International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference
Mannheim, Germany - September 2001
Rainwater Catchment in Humid and Arid Regions
Promotion of Rainwater Jars Through Informed Choice (A Laos Case Study)
National Center for Environmental Health and Water Supply
About 85 % of Laos' 5 million people live in the countryside. The National
Center for Water Supply and Environmental Health (Nam Saat) in the Ministry
of Health is responsible for rural water supply and sanitation. The provision
of water supply and sanitation services in a sustainable manner to the
rural population living in remote parts of the country under difficult
socio-economic conditions remains a major challenge.
Nam Saat initiated the development of the national Rural Water Supply
and Sanitation (RWSS) Sector Strategy in 1994, using a Lao-led, step-by-step,
participatory process. The national RWSS Sector Strategy and the Guideline
National Framework was launched in November 1997. With assistance from
its supporting partners UNICEF and World Bank Water and Sanitation Program
- East Asia and Pacific (WSP-EAP), Nam Saat started the application of
the Strategy through the implementation of a number of pilot projects
supported by Sida, the World Bank, JICA and various NGOs.
The main objective of these pilot projects was to ensure a smooth transition
from past practices/ approaches to more community focused, demand driven
and sustainable intervention, with a special focus on the capacity development
of Nam Saat staff at all levels.
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