Water quality issues both biological and chemical are of grave concerns within many regions in India. The State of Uttar Pradesh (UP), has added cause for concern due to growing incidences of natural and man-made contamination such as fluoride, arsenic, chromium, iron, to name a few. Owing to the complexity of the problem there is a need to bring together concerted efforts along with systematic action. Keeping this in mind a small consultation began in Lucknow on 7th August 2015 to initiate a collaboration of the diverse knowledge and action nodes within UP.
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To encourage participatory peri-urban water management, the Shifting Grounds project has incorporated a series of workshops across two countries of South Asia: Kolkata, India and Khulna, Bangladesh. The workshop brought local people from different professional backgrounds along with water authorities to ensure better access to water resources across peri-urban areas.
The Training of Trainers (ToT) on Sustainable Sanitation and Water was held from 23rd to 25th November 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The course was jointly organized by Malaysian Capacity Development for Sustainable Water Management (MyCDNet) and Indah Water Konsortium Sdn. Bhd. (IWK), Malaysia’s national sewerage company. This is the first ToT on Sanitation and Water in Malaysia.
The Training of Trainers (ToT) on Water Security and Safety Planning was held on 8 – 9 December 2015 in the Function Hall of Akademi Sains Malaysia, 20th Floor, West Wing, MATRADE Tower. It was organised by Malaysian Capacity Development Network for Sustainable Water Management (MyCDNet) with the support of Cap-Net UNDP, in collaboration with Akademi Sains Malaysia (ASM), Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID), Malaysian Water Association (MWA) and Sime Darby.
As part of the ongoing CGIAR funded research project “Poverty squares and gender circles: unraveling agriculture gaps, challenges and opportunities in Eastern Gangetic Basin” – India, Nepal and Bangladesh, SaciWATERs with the support of UNDP Cap-Net, CGIAR WLE and SCaN carried out a two-days (16-17 Dec) training program on water rights, equity and gender at Marina’s Motel, Bagdogra, West Bengal, India.
Training for teachers of higher educational institutions of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on IWRM updated course was held on December 11, 2015 in Almaty, Kazakhstan by the Central Asian Regional Water Network CAR@WAN with the support of Cap-Net UNDP and UNESCO Cluster office in Almaty in partnership with Kazakh-German University.
The Dialogue on Water Governance (DWG) 2015 focused around two central issues in water governance: equity and water security, pertaining to semi-arid regions in both developed and developing countries. The aims were:
- To create robust dialogue related to water governance;
- To define and frame the level and context of issues in the local and international debates;
- To raise the level of awareness and discussions at the local and international levels to mobilize partnerships in order to develop comprehensive research programmes covering different aspects of water governance;
- To serve as a platform of experts for a Regional Consultation on Water Security conducted by the UN-Water Task Force on Water Security for the Latin American and Caribbean region.
The Regional Training “Hydro-climatic disasters in water resources management” was held from 4 to 6 of November, 2015 in Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan by the Central Asian Regional Water Network CAR@WAN with the support of Cap-Net UNDP and UNDP Kazakhstan.
The main purpose of the Training was to build capacity and raise awareness of decision-makers and the public of Kyzylorda region, as well as representatives of the Central Asian region on the management of hydroclimatic risks in the context of water management. The Training was attended by 36 representatives of local executive authorities, state enterprises, international, educational, scientific and non-governmental organizations from the countries of Central Asia, as well as CAR@WAN Network members. Participation of different stakeholders enabled exchange of experience and sharing opinions from different points of interests.
The Regional Conference “Drought and flood risk management of Kyzylorda oblast” was held on November 3, 2015 in Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan by the Central Asian Regional Water Network CAR@WAN with the support of UNDP Kazakhstan and with the participation of Executive Directorate of IFAS in Kazakhstan.
The Conference was organized in order to discuss the issues of expected climate change, climate risk profile and risk of emergencies, as well as issues of security of hydraulic structures. It was attended by 52 representatives of interested parties including the Department of emergency situations of Kyzylorda oblast, Committee for Water Resources of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan, local executive authorities, state enterprises, international, educational, scientific and non-governmental organizations from the countries of Central Asia.
Under the coordination of Cap-Net UNDP and Cap-Net Brasil, in partnership of Water Footprint Network – WFN, and facilitated by Professor Alexandra Freitas, Water Footprint Network, and Professor Demetrios Christofidis, University of Brasilia – UnB, the course was held on November 26, 2015, at Ulysses Guimarães Convention Center, Brasília, DF, during the XXI Symposium of Brazilian Association of Water Resources, with the participation of professionals from different areas with minimal training graduation.