The 8th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention was held in Astana, Kazakhstan on 10–12 October 2018. It was the first meeting in the Asian region. Thus, Kazakhstan will preside as chairmanship of the Water Convention for the period from 2019 to 2021. The meeting was divided into high level and general segments. Since the use of transboundary waters is very relevant and important for Kazakhstan, this event was attended by representatives of the Central Asian regional network CAR@WAN secretariat in Kazakhstan – The Center “Cooperation for Sustainable Development”.
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Catchments represent hydrological units of direct interactions between social, economic and environmental systems, and physical processes and services of water resources at the catchment scale are very sensitive to environmental change.
A Training of Trainers workshop on “Catchment-based Approach to Flood Disaster Risks Management in the Context of Climate Change” was organised from 17–19 October 2018, in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo. The aim of the workshop was to develop capacities of stakeholders and communities to better appreciate climate change induced flood disasters risk at the catchment scale.
Cap-Net Lanka was selected to take the leading role in compiling outcomes and impacts of various capacity development programmes conducted by all the Cap-Net affiliated networks during 2017. Cap-Net Lanka has appointed one of his members Dimuthu Daluwatte as focal point for this task and he will be working closely with the global secretariat to document outcomes and impacts of the Cap-Net programme.
A four day training on IWRM related issues was held for Cuvelai Watercourse Commission CUVECOM from 11–14 September 2018 in Ondangwa, Namibia. The training was attended by 29 senior officials from Angola and Namibia.
The objective of the training course was to introduce participants to the concept and principles of IWRM, and how IWRM can be practically applied at various scales in the Cuvelai Basin.
Cap-Net Lanka Water Forum and Junior Water Awards ceremony was held on 1 October 2018 in University of Peradeniya. Winning projects from schools of two districts were announced and the children presented their projects to the wider audience comprised of water professionals from various water related institutions in Sri Lanka.
Mr. Pablo Orams, Senior Project Officer, International Water Centre, Queensland, Australia and Mr Steve Attard, AgriTech Solutions, Australia graced the occasion sharing their experiences and capacity building efforts.
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.
SaciWATERs in partnership with Nepal Engineering College (NEC) organised a workshop on ‘Leadership and research methods for interdisciplinary water research’ from 24 August to 5 September 2018 in Nepal.
The workshop was conceptualized under the ‘South Asian Water (SAWA) Leadership Program on Climate Change’. It is a leadership program that awards fellowships to women pursuing Masters in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in South Asia. The participants of the workshop were the fellowship awardees from four south Asian countries and the program coordinators. The training was co-funded by IDRC and Cap-Net.
The training course on Climate Resilience: Access to Water Supply and Sanitation was organised by the National Water Resources Institute (NWRI) in collaboration with the West African Network for Capacity Building (WA-Net)/CAP-Net. The purpose of the course is to create awareness on climate change in general and climate resilience in particular and to impart the basic knowledge on how to improve water supply and sanitation infrastructure to withstand climate change effects in the water resources sector in the West Africa sub region.
The course was held at the National Water Resources Institute in Kaduna, Nigeria from 13th to 17th of August 2018. The training focused on the premise that the issues touching all segments of the society and all economic sectors demand more integrated approaches to developing and managing water resources, sanitation and hygiene in the context of climate change challenges.
A regional training program “Capacity building of local body members (selected) on water and sanitation” will be held in Kendrapara district of Odisha, India from September 3rd to September 29th 2018. This training program on water and sanitation has been designed as a programme of initiative and training workshop addressing various aspects of water and sanitation in the rural areas with special emphasis on the Swacha Bharat Mission or the Clean India Campaign of the Government of India addressing sanitation the SBA and Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) to make India Open Defecation Free by 2022.
It will be organized by the Institute for Rural Development and Planning (IRDP) with the financial support from Cap-Net UNDP and SaciWATERs. The aim of the training is to increase the capacity of the local body leaders as the local bodies are the implementing agencies of the programmes and schemes of the government and this kind of capacity building will bring good governance and overall development to the rural areas. This capacity building programme is going to train 210 ward councillors this time from 9 CD blocks of Kendrapara district of Odisha.
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:
- – Research initiatives on the High Andes ecosystems and water interactions on 28 August
- – SDG6.5 on IWRM: From Global Status Reports to Accelerated Implementation on 28 August
- – Indigenous Peoples: Protecting Ecosystem Balance and Human Rights on 29 August – this session will be livestreamed
- – Ecosystem based water management: From innovation to practice on 30 August – this session will be livestreamed