2015 GWP Universities Toolbox Workshop for Central Asia – 22 to 23 April 2015, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

IWRM Toolbox training for universities of Central Asia and neighboring countries was held in Almaty from 22 to 23 April, 2015. The training was organized by the Global Water Partnership (GWP), Kazakh-German University in Almaty and Central-Asian Regional Water Network . Participants of the training were selected on a competitive basis. The training was attended by 29 representatives of all career level teaching staff of educational institutions from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Mongolia, including six members of CAR@WAN Network. The purpose of the training was to familiarize the participants with the tools developed by the GWP, and empowerment for the integration of IWRM practical solutions into educational programs of teachers.
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Regional Training Course on Water Footprint Assessments for GCC and Arab Countries – 20 to 22 April 2015, Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain.

A regional training course on Water Footprint Assessments for GCC and Arab countries was held at the Arabian Gulf University (AGU), Bahrain from 20-22 April 2015. The course was jointly organized and supported by AWARENET, the Arab Integrated Water Resources Management Network, a Cap-Net regional network for capacity development in sustainable water management, the Water, Science & Technology Association (WSTA), the Arabian Gulf University (AGU), the Middle East and North Africa Network of Water Centers of Excellence (MENA NWC), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA), and Cap-Net UNDP.

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Launching of the 2015 UN Report on ‘Water for Sustainable World’ dedicated to the World Water Day – 8 April 2015, Almaty, Kazakhtan.

The World Water Day was celebrated in Almaty on April 8, 2015. UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty in collaboration with the Central-Asian Regional Water Network CAR@WAN organized a round-table presentation of the report of the United Nations ‘Water for sustainable world’ dedicated to the World Water Day. The event was attended by representatives from public, research, educational and community organizations, including non-resident representatives of non-governmental sector. Prior to the event a press briefing was held together with an online conference with regional media representatives. CAR@WAN Network Manager, Ms. Vera Mustafina, was the key speaker at the press-briefing and the moderator of the round-table session.
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Symposium on Coastal Zone Management – 6 April 2015, University of Costa Rica.

A one-day symposium on Coastal Zone Management took place on 6 April 2015 at the Engineering building of the University of Costa Rica. Participants from different engineering courses, various university professors and academic personnel in general participated in this course. IWRM and Coastal Zone were introduced before getting into the complexities of Coastal Zone Management and the risks associated to poor management or lack of planning. For more information please contact Ms. Liliana Arrieta. Continue reading

Symposium on Drought Management in the Region of Chorotega, Costa Rica – 27 March 2015, Nicoya Campus of the Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica.

On March 27, a symposium on ‘Drought Management in the Region of Chorotega, Costa Rica’ was organised by a former participant of the course. It took place at the Nicoya Campus of the Universidad Nacional, one of the most recent network members of REDICA. Four representatives from the Universidad de Costa Rica and Ms. Lilliana Arrieta, REDICA’s Technical Secretariat participated in this one-day capacity development in the north-western region of Costa Rica to discuss on drought and desertification as well as climate change adaptation. Continue reading

Training Course on Transparency and Integrity – 20 March 2015, El Salvador.

A training course on Transparency Replica Integridad El Salvador 2 and Integrity took place on the 20 March 2015 at El Salvador. This was a replicate workshop on ‘Transparency and Integrity in the Water Sector’ which took place from 17 to 19 of March 2015 which took place in San José, Costa Rica and was attended by only Salvadorian participants. They workshop held a brainstorming session with their committee and will be planning to organise the course one month after the end of the course by collaborating with the community members and water managers in their region. For more information please contact Ms. Liliana Arrieta. Continue reading

Training on Fluorosis and Arsenicosis – 12 March 2015, Guwahati, India.

On the 12th of March 2015 at Khanapura, Guwahati, India, SaciWATERs, Secretariat, Arsenic Knowledge and Action Network and INREM Foundation, Secretariat, Fluoride Knowledge and Action Network collaborated to address water related diseases such as Fluorosis and Arsenicosis that are neglected subjects within general medical curriculum. Due to the lack of trained medical personnel on these diseases and its related issues, this issue has posed challenges to offer quality medical and counselling services. Continue reading

Training Course: Negotiated Approach in Integrated Groundwater Management – 7th Oct in Kolkata, India and 10th Oct in Khulna, Bangladesh

SaciWATERs South Asia Cap-Net Network (SCAN) for the first in the series of workshops on ‘Negotiated Approach in Integrated Groundwater Management’ plans to organize a workshop on 7th October, 2015 in Kolkata, India and 10th October in Khulna Bangladesh.

The workshop is part of the project titled ‘Shifting Grounds: Institutional transformation, enhancing knowledge and capacity to manage groundwater security in peri-urban Gangetic delta systems’ funded by Netherlands Organization for scientific research (NWO), under Urbanising Delta of the World-Integrated Project call. Jagrata Juba Shangha (JJS), a local NGO based in Khulna and a partner of Continue reading

7th World Water Forum – 12 to 17 April 2015, Daegu-Gyeongbuk, South Korea.

The 7th World Water Forum was held in Daegu-Gyeongbuk, South Korea from 12 to 17 April 2015. This tri-annual event is the largest water-related event in the world in cooperation with the public, private sectors, academia, and industries. It was originally launched in an effort to facilitate international discussions on global water challenges. Dr. Themba Gumbo, Director of Cap-Net UNDP was one of the keynote speakers on ‘Thematic Process 4.5: Enhancing Education and Capacity Building’ on ‘Facing the changes in due time: Specific training for basin organizations’. Dr. Themba Gumbo gave a presentation on ‘A vision and perspective from Cap-Net UNDP’. The full presentation slides can be downloaded here. For more information, please visit the 7th World Water Forum official website or contact Dr. Themba Gumbo. Continue reading

Deadline Extension: Call for Research Scholarship: Promoting Young Researchers in South Asia for Grounded Gender-Agriculture Research

Research scholarships for ‘Promoting Young Researchers in South Asia for Grounded Gender-Agriculture Research’ is now opened for applications from Bangladesh, India and Nepal. The theme for this research is “Poverty Squares and Gender Circles: Unravelling Agriculture Gaps, Challenges and Opportunities in the Eastern Gangetic Plains” and is funded by the Consortium Group of International Agriculture Research (CGIAR) Water Land & Ecosystems in partnership with SaciWATERs. The project will award three Research Grants to local, mid-career researchers, and professionals (one each in North Bengal in India, North Bangladesh and Nepal Terai). This research scholarship aims at supporting multi-disciplinary, applied research on the interlinkages between gender relations, agriculture and ecological challenges. The 3 winning grants will be selected through a competitive review process. For the more information, please contact SaciWATERs or download the full grant call and project proposal template for application. The deadline has been extended to 31st of May 2015.

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