November 19th is World Toilet day. Designated as a United Nations observance since 2013, it was initially celebrated in 2001 by the World Toilet Organization (www.worldtoilet.org). This day serves to raise awareness about the global sanitation crisis, highlighting that 3.5 billion people still lack access to safe sanitation. This year’s theme is “Accelerating Change”, symbolized by the hummingbird, encouraging individuals to take personal action to improve sanitation systems.
Currently, we – governments worldwide, the civil society, the private sector, and the scientific community – are significantly behind in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SGG 6), which aims to ensure safe toilets and water for all by 2030. Access to clean and readily available water is a fundamental aspect of the world we aspire to live in. There is still sufficient freshwater available on our planet to make this a reality. Unfortunately, millions of people still perish annually due to diseases related to inadequate water supply, sanitation, and hygiene, primarily because of poor water management and infrastructure.
Issues such as water scarcity, below average water quality, and insufficient sanitation facilities negatively impact the food security, livelihoods, and educational opportunities of disadvantaged families across the globe. Currently, over two billion people live with the constant threat of limited access to freshwater resources.
Toilet at schoolyard in Northern Uganda
Access to an adequate supply of drinking water for personal and domestic hygiene, as well as access to sanitation services, were recognized as human rights by the UN General Assembly in 2010 and formally established as two separate human rights in 2015.Every child, woman, and man should always have access to affordable water in sufficient quantity and quality.
When considering the current state of SDG 6, it becomes evident that there is still a significant need for action, and the world must work faster to meet the sanitation target of SDG 6 – safe toilets and water for all by 2030 – on time. To achieve SDG 6, the pace of progress in providing clean drinking water would need to increase sixfold, sanitation services would need to improve fivefold, and hygiene measures would need to increase eightfold. This would require, among other things, a significant increase in infrastructure investments and efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change!
If we don’t act, it is estimated that by 2030, 3 billion people will still be living without access to safe sanitation, 2 billion will continue to lack safe drinking water, and 1.4 billion will remain without access to basic hygiene facilities. This highlights the urgent need for efforts to improve global access to essential water, sanitation, and hygiene resources.
We at CES, are passionate engineers and our expertise focuses on water related projects. The sectors our experts focusing on are:
WATER SUPPLY, WASTEWATER, HYDRAULIC ENGINEERING and PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE. Due to the World Toilet Day 2023 and its theme “Accelerating Change” we take a closer eye on the importance of people having access to drinking water and sanitation facilities. Our specialists are agents of change, and they work on various water supply and wastewater project to improve the living and health conditions of people and environmental protection. In this context, we’d like highlight the project „Support to the Water and Sanitation Development Facility North in Northern Uganda“, in which CES served as the Project Management Consultant.
In urban areas of Uganda, the sanitation coverage, mainly through pit latrines, is estimated at 81%. However, the 2010 MDG progress report on sanitation and drinking water by WHO and UNICEF indicates that access to improved sanitation in urban areas is around 34%, excluding 50% of the urban population using shared facilities. The primary goal of the project is to enhance faecal sludge management in small towns in Uganda. This involves identifying and clustering small towns to guide sector investment in cost-effective shared faecal sludge treatment/disposal facilities. Additionally, the aim is to encourage better involvement of the private sector and local authorities in service delivery. Priority has been given to towns with piped water systems. The assessment identified 50 potential clusters and treatment/disposal facilities across the country, with 13 already in use and 5 planned for implementation by the Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE). This leaves a gap of 32 other treatment/disposal facilities that need to be established in the medium to long term. Despite the sanitation coverage being estimated at 81% in urban areas, mainly from pit latrines, the functionality status of these facilities is unknown, and many are in poor condition. This lack of access to improved sanitation, coupled with malnutrition, contributes to increased mortality and morbidity, especially for children under the age of 5 years. Diarrhea, a significant contributor to childhood mortality in Uganda, claims the lives of 33 children daily. Frequently, children contract the disease through the consumption of unsafe water or contact with contaminated hands – whether their own, their parents‘, or caregivers‘ – that haven’t been properly washed with soap because there is no option to do so. The overall objective of the project is to secure sufficient, hygienic, and sustainable water supply, and sanitation in the selected refugee hosting communities in Northern Uganda through an increase in the capacities of the water supply and sanitation infrastructure. With regard to the project, the objective is to implement numerous WASH projects in small towns and rural areas. This entails emphasizing initiatives to expand and rehabilitate water supply systems, enhance public sanitation facilities, and develop faecal sludge treatment capabilities. Additionally, the project aims to build the capacity of organizations involved in water and sanitation efforts. In phases III and IV of the project, the main goal is to secure water supply in chosen towns as well as supporting schools with toilet facilities. Regarding this, the project tries to respect and implement a gender approach by integrating waste disposal facilities for menstrual products and supporting young girls and women as vulnerable groups in society. Furthermore, the construction of public toilets with showers is part of the project.
