Between the 5th to 7th June 2019 the Training of Trainers Workshop on Drought Risk Reduction was held in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis by the Caribbean waternet /Cap-Net UNDP, Global Water Partnership Caribbean (GWP-C) and the Business Development Unit, Faculty of Food and Agriculture, University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus (BDU-FFA-UWI).
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The training course took place between 15th and 18th July at the University of the West Indies in Belize where 29 participants from various sectors (Hydrology, Meteorology, Water Distribution, Agriculture, Education, Water Quality Monitoring and National Emergency Preparedness and Non- Governmental Organisations) participated.
The Malaysian Capacity Development Network for Sustainable Water Management (MyCDNet) has organised and conducted the second part of the series of courses for Water Safety Plan (WSP) on 11 – 12 July 2019, held at the Research Management & Innovation Complex in Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for 20 participants who were mainly from water agencies nationwide. The Course was held right on the heels of the 2-day MyCDNet Biennial National Forum 2019 that was successfully completed on 10 July at the same venue.
SaciWATERs conducted half a day training program to ICDS department officials, frontline workers (Anganwadi teachers, ASHA’s, ANM’s) on Water Sanitation and Hygiene on 17th May, 2019 under the project “Creation of Model Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Secure Slums, Schools And ICDS Centers In Hyderabad” which is supported by WaterAid and Bank of America. This is aimed to ensure and increase access to improved and sustainable drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services and sustained behavior change among the most marginalised communities of urban slums, schools and ICDS in Hyderabad city.
Drought Risk Management Training workshop took place in St. John’s Antigua and Barbuda between 22–24 May. It was hosted by Caribbean WaterNet supported by CapNet UNDP, Global Water Partnership Caribbean and the Business Development Unit, Faculty of Food and Agriculture, University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus.
During the workshop, participants were exposed to the following elements of Drought Risk Management: Drought Risk Management in the Caribbean; Drought Risk Occurrence, Vulnerability and IWRM; Vulnerability and Impacts of Droughts; Drought Risk Management Framework; Drought Risk Characterization and Monitoring Using Remote Sensing; Drought Preparedness, Emergency Management and Recovery; and Early Warning System.
The Training of Trainers on Integrated Urban River Basin Management was successfully completed on 24 April 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This 2-day event took a field-based approach to training. On the first day it brought 30 participants and facilitators on a site visit with five observation stops along the Batu River.
The field study began at Batu Dam, the upstream of Batu River. As the group journeyed downstream, participants saw how the urbanisation of the Sg Batu Basin has transferred this river basin to an urban basin as it is today. This has happened through commercial, residential, industrial and recreational development, and through the development of services, amenities and infrastructure.
Two water quality networks, Arsenic Knowledge and Action Network (AKAN) – coordinated by SaciWATERs, and Fluoride Knowledge and Action Network (FKAN) – coordinated by INREM Foundation, have been involved in a European Union supported initiative, which aims to address fluoride and arsenic contamination issues in eight vulnerable districts of India. This is done by establishing a people centric district platform. In this context, a wide diversity of stakeholders are involved in each location. One important element is to share the tale of field level challenges, learning, experience and success with each others.
Both organizations dedicated two days focusing on ”how to share field realities” to each other, to people on the ground and to external partners through a interesting and impactful way. Considering this theme as backbone, a workshop on “Telling the water quality story” was organized from 25–26 February 2019 at YMCA, New Delhi.
Arsenic contamination in sources of drinking water has become a serious cause of concern for human life in Assam, India. The long-term exposure to arsenic, mainly through drinking-water and food, can lead to chronic arsenic poisoning and most characteristically skin lesions and skin cancer.
Within this context there is a growing need for intervention addressing water quality and health perspective for enabling preventive mechanisms for population at risk. According to WHO, the permissible level of arsenic in drinking water is 0.01 mg/l.
In this line of thinking, SaciWATERs conducted a training program and field visit for medical and paramedical practitioners on Prevention, Detection and Management of Arsenicosis in Jorhat and Nalbari, India, on 11–14 February, 2019.
The Malaysian Capacity Development Network for Sustainable Water Management (MyCDNet) organized and conducted an Advanced Training of Trainers on River Pollution Public Outreach Programme on 17–18 October 2018. This was a follow-up training workshop on the River Pollution ToT held in November 2017.
The first full day was held in JPS Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. It covered the basic information followed by case studies; lessons learnt; crises and mitigation; legislations; current technology and practices; and effective stakeholder engagement and management. Presentations by lead trainer Dr Kalithasan Kailasam and speakers from Department of Environment (DOE), Lembaga Urus Air Selangor (LUAS), Department of Irrigation & Drainage Malaysia, Local Agenda 21 Kuala Lumpur, and KUB-Berjaya Enviro were in-depth and enlightening. The day ended with some lively role-playing facilitated by Mr James Warren, Head of Section of Indah Water Training Centre.
A regional training program on capacity building on water and sanitation was organised by the Institute for Rural Development and Planning (IRDP) in Kendrapara district, Odisha, India, from 15–25 October 2018.
This training program was designed as an initiative and training workshop addressing various aspects of water and sanitation in the rural areas. It emphasized the Swacha Bharat Mission or the Clean India Campaign of the Government of India addressing sanitation the SBA and Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) to make India Open Defecation Free by 2022. The aim of the training was to increase the capacity of the local body leaders, as the local bodies are the implementing agencies of the programmes and schemes of the government.