Environment and WASH

All projects are both affected by and affect the environment. Environmental sensitivity and sustainability are key in any WASH programme. 

Universal access to water, secure sanitation and hygiene are fundamental to achieving sustainable development. Although the Millennium Development Goal for Water was met, the United Nations Member States have established new commitments to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which aim to end extreme poverty by 2030. The SDG recognise the need for sustainable hygiene practices, water and sanitation services and systems so that WASH provision can continue to meet people's needs over the long term by adapting to changing circumstances, stresses and shocks. 

Tearfund recognises the dynamics and feedback processes between water users and the environment and the need to base WASH approaches on an understanding of these processes in the local context as well as national and global influences. 

Our guidance notes on Environment and WASH 

CEDRA: A strategic environmental risk assessment process for agencies in developing countries (2.5 MB)
Also available in French (PDF 2.4 MB), Spanish (PDF 2.1 MB), Portuguese (PDF 2.2 MB), Burmese/Myanmar language (PDF 1.1 MB) and Nepali (PDF 4.1 MB).

How to Integrate Climate Change Adaptation into National Level Policy and Planning in the water sector (PDF 948 KB)

Tool for Environmental Assessment for Rural Water Supply (PDF 560 KB) 

Case studies 

Use of Stabilised Soil Blocks for latrine construction: Experiences from Darfur, Sudan (PDF 171 KB)