Presentation of United Nations World Water Development Report 2018 – 10th April 2018, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

One of the key goals of sustainable development is to protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of natural ecosystems. Growing population and the resulting demand for clean water are the reason why conflicts, droughts and floods, crop failures, economic decline and a number of other problems occur. According to the UN estimates, consumer demand for water resources will grow annually for 1%, thus aggravating social, economic and environmental problems. In addition to water scarcity, we are now facing a tendency of water quality decline due to its widespread contamination by chemical and biological pollutants. Increasing man-made impact leads to degraded water ecosystems, desertification, increased risk of natural disasters, and reduced forest and wetland areas. Sustainability of natural ecosystems serves as a basis of key processes in the water cycle: evaporation, formation of precipitation and surface flow, accumulation of ground water, and so forth. Up-to-date natural solutions being an effective tool of water resources management are aimed primarily at ecosystem preservation and restoration. Continue reading

Panjwani-Hisaar Water Institute Ground Breaking Ceremony – 4 May 2018, Karachi, Pakistan.

Pakistan is facing a water crisis that has an impact on all sectors of its economy and to deal with its challenges there are not enough water professionals in the country. To address this shortage Hisaar Foundation, an NGO working in water sector for the last 15 years in collaboration with NED University of Engineering and Technology and Panjwani Charitable Foundation, well known for endowing and setting up educational institutions have launched the first of its kind multidisciplinary Panjwani-Hisaar Water Institute (PHWI). The groundbreaking ceremony of PHWI took place today at NED Karachi Campus where the institute will be located. Continue reading

LA-WETnet New Organisational Development

Cap-Net UNDP would like to inform all the international partners and partner networks on the organisational development of LA-WETnet. From 1st of March 2018 onwards, Mr. Damian Indij will leave his position as the manager of LA-WETnet to dedicate himself in Cap-Net UNDP secretariat as Virtual Campus Coordinator.

He will be succeeded by Dr. Mario Schreider and Dr. Marta Paris who are currently the network managers of ArCap-Net. The transition of the network management to Marta and Mario has been approved by the LA-WETnet network steering committee, formed by network managers of REDICA, REMERH, ArgCap-Net and Cap-Net Brasil (Anna Virginia Machado standing in the interim), and network members in Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, and Paraguay.

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Online Seminar on ‘Climate Change and Water Scarcity’ – 14 February 2018 (11:45 to 12.45 CET)

In a collaboration between The Water Channel and IHE Delft Partner, an online seminar on ‘Climate Change and Water Scarcity’ will take place on the 14 February 2018 (11:45 to 12.45 CET).

The Online Seminars are like interactive lectures transmitted over the web, with a duration of one hour including time for discussion. The seminar is free of charge. To participate, please register via the following link. Find below the information about the seminar and guidelines to follow the event. Continue reading

New Online Course Announcement by Cap-Net Virtual Campus

Cap-Net Virtual Campus announces the first online course for year 2018 on ‘Professional Management of Water Well Drilling Projects and Programmes – an Overview’.

This online course offers participants an introduction to the professional management of water well drilling projects and programmes.

It provides an overview of what is required to improve borehole drilling professionalism within an organisation and for the country more widely. The course provides participants with an understanding of the following key elements: groundwater information, siting, costing and pricing, procurement and contract management, borehole drilling and supervision and how professional drilling is affected by the wider institutional environment. Continue reading

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.

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