As a partner of the Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE), we are proud to be part of this outstanding project, initiated by the BMZ and financed by the KfW Entwicklungsbank.
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, celebrated annually on October 17, raises awareness, and promotes actions to reduce poverty’s impact on people’s lives. The suggested change in perspective into the real-life experiences of those heavily affected by poverty and their everyday struggles and fears, should encourage, and facilitate discussions and activities with the goal of eradicating poverty on a global level.
Eradicating poverty is a key Sustainable Development Goal (Goal 1) of the United Nations, aiming to end all forms of poverty by 2030. The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, mobilizes governments, organizations, and individuals in working toward a more just world.
This year’s theme, „Decent Work and Social Protection: Putting dignity in practice for all,“ emphasizes universal access to decent work and social protection to uphold human dignity and ensure fair wages, safe working conditions, and fair income security for all. It calls on political leaders to prioritize these measures and prioritizing society’s most vulnerable members.
CES actively participates in advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals, recognizing them as interconnected objectives for a sustainable future. Regarding the theme of this year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2023, the eradication of poverty is one of the United Nations‘ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically Goal 1, which aims to „end poverty in all its forms everywhere“ by 2030.
The Sustainable Development Goal 1 (SDG 1) is one of the 17 interlinked global goals established by the United Nations as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. SDG 1 is dedicated to „No Poverty“ and aims to eradicate extreme poverty and reduce poverty in all its forms. The ultimate objective of SDG 1 is to ensure that by 2030, no one lives in extreme poverty, defined as living on less than $1.90 per day (the international poverty line).
Our projects aim to implement the SDG(s) goal(s) by providing work, social protection, fair wages, and safe working conditions.
For example our project, „Somaliland – Sustainable Land, Water, and Soil Management“, significantly improves and secures the living conditions of local people in the area while actively involving them in the project, allowing them to benefit in various ways. The objective of this sustainable land management project is to reduce land degradation and erosion in the Biji catchment area in Somaliland. This is planned to stabilize the water balance and, in turn, enhance agricultural and pastoral productivity. Additionally, water harvesting measures will be implemented for livestock and household consumption. Furthermore, vulnerable members of the villages around the project, especially women, can participate in „cash-for-work“ programs.
These measures provide safe working conditions, including personal protective equipment, appropriate tools, trainings and workshops, and fair income. For example, in the CES project in Somaliland, the villagers are trained in effective farming practices, and it provides them with income for a short period of time while contributing to their self-affirmation. Even if people do not participate in the “cash-for-work” programs anymore, they can still benefit from the knowledge and skills they’ve acquired to improve their living conditions or secure jobs in a safe working environment with a regular source of income.
Water distribution networks play a critical role in protecting the resource of drinking water. Drinking water is a scarce resource, and it is essential to protect it from contamination, pollution, and overuse. A safe and adequate water distribution network is designed to capture, treat, and distribute water from the source to the end-user, while minimizing the risk of contamination and waste. This is essential to protect public health and prevent the spread of waterborne diseases.
Well maintained water networks are also crucial for the sustainable use of the resource by ensuring that water is delivered efficiently and that losses are minimized. This is achieved through measures such as leak detection, pressure management, and water metering, which help to reduce the amount of water lost through leaks and unauthorized use. Finally, water networks are essential for ensuring that drinking water is accessible to all members of society. This includes safeguarding that water service is affordable and that households have access to safe and reliable water sources, regardless of their location or socio-economic status. In conclusion, water networks play a critical role in protecting the resource of drinking water. For us the water and sanitation crisis is a complex and multifaceted challenge that requires a collaborative effort from all stakeholders. We believe that an essential component of solving the water and sanitation issues is connected to functional water networks. Therefore, we are proud to be of service to local communities and state agencies during their efforts to construct new and/or to rehabilitate existing water networks.
Inhambane and Maxixe are two cities located in the Inhambane Province of Mozambique, and they are highly vulnerable to the effects of storms, flooding, and sea-level rise due to their coastal locations. The goal of the project is to develop a comprehensive plan for these cities which will improve their infrastructure and provide protection from the effects of these natural disasters.
Our services include an analysis of the existing infrastructure and systems in place in both cities, as well as a review of the current coastal protection measures. In addition, we are conducting a detailed assessment of the social and economic impacts of the proposed coastal protection measures. The project considers developing economic opportunities and stakeholder participation. The study will provide to our client a comprehensive plan for the implementation of the proposed coastal protection.
