The Public Utilities Corporation (PUC) is developing an Integrated and Comprehensive Sanitation Master Plan (ICSMP) for the three main islands of Seychelles (Mahe, Praslin and La Digue) that will build on the synergies with linked infrastructure sectors of water supply, drainage, solid waste and energy – and other concerned areas like agriculture, land use planning, tourism and economic development in order to accelerate the achievement of the National Sustainable Development Strategy. The ICSMP will help the Government and PUC to develop a strategy for the sanitation sector for the next 25 years based on a new paradigm: “waste is a resource”. Figure 1 below shows the links of the ICSMP to the National Sustainable Development Strategy.
The objective of the project is to generate evidence on the market demand for sludge by-products (Resource Recovery and Reuse (RRR) products) and treated sewage effluent, recovered nutrients and energy from sludge and waste water. The main questions to reply are :
1. What is the supply and market demand?
2. What is the market size for this business opportunity?
3. Who will be the customers for use of sludge and treated sewage effluent, recovered nutrients
and energy from sludge and waste water and other related by-products in Seychelles?
4. How to enter the market?
5. Who are the present actors in wastewater sludge and their by-products supply and demand
management in Seychelles?
6. What is the legal framework within which wastewater sludge and their by-products as aresource operates and controlled in Seychelles
Ecofilae ‘s objectives were :
1. to define the key potential Resource recovery products based on the volume and type of waste-water generated in Seychelles.
2.to determine the potential market size
3. to analyse the legal, institutional and socio-political contexts
4. to identify commodities that can be produced on wastewater treatment plants and
those that would have to be transported away for third parties to produce.
5. to carry out a quantification of existing and potential markets
6. to identify and map the potential users and private operators
7. to identify potential strategic alliances with other industries to produce commodities
8. to identify the quality requirements
9. to determine the knowledge, attitudes from potential users on using the products
10. to detremine the potential for energy recovery and the possible uses based on the proposed
11. to propose ways to promote a greater use of RRR products in Seychelles while strengthening the competitiveness of targets sectors including agriculture, energy and industry
12. to Consider the impacts of logistics (transport and fuel costs) and topography (ease of application and downstream effect on environment)