2014 Symposium on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Asia (WASH) Hiroshima: Global Changes

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  • The 2014 Sym­po­sium on Water, San­i­ta­tion and Hygiene in Asia (WASH) – organ­ised by the PRESDA Foun­da­tion will be held on August 27 – 29, 2014 in Hiroshima, Japan at the KKR Hotel Hiroshima in par­al­lel with the 2014 Asian Con­fer­ence on Life Sci­ences (ACLS).

    When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water” penned Ben­jamin Franklin over 250 years ago to not only under­score the essence of water for life but also to por­tend the hor­rors of its absence. Water, declared a basic human right essen­tial to the enjoy­ment of life and all other human rights by the UN, is inex­tri­ca­bly linked to a nation’s health, econ­omy and envi­ron­ment, yet today over 780 mil­lion peo­ple lack access to clean water and nearly 1.9 bil­lion lack ade­quate san­i­ta­tion. The stark con­trast between devel­oped and devel­op­ing nations ampli­fies the cur­rent water and san­i­ta­tion cri­sis. Mul­ti­ple fac­tors, most notably poverty, inequal­ity and unequal power rela­tion­ships, place devel­op­ing regions like sub-​Saharan Africa and South­ern and East­ern Asia in a strug­gle for sur­vival. Fur­ther­more, social and envi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges like rapid urban­iza­tion, cli­mate change, increas­ing agri­cul­ture water con­sump­tion, ris­ing pol­lu­tion lev­els, and the deple­tion of water, exac­er­bate the prob­lem and inten­sify the com­pe­ti­tion for avail­able water.

    In addi­tion to the lack of safe and potable water, inad­e­quate access to improved san­i­ta­tion facil­i­ties com­bined with poor hygienic prac­tices con­tributes to impov­er­ish­ment and spawns dev­as­tat­ing health effects, espe­cially in rural areas and urban slums in devel­op­ing coun­tries. With­out effec­tive san­i­ta­tion sys­tems, untreated human waste con­t­a­m­i­nates ground water, com­pro­mises other water sup­plies, and allows infec­tions and dis­eases to spread.

    Over 1.5 mil­lion chil­dren under the age of five die each year as a result of diar­rheal dis­ease, and in India alone, approx­i­mately 600,000 chil­dren fall vic­tim to diar­rhea or pneu­mo­nia annu­ally as a result of toxic water and poor hygiene. Regret­tably, many of these inci­dents are pre­ventable by using clean water tech­nolo­gies such as con­nec­tions to pub­lic sew­ers or sep­tic sys­tems, toi­lets and latrines, and basic hygiene habits like hand wash­ing with soap at crit­i­cal times.

    With­out sus­tain­able access to safe drink­ing water and san­i­ta­tion, the well-​being of the human race is threat­ened, par­tic­u­larly in devel­op­ing coun­tries. As the world pop­u­la­tion increases, so does the demand for water. The tech­nolo­gies exist to rec­tify the water cri­sis, but progress is ham­pered by the lack of infra­struc­tural invest­ment by both the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors. Decision-​makers at all lev­els must be involved to ensure the lives and dig­nity of the mil­lions who depend on the rest of the world to inter­vene on their behalf.

    Hiroshima, Japan, the City of Peace, is proud to host the 2014 WASH Con­fer­ence. The three-​day con­fer­ence in August will pro­vide an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary plat­form for aca­d­e­mics, researchers, pol­icy mak­ers, stu­dents and pro­fes­sion­als. With the theme Global Chal­lenges: Uni­ver­sal Water, San­i­ta­tion and Hygiene, it is hoped that today’s water cri­sis can be met with viable global solutions.

