From 30 August to 3 September, the Panjwani-Hisaar Water Institute (PHWI) successfully completed its first course on ‘WATER LAW’ launching in this way the institute’s academic programme. The course was spread over 5 days and it was supported by Cap-Net Pakistan. Among the 40 participants were lawyers, water practitioners, researchers, journalists and policy makers. The course objective was to understand the existing legal environment around water (international, national, provincial and local) and its implications for water governance, management and conservation in Pakistan.
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On 25-27 September, the Central American Network of Engineering Institutions (REDICA) members were trained on evapotranspiration rates in climate change scenarios. Members learnt to understand and run different tools to determinate the water needs for crops irrigation. The workshop was run in San Salvador city, El Salvador, in collaboration with Cap-Net.
On 13-28 September, a series of two-day capacity-building workshops for stakeholders were conducted in four Indian districts – Buxar, Bhagalpur (Bihar) Nalbari, and Jorhat (Assam). – with the support of SCaN, SaciWATERs- Cap Net Network and the European Union.
SaciWATERs has been working with these four district administrations and relevant stakeholders in the past to establish a district-level,people-centric platform for addressing arsenic challenges. The workshops provided capacity building on these issues and the platform.
On 15-20 September the West Africa Capacity Building Network (WA-Net) held the 2019 training course on “Climate Change Resilience: Access to Water Supply and Sanitation” at the National Water Resources Institute in Kaduna, Nigeria.
The training course was opened by Professor E.A. Adanu, Executive Director of the National Water Resources Institute followed by all Heads of Department of the Institute. Thirty-one participants enthusiastically attended the course.
From 26 August to 7 September SaciWATERs and Anna University with funding from IDRC, Canada and UNDP Cap-Net (SCaN: SaciWATERs Cap-Net Network) held a regional training workshop on ‘Leadership and research methods for interdisciplinary water research’ in Chennai, India.
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).
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.