Between the 5th to 7th June 2019 the Training of Trainers Workshop on Drought Risk Reduction was held in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis by the Caribbean waternet /Cap-Net UNDP, Global Water Partnership Caribbean (GWP-C) and the Business Development Unit, Faculty of Food and Agriculture, University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus (BDU-FFA-UWI).
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The training course took place between 15th and 18th July at the University of the West Indies in Belize where 29 participants from various sectors (Hydrology, Meteorology, Water Distribution, Agriculture, Education, Water Quality Monitoring and National Emergency Preparedness and Non- Governmental Organisations) participated.
The Malaysian Capacity Development Network for Sustainable Water Management (MyCDNet) has organised and conducted the second part of the series of courses for Water Safety Plan (WSP) on 11 – 12 July 2019, held at the Research Management & Innovation Complex in Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for 20 participants who were mainly from water agencies nationwide. The Course was held right on the heels of the 2-day MyCDNet Biennial National Forum 2019 that was successfully completed on 10 July at the same venue.
The Malaysian Capacity Development Network for Sustainable Water Management (MyCDNet) successfully organised and carried out its Biennial National Forum 2019 on 9 and 10 July in the Research Management & Innovation Complex, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with the theme Water for Sustainable Development: What’s Next. Dato’ Ir Lim Chow Hock, Network Manager of MyCDNet, gave the welcoming speech.
A One-Day awareness workshop was held on the 20th June 2019 at the National Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Training Institute (NIFATI), Kalawewa for Irrigation Engineers, Agriculture Officers, Water Managers, Aquaculturists, Environmental Officers, Livestock Managers etc. on the issue of algal bloom in one of the major irrigation reservoirs in the northcentral province. The programme was sponsored by the Environmental and Water Pollution Project (EWPP) and conducted by Water Resources Science and Technology (WRST). Prof. Ivan Silva coordinate the programme.
SaciWATERs conducted a training program for the block level medical and paramedical practitioners on Prevention, Detection and Management of Arsenicosis in both Buxar and Bhagalpur districts, Bihar, India. The training lasted for 2 days in Bhagalpur (22-23 April 2019) and for the same duration in Buxar (27-28 April, 2019).
The Drought Risk Management Training workshop in St Vincent and the Grenadines was developed by a joint effort among the Caribbean WaterNet /CapNet UNDP, Global Water Partnership Caribbean (GWP-C) and the Business Development Unit, Faculty of Food and Agriculture, University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus (BDU-FFA-UWI) with the purpose of building capacity as it pertains to water resource management in the Caribbean region.
Twenty-one participants from various sectors including water quality and distribution, Public health, Education, Conservation, Forestry, Agriculture, Disaster Management and Non-Governmental organizations participated in the workshop. Having the education sector represented as it is key sector often disregarded in disaster risk management was a success factor for this workshop.
Drought Risk Management Training workshop took place in St. John’s Antigua and Barbuda between 22–24 May. It was hosted by Caribbean WaterNet supported by CapNet UNDP, Global Water Partnership Caribbean and the Business Development Unit, Faculty of Food and Agriculture, University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus.
During the workshop, participants were exposed to the following elements of Drought Risk Management: Drought Risk Management in the Caribbean; Drought Risk Occurrence, Vulnerability and IWRM; Vulnerability and Impacts of Droughts; Drought Risk Management Framework; Drought Risk Characterization and Monitoring Using Remote Sensing; Drought Preparedness, Emergency Management and Recovery; and Early Warning System.
Two water quality networks, Arsenic Knowledge and Action Network (AKAN) – coordinated by SaciWATERs, and Fluoride Knowledge and Action Network (FKAN) – coordinated by INREM Foundation, have been involved in a European Union supported initiative, which aims to address fluoride and arsenic contamination issues in eight vulnerable districts of India. This is done by establishing a people centric district platform. In this context, a wide diversity of stakeholders are involved in each location. One important element is to share the tale of field level challenges, learning, experience and success with each others.
Both organizations dedicated two days focusing on ”how to share field realities” to each other, to people on the ground and to external partners through a interesting and impactful way. Considering this theme as backbone, a workshop on “Telling the water quality story” was organized from 25–26 February 2019 at YMCA, New Delhi.
The State Level stakeholder meetings on Climate Literacy and Marine Litter Management Campaign for West Bengal and Odisha states, India, were held in Kolkata and Bhubaneswar respectively on 21-22 December 2018.
The key objectives of the two workshops were to disseminate the lessons from the campaign to various stakeholders, as well as to gain insights from issues of community level vulnerabilities, implementation, and policy through a state level ‘samvad’, i.e. an interactive engagement. The interactive session focused on five issues: climate change adaptation in agriculture; allied sectors such as fisheries; marine litter; community based disaster management; and plastic waste management.