Following heavy rains, floods and hurricane winds over the past years in Malawi around one million people were affected with deaths and injuries in large number reported. The global warming and climate change have contributed to the returning disasters and have triggered significant damage to Malawi’s educational infrastructure including public primary schools, teachers’ houses, furniture and textbooks. Where buildings were left standing, many classrooms were converted to shelters for approx. 90,000 displaced people, whose homes had been swept by the floods.
To restore effective teaching and learning in the affected areas, CES Consulting Engineers is supporting Malawi Government to rebuild school facilities with an emphasis of “building back better” with new more resilient structures and WASH facilities more responsive to the safety needs of boys and girls with financial support funded by the German Financial Cooperation through the Education Services Joint Fund.
Despite the seamless and highly successful implementation of the project and the great impact it had on the beneficiary population, the award came a bit as a surprise, as Project Director Matthias Fritz pointed out: “The project is not a typical civil engineering project and we prevailed against major international competition. Usually, prizes go to major infrastructure projects such as bridges, airports or tunnels. In our case, however, the special challenges in the context of international cooperation were recognised. The achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals has also become especially prominent.”
Indeed, this year’s 28 shortlisted projects were covering all the 17 SDGs goals across a significant range of project values.
FIDIC CEO Dr. Nelson Ogunshakin emphasized during his speech: “The strength of this year’s winners is a testament to the enduring excellence of the work of consulting engineers and the value that our industry brings to society by delivering excellent construction and infrastructure projects that transform people’s lives.”
Sustainable Land Management in Somaliland is a project to save the Biji catchment area from erosion, and to improve rainwater harvesting and storage of water for drinking, food security and livestock. This catchment area links to aquifers that represent the main water resource for the region’s population, making recharge of these aquifers a vital aim.
Being financed by the BMZ through the German development bank KfW the project was implemented by CES in close cooperation with the client, the Ministry of Agricultural Development. As the national construction companies worked for the first time with FIDIC contracts, CES provided permanent training contributing to a remarkable strengthening of national construction capacity. Furthermore, the challenges in this project arose less from engineering issues than from the management and implementation of the measures, taking into account local and especially social conditions: The determination of type of measures, construction method and materials, location and number required a high level of coordination with local ministries and the rural population as final beneficiaries. The involvement of all stakeholders throughout the project cycle resulted in a high level of acceptance, which was necessary to sustainably improve living conditions in the region.
For us at CES, this award is a major achievement that we are very proud of, but at the same time another spark of motivation to continue giving our best effort for the improvement of living conditions through our infrastructure projects.
We would like to thank the entire CES team, all project participants, in particular the team of the Ministry of Agricultural Development and KfW for the trust we received when implementing this outstanding project.
A detailed description of the project in Somaliland can be found in this article:
The warming stripes are a visual representation of how temperature has changed in locations around the world. They were created by Ed Hawkins, a climate scientist from the University of Reading in the UK. He also created the „warming spiral“ graphic that was used during the closing ceremonies of the Rio Olympics. Each stripe represents a year. Blue means it’s colder than average. White means it’s about average. Pink means it’s warmer. And red means it’s a LOT warmer!
Groundwater provides almost half of all the drinking water worldwide, about 40% of the water for irrigated agriculture and about 1/3 of the water supply required for industry. It sustains ecosystems, maintains the baseflow of rivers and prevents land subsidence and seawater intrusion. Groundwater is a key resource for the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda for 2030 (UN Water). At CES, the responsible use and protection of groundwater of groundwater is deeply embedded into our understanding of implementing sustainable water supply, wastewater and hydraulic engineering projects.
Water related projects are the core competence of CES. The following examples of our ongoing worldwide projects cover the complete water cycle:
Supply with groundwater to refugee settlement and host communities in Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda
Improvement of water supply infrastructure in Laos, Mozambique and Saint Lucia
Water loss reduction in Peru, Moldova and Tanzania
Integrated Water Resource Management and irrigation in Armenia, Bolivia and Ecuador
Institutional strengthening of water and wastewater operators in Albania, Bolivia and Kenia
Wastewater projects in Egypt, Somaliland, Vietnam and Zambia
We are proud to announce that our science based target has been approved. Our science based target is an emissions reduction goal in line with what the latest climate science says is needed to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. Our target (covering greenhouse gas emissions from our operations (scopes 1 and 2)) is consistent with reductions required to keep global warming to 1.5°C. We committed ourselves to the most ambitious goal of the Paris Agreement. For more information on SBTi see: https://sciencebasedtargets.org/
The overall project objective is to contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of about 800,000 inhabitants of the City of Tirana, by securing safe and continuous potable water supply.
