed and how active the stakeholders are in the development process.

Sanitation

Development

Water

Author

Ida Helgegren

Chalmers, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Water Environment Technology

Helena Siltberg

Chalmers, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Water Environment Technology

Sebastien Rauch

Chalmers, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Water Environment Technology

Mikael Mangold

Chalmers, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Water Environment Technology

Graciela Landaeta

Carmen Ledo

Urban Environment

217-225

Areas of Advance

Building Futures (2010-2018)

Subject Categories

Civil Engineering

Water Engineering

Social Anthropology

ISBN

978-94-007-7756-9

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Created

10/8/2017