AWARENET, the Arab Integrated Water Resources Management Network, a Cap-Net Regional Network for Capacity Development in Sustainable Water Management hosted by UN ESCWA, jointly with the Oman Water Society (OWS), the Water Science and Technology Association (WSTA), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA) and Cap-Net UNDP held the first Training Course on “Water Footprint Awareness Raising for GCC and Arab Countries” on 19 October 2014 in Muscat, Oman. This course was organised as a pre event programme for the Water Sciences and Technology Association (WSTA) 11th Gulf Water Conference (GWC).
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The Annual Cap-Net Network Managers and Partners Meeting will take place from 10 to 14 November 2014 at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Hosted by WaterNet, this year’s theme is “Sustainable Networks, Financing, Activities and Managing Risks. Invited network managers and international partners will gather again in this 5 day meeting to discuss on matters about “Effective partnerships and sustainable financing for capacity development in sustainable water management”. They will also be exchanging experiences and lessons learned in 2014 as well as updating on the “Sustainable Development Goals” and post 2015 agenda as well as implications for Cap-Net UNDP.
As part of its 2014-2017 strategy, Cap-Net explore the use of diverse forms of new media for capacity development. This includes the development of a virtual campus which will function as a cross-cutting facilitation platform for all Cap-Net´s activities, affiliated networks and partners. The virtual campus is being built on a state of the art web platform, using the latest tools and open source software, resulting in an user friendly system, applicable on all computers, and easy to be updated. The campus can be accessed at http://campus.cap-net.org/
On behalf of the SADC Water Division, WaterNet will facilitate a training course on water negotiations and conflict management and international water law between the 10th and 20th of November 2014 in Johannesburg South Africa. The course which will be financially supported by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and will comprise of two parts. The first part will focus on water negotiations and conflict management and the second part on international water law. The major objective of the training course is to equip decision-makers and water managers in the SADC region with appropriate water negotiation and conflict management knowledge and skills and deepen their understanding on the Protocol on Shared Watercourses within the international water law framework. Participants will be nominated from Water Ministries of different SADC countries. For more information please contact Dr. Jean Marie Onema.
Cap-Net welcomes Mr. Lai Chee Hui from Malaysia. Lai joins Cap-Net as a Network Attachment in Monitoring and Evaluation for 3 months starting from 1st of September 2014. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Technology from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT). He is currently a Master’s Degree candidate and a research officer in the field of sustainable water loss management in the Department of Geography, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Lai’s responsibilities in Cap-Net include coordinating the monitoring of outcomes and impacts of training programs conducted by Cap-Net affiliated regional and country networks, closely liaising with networks to gather reports and information and compile a report on monitoring and evaluation of Cap-Net capacity development activities from 2013-2014.
Lai is also an active member of Water Watch Penang (WWP), which is a water-based NGO and a member of MyCDNet in Malaysia that aims to promote study, awareness, knowledge, conservation, protection and the practice of a water saving society towards the sustainable development of water resources of the country. Having been a volunteer of WWP for years, Lai has experience in conducting water educational programs; he encourages young generation to protect water resources of the country by developing their interest and awareness regarding the importance of water conservation through different type of educational programs. In addition, one of his tasks as the secretary of WWP is to promote the collaboration in between the stakeholders (NGOs, local communities, private and public sectors, etc.) to solve Malaysia’s water issue. Lai enjoys swimming and travelling and he can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A training programme on Water Diplomacy was conducted at MIT, Boston from 23 to 28 June 2014. Dr. Themba Gumbo, Director of Cap-Net UNDP and Dr. Neena Rao, Network of SCaN were invited to attend this joint-learning workshop which was aimed at creating a global network of reflective water professionals as well as conveying key ideas and methods in their own countries and organizations respectively. The training focused on trans-boundary water issues and challenges from national and international context. The training programme was conducted through presentations and group discussions.
Water Diplomacy is one of the important thematic areas in Cap-Net’s strategy for 2014-17. Dr. Neena Rao has been selected by Cap-Net to lead a team for development of the training material on Water Diplomacy. In addition to that, Dr. Themba Gumbo and Dr. Neena Rao have also convened a meeting with faculties from Tufts and MIT on partnership for training material development on Water-Diplomacy for Cap-Net.
A three day meeting took place at the Cap-Net UNDP office in Ilha do Fundao in Rio de Janeiro from 4-6 June 2014, with the objective to develop material and plan future activities for the training manual in applying the human rights-based approach to integrated water resources management (HRBA to IWRM). This meeting was important because it strengthened the collaboration of the 4 partners, WaterLex (http://www.waterlex.org/), UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI (http://www.siwi.org/programmes/watergovernance/), REDICA (http://redicanetwork.com/) and Cap-Net UNDP (http://www.cap-net.org/) and contributions to capacity development in a topic that has not been technically elaborated yet in the field but that has impacts on sustainable water management. The outcomes of the meeting led to the finalisation of the content and structure of the manual and the facilitator guideline, the design of innovative tools for implementing HRBA to IWRM and the planning of the upcoming training of trainers in order to strengthen and enrich the utility of the material. In this way, the partners involved are ready to provide positive contributions in generating capacities to all the networks, organisations and key actors interested in this cross-cutting topic. For more information, please contact Dr. Bekithemba Gumbo.