The purpose of our consultancy services is to support UKT in developing the necessary analysis and preparatory work required in the process to improve and rehabilitate the water distribution system in Tirana, in accordance with the EIB standards and financing conditions.
Lake Victoria Integrated Water Resources Management Programme (LVB-IWRMP) is a regional programme coordinated by Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) and implemented in the Partner States of the East African Community (EAC). The infrastructure development module of LVB-IWRMP aimes at the physical reduction of the current pollution of Lake Victoria by high priority investments (HPI) in liquid and solid waste management.
The Programme consists of Feasibilty Studies, Detailed Design, support for Tendering and Construction of the selected HPIs, capacity development for the operators and sensitization of the beneficiaries.
CES proudly announces that the Feasibility Studies of the following investment projects have been succesfully finished:
– Faecal Sludge Treatment Plant (FSTP) in Kigali/Rwanda
– Infill sewers and Ablution Blocks for informal settlements sanitation in Kisumu/Kenya
– Connection upgrading program for the existing Ilemela Sewage Treatment Plant in Mwanza/Tanzania
The project’s objective aims to achieve the modernization of irrigation systems, as well as other measures for the protection of the water resources of the province. The sustainability of the investments is intended to be achieved through the involvement and technical assistance of beneficiary groups and organizations and the establishment of sustainable marketing chains.
Tungurahua is a province with very fertile and productive lands, because of the influence of the volcano with the same name. Agricultural lands cannot be cultivated without supplementary irrigation, which farmers apply mostly in the traditional way by gravity.
Since the available water in the natural sources is no longer sufficient to irrigate all area, the provincial government promoted the change to more efficient pressurized irrigation methods since 2010. During this first phase of the project with assistance of CES, a smart methodology was developed to transform gravity irrigation systems to pressurized irrigation, through which the irrigation area was doubled without increasing water extraction from the sources in the vulnerable paramos.
The very promising results of the pilot phase led to the extension of the project with the now started second phase comprising pressurized irrigation of 2000 hectares from 4000 farmer families. The project is financed by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) via KfW Development Bank with 19 million Euros and contributions of €3.5 million from the province and €2.5 million from the beneficiaries.
The Consulting services of CES commenced on August 1, 2021 and will have a duration of 4 years. The scope of work comprises among others: provide technical and methodological assistance to the provincial government in the management, planning, implementation, supervision and monitoring of the program at a conceptual, technical, organizational, administrative, and financial level. In addition to technical support in the irrigation area, environmental studies and watershed conservation are important topics in consulting services.
In the meantime, CES has registered a branch office in Ecuador for the execution of the mentioned irrigation project as well as for upcoming project. Besides CES’ presence in Peru and Bolivia with branch offices counting on almost 50 years of sustained and successful activity, our new branch in Ecuador is our third one in Latin America.
We are now certified according to DIN ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management), DIN ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management) and DIN ISO 45001:2015 (Occupational health and safety management). As part of our integrated management system, we committed us to the highest quality and work safety as well as to environmental protection and legal compliance. The idea of constant improvement guides us on our mission to improve living conditions, worldwide. With the newly obtained ISO 14001:2015 and DIN ISO 45001:2015 certificates, we underline our responsibility to the environment and the highest work safety standards.
Quality Education is one of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Education is a key factor to escaping poverty. Despite progress made in the last decade, nearly one fifth of the global population in the relevant age group has no access to schools. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic now jeopardizes hard won gains made in improving global education.
In this context it is even more important that in Niger, one of the poorest countries worldwide, more than 200 new classrooms could be handed over to the beneficiaries despite the pandemic in the final stage of the construction.
The project was carried out in Niamey as well as in the rural regions of Tillabéri and Tahoua, both partly very remote and characterised by unstable security. It included the construction of primary school classrooms, latrines and housing for teachers, as well as equipping school furniture and equipment for servicing, maintenance and education. The project created 126 classrooms in Niamey and 120 classrooms in the rural regions of Tillabéry and Tahoua, providing a total of 12,600 school places in 41 primary schools.
The Programme further included accompanying measures for the promotion of girls’ schooling as well as strengthening the communities, namely by empowering the local parent committees in the creation of activities in the new school buildings to generate additional income. These measures contribute to more confidence in the value of education and to solving the problems of the schooling of their children.
