Team from Latin America
What a Waste (Water)! : Poverty is a multidimensional concept, which includes lack of access to sanitation services, and is more pronounced in developing countries, such as Brazil. In Brazil, especially in São Paulo, the process of urbanization was characterized by accelerated growth with no proper planning and informal settlements, with low access to basic public services such as sanitation. Therefore, as a way of reducing poverty, this project proposes the adoption of a decentralized wastewater treatment system composed of Constructed Wetlands, considered a Nature-based Solution, in combination with Septic Tanks for favelas in Brazil. Besides providing people adequate sanitation services, the project involves environmental education, technical training and community participation in all its stages, prioritizing women and/or non-caucasian people, reducing gender and racial disparities and creating jobs.