Cap-Net welcomes Mr. Lai Chee Hui from Malaysia

Cap-Net welcomes Mr. Lai Chee Hui from Malaysia. Lai joins Cap-Net as a Network Attachment in Monitoring and Evaluation for 3 months starting from 1st of September 2014. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Technology from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT). He is currently a Master’s Degree candidate and a research officer in the field of sustainable water loss management in the Department of Geography, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Lai’s responsibilities in Cap-Net include coordinating the monitoring of outcomes and impacts of training programs conducted by Cap-Net affiliated regional and country networks, closely liaising with networks to gather reports and information and compile a report on monitoring and evaluation of Cap-Net capacity development activities from 2013-2014.

Lai is also an active member of Water Watch Penang (WWP), which is a water-based NGO and a member of MyCDNet in Malaysia that aims to promote study, awareness, knowledge, conservation, protection and the practice of a water saving society towards the sustainable development of water resources of the country. Having been a volunteer of WWP for years, Lai has experience in conducting water educational programs; he encourages young generation to protect water resources of the country by developing their interest and awareness regarding the importance of water conservation through different type of educational programs. In addition, one of his tasks as the secretary of WWP is to promote the collaboration in between the stakeholders (NGOs, local communities, private and public sectors, etc.) to solve Malaysia’s water issue. Lai enjoys swimming and travelling and he can be contacted at

Cap-Net UNDP Side Event at 2014 Stockholm World Water Week: Water-Energy Nexus Capacity Development: Assessing Needs and Exploring Innovative Approaches


Report on Training programme on Water Diplomacy by Dr. Neena Rao (SCaN-South Asia Network Manager) – 23 to 28 June, 2014, MIT, Boston.

A training programme on Water Diplomacy was conducted at MIT, Boston from 23 to 28 June 2014. Dr. Themba Gumbo, Director of Cap-Net UNDP and Dr. Neena Rao, Network of SCaN were invited to attend this joint-learning workshop which was aimed at creating a global network of reflective water professionals as well as conveying key ideas and methods in their own countries and organizations respectively. The training focused on trans-boundary water issues and challenges from national and international context. The training programme was conducted through presentations and group discussions.

Water Diplomacy is one of the important thematic areas in Cap-Net’s strategy for 2014-17. Dr. Neena Rao has been selected by Cap-Net to lead a team for development of the training material on Water Diplomacy. In addition to that, Dr. Themba Gumbo and Dr. Neena Rao have also convened a meeting with faculties from Tufts and MIT on partnership for training material development on Water-Diplomacy for Cap-Net.

Preparation of “Human rights-based approach to Integrated Water Resources Management (HRBA to IWRM)” training package Meeting with Cap-Net Partners – 4 to 6 June 2014, Ilha do Fundao, Rio de Janeiro.

A three day meeting took place at the Cap-Net UNDP office in Ilha do Fundao in Rio de Janeiro from 4-6 June 2014, with the objective to develop material and plan future activities for the training manual in applying the human rights-based approach to integrated water resources management (HRBA to IWRM). This meeting was important because it strengthened the collaboration of the 4 partners, WaterLex (, UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI (, REDICA ( and Cap-Net UNDP ( and contributions to capacity development in a topic that has not been technically elaborated yet in the field but that has impacts on sustainable water management. The outcomes of the meeting led to the finalisation of the content and structure of the manual and the facilitator guideline, the design of innovative tools for implementing HRBA to IWRM and the planning of the upcoming training of trainers in order to strengthen and enrich the utility of the material. In this way, the partners involved are ready to provide positive contributions in generating capacities to all the networks, organisations and key actors interested in this cross-cutting topic. For more information, please contact Dr. Bekithemba Gumbo.

Stockholm World Water Week – 31 August to 5 September 2014, Stockholm

The Stockholm World Water Week 2014 is back and will take place from 31 of August 2014. This event will be hosted and organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and takes place in Stockholm.

The World Water Week has been the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues since 1991. Every year, SIWI provides a platform for over 200 collaborating organisations to convene events at the World Water Week. In addition, individuals from around the globe present their findings at the scientific workshops.