    Sym­po­sium Topics

    • Achiev­ing Health Out­comes for WASH
    • Aer­o­bic and Anaer­o­bic Treatment
    • Cli­mate Change
    • CSR
    • Eco­log­i­cal Sanitation
    • Equity Issues for WASH
    • House­hold Treat­ment and Safe Storage
    • Hygiene and Behav­ioral Change
    • ICT for Water
    • Indus­trial Hygiene
    • Inno­va­tions in Water Sup­ply and Waste Water
    • Low Tech Treat­ment Systems
    • Mea­sure­ment and Risk Management
    • Nutri­ent Removal
    • Oper­a­tion and Main­te­nance of Water Sup­ply Systems
    • Pre­ven­tion and Treat­ment of Water­borne Illnesses
    • Pub­lic Health Education
    • River Restora­tion
    • San­i­ta­tion and Health
    • San­i­ta­tion: Urban and Rural
    • School San­i­ta­tion
    • Soil Qual­ity
    • Sus­tain­able Development
    • The Mil­len­nium Devel­op­ment Goals
    • Waste Man­age­ment
    • Waste Water Recla­ma­tion and Reuse
    • Water and San­i­ta­tion Services
    • Water Eco­nom­ics
    • Water Pol­icy and Governance
    • Water Qual­ity
    • Water Source Protection
    • Other (please specify)

    Pub­li­ca­tion Opportunity

    Although full papers are not required, there might be an oppor­tu­nity for selected papers of high qual­ity to appear in a spe­cial edi­tion of Sus­tain­abil­ity (ISSN 2071 – 1050), which is an inter­na­tional, peer-​reviewed, open access jour­nal of envi­ron­men­tal, cul­tural, eco­nomic and social sus­tain­abil­ity. It pro­vides an advanced forum for stud­ies related to sus­tain­abil­ity and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment. Sus­tain­abil­ity is pub­lished by MDPI online monthly.

    The jour­nal is indexed and abstracted, among oth­ers, by Chem­i­cal Abstracts, CAB Abstracts, RePEc (includ­ing Econ­Pa­pers and IDEAS) and Google Scholar. The Edi­to­r­ial Board mem­bers, includ­ing sev­eral Nobel lau­re­ates, are all lead­ing, active scholars.

    Organ­is­ing Committee

    • Luis Maria Bo-​ot, Ph.D. – National Insti­tute of Physics, Uni­ver­sity of the Philip­pines, Dil­i­man, The Philippines
    • Irma Mag­aña Car­rillo, Ph.D. – Fac­ulty of Tourism, Cam­pus Villa de Álvarez, Uni­ver­si­dad de Col­ima, Mexico
    • George W Crab­tree, Ph.D. – Argonne National Lab­o­ra­tory, USA
    • Hos­sein Esmaeli, Ph.D. – Flinders Uni­ver­sity, Australia
    • Mingjing Guo, Ph.D. – School of Eco­nom­ics and Man­age­ment, China Uni­ver­sity of Geo­sciences, P.R. China
    • William P. Kit­tredge, Ph.D. – Cervelet Man­age­ment and Strat­egy Con­sul­tants, USA
    • Christo­pher Leeds, Ph.D. – Domini­can Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, USA
    • Bhi­maraya Metri, Ph.D. (IIT – Bom­bay) – Inter­na­tional Man­age­ment Insti­tute, For­mer Dean of MDI & SSBS
    • Kanako Morita, Ph.D. – National Insti­tute for Envi­ron­men­tal Stud­ies, Cen­ter for Social and Envi­ron­men­tal Sys­tems Research, Japan
    • Prawit Pud­dhanon, Ph.D. – Fac­ulty of Agri­cul­tural Pro­duc­tion, Maejo Uni­ver­sity, Thailand
    • Sal­vador Peniche, Ph.D. – Uni­ver­sity of Guadala­jara, Mexico
    • Aspalella A. Rah­man, Ph.D. – Col­lege of Law, Gov­ern­ment and Inter­na­tional Stud­ies, Uni­ver­siti Utara Malaysia
    • John Stay­ton, MBA – Domini­can Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, USA
    • Thomas L. Theis, Ph.D. – Insti­tute for Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence and Pol­icy, Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois at Chicago, USA
    • Scott Valen­tine, Ph.D. – Dept. of Pub­lic Pol­icy & School of Energy and Envi­ron­ment, City Uni­ver­sity of Hong Kong, China (SAR)
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