UNDP’s Ocean Innovation Challenge

The Ocean Innovation Challenge (OIC) is releasing a series of ‘Ocean Challenges’ or requests for proposals that bring solutions to solve ocean related issues. The OIC seeks innovations that are transferable, replicable and scalable in order to achieve maximum catalytic impact. The first challenge has been launched on 8 January and the submission date is 5 March 2020.

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Promoting the Application of Environmental Flows

WaterNet has been implementing a pilot project on the application of environmental flows in the Pungwe/Buzi/Save catchment areas in Mozambique and Zinbabwe.  The pilot started in 2017 and will come to an end in November 2018. The main objective of the pilot is build human capacity in the two countries so that they able to work cooperatively in the determination and implementation of environmental flows in the three basins.

Both countries had teams which comprised of hydrologists, ecologists and social scientists who did field work within the Buzi basin. The fieldwork involved undertaking hydrological, ecological and social assessments needed to come up with a desired state of a river.

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Cap-Net UNDP at the World Water Week 2018

Cap-Net UNDP will be present in several sessions and meetings, including Management Board, during the World Water Week in Stockholm on 26–31 August 2018. This year’s theme of the World Water Week is ”Water, ecosystems and human development”.

Cap-Net UNDP is one of the conveners of these sessions in Stockholm:

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Cap-Net Annual Report 2017

After completing its 15th successful year, as the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) delivery mechanism within the Water and Ocean Governance Programme (WOGP), Cap-Net, the global network for capacity development in sustainable water management, effectively delivered once again in 2017. Impact can be linked to changes in policy and mindset, from shaping the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda with a dedicated water goal, and improvement in water and sanitation, to increased readiness to adapt to climate change using innovative technologies and online education, including improvements in integrating gender mainstreaming into global policy frameworks and implementation.

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“A repository of knowledge on water related issues” by IWLearn

Knowledge portals are one way of actively sharing information –they often are comprised of organized information, knowledge networks and communities, discussion forums and collaborative work-spaces, to better encourage and transfer a more spontaneous exchange of tacit knowledge. In this article,

IWLearn shares on the The Flood and Drought Portal which provides a set of online tools to better integrate climate information into planning across scales. In addition, The Knowledge Exchange Portal is also shared which supports the Flood and Drought portal, helps answer questions and exchange information through a virtual space. Continue reading

MyCDNet National Forum 2017 – 24 to 25 October 2017, Kuala Lumpur

MyCDNet (Malaysian Capacity Development Network for Sustainable Water Management) will be hosting the National Forum 2017 on 24 – 25 October 2017 with the theme “Wastewater as a Resource: Opportunities & Capacity Development”.

The aim of the Forum is to share information and ideas on best practices in wastewater resources management, technology, usage and opportunities available for Malaysia, and to move ahead with capacity development in wastewater minimization and reuse as a resource.
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Cap-Net Welcomes Dr. S. Pathmarajah as new Network Manager for Cap-Net Lanka

cap-net-lankaDr. S. Pathmarajah has been appointed as new coordinator for the Cap-Net affiliated network Cap-Net Lanka. He is succeeding Prof. Nimal Gunawardena, who headed the network for the last 2 years. Dr. Pathmarajah is a senior lecture of the Department of Agricultural Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture University of Peradeniya.

You can read more about Dr. Pathmarajah here.

University course “Integrated Water Resources Management” presented in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan






Round table presentation of the course “Integrated Water Resources Management” adapted for the universities of Kyrgyzstan was held on October 4, 2016, in Bishkek. The round table discussion was organized by the Central Asian Regional Water Network CAR@WAN with the support of the UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, in cooperation with Kyrgyz Department of Water Resources and Land Reclamation.

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World Water Day 2016 Quiz

Today is World Water Day! This year we highlight the power of water and jobs to transform people’s lives. Nearly all jobs are related to water one way or another. But today, millions of people who work in water are often not recognized or even protected by basic labour rights. This needs to change.

At Cap-Net we have prepared a quiz to test your knowledge about water and SDG 6 specifically for this day. Are you ready for the challenge?

Take the quiz here.

Inauguration of Cap-Net Secretariat’s New Office

Cap-Net global secretariat recently moved into a new office co-located with the Rio+ Centre, the World Centre for Sustainable Development. The new office located at the heart of the city, Central of Rio de Janeiro offering excellent working conditions and is a partnership between the State of Rio de Janeiro and Rio+ Centre/UNDP. The inauguration of the new premise held on 24th September welcoming everyone by Dr. Rômulo Paes de Sousa, the Director of RIO+ Centre. Ceremony honored by the participation of Mr. Jorge Chediek, UN coordinator Brazil and UN resident representative in Brazil (on his departure after 5 years in Brazil). Representatives from United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), United Nations office for disaster risk reduction (UNISDR), German consulate, Secretaría Estado da Casa Civil, and many other organizations attended the celebration.

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