Under the coordination of Cap-Net UNDP and Cap-Net Brasil, in partnership of Water Footprint Network – WFN, and facilitated by Professor Alexandra Freitas, Water Footprint Network, and Professor Demetrios Christofidis, University of Brasilia – UnB, the course was held on November 26, 2015, at Ulysses Guimarães Convention Center, Brasília, DF, during the XXI Symposium of Brazilian Association of Water Resources, with the participation of professionals from different areas with minimal training graduation.
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Climate change and the hydrological variability of water’s distribution and occurrence are natural driving forces that, when combined with the pressures from economic growth and major population change, make the sustainable development of our water resources a challenge.
The need to develop more sustainable practices for the management and efficient use of water resources, as well as the need to protect the environmental ecosystems where these resources are located, has led to fundamental shifts in awareness and public concern over the past decade. However, despite increased awareness of the issues at stake, economic criteria and politically charged reasoning are still driving water resource development decisions at most local, regional, national and international levels.
The training course on Integrated Water Resources Management was organized by National Water Resources Institute from 19th-22nd October 2015. The training was organized for staff of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Federal Ministry of Water Resources and National Water Resources Institute. Thirty-five participants took part in the training course: twenty from the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, ten from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and five from National Water Resources Institute. Of the total participants, 23 were male and 12 were female.
The programme began withthe opening ceremony which was Chaired by the Executive Director of the National Water Resources Institute Dr. E.A Adanu. After an introductory speech and remark from the Director of Training and WA-Net Manager, Dr. Martin O. Eduvie, the Executive Director declared the workshop opened.
The training course on Climate Change Resilience: Access to Water Supply and Sanitation was held from 5nd to 9thOctober, 2015 at the Conference hall of Water Suite Kaduna, Nigeria. A total number of 30 participants spread across various government organizations attended the training program. The participants were from the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, River Basin Development Organizations, Nigeria Integrated Water Resources Management Commission, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agencies, National Water Resources Institute, States Water Boards, Nigeria Hydrological Agency, and States Ministry of Water Resources.
This training was held in Kampala, Uganda from 28th September to 2nd October 2015. It was financially supported by Ministry of Water and Environment in Uganda, Cap-Net UNDP and Global Water Partnership (GWP). The training was facilitated by GWP East Africa and Nile IWRM Net.
The purpose of the training was to provide participants with background information on climate change and the need for adaptation as well as practical, step-by-step guidance on how governments, national and local actors can mainstream climate change adaptation into national and sector development planning as part of broader mainstreaming efforts. The target group was those involved in planning, budgeting and implementation of water and related activities at national, regional/basin, district and local levels namely planners, economists, natural resources officers, water officers, community development officers etc. 35 participants drawn from river basin organizations, local governments, private sector, and central government attended the training. The wide range of professionals enabled exchange of views across various areas area of the training.
Capacity Building to strengthen CSO engagement with SWA Partnership, SACOSANs, and SGDs processes in South Asia
In South Asia one billion people still do not have access to basic sanitation and nearly 700 million people defecate in open every day. Each year more than 70,000 die of diarrhea in Bangladesh and more than 450,000 in India. The developmental approach to address access to adequate water supply and sanitation is known not only a fundamental need but marked a paradigm shift towards human right. There are systematic challenges to achieve improved sanitation that are coupled with growing pressure on water through increasing population, intensive farming, political tensions and environmental degradation and changing climatic conditions. To address these seemingly inherent challenges, it is significant to capacitate SACOSANs – the high level inter governmental platform that exists on sanitation and hygiene in the region. It is important to reflect on Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) amongst CSOs to address mechanism for reconciliation in CSO’s strategic frameworks.
WaterNet in collaboration with SIWI and NEPAD held a special session on Water Management and Development in Southern Africa during the World Water Week (WWW) in Stockholm on the 27th of August 2015. In the session, we wanted to discuss innovative new ways of approaching capacity building in the southern African region. The session which was attended by representatives from government, academia, consultancies, and non-governmental organisations discussed current capacity building initiatives and also reviewed the different innovative approaches used to address the capacity needs in the water sector. The seminar built on a seminar held at the 2014 WWW.
The five day training course on Enhancing Integrated Flood Management in Southern Africa was implemented through a partnership between WaterNet, Global Water Partnership Southern Africa (GWPSA) and the Word Meteorology Organisation (WMO). The training course was attended by 21 participants drawn from Botswana, DR Congo, Lesotho, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Course participants were drawn from water supply authorities, River Basin Organisations, relevant government departments, academic and research institutions, Civil Society, and Local authorities. The training took place over a 5 day period from 22nd – 26th June 2015 at the Birchwood Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The overall objective of the training was to enhance skills and knowledge of participants in integrated management of floods in Southern Africa in order to balance development needs and risks associated with flooding.
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WaterCap in collaboration with WaterNet and the Institute of Water and Sanitation Development (IWSD), organized a five days training on “Sustainable Water supply and sanitation for low income and peri-urban areas”. The training was attended by 20 participants from 12 countries within the Eastern and Southern region of Africa. The course addressed the challenges and opportunities from raising demand for water supply and sanitation in low-income and peri-urban areas in Africa, mainly driven by the rapid population growth, often inappropriate institutional and technological structures, unplanned urbanization and infrastructural investments outpaced by rapid urban growth.
This training programme was held for 30 officials of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka to address emerging problems associated with water resources planning, development and management with the accelerated development work after the end of conflict. The programme was organized jointly by the CapNet-Lanka of the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya and the WASO-ASIA Project of Faculties of Engineering and Agriculture of University of Jaffna supported by the Government of Norway.