Perceptions and Attitudes of the Rural Population of Morocco Towards EcoSan Latrines UDDTs

  • A. TaouraoutEmail author
  • A. Chahlaoui
  • D. Belghyti
  • M. Najy
  • I. Taha
  • A. Kharroubi
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Intelligent Transportation and Infrastructure book series (LNITI)


In Morocco, most of the rural population is not connected to sewerage systems and many households and public buildings in rural areas lack any kind of sanitation facilities. This lack of sanitation, constitute a real burden on the health of the population and environment. Traditional methods of defecation such as the simple pit latrines and the open air are still widely used in rural areas of Morocco. In response to resolve this situation, the first EcoSan latrines (UDDTs) were introduced in a rural village called ‘Ait Daoud Ou Moussa’ in Morocco in December 2009. In this study, a questionnaire survey, a group discussion and an interview with stakeholders in the field of sanitation were taken to assess the socio-cultural acceptance of the EcoSan latrines in this village. Survey results showed that these eco-toilets have been generally accepted by almost all users and non-users. However, the use of excreta after treatment in their agriculture has not been accepted (psychic effect).At the end of this study, we propose some recommendations to encourage the village’s population to reuse the treated excreta in their own fields.


Acceptance EcoSan latrines Rural areas Morocco 



We would like to thank the survey participants for providing critical information and all who contributed directly or indirectly to this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Taouraout
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • A. Chahlaoui
    • 2
  • D. Belghyti
    • 1
  • M. Najy
    • 1
  • I. Taha
    • 2
  • A. Kharroubi
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratory of Agrophysiology, Biotechnology, Environment and Qualities, Faculty of SciencesUniversity IbnTofail of KenitraKenitraMorocco
  2. 2.Laboratory of Natural Resources Management and Development Team, Health and Environment, Faculty of ScienceMoulay Ismail UniversityMeknesMorocco
  3. 3.RU: Applied Hydrosciences Research UnitHigher Institute of Water Sciences and Techniques, University of GabèsGabèsTunisia

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