Project Location

India, Peru, Uganda and Vietnam


Martin Wafler
Project Manager
Phone: +43 664 450 83 13

Leonellha Barreto Dillon
Senior Partner
Phone: +41 79 511 02 54

RRR Phase 1

Resource Recovery and Safe Reuse (RRR), Phase 1

Recovering nutrients, water and energy from domestic and agro-industrial waste streams is gaining momentum in low-income countries. In such contexts the sanitation sector is often heavily subsidized and still basic sanitation services are not met. Resource Recovery and Safe Reuse (RRR) is an approach that opens options for cost recovery in the sanitation sector, provides business opportunities and creates ecological benefits. With sustainable and scalable business models RRR can become a game changer to enhance sanitation services.

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) funded RRR-project promotes a paradigm shift in solid and liquid waste management: while waste was previously treated for disposal this projects aims to foster a reuse-oriented circular waste economy. It supports a business-oriented approach towards reusing solid and liquid waste streams with an emphasis on safeguarding public health and the environment in poor urban and peri-urban areas in developing countries.

The project is implemented by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), the World Health Organization (WHO) and cewas. Through cewas – seecon’s branch that focusses on innovation in business development – we have been engaging in research, marketing and business development in RRR to promote food and energy security, cost recovery in the sanitation sector and to create livelihood opportunities.

Under this project, which falls within the framework of cewas, the see con team conceives, develops, organises tailored trainings on business development in RRR and provide longer-term coaching to uprising businesses in the water, sanitation and resource management sector. The RRR project further helps linking research based institutes and active enterprises in the sector, enabling mutual knowledge transfer and communication.

Eawag Homepage

IWMI Webpage

SDC Webpage 

Swiss TPH Webpage

WHO Webpage

STEP RRR Business Development