United Nations (UN) Day – 24 October 2017, Rio de Janeiro.

The UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force of the Charter of the United Nations in 1945. With the ratification of the document by the signatory countries, including the five permanent members of the Security Council and Brazil, the Organization came into existence formally.

This date was celebrated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, together with the International Decade of Afro-descendants which was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly to be observed between 2015 and 2024, when Brazil and 192 countries pledged to face racism. There are approximately 200 million people living in the Americas who identify themselves as Afro-descendants – both people enslaved by the transatlantic trade and more recent migrants – and many are among the poorest and most marginalized groups in society. Continue reading

Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Programme for Farmer Organization (FO) Leaders – 18th September 2017, District Secretariat Ampara, Sri Lanka.

A programme for farmer organization leaders in Ampara was arranged as a part of the Sri Lanka Water Partnership CCA Programme in collaboration with the Irrigation Department (ID) and Irrigation Management Division (IMD) of the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources Management with support from Cap-Net Lanka.  This was the 2nd programme in Sri Lanka supported by Cap-Net during 2017.

72 Farmer Leaders representing over 40 Farmer Organizations in the Galoya Left Bank and  River Division participated. 57 from the Gal Oya Left Bank and 15 from the River Division. In addition 14 field staff of ID/IMD dealing with Farmer Organizations attended the awareness session.

For more information, please contact Country Coordinator of Cap-Net Lanka, Dr. S. Pathmarajah.

Cap-Net Lanka – PGIA Junior Water Awards for Innovations and Knowledge Management (Aqua Republica) 2017, and Water Professionals’ Day Symposium 2017

The Cap-Net Lanka – PGIA Junior Water Awards for Innovations and Knowledge Management (Aqua Republica) 2017 was held on 2nd October 2017 at the ‘Appadurai Auditorium’, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya in parallel to the Water Professionals’ Day Symposium 2017.

This year, Junior Water Awards for Innovations and Knowledge Management was conducted in schools from the Northern Province and the best water related projects were awarded with plaques and certificates at the Water Professionals’ Day Symposium on the 02nd October 2017. The Aqua Republica programme was conducted in schools from the Central Province and highest scorers were awarded with trophies and certificates at the Symposium.

A total of 68 school children from both Northern and Central Provinces and 65 water professionals from all over the country participated in the symposium.

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Regional Seminar on Advanced Training of the ‘Safety of the hydro-technical constructions for water specialists of Kazakhstan’ – 7 to 9 September 2017, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The Regional Seminar on Advanced Training of the “Safety of the hydro-technical constructions for water specialists of Kazakhstan” took place from 7 to 9 September 2017 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. This seminar was conducted with the cooperation of IFAS, Kazakh National Agrarian University and other donors dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Interstate Commission for Water Coordination (ICWC) and the preparation for the 8th World Water Forum (March 2018, Brazil).

The main of the objective of seminar was to organise capacity building and promotion awareness raising among stakeholder of water conservation and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM); melioration and irrigated agriculture; agricultural water supply and watering of pastures, use of renewable energy sources; agri-ecology and environmental protection in water management facilities, the safety of the Hydropower Station and prevention of emergencies in the context of the climate change. Continue reading

Handover of Aguajaring’s New Chairperson – 24th October 2017, Kuala Lumpur.

Cap-UNDP would also like to congratulate and welcome Dr Rodora H. Gamboa as the new Chairperson of Aguajaring. The handling over of Aguajaring’s New Chairperson took place during the National Forum 2017 on ‘Wastewater as a Resource: Opportunities and Capacity Development’ on the 24th October 2017. The event witnessed the handing over of Aguajaring’s Chairmanship by Mr Jan T.L. Yap from Indonesia to Dr Rodora H. Gamboa from Philippines, after a brief introduction about Cap-Net, AquaJaring, MyCDNet, Phil Cap-Net and CK-net by Dr. Low Kwai SIm, Advisor to MyCDNet and Aguajaring.

For more information please contact Dr Rodora H Gamboa.

National Forum 2017 on ‘Wastewater as a Resource: Opportunities and Capacity Development’ – 24th to 25th October 2017, Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam (KGPA), Kuala Lumpur.

Following the success of the first national forum organised by MyCDNet in 2016, the National Forum 2017, with the theme ‘Wastewater as a Resource: Opportunities & Capacity Development, saw a greater turnout totalling 123 participants from government agencies, the private sector and institutions of higher learning.

The National Forum 2017 was officially opened by the Honorable Dato’ Dr. Tan Yew Chong, Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology & Water (KeTTHA), on 24 October 2017 in Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam (KGPA). On 25 October 2017 there was a half-day technical site visit to Pantai 2 Sewage Treatment Plant – an underground facility with a beautiful sprawling ecopark above it. Continue reading

International Scientific and Practical Conference on “Transboundary Cooperation in Central Asia – Safety, Stability, and Welfare of the Whole Region”- 7 to 8 September 2017, Kazakhstan.

The Executive Board of the International Fund of the Aral Sea (IFAS) in the Republic of Kazakstan in cooperation with the Kazak National Agrarian University (KazNAU) supported by the Central-Asian Regional Network of Capacity Building in the Area of Water Resources (CAR@WAN) and other partners, conducted the International Scientific and Practical Conference on “Transboundary Cooperation in Central Asia – Safety, Stability, and Welfare of the Whole Region”. The conference which took place on from 7 to 8 September 2017 was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Interstate Commission of Water Coordination and the process of preparing to the 8th World Water Forum (March 2018, Brazil).

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Brahmaputra River Symposium 2017: A multi-stakeholder meet on knowledge sharing – 25 to 26 September 2017, New Delhi, India.

New Delhi hosted the Brahmaputra River Symposium 2017 on the 25th and 26th of September 2017 by convening experts across different sectors, from the basin (Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, and India) as well as international river basins (Mekong, Murray-Darling, Nile, Rhine, and Yangtze). Structured around the theme ‘Knowledge Beyond Boundaries’, the symposium stressed on knowledge sharing, collective efforts to identify knowledge gaps and ways to strengthen the science-policy interface. Representatives from Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, and Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of Government of India were also present at the symposium. Continue reading

18th WaterNet/WARFSA/GWPSA Symposium on Integrated Water Resources Development and Management: Innovative Technological Advances for Water Security in Eastern and Southern Africa – 25 to 27 October 2017, Swakopmund, Namibia.

WaterNet in collaboration with WARFA and GWPSA, jointly convened with the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) and the University of Botswana will be organising the 18th WaterNet/WARFSA/GWPSA Symposium on Integrated Water Resources Development and Management. The theme of this symposium is ‘Innovative Technological Advances for Water Security in Eastern and Southern Africa’ and will take place from 25 to 27 October 2017 at Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre. The main objective of the SADC Research Agenda is to promote evidence-based implementation of SADC water programmes and projects through multi- and inter-disciplinary research, and synthesis of existing and new information, which will lead to a realisation of SADC developmental goals. Continue reading

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