On 28 November Cap-Net Lanka in collaboration with the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture (PGIA), Water Resources Science and Technology (WRST) and Lanka Jalani (Sri Lanka Water Partnership) organised the Urban Water and Coastal Zone Management Symposium at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Colombo, Sri Lanka. The activity was aligned with UNDP’s “Water and Ocean Governance Programme”. More than 50 participants attended the event from relevant institutions. Dr. S. Pathmarajah, Country Manager, Cap-Net Lanka, coordinated the event.
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From 30 August to 3 September, the Panjwani-Hisaar Water Institute (PHWI) successfully completed its first course on ‘WATER LAW’ launching in this way the institute’s academic programme. The course was spread over 5 days and it was supported by Cap-Net Pakistan. Among the 40 participants were lawyers, water practitioners, researchers, journalists and policy makers. The course objective was to understand the existing legal environment around water (international, national, provincial and local) and its implications for water governance, management and conservation in Pakistan.
On the 30 October 2019 the Global Water Partnership South Asia and Cap-Net, in collaboration with partners, delivered a session on a proposed “Delta Knowledge Hub: Innovative Platform for South-South Knowledge Exchange” at the Dhaka Water Knowledge Days 2019 (DWKD).
On 25-27 September, the Central American Network of Engineering Institutions (REDICA) members were trained on evapotranspiration rates in climate change scenarios. Members learnt to understand and run different tools to determinate the water needs for crops irrigation. The workshop was run in San Salvador city, El Salvador, in collaboration with Cap-Net.
On 13-28 September, a series of two-day capacity-building workshops for stakeholders were conducted in four Indian districts – Buxar, Bhagalpur (Bihar) Nalbari, and Jorhat (Assam). – with the support of SCaN, SaciWATERs- Cap Net Network and the European Union.
SaciWATERs has been working with these four district administrations and relevant stakeholders in the past to establish a district-level,people-centric platform for addressing arsenic challenges. The workshops provided capacity building on these issues and the platform.
On 15-20 September the West Africa Capacity Building Network (WA-Net) held the 2019 training course on “Climate Change Resilience: Access to Water Supply and Sanitation” at the National Water Resources Institute in Kaduna, Nigeria.
The training course was opened by Professor E.A. Adanu, Executive Director of the National Water Resources Institute followed by all Heads of Department of the Institute. Thirty-one participants enthusiastically attended the course.
From 26 August to 7 September SaciWATERs and Anna University with funding from IDRC, Canada and UNDP Cap-Net (SCaN: SaciWATERs Cap-Net Network) held a regional training workshop on ‘Leadership and research methods for interdisciplinary water research’ in Chennai, India.
On 29-30 August, Cap-Net held the Annual Networks Managers and Partners meeting 2019 in Stockholm. The meeting took place at the Tele2 Arena (World Water Week venue) and the Global Water Partnership offices. A key topic during the meeting was the design, implementation and development of synergies and collaboration with a focus on the new alliance between the Global Water Partnership and Cap-Net UNDP.
Cap-net’s 23 affiliated networks from across the world showcased their networks work. The session provided the space for the organisations to get to know each other’s work and progress during the past year.
The new strategic alliance between Cap-Net UNDP and the Global Water Partnership was announced on 29 August at a joint mingle organised by UNDP, SIWI, Cap-Net and GWP during World Water Week 2019.