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.

Training Workshop on Groundwater Management within IWRM in River Basin Context – 21 to 25 November 2017, Ségou – Mali

A Training Workshop on Groundwater Management within IWRM in River Basin Context was held from 21 to 25 November 2017 in Ségou, Mali.  It was organised in collaboration with the Country Coordination of Natural Resources Users in the Niger Basin (CNU-Mali), Regional Coordination of Natural Resources Users in the Niger Basin (CRU-BN) and Africa Groundwater Network (AGW-Net). The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Moustapha DIENE Hydrogeologist at University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar (Senegal), AGW-Net Manager and Prof. Amadou Zanga Traoré, retired Professor in Hydrogeology, from ENI (School of Engineers in Bamako, Mali). Continue reading

Cap-Net welcomes Ms Ágatha Tommasi

Cap-Net UNDP would like to welcome the new intern, Ms Ágatha Tommasi who will be with us from November 2017 to January 2018. A trained Environmental Engineer with a passion on nature, she is currently enrolled in a MSc programme in Metrology, Quality and Innovation at PUC-Rio. Her thesis is focused on the measurement of interconnections between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  In line with Cap-Net, Ágatha is also very active in the water sector globally. Since 2015 she has been the Latin American Countries representative of World Youth Parliament for Water, having founded the PLACJA (LAC youth Parliament for Water). Through advocacy and awareness raising actions, she has strengthened youth participation in the water sector. She deeply believes that sustainable development needs to be happening within people to be successful. Her hobbies are hiking and meditation. Continue reading

United Nations (UN) Day – 24 October 2017, Rio de Janeiro.

The UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force of the Charter of the United Nations in 1945. With the ratification of the document by the signatory countries, including the five permanent members of the Security Council and Brazil, the Organization came into existence formally.

This date was celebrated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, together with the International Decade of Afro-descendants which was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly to be observed between 2015 and 2024, when Brazil and 192 countries pledged to face racism. There are approximately 200 million people living in the Americas who identify themselves as Afro-descendants – both people enslaved by the transatlantic trade and more recent migrants – and many are among the poorest and most marginalized groups in society. Continue reading

Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Programme for Farmer Organization (FO) Leaders – 18th September 2017, District Secretariat Ampara, Sri Lanka.

A programme for farmer organization leaders in Ampara was arranged as a part of the Sri Lanka Water Partnership CCA Programme in collaboration with the Irrigation Department (ID) and Irrigation Management Division (IMD) of the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources Management with support from Cap-Net Lanka.  This was the 2nd programme in Sri Lanka supported by Cap-Net during 2017.

72 Farmer Leaders representing over 40 Farmer Organizations in the Galoya Left Bank and  River Division participated. 57 from the Gal Oya Left Bank and 15 from the River Division. In addition 14 field staff of ID/IMD dealing with Farmer Organizations attended the awareness session.

For more information, please contact Country Coordinator of Cap-Net Lanka, Dr. S. Pathmarajah.

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