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 presentation of United Nations’ World Water Development Report 2017, released on the World Water Day, was arranged in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on 31st March by CAR@WAN. During the event the report, highlighting the potential of utilising wastewater as a resource, was presented followed by discussions among participants on different potential uses of wastewater and opportunities enabled by the new mind-set presented in the report. Experts in the field of water resources management in Kyrgyzstan and public authorities delivered presentations on the topics of wastewater, sanitation and health of the population in Kyrgyzstan.
As part of the master’s programme in in IWRM, the inscription for the course on Integrated Management of Water Resources has been arranged by Arg Cap-Net. The master’s programme in IWRM is an cross-disciplinary postgraduate programme of the National Universities of Córdoba, Cuyo and the Coast, created on the initiative of Arg Cap-Net. It is aimed at professionals from different disciplines, in order to train human resources that promote a change in water management.
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 Cap-Net UNDP celebrates its 15th birthday! As part of this, we will collect a number of case studies from the previous 15 years highlighting achievements and milestones. Our first story focuses on a project implemented together with the Latin American Water, Education and Training Network, LA-WETnet, and Arg Cap-Net:
National level training workshop on “Gender considerations in Integrated Water Resources Management” will be arranged in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 12th to 13th April 2017. The workshop aims to strengthen capacity of water managers at policy making level, dissemination of gender sensitive integrated water resource management knowledge among water and related sector leaders.
The Malaysian Capacity Development Network for Sustainable Water Management (MyCDNet) and the Academy of Science Malaysia (ASM) co-hosted a 1 Day Capacity Development Programme on Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM). This event was held on 28 February 2017 at the Function Hall, Academy of Sciences Malaysia, Level 20, Menara MATRADE in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The capacity development programme was attended by approximately 30 participants from consultants, NGOs, Government bodies and institutions of higher learning in Malaysia.
Hisaar Foundation, host of Cap-Net Pakistan, continued on its mission of disseminating the “Recommendations for Pakistan’s National Water Policy Framework” which is now being recognized and touted as the “Citizen’s Water Policy.”
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.