New training material addresses climate change challenges

Water is the first resource impacted by climate change. Water crises are ranked the highest among the top 10 global risks in terms of impact and eighth in terms of likelihood.

Water is critical for sustainable development and the eradication of poverty and hunger. Lack of access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as other water-related disasters, including scarcity and pollution, are increasing because of climate change.

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New training manual focusing on indigenous people

New Cap-Net training manual – Indigenous Peoples & Integrated Water Resources Management – intends to increase our understanding about indigenous peoples and to recognize their invaluable knowledge on sustainable water management.

Indigenous peoples are the most vulnerable to climate change impacts as they depend greatly on natural resources to sustain their economic activities and for survival. Integration of indigenous peoples’ rights and traditional knowledge into water resources management is often not recognized as an effective means to enhance sustainable development in the entire river basin.

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Testimonial: Successful Usage of “Integration of Groundwater Management into Transboundary Basin Organizations in Africa” Training Manual

The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) of Germany is supporting the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) to strengthen its capacities to improve sustainable and transboundary groundwater management in the region. In this context, BGR implemented a four-day groundwater training in the month of October 2016. This training was conceptualised based on the training manual “Integration of Groundwater Management into Transboundary Basin Organizations in Africa“. This process of developing this manual manual was a collective effort and support by AGW-Net, BGR, IGRAC, Cap-Net UNDP, IWMI, and the former GW-MATE team of the World Bank.

In general, the manual offers a variety of important groundwater topics. The topics are up to date, well -structured and based on facts. To identify relevant topics, BGR presented the manual to LCBC, followed by a common discussion about specific interests. This approach ensured, that the training addresses specific needs and that the knowledge gained, is used by the participants on a daily work basis. In total, eight different topics were selected and one field trip was conducted to include a more practical component in the training.

As it is proved by positive feedback of the participants, BGR can highly recommend the usage of this manual as a training tool. Continue reading

Launch of new version of the training manual on the Human Rights-Based Approach to Integrated Water Resources Management

Cap-Net UNDP, the Water Governance Facility at SIWI, WaterLex and REDICA present an updated version of the training manual on the Human Rights-Based Approach to Integrated Water Resources Management. It brings together two fields that, until recently, have been separate. The need for this manual became felt as awareness grew within the human rights community that water management is fundamental to the realization of a range of human rights, and vice versa.

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UN Environment and Cap-Net UNDP launch training manuals to support SDG implementation

Water resources management is at the very core of sustainable development, critical to the survival of people and the planet. The Sustainable Development Goal for water, SDG 6, does not only address drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, but also the quality and sustainability of water resources worldwide. To successfully meet this goal, there is a need to develop new skills for water managers at the country level. UN Environment is taking a leading role in this work, with a special focus on targets 6.3, 6.5 and 6.6, aiming at ensuring good water quality, implementing Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), and protecting water-related ecosystems, respectively.

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Training Manual on Integration of Indigenous Rights and Knowledge into Water Resources Management

Cap-Net UNDP is developing a training manual on integrating indigenous peoples’ rights and traditional knowledge into water resources management. The content includes rights-based and gender perspectives; indigenous knowledge and technologies in water management; indigenous peoples’ access to water; indigenous peoples in water conflict management, and implementation of an intercultural approach in the IWRM project cycle.

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New Cap-Net Training Materials Launched

Cap-Net would like to announce and launch new training materials. They are ‘2nd Edition Drought Risk Reduction in IWRM’ and ‘Integration of Groundwater Management: Into Transboundary Basin Organizations in Africa’.

DRM 2nd EdThe ‘2nd Edition Drought Risk Management in IWRM’ includes a facilitator’s guide and full training manual which can be downloaded via this link. This manual is intended primarily for trainers and facilitators, practitioners, and water and natural resources managers, and is aimed at strengthening the capacity to anticipate and reduce the impact of drought through enhancing knowledge and skills for drought risk reduction practices as an integral part of the development process at community, national, sub-regional and regional levels. Currently this manual is only available in English language. For higher resolution training manual (20mb), please contact

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