“Tailored stakeholder engagement essential for future sustainability” by IWLearn

Climate change will continue to be a major concern of this century impacting stakeholders within transboundary basins. As future initiatives, projects or programmes are developed, stakeholders affected should have a voice in the design and implementation, as initiatives, projects or programmes ultimately influence their planning to address climate change impacts Continue reading

Meeting with Visiting Foreign WASH Team – 17 July 2018, Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, Sri Lanka.

Drs. Shanon Marques, Vice Provost, Drexel University, Philadelpia, Emmanuel Opong, Regional Director of World Vision International (WASH) and Ms. Dhammika Peiris, Technical Advisor (WASH), World Vision Lanka visited the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture (PGIA) on the 17thof July 2018 to discuss the possibility of having joint training and research programs with Cap-Net Lanka at PGIA.  The Director/PGI, relevant senior academics and postgraduate students of IWRM participated in the discussion coordinated by Country Coordinator/Cap-Net Lanka Continue reading

Capacity development of the farmer leaders in medium/ major irrigation schemes; empowering them on participatory decision making – 25th June 2018, Uyilankulam, Sri Lanka

The first training programme for 2018, Capacity development of the farmer leaders in medium/ major irrigation schemes was conducted in Farmer Training/Meeting Centre, Uyilankulam, Mannar District in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka on the 25thJune 2018.

The main partners of the programme were Irrigation Department, Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Development, Sri Lanka Water Partnership and Irrigation Management Division/ Ministry of Irrigation. A total of 66 participants including farmer organization leaders, agency staff of minor/major schemes, consultants attended the programme. Continue reading

Training of Trainers (ToT) on Water Safety Plan 2018 – 3rd to 4th July 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Malaysian Capacity Development Network for Sustainable Water Management (MyCDNet) has organised and conducted the first in a series of courses for Water Safety Plan (WSP) from 3rd to 4th of July 2018. In collaboration with Specialists from the Malaysian Water Association (MWA), Universiti Malaya, Akademi Sains Malaysia and Asia Pacific Environmental Consultants (ASPEC), with support from Cap-Net UNDP, the ToT Course took place held at the Indah Water Training Centre Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with a total 30 participants who were mainly from water agencies nationwide.

This first WSP Introductory Course, which consists of the first five modules in a series of 15 modules in the Water Safety Plan Course, was specifically designed to assist water-related agencies and water operators to start developing their WSPs if they have not done so, or to assist those that are reviewing their WSP. Two other instalments of the WSP Course of five modules each will be rolled out by MyCDNet in the next two years.
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Creating Resilient Businesses through Sustainable Water Management: Rising Needs for Business Water Footprint Accounting

This is an article by Ms Loga Veeraiah, an executive in National Water Services Commission of Malaysia (Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Air Negara – SPAN). SPAN is also an institutional member of MyCDNet. This article highlights on the issue of water supplies in Malaysia as well as types of water risk that poses a threat to from global, national, industries wide, individual business boiling down to individual consumption.

In addition to that, the article also provides an insight on ‘Accounting Tools for Businesses’ which can be adopted to develop International Water Stewardship Standard. For the benefit of businesses, this article also recommends two open-source water risk analysis tools which can be used by corporations/companies.

In the final section of this short article, global best practices on water management were highlighted as well as creating new water opportunity which is to be adapted and adopted by our local Malaysian industries.

Read the full article online or Download an offline version.

Call for Application: 2019 IWC Master Scholarships (International)

The application for the 2019 IWC Master Scholarships (International) for the Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) program is now open. This prestigious award is granted each year to international students and include:

 

– Type A*: Up to two full tuition and full living costs scholarships (each valued at AUD92,645 including tuition fees and living costs); or

– Type B*: One full tuition scholarship and flights (valued at AUD56,739) (Return air travel is now included in Type B Scholarships).

 

Applications will close on 1 August 2018.

For more information, you may want to:

1) Download the scholarship brochure,
2) Join the webinar by Dr Brian McIntosh, IWC Education Director who will present the MIWM program/scholarships and answer questions on 19 June 2018. Register for the webinar here, or
3) Contact Education Team at admin@watercentre.org

*For scholarships terms and conditions and lists of Type A and Type B countries, please visit the scholarship page

Presentation of United Nations World Water Development Report 2018 – 10th April 2018, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

One of the key goals of sustainable development is to protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of natural ecosystems. Growing population and the resulting demand for clean water are the reason why conflicts, droughts and floods, crop failures, economic decline and a number of other problems occur. According to the UN estimates, consumer demand for water resources will grow annually for 1%, thus aggravating social, economic and environmental problems. In addition to water scarcity, we are now facing a tendency of water quality decline due to its widespread contamination by chemical and biological pollutants. Increasing man-made impact leads to degraded water ecosystems, desertification, increased risk of natural disasters, and reduced forest and wetland areas. Sustainability of natural ecosystems serves as a basis of key processes in the water cycle: evaporation, formation of precipitation and surface flow, accumulation of ground water, and so forth. Up-to-date natural solutions being an effective tool of water resources management are aimed primarily at ecosystem preservation and restoration. Continue reading

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