Treating wastewater by means of constructed wetlands
Constructed wetlands have a prominent position in wastewater treatment mainly because of their capacity to remove organic material, nutrients, pathogens and trace metals, their relatively low cost and their robustness. More than thirty local and national decision-makers, managers, university staff and NGOs working in the field of wastewater management from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro benefitted from a three-day sub-regional training dedicated to constructed wetlands, which took place in Dubrovnik on 12-14 October 2011. The training was organized by the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, within the framework of the Horizon 2020 Capacity Building/ Mediterranean Environment Programme.
As with all Horizon 2020 trainings, it encouraged the active involvement of participants through a combination of lectures, case studies, exercises, discussions and presentations. The main topics included wastewater treatment processes that are relevant to wetlands, types of constructed wetlands, operation and maintenance, sizing, practical design, waste stabilization ponds as a companion natural treatment technology, financial aspects as well as examples from the participating countries.
By the end of the workshop, trainees explicitly expressed their enthusiasm about the training experience (content, methodology, information provided). The opportunity to have direct interaction with a high caliber expert in this field was wholeheartedly appreciated. More about the training can be found here