Obituary: Mr. Lewis Jonker

Lewis JonkerThe Cap-Net family is deeply saddened by the passing away of Mr Lewis Jonker on 25 May 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa. Lewis is known to most of us during his tenure as the WaterNet Manager the capacity building network for Southern African Development Community (SADC) affiliated to Cap-Net. He hosted one of the first Cap-Net annual meetings held in Cape Town in 2004. Those present recall the warm and lovely hosting by him and his wife at their home. Lewis was very instrumental and contributed immensely and generously to the Cap-Net programme. Most of us last interacted with him at the 5th Delft Symposium on Capacity Development, in May 2013, in The Netherlands. Continue reading

New Cap-Net Training Materials Launched

Cap-Net would like to announce and launch new training materials. They are ‘2nd Edition Drought Risk Reduction in IWRM’ and ‘Integration of Groundwater Management: Into Transboundary Basin Organizations in Africa’.

DRM 2nd EdThe ‘2nd Edition Drought Risk Management in IWRM’ includes a facilitator’s guide and full training manual which can be downloaded via this link. This manual is intended primarily for trainers and facilitators, practitioners, and water and natural resources managers, and is aimed at strengthening the capacity to anticipate and reduce the impact of drought through enhancing knowledge and skills for drought risk reduction practices as an integral part of the development process at community, national, sub-regional and regional levels. Currently this manual is only available in English language. For higher resolution training manual (20mb), please contact

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IWC Masters Scholarships (International) is now open for application.

The International Water Centre (IWC) is currently offering several full scholarships for high calibre international candidates (excluding Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.) interested in studying the Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) commencing in Semester 1, 2016 at The University of Queensland. The MIWM program is custom-designed and collaboratively delivered by leading industry practitioners and lecturers from IWC’s founding member universities. Students can choose between three specialisation streams including ‘International development’, ‘Urban water’ and ‘Water, land and people’. Continue reading

Multi-stakeholder Workshop for the Peri-urban Water Security (CCMCC – COCOON) – 15 May 2015, Hyderabad, India.

Multi-stakeholder Workshop for the Peri-urban Water Security (CCMCC – COCOON) will take place on the 15 May 2015 at Hyderabad, India. This workshop is a collaborative research project under taken with the award of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) “Science for Global Development (“WOTRO’) grant under its CoCooN – Conflict and Cooperation in the Management of Climate Change – Integrated Project.

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Water integrity for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region – 9 to 10 May, 2015, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Following a successful first training in January 2015, the second regional training course on ‘Water integrity for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’ was held from 9 to 10 May 2015 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. The training course took place back to back with the IUCN-ROWA regional conference RKNOW “Water and Nature Conservation – Knowledge Sharing in MENA Region”. More than 20 participants learned about the context and relevance of integrity in the management of water; methods to improve transparency, accountability and participation for better water governance and more sustainable water management. Continue reading

Water Transparency and Integrity Regional Workshop – 7 May 2015, Aserrí, Costa Rica

On the 7th of May 2015, Mr. Minor and Mr. Francisco, replicated and organized a training course on Water Transparency and Intergrity Regional Workshop for community water managers, a representative from the local Health Ministry office of Aserri and a representative of the Police force. Discussions on practical examples of corruption in their different daily activities and ways of improving practices were conducted towards guiding the participants in practicing transparency and integrity. Continue reading

World Water Day 2015 Celebration – 26 April 2015, Penang, Malaysia.

Penang WWD 1In partnership with the Penang Water Supply Corporation, Water Watch Penang, a member of MyCDNet, organised the World Water Day 2015 celebration which took place at the Air Itam Dam, Penang Malaysia on the 26 April 2015. The event took place a monthlater than the original date of the World Water Day (22 March 2015) due to constraint in schedule and venue selection. The event was officiated by the Chief Minister of Penang, Mr. Lim Guan Eng followed by speech on the importance of wise water consumption towards sustainable development of Penang as well as preventing water rationing in the future due to climate change. Apart from that, the event includes other activities such as water theme-based drawing and coloring competition followed by environmental and water exhibition by NGOs, public and private sectors and universities and interactive games. For more information please contact Water Watch Penang President, Professor Dr. Chan Ngai Weng.

2015 GWP Universities Toolbox Workshop for Central Asia – 22 to 23 April 2015, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

IWRM Toolbox training for universities of Central Asia and neighboring countries was held in Almaty from 22 to 23 April, 2015. The training was organized by the Global Water Partnership (GWP), Kazakh-German University in Almaty and Central-Asian Regional Water Network . Participants of the training were selected on a competitive basis. The training was attended by 29 representatives of all career level teaching staff of educational institutions from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Mongolia, including six members of CAR@WAN Network. The purpose of the training was to familiarize the participants with the tools developed by the GWP, and empowerment for the integration of IWRM practical solutions into educational programs of teachers.
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Regional Training Course on Water Footprint Assessments for GCC and Arab Countries – 20 to 22 April 2015, Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain.

A regional training course on Water Footprint Assessments for GCC and Arab countries was held at the Arabian Gulf University (AGU), Bahrain from 20-22 April 2015. The course was jointly organized and supported by AWARENET, the Arab Integrated Water Resources Management Network, a Cap-Net regional network for capacity development in sustainable water management, the Water, Science & Technology Association (WSTA), the Arabian Gulf University (AGU), the Middle East and North Africa Network of Water Centers of Excellence (MENA NWC), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA), and Cap-Net UNDP.

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Launching of the 2015 UN Report on ‘Water for Sustainable World’ dedicated to the World Water Day – 8 April 2015, Almaty, Kazakhtan.

The World Water Day was celebrated in Almaty on April 8, 2015. UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty in collaboration with the Central-Asian Regional Water Network CAR@WAN organized a round-table presentation of the report of the United Nations ‘Water for sustainable world’ dedicated to the World Water Day. The event was attended by representatives from public, research, educational and community organizations, including non-resident representatives of non-governmental sector. Prior to the event a press briefing was held together with an online conference with regional media representatives. CAR@WAN Network Manager, Ms. Vera Mustafina, was the key speaker at the press-briefing and the moderator of the round-table session.
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