LA-WETnet New Organisational Development

Cap-Net UNDP would like to inform all the international partners and partner networks on the organisational development of LA-WETnet. From 1st of March 2018 onwards, Mr. Damian Indij will leave his position as the manager of LA-WETnet to dedicate himself in Cap-Net UNDP secretariat as Virtual Campus Coordinator.

He will be succeeded by Dr. Mario Schreider and Dr. Marta Paris who are currently the network managers of ArCap-Net. The transition of the network management to Marta and Mario has been approved by the LA-WETnet network steering committee, formed by network managers of REDICA, REMERH, ArgCap-Net and Cap-Net Brasil (Anna Virginia Machado standing in the interim), and network members in Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, and Paraguay.

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Online Seminar on ‘Climate Change and Water Scarcity’ – 14 February 2018 (11:45 to 12.45 CET)

In a collaboration between The Water Channel and IHE Delft Partner, an online seminar on ‘Climate Change and Water Scarcity’ will take place on the 14 February 2018 (11:45 to 12.45 CET).

The Online Seminars are like interactive lectures transmitted over the web, with a duration of one hour including time for discussion. The seminar is free of charge. To participate, please register via the following link. Find below the information about the seminar and guidelines to follow the event. Continue reading

New Online Course Announcement by Cap-Net Virtual Campus

Cap-Net Virtual Campus announces the first online course for year 2018 on ‘Professional Management of Water Well Drilling Projects and Programmes – an Overview’.

This online course offers participants an introduction to the professional management of water well drilling projects and programmes.

It provides an overview of what is required to improve borehole drilling professionalism within an organisation and for the country more widely. The course provides participants with an understanding of the following key elements: groundwater information, siting, costing and pricing, procurement and contract management, borehole drilling and supervision and how professional drilling is affected by the wider institutional environment. Continue reading

Cap-Net UNDP Organisational Developments

A review of Cap-Net UNDP organisational developments took place with the aim to ensure operational sustainability of Cap-Net as well as increasing existing budget to support partner networks and related capacity development activities.

As such, starting this year 2018, Cap-Net UNDP will have a virtual secretariat with personnel becoming home based as cost cutting measure and also to adapt the network for better agility. The changes to the secretariat personnel/location are as follow:

  • Director, Dr. Themba Gumbo will be home-based at Pretoria, South Africa;
  • The Capacity Development Analysts, Dr. Indika Gunawardana and Ms. Yasmina Rais El Fenni will home-based in Colombo, Sri Lanka and Bangkok, Thailand respectively;
  • Programme Associate (administration), Ms. Sonia Luz will be home-based in Lisbon, Portugal;
  • Virtual Campus Coordinator, Mr. Damian Indij will continue to be based in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and
  • Temporary IT and Web Assistant, Dr. Hong Chern Wern will continue to be based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Season’s Greeting from Cap-Net UNDP

Cap-Net UNDP from the Secretariat and the Management Board would like to wish all network members and international partners ‘Happy Holidays and Happy New Year’. The year 2017 has been a busy, yet another fruitful year in collaboration with many partners in delivering capacity development in sustainable water management despite financial challenges experienced. This year also saw the launch of new Cap-Net signature programme, Cap-Tec with the hope of increasing capacity development in the use of new technologies for improved water management via network members across the globe.

Cap-Net UNDP would like to express its gratitude for everyone that has been involved in the year 2017. We are looking forward to a resilient and successful 2018 as we embark on a new strategy.

CAR@WAN 5th Year Anniversary

The Regional Network CAR@WAN has been cooperating with its partners in the sphere of sustainable management of water resources in Central Asia for 5 years! Therefore, the Central Asian Regional Water Network (CAR@WAN), would like to congratulate and thank its partners and stakeholders with the Network’s 5th anniversary and contribution into the implementation of projects in the area of water resources in Central Asia!

To date, more than 15 projects in area of environmental education, adaptation to climate change, and capacity building in water resources management have been implemented in Central Asia with the members of the network. More than 7 training modules have been developed for targeted audiences and more than 10 activities have been held during this time. Today, there are more than 200 individuals members of CAR@WAN Network and more than 10 legal entities which have signed memorandums of cooperation. Continue reading

Drought Risk Reduction Workshop – 24 to 27 October 2017, Trinidad and Tobago.

The United National Development Programme has indicated that the world is seeing a rapid amount of incidents of drought and desertification every year amounting to the loss of 12 million hectares, that is, 23 hectares every 60 seconds (1). Alarmingly, not enough is being done to deal with the risks associated with drought. In the Caribbean, drought risk management is a relatively new concept, and the knowledge surrounding the management and mitigation of drought risk management is, unfortunately, in its infancy stages.

Noting this gap, Caribbean WaterNet in partnership with Cap-Net UNDP hosted the Drought Risk Reduction Workshop in collaboration with the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT) at the Chaguanas Campus on October 24 – 27, 2017. The aim of the workshop was to sensitize and provide industry professionals with the information and tools to build management capacity of participants regarding water resources. Continue reading

Capacity Development in Water and Wastewater 25 years: What have we learned?

During the handover session of the chair of AguaJaring to Dora Gamboa from Phil Cap-Net, Mr Jan Yap T.L. presented on ‘Capacity Development/Building are being practiced during the last 25 years’. The abstract includes crucial findings that encompass the ‘enabling environment’, ‘organisational level’ and ‘individual level’. To read the full abstract and findings, the pdf file can be downloaded here. For more information, you may also contact Mr Jan Yap T.L. who is also the network manager for CKNet-INA (Collaborative Knowledge Network – Indonesia) via email.

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