Caribbean: Drought Risk Management Training workshop in St Vincent and the Grenadines

The Drought Risk Management Training workshop in St Vincent and the Grenadines was developed by a joint effort among the Caribbean WaterNet /CapNet UNDP, Global Water Partnership Caribbean (GWP-C) and the Business Development Unit, Faculty of Food and Agriculture, University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus (BDU-FFA-UWI) with the purpose of building capacity as it pertains to water resource management in the Caribbean region.

Twenty-one participants from various sectors including water quality and distribution, Public health, Education, Conservation, Forestry, Agriculture, Disaster Management and Non-Governmental organizations participated in the workshop. Having the education sector represented as it is key sector often disregarded in disaster risk management was a success factor for this workshop.

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India: Training of Frontline Workers on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

SaciWATERs conducted half a day training program to ICDS department officials, frontline workers (Anganwadi teachers, ASHA’s, ANM’s) on Water Sanitation and Hygiene on 17th May, 2019 under the project “Creation of Model Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Secure Slums, Schools And ICDS Centers In Hyderabad” which is supported by WaterAid and Bank of America. This is aimed to ensure and increase access to improved and sustainable drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services and sustained behavior change among the most marginalised communities of urban slums, schools and ICDS in Hyderabad city.

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Antigua and Barbuda: Training Workshop on Drought Risk Management

Drought Risk Management Training workshop took place in St. John’s Antigua and Barbuda between 22–24 May. It was hosted by Caribbean WaterNet supported by CapNet UNDP, Global Water Partnership Caribbean and the Business Development Unit, Faculty of Food and Agriculture, University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus.

During the workshop, participants were exposed to the following elements of Drought Risk Management: Drought Risk Management in the Caribbean; Drought Risk Occurrence, Vulnerability and IWRM; Vulnerability and Impacts of Droughts; Drought Risk Management Framework; Drought Risk Characterization and Monitoring Using Remote Sensing; Drought Preparedness, Emergency Management and Recovery; and Early Warning System.

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Malaysia: Field-based approach to training on Integrated Urban River Basin Management

The Training of Trainers on Integrated Urban River Basin Management was successfully completed on 24 April 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This 2-day event took a field-based approach to training. On the first day it brought 30 participants and facilitators on a site visit with five observation stops along the Batu River.

The field study began at Batu Dam, the upstream of Batu River. As the group journeyed downstream, participants saw how the urbanisation of the Sg Batu Basin has transferred this river basin to an urban basin as it is today. This has happened through commercial, residential, industrial and recreational development, and through the development of services, amenities and infrastructure.

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Trinidad and Tobago: Panel Discussion on Water Resource Management

In commemoration of World Water Day 2019 a panel discussion on Water Resource Management in Trinidad and Tobago, with special focus on the agricultural sector, was organized in collaboration with Caribbean WaterNet, CapNet UNDP and the Caribbean Academy of Sciences. The event was hosted by the Department of Food Production of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus.

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India: Telling the water quality story – training and workshop

Two water quality networks, Arsenic Knowledge and Action Network (AKAN) – coordinated by SaciWATERs, and Fluoride Knowledge and Action Network (FKAN) – coordinated by INREM Foundation, have been involved in a European Union supported initiative, which aims to address fluoride and arsenic contamination issues in eight vulnerable districts of India. This is done by establishing a people centric district platform. In this context, a wide diversity of stakeholders are involved in each location. One important element is to share the tale of field level challenges, learning, experience and success with each others.

Both organizations dedicated two days focusing on ”how to share field realities” to each other, to people on the ground and to external partners through a interesting and impactful way. Considering this theme as backbone, a workshop on “Telling the water quality story” was organized from 25–26 February 2019 at YMCA, New Delhi.

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Training about prevention, detection and management of arsenicosis in India

Arsenic contamination in sources of drinking water has become a serious cause of concern for human life in Assam, India. The long-term exposure to arsenic, mainly through drinking-water and food, can lead to chronic arsenic poisoning and most characteristically skin lesions and skin cancer.

Within this context there is a growing need for intervention addressing water quality and health perspective for enabling preventive mechanisms for population at risk. According to WHO, the permissible level of arsenic in drinking water is 0.01 mg/l.

In this line of thinking, SaciWATERs conducted a training program and field visit for medical and paramedical practitioners on Prevention, Detection and Management of Arsenicosis in Jorhat and Nalbari, India, on 11–14 February, 2019.

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New training material addresses climate change challenges

Water is the first resource impacted by climate change. Water crises are ranked the highest among the top 10 global risks in terms of impact and eighth in terms of likelihood.

Water is critical for sustainable development and the eradication of poverty and hunger. Lack of access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as other water-related disasters, including scarcity and pollution, are increasing because of climate change.

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New training manual focusing on indigenous people

New Cap-Net training manual – Indigenous Peoples & Integrated Water Resources Management – intends to increase our understanding about indigenous peoples and to recognize their invaluable knowledge on sustainable water management.

Indigenous peoples are the most vulnerable to climate change impacts as they depend greatly on natural resources to sustain their economic activities and for survival. Integration of indigenous peoples’ rights and traditional knowledge into water resources management is often not recognized as an effective means to enhance sustainable development in the entire river basin.

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