Each year the World Water Week addresses a particular theme to enable a deeper examination of a specific water-related topic. While not all events during the week relate to the overall theme, the workshops driven by the Scientific Programme Committee and many seminars and side events focus on various aspects of the theme. In 2014, the World Water Week in Stockholm has a theme of “Energy and Water”. An overall “systems view” of how energy and water are developed and managed for the good of society and ecosystems – at local, national, regional and global levels – and avoid unintended consequences of narrow sectoral approaches. The “water, energy and food security nexus”, underpinning the green growth approach, will be central to the agenda.
The energy and water theme will be addressed from two overall perspectives: the societal opportunities and challenges, and the cross-cutting issues.

Please visit the SWWW official webpage for more information.

Planning Meeting on Development on the Need for an Integrated Approach to Coastal Zone and River Basin Management – 26 to 28 May 2014, Copenhagen.

Cap-Net and partners held a planning meeting at Copenhagen from 26 to 28 May to develop a programme on the need for an integrated approach to coastal zone and river basin management. Partner networks REDICA and CKNet and international partners UNESCO-IHE, UNEP-DHI, UNDP and PEMSEA came together in a meeting organised by UNEP-DHI and discussed the development of a training package and rolling out a capacity development programme on the subject. The programme will focus on the linkages between coastal zones and river basins and aim to advocate integration of their management. The capacity development activities to be rolled out will target coastal and river basin managers and government decision makers, making use of the outreach through affiliated networks and partners. The aim is to have training modules developed before the end of the year and have these tested in a pilot training by January 2015. For more information please contact


IWRM as a Tool for Adaptation to Climate Change” – 14 to 17 April 2014, São Paulo, Brazil.

The first edition of the workshop “IWRM as a Tool for Adaptation to Climate Change” was held at the Interdisciplinary Center Climate Investigation – INCLINE (, University of São Paulo – USP, on 14 – 17 April 2014, in São Paulo. The workshop was facilitated by Professor Eduardo Mario Mendiondo, Engineering School of São Carlos – EESC/USP, and Professor Tércio Ambrizzi, Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences of University of São Paulo – IAG/USP. A total of 19 participants from participants basin committees, public and private sector, water managers, water users, professionals and climate academy attended this workshop.

The workshop was organized by Cap-Net Brasil, supported Cap -Net UNDP, and partnership with the University of São Paulo – USP, Center for Climate Change – INCLINE, IAG – Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences of University of São Paulo, Engineering School of São Carlos – EESC/USP, Watershed Committees and others.

The second edition is planned for the second semester of 2014, in Rio de Janeiro, RJ and the venue will be announced in due course. For more information, please contact Priscila.

Call for Papers: Latin America Water Week 2015 – 23 to 27 March 2015, Viña del Mar, Chile.

The Latin Water Week 2015 will be held from 23 to 27 of March 2015 in Viña del Mar, Chile. This will be an opportunity to be part of a unique platform for the exchange of experiences and practices between the scientific, business, policy and civic communities; focuses on new thinking and positive action was the water-related challenges and their impact on the environment, health, climate, economy and community.

The objectives of this conference are as follow:

• To consolidate and develop a space for reflection on the issue of water,

• To explore the challenges present between water, society, environment and economy,

• To promote partnerships and proactive partnerships between individuals and organizations with different specializations,

• To emphasise on innovative research, best practices and developing innovative policies for different stakeholders, multidisciplinary experts from around the world,

• To provide real answers for the management of water, environment and economic development, by linking best practices, scientific knowledge, policy and specific decisions.

The Dateline of Abstract Submission will 6 of June 2014.

For more information and registration, please visit

Network Managers’ Meeting and MELP Training – 23 to 25 April, Delft, The Netherlands

Managers from Cap-Net affiliated networks met at Delft, The Netherlands, April 23-25, to revise and agree on practices for monitoring impact, assessing performance, and elaborating learning plans for increased efficiency in capacity development. Sessions are guided by Cap-Net’s “MELP -Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan”; a document prepared to ensure adequate monitoring of the project and assist partner networks monitor their own activities. The MELP consists of 5 tools to be applied by the by the project management team and network partners towards output areas as efficiency of networks, knowledge management, and capacity development delivery.

The 3-day training course in Delft allowed sharing of experiences, and profound analysis of methods and strategies to ap ply these tools, and the relevance of the information both for the success of the networks as well as for the Cap-Net Programme. Participating network managers have reached consensus on the relevance of these tools and methodologies for application thus setting the goal for the end of 2014 that each partner network will have an available MELP report.

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