Just in line with this year’s slogan, we are continuously working on the development and implementation of sustainable water and sanitation solutions aiming to improve the water quality at various locations worldwide. Our efforts contribute to the minimization of anthropogenic impacts on the nature and encourage the protection of natural water resources which are essential for the conservation of the biodiversity on our planet. Hence, we can proudly say „We’re part of the solution #ForNature.“
Kenya – Lake Nakuru National Park Biodiversity Conservation Project
At CES our worldwide operating water supply, wastewater and hydraulic engineering teams do their very best to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 6 “Clean water and sanitation”. Clean, accessible and reliable water supply as well as sound wastewater discharge and treatment are the key to improved living conditions and sound environmental protection!
As a participant of the UN Global compact initiative, we underline the importance of the UN sustainable development goals and we committed ourselves to the ten principles of the UN Global compact initiative.
Together with Novobit’s interdisciplinary team of more than 50 IT Experts, specialized in setting-up complex management systems, customer/supplier databases, as well as web, cloud, and desktop applications, we developed a cloud-based remote project management information system facilitating remote project monitoring. Our Remote Project Management Information System (RPIMS) will consist of several components enabling onsite supervision of construction works, real-time remote progress and compliance monitoring as well as health and safety assurance. The tool is tailor made for complex international donor financed cooperation projects. The RPIMS is a cross platform tool that can be accessed via web clients as well as Android/IOs devices. For more information on our affiliated partner company Novobit Group GmbH, please check out novobit.eu
The Project “Water Supply / Basic Sanitation and Sustainable Land Management in Somaliland” (BMZ N° 2015 68 336) has been upscaled in 2015 through the combination with the project “IGAD: Regional Fund for Improving Drought Resilience in the Horn of Africa” (BMZ N° 2015 67 924). The Project consists of two packages which are administered by two different authorities of Somaliland.
Package 1: Hargeisa Water Supply & Basic Sanitation under the responsibility of HWA
Package 2: Sustainable Land Management under the responsibility of MoAD
Target Population 19 villages with around 66,200 beneficiaries by 2020
Implementation Measures Soil bunds, eyebrows, stone terraces. Berkads, balleys, subsurface dams, sand storage dams, check dams, biological erosion control
We have an outstanding track record affirming our skills and experience in Egypt. We are proud to be at service to our clients in Egypt within several donor financed projects. As a part of our MENA Strategy, we now have successfully established a new company in Cairo, Egypt called: CES Egypt LLC.
We believe in improving living conditions and that stable and balanced societies need well-functioning public infrastructure
A multinational team of CES experts did not only supply urgently required building and workman’s material but also carried out several renovation works by themselves. The works were implemented in cooperation with patient local craftsmen. Besides painting works, new benches for the kindergarten were crafted and painted, new basketball hoops and goal nets were installed and more than 20 trees have been planted in the school garden. The upgrade of the sanitary and water supply facilities was done by a local construction company.
This year we decided to use our annual donation for upgrading a school located in El Khatara Al Soghra Village in Sharkia/Egypt. The identification of this specific school was the result of a stages wise selection process. In a first step, 12 schools were identified. After several site visits to the proposed schools, the Shaeer primary and preparatory School with a nursery in Sharkia Governorate has been selected in cooperation between CES experts and Sharkia PIU. The school is located in El Khatara Al Soghra Village.
A committee for the school renovation has been established to identify the required works. The committee consisted of: School Headmaster, Representatives for school teachers, Representatives for Parents Board and a Representative for Local Municipality Unit “Contact Person” .
The following scope of works was defined:
Plumbing and rehabilitation works for several bathrooms at the school building;
Outside painting works;
Carpentry works for desks and chairs of the nursery;
Renovation of the playground, enabling football, basketball and volleyball;
Provision of toys for the nursery as well as footballs, volleyballs and basketballs.
The global team of CES thanks all participants for their efforts and commitment.
As a part of the “Programa Sectorial de Alcantarillado y Tratamiento de Aguas Residuales en Ciudades de Provincias del Perú“ (Program PTAR financed by German Financial Cooperation through KfW) and of the P “Programa Nacional de Saneamiento Urbano (PNSU)“, we are proud to render services in the project for Chimbote and Nuevo Chimbote working together with the Ministerio de Vivienda, Construcción y Saneamiento (Client) and with SEDACHIMBOTE S.A (Beneficiary) in improving environmental conditions under consideration of climate change risks to the Chimbote Bay as basis for a sustainable development of the sanitation and social-economic sector.
As the implementation consultant we are proud to support the Ministry of Agricultural Development not only in reduction of land degradation and erosion in the “Biji catchment area” as well as in fostering agricultural and pastoral productivity but additionally, in establishing water harvesting measures for livestock and household consumption.
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