DRY TOILET CONFERENCE 2003

The International Compost Sanitation Forum and Message Board: Humanure Composting Around the World: DRY TOILET CONFERENCE 2003
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Monday, December 30, 2002 - 3:00 pm
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DRY TOILET 2003
1st International Dry Toilet Conference
20-23 August 2003
University of Tampere, Finland
www.drytoilet.org

Dear Sir / Madam,

I would like to inform you on the above mentioned conference taking place in Finland next August. A dry toilet and compost exhibition will also take place during the conference. Please visit our web-site for more information or contact the secretary in order to receive the 2nd Announcement, which will be published in January 2003.

Best regards,

Tittiina Repka
Secretary of the organising committee
secretary@drytoilet.org

Author: saths
Saturday, January 04, 2003 - 8:46 am
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Mr. Jenkins, I went to drytoilet.org and noticed that the International Red Cross of Switzerland is on the Scientific Committee for the Conference. Do you think that the American Branch might be interested too?

Author: Larry Warnberg
Friday, September 19, 2003 - 11:45 pm
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Time for a follow-up report on the First International Dry Toilet conference in Tampere, Finland. My wife and I were the only Americans who attended. The sanitation/water manager for the International Red Cross was there searching for toilet options suitable for disaster relief operations. He was on his way to Baghdad where the toilets aren't flushing and sewage is accumulating in the streets with temperatures over 100 degrees F. every day. Unfortunately, the UN Headquarters were bombed at that time, so the Red Cross will delay relief operations for awhile. But I hope to collaborate with International Red Cross to develop a "compolet".

The Dry Toilet conference was organized by a dedicated crew from the Club Sanitet of Finland. It was attended by 168 people from 30 countries, and included vendor displays for a variety of commercial units. The term Dry Toilet was selected to include the wide range of flushless and low-flush designs. Many participants were from developing countries where open defecation is creating health problems, and a pit latrine would be a step up in quality of sanitary facilities. At the other end of the spectrum were participants from developed and over=developed countries where excess run=off of nutrients causes harmful algae blooms and eutrophication in surface waters. Agriculture is the primary offender, especially where synthetic fertilizers are used rather than animal manures. But there is increasing recognition that effluent from central sewage treatment plants and onsite septic systems contributes to nitrate pollution of waterways. Composting toilets can make a significant contribution to nutrient reduction goals by removing organic material from the wastestream and returning it to the soil.

Readers interested in the proceedings of the conference can obtain more information from: www.drytoilet.org

Author: Joe Jenkins
Saturday, September 20, 2003 - 1:17 pm
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Thanks for the update and the link, Larry.

Author: saths
Thursday, September 25, 2003 - 8:53 am
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It's to bad that there isn't a humanure composting video to give hope to those neglected people in Iraq who are putting humanure in the streets. They need to know about the nutrient cycle.

Author: Larry
Wednesday, November 17, 2004 - 10:32 am
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World Toilet Day is today! A 3-day conference begins in Beijing, convened by the World Toilet Conference (www.worldtoiletorganization.org), which is based in Singapore. As you might guess, flush toilets are the throne of worship, but one dry toilet representative from Finland is on the agenda. Since China has a long history of composting humanure, it is fitting that Beijing is host to this Fourth Annual conference. But don't look for any bucket toilets at the 2008 Olympics. The City's goal is to install 700 state of the art flushers for visitors.

Author: Larry
Tuesday, December 27, 2005 - 10:11 pm
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Last call for papers at the Second International Dry Toilet Conference. This is a great event, I went two years ago, learned a lot, and came home energized to spread it around. In case you haven't seen the announcement:


The Second International Dry Toilet Conference will be held in August 16- 19th 2006 at Tampere Finland. The conference will offer a platform for discussion for professionals and other dry toilet enthusiastics. The conference will distribute latest information about various aspects of dry sanitation. The popular Dry Toilet Exhibition will he held during the DT2006 Conference and it will be open for all public.

Please notify that the deadline for the First Call for abstracts has been extended to 30th of December to give everyone working in the field of dry sanitation a chance to share their views.
By sending in an abstract you may enter in a very specific but
practice bound field of study stretching form microbiology to the questions of global sustainability. Why not take a chance to bring your point of view into the discussion?

The themes of the conference are:

1. Historical aspects of dry toilet use
2. Architecture, construction, maintenance and logistics of dry
sanitation (including practical experiences about dry toilets)
3. Regulatory framework of dry sanitation
4. Millennium Development Goals and dry toilets
5. Separation and reuse of urine and faeces (nutrient loop, problems relating to hormonal and medical residuals, hygienic quality)
6. Dry toilets in emergency and crisis situations
7. Information, education and communications relating to dry toilets
8. Education, awareness-raising and implementation opportunities relating to dry toilets (including geographical and socio-economic differences)
9. Dry toilet futures and scenarios (creative approaches to future
development)
10. Public dry toilets
11. Integrated aspects of dry sanitation and water management


The Registration for the conference will be opened in February 2006.

For more information, please contact secretary2006(at )drytoilet.org or
visit the web pages at www.drytoilet.org.

with Warm Regards from snowy Finland

Asta Rajala
The Chairperson the Global Dry Toilet Club of Finland

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Asta Rajala
The Chariperson
Address: POBox 225
33100 Tampere Finland
puh. +358-50-301 2539
secretary@drytoilet.org
www.huussi.net www.drytoilet.org

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