Regional Training “Hydro-climatic disasters in water resources management” – Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan

The Regional Training “Hydro-climatic disasters in water resources management” was held from 4 to 6 of November, 2015 in Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan by the Central Asian Regional Water Network CAR@WAN with the support of Cap-Net UNDP and UNDP Kazakhstan.

The main purpose of the Training was to build capacity and raise awareness of decision-makers and the public of Kyzylorda region, as well as representatives of the Central Asian region on the management of hydroclimatic risks in the context of water management. The Training was attended by 36 representatives of local executive authorities, state enterprises, international, educational, scientific and non-governmental organizations from the countries of Central Asia, as well as CAR@WAN Network members. Participation of different stakeholders enabled exchange of experience and sharing opinions from different points of interests.

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Regional Conference “Drought and flood risk management of Kyzylorda oblast”, Kazakhstan

The Regional Conference “Drought and flood risk management of Kyzylorda oblast” was held on November 3, 2015 in Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan by the Central Asian Regional Water Network CAR@WAN with the support of UNDP Kazakhstan and with the participation of Executive Directorate of IFAS in Kazakhstan.

The Conference was organized in order to discuss the issues of expected climate change, climate risk profile and risk of emergencies, as well as issues of security of hydraulic structures. It was attended by 52 representatives of interested parties including the Department of emergency situations of Kyzylorda oblast, Committee for Water Resources of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan, local executive authorities, state enterprises, international, educational, scientific and non-governmental organizations from the countries of Central Asia.

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Climate Risk Management: a new training course for universities of Kyzylorda oblast, Kazakhstan

The Secretariat of CAR@WAN Network, the Public Fund “The Center “Cooperation for Sustainable Development”, with the support of UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty has implement the project on the development of training course “Climate Risk Management” for universities of Kyzylorda oblast.

Prerequisite for the development of the course was the lack of awareness and knowledge on climate change and possible adaptation measures among decision-makers, which is one of the main obstacles for the development of appropriate policies and strategies, as well as for inclusion of measures on reduction of hydro-climatic risks in the sectoral and regional development strategies.

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Promoting Water Footprint Awareness in Portuguese – Brasilia, Brazil

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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Sustainable Water Resources Management Workshop in Indonesia

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.

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Training Course on Integrated Water Resources Management Held on 19th – 22nd October

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.

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5 Days Training Workshop on Climate Change Resilience in Nigeria

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.

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Training on Mainstreaming Water Security and Climate Resilience into National and Sector Planning Processes, 28th September to 2nd October 2015, Kampala, Uganda

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.

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Capacity Building to strengthen Civil Society Organisations engagement in South Asia

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.

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Capacity Building in the Water Sector in Southern Africa – 27th of August 2015

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.

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