WaterNet in collaboration with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature will host the above named training on Promoting the application of environmental water requirements in the management of transboundary river basins in Southern Africa, 20 – 23 June, Cape Town, South Africa for the Resilience in the Limpopo Basin Programme (RESILIM). The major objective of the training is to provide policy makers with information and understanding of the principles that underlie good practice in the determination of Environmental Flows in transboundary water governance.
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WaterNet is part of a consortium of 16 organizations from Africa and Europe implementing the Africa-EU Innovation Alliance for Water and Climate, “AfriAlliance” Project, commonly referred to as the H2020 Project which is being funded by the European Commission. The major objective of the project is for: African and European stakeholders to work together in the areas of water innovation, research, policy, and capacity development in order to increase the preparedness of Africa for future Climate Change vulnerabilities.
WaterNet held a 4 day Training Course on Developing Online/E-learning Courses Material at St George Hotel and Conference Centre, Pretoria, South Africa held from 26 – 29 April 2016. The main objective of the course was to effectively prepare WaterNet member institutions and partners to offer short professional courses through online and distance learning in order to further capacitate current and future water professionals in Eastern and Southern African countries and beyond in the management of freshwater resources.
Central Asian Regional Water Network (CAR@WAN) with the support of UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty, in cooperation with national partners, organized presentation of the United Nations World Water Development Report 2016 “Water and jobs”, devoted to the celebration of World Water Day, in three countries of Central Asian region.
SaciWATERs recent submitted a documentary film the ‘Necessity Triumphs’ . The documentary is on how people in peri-urban areas near Hyderabad do not complain about the city waste water that comes to their villages. They instead use it for irrigating their paddy fields and vegetable farms. The documentary shows RO sludge water being used by residents of peri-urban areas to wash utensils and clothes.
As part of the Sri Lanka Water Partnership (SLWP) continuing programme on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) in the irrigation sector, a workshop on the above was held on the 24th March 2016 for Irrigation Department (ID) staff of the Monaragala District at the In-Service Training Institute of the Department of Agriculture at Angunakolapellessa. The 35 participants (27 male and 8 female) included Engineers, Engineering Assistants, Development Officers and Field Assistants of the ID. This programme was part of SLWP World Water Day Programme and was implemented as a SLWP and Cap Net Lanka joint activity.
“There are number of ways to save water, but it should start with ‘U’”
-D. Madhuri, Grade 10, ZPHS, Peddapur Village
SaciWATERs in joint partnership with the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB), conducted an awareness programme on “Sustainable Water Conservation Techniques” across the Zilla Parishad High School (ZPHS), of Peddapur Gram Panchayat, Medak District in Telangana State, India. The programme is funded by Arghyam and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).
Preparations for the 17th WaterNet/WARFSA/GWPSA Symposium are currently underway. The event will be held in Gaborone, Botswana from the 26th – 28th October 2016 at the Gaborone International Convention Centre. The theme for this year’s symposium is Integrated Water Resources Management: Water Security, Sustainability and Development in Eastern and Africa Southern.
The ESA-TIGER programme held its 7th biannual workshop in Addis Ababa on 1st and 2nd of February, at the conference centre of UNECA. The European Space Agency (ESA) launched the TIGER initiative in 2002 to promote the use of Earth Observations (EO) for improved IWRM in Africa. The overall objective of the initiative is to assist African countries to overcome problems faced in the collection, analysis and use of water related geo-information by exploiting the advantages of EO technology. The aim is to fill existing information gaps relevant for effective and sustainable water resources management at the national to regional scale in thus helping to mitigate the wide spread water scarcity in Africa.
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.