The first AfriAlliance Conference took place at the Birchwood Hotel, Ekurhuleni, South Africa. This was in parallel to the Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2017: Water and Climate Congress from 22-24 March 2017. WaterNet led the workpackage on enhancing knowledge sharing and technology transfer under which this inaugural conference was organized.
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Hisaar Foundation, host of Cap-Net Pakistan, continued on its mission of disseminating the “Recommendations for Pakistan’s National Water Policy Framework” which is now being recognized and touted as the “Citizen’s Water Policy.”
This year’s AGUASAN workshop is titled “Circular economy – transforming waste into resources”. The focus of the workshop will be dedicated to exchanging and generating knowledge to assist participants in transitioning from linear to circular water and sanitation models. Participants will do so by looking at the concept of circular economy in relation to the water and nutrient cycles and by identifying barriers and drivers in transitioning to a circular economy. They will analyse successful and failed approaches, apply them to managing water and nutrient cycles and prioritize entry points and courses of action for the transition.
Continuing on its mission of disseminating the “Recommendations for Pakistan’s National Water Policy Framework” for the consideration of the government in each of the provinces, Hisaar Foundation – a foundation, for water, food and livelihood security- and secretariat host, Cap-Net Pakistan held a launch event in Islamabad, the federal capital of Pakistan on Friday 27th January 2017 at Islamabad Serena Hotel.
MyCDNet held its first ever Annual National Forum on Water Security on 23 – 24 November 2016. Titled “Adaptation to Hazards Related to Climate Change”, the successful Forum was organized together with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE), Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID), National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia (NAHRIM), Asia Pacific Environmental Consultants Sdn Bhd (ASPEC), Global Environment Centre (GEC), Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) and Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), with support from CapNet UNDP.
Hisaar Foundation – a foundation, for water, food and livelihood security- and secretariat host, Cap-Net Pakistan has recently launched the “Recommendations for Pakistan’s National Water Policy Framework” for the consideration of the government. The water policy framework has been launched in Karachi, Sindh and Lahore, Punjab. This is as part of an ambitious agenda set forth by Hisaar Foundation to launch the water policy framework in all the provinces of Pakistan and culminating in a grand launch at Islamabad, the federal capital of Pakistan. Water management in Pakistan is a provincial issue so it is fitting that the policy framework is launched in each of the provinces.
Cap-Net’s Annual Network Managers Meeting is this year organised together with UNEP, GEMS Water, and IW:LEARN. The focus for the meeting is “Towards implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal on Water (SDG 6)”. The meeting is arranged in the UNEP facilities in Nairobi, Kenya, between 8th and 11th November.
Cap-Net Lanka held the Aqua Republica educational game competition and Junior Water Award programme in-line with the Water Professionals’ Day on 01st of October at Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. “ Mr Gardener”, an innovation from a school to apply urine with an automated collection, treatment and distribution system to plants in the garden as a fertilizer was awarded the first price.
The Akvo Really Simple Reporting (RSR) Training was held on the 9th of September 2016 at the Birchwood Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa. Akvo RSR is an online communication, reporting and monitoring hub for all projects done by an organization. As from January 2017, WaterNet Trust and all its network members will be reporting using Akvo RSR.
The Selection Meeting for the Regional Master Program in IWRM 2017/18 intake was held at Birchwood Hotel in South Africa on the 8th of September 2016. All coordinators from different specialization institutions were present at the meeting. The requirements for admission included a good first degree class, relevant working experience and an approval letter from the one’s Ministry of Water.