South Asian Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies (SaciWATERs) organized an event on 23rd and 24th March 2017 to mark the occasion of World Water Day. The event included a wide variety of stakeholders including policy makers, government officials, academicians, researchers, NGOs, CSOs and community representatives from of Telangana State. The topic of the workshop was current water issues and policy gaps in the newly created state. The workshop was organised in partnership with the British Deputy High Commission, Hyderabad, Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research (NWO), Bordeaux Metropole and Arghyam.
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A training programme series on “Institutional and Management Capacity Development of Farmer Leaders in Medium Irrigation Schemes to Cope with Climate Change” has been commenced on 30th March 2017 by Cap-Net Lanka. The programme series has been arranged together with the Sri Lankan Water Partnership (Lanka Salani) as well as other local agencies. The workshop was held at the Irrigation Engineer’s office in the north-western province, and 60 farmer leaders and agency staff, including 10 women, actively participated in the programme.
The first AfriAlliance Conference took place at the Birchwood Hotel, Ekurhuleni, South Africa. This was in parallel to the Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2017: Water and Climate Congress from 22-24 March 2017. WaterNet led the workpackage on enhancing knowledge sharing and technology transfer under which this inaugural conference was organized.
This year’s AGUASAN workshop is titled “Circular economy – transforming waste into resources”. The focus of the workshop will be dedicated to exchanging and generating knowledge to assist participants in transitioning from linear to circular water and sanitation models. Participants will do so by looking at the concept of circular economy in relation to the water and nutrient cycles and by identifying barriers and drivers in transitioning to a circular economy. They will analyse successful and failed approaches, apply them to managing water and nutrient cycles and prioritize entry points and courses of action for the transition.
The ESA-TIGER programme held its 7th biannual workshop in Addis Ababa on 1st and 2nd of February, at the conference centre of UNECA. The European Space Agency (ESA) launched the TIGER initiative in 2002 to promote the use of Earth Observations (EO) for improved IWRM in Africa. The overall objective of the initiative is to assist African countries to overcome problems faced in the collection, analysis and use of water related geo-information by exploiting the advantages of EO technology. The aim is to fill existing information gaps relevant for effective and sustainable water resources management at the national to regional scale in thus helping to mitigate the wide spread water scarcity in Africa.