Training Course on Integrated Water Resources Management Held on 19th – 22nd October

The training course on Integrated Water Resources Management was organized by National Water Resources Institute from 19th-22nd October 2015. The training was organized for staff of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Federal Ministry of Water Resources and National Water Resources Institute. Thirty-five participants took part in the training course: twenty from the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, ten from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and five from National Water Resources Institute. Of the total participants, 23 were male and 12 were female.
The programme began withthe opening ceremony which was Chaired by the Executive Director of the National Water Resources Institute Dr. E.A Adanu. After an introductory speech and remark from the Director of Training and WA-Net Manager, Dr. Martin O. Eduvie, the Executive Director declared the workshop opened.

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5 Days Training Workshop on Climate Change Resilience in Nigeria

The training course on Climate Change Resilience: Access to Water Supply and Sanitation was held from 5nd to 9thOctober, 2015 at the Conference hall of Water Suite Kaduna, Nigeria. A total number of 30 participants spread across various government organizations attended the training program. The participants were from the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, River Basin Development Organizations, Nigeria Integrated Water Resources Management Commission, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agencies, National Water Resources Institute, States Water Boards, Nigeria Hydrological Agency, and States Ministry of Water Resources.

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Training on Mainstreaming Water Security and Climate Resilience into National and Sector Planning Processes, 28th September to 2nd October 2015, Kampala, Uganda

This training was held in Kampala, Uganda from 28th September to 2nd October 2015. It was financially supported by Ministry of Water and Environment in Uganda, Cap-Net UNDP and Global Water Partnership (GWP). The training was facilitated by GWP East Africa and Nile IWRM Net.

The purpose of the training was to provide participants with background information on climate change and the need for adaptation as well as practical, step-by-step guidance on how governments, national and local actors can mainstream climate change adaptation into national and sector development planning as part of broader mainstreaming efforts. The target group was those involved in planning, budgeting and implementation of water and related activities at national, regional/basin, district and local levels namely planners, economists, natural resources officers, water officers, community development officers etc. 35 participants drawn from river basin organizations, local governments, private sector, and central government attended the training. The wide range of professionals enabled exchange of views across various areas area of the training.

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Capacity Building to strengthen Civil Society Organisations engagement in South Asia

Capacity Building to strengthen CSO engagement with SWA Partnership, SACOSANs, and SGDs processes in South Asia

In South Asia one billion people still do not have access to basic sanitation and nearly 700 million people defecate in open every day. Each year more than 70,000 die of diarrhea in Bangladesh and more than 450,000 in India. The developmental approach to address access to adequate water supply and sanitation is known not only a fundamental need but marked a paradigm shift towards human right. There are systematic challenges to achieve improved sanitation that are coupled with growing pressure on water through increasing population, intensive farming, political tensions and environmental degradation and changing climatic conditions. To address these seemingly inherent challenges, it is significant to capacitate SACOSANs – the high level inter governmental platform that exists on sanitation and hygiene in the region. It is important to reflect on Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) amongst CSOs to address mechanism for reconciliation in CSO’s strategic frameworks.

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SaciWATERs is looking for a Senior Fellow

SaciWATERs is looking for a Senior Fellow with a proven track record of research and policy-influencing activities. The candidate should have the drive to embark on new initiatives, write proposals, carry out independent research with multi-disciplinary perspectives and be capable of leading research team. The candidate should have the drive and motivation for high quality and innovative research and contribute substantially to fundraising efforts of the institute. The selected candidate should also contribute to advocacy, outreach and publication activities of the institute. This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic individual to join a growing, multi-disciplinary team of researchers and academic activists.

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Inauguration of Cap-Net Secretariat’s New Office

Cap-Net global secretariat recently moved into a new office co-located with the Rio+ Centre, the World Centre for Sustainable Development. The new office located at the heart of the city, Central of Rio de Janeiro offering excellent working conditions and is a partnership between the State of Rio de Janeiro and Rio+ Centre/UNDP. The inauguration of the new premise held on 24th September welcoming everyone by Dr. Rômulo Paes de Sousa, the Director of RIO+ Centre. Ceremony honored by the participation of Mr. Jorge Chediek, UN coordinator Brazil and UN resident representative in Brazil (on his departure after 5 years in Brazil). Representatives from United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), United Nations office for disaster risk reduction (UNISDR), German consulate, Secretaría Estado da Casa Civil, and many other organizations attended the celebration.

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Aqua Republica: Serious Games for Water Education Training workshop and pilot use in schools in Buenos Aires, September 24th, 2015

Aqua Republic is a serious game developed by two UN agencies: UNEP-DHI Centre (United Nations Environment Programme) and UNDP Cap-Net Programme (United Nations Programme for Development).

This is accomplished through a virtual environment called “Aqua Republica”, where participants can experience decision-making in the management of a basin in an interactive and attractive way, and in doing so learn about connectivity and the importance of water resources, the challenges of sustainable development and the need for careful management. The game is an innovative and state of art tool designed for water education. Although the first target group in mind for the use of Aqua Republica are young students from secondary schools (14 – 17 years old), the game is also highly recommended as ice breaker for regular water related courses from professionals and as an introduction to IWRM and sustainable development.

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Transforming our world, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Cap-Net UNDP contribution in the implementation of the global goals

The 193-Member United Nations General Assembly formally adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on 25th of September 2015. This new development agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity which also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. All countries, in collaborative partnerships will implement the agenda which declares the means of implementation as global partnership. Many of the targets of SDGs are closely linked to water resources management as water remains a key resource that connects with food, energy, and environment. Goal 6 specifically aims to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”. Cap-Net in its 13 years of capacity development, has taken an enormous leap forward to develop and deliver knowledge on sustainable water management for all as contribution in the achievement of SDG 6 and other interlinked goals and targets. With the adoption of SDGs, Cap-Net UNDP reiterates its focus and commitment from now till 2030 on capacity development “empowering individuals: enabling environments”. The partnerships and networking will remain as the core implementation approach for knowledge development and capacity development delivery.

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Capacity Building in the Water Sector in Southern Africa – 27th of August 2015

WaterNet in collaboration with SIWI and NEPAD held a special session on Water Management and Development in Southern Africa during the World Water Week (WWW) in Stockholm on the 27th of August 2015. In the session, we wanted to discuss innovative new ways of approaching capacity building in the southern African region. The session which was attended by representatives from government, academia, consultancies, and non-governmental organisations discussed current capacity building initiatives and also reviewed the different innovative approaches used to address the capacity needs in the water sector. The seminar built on a seminar held at the 2014 WWW.

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