The Malaysian Capacity Development Network for Sustainable Water Management (MyCDNet) and the Academy of Science Malaysia (ASM) co-hosted a 1 Day Capacity Development Programme on Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM). This event was held on 28 February 2017 at the Function Hall, Academy of Sciences Malaysia, Level 20, Menara MATRADE in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The capacity development programme was attended by approximately 30 participants from consultants, NGOs, Government bodies and institutions of higher learning in Malaysia.
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Hisaar Foundation, host of Cap-Net Pakistan, continued on its mission of disseminating the “Recommendations for Pakistan’s National Water Policy Framework” which is now being recognized and touted as the “Citizen’s Water Policy.”
This year’s AGUASAN workshop is titled “Circular economy – transforming waste into resources”. The focus of the workshop will be dedicated to exchanging and generating knowledge to assist participants in transitioning from linear to circular water and sanitation models. Participants will do so by looking at the concept of circular economy in relation to the water and nutrient cycles and by identifying barriers and drivers in transitioning to a circular economy. They will analyse successful and failed approaches, apply them to managing water and nutrient cycles and prioritize entry points and courses of action for the transition.
Continuing on its mission of disseminating the “Recommendations for Pakistan’s National Water Policy Framework” for the consideration of the government in each of the provinces, Hisaar Foundation – a foundation, for water, food and livelihood security- and secretariat host, Cap-Net Pakistan held a launch event in Islamabad, the federal capital of Pakistan on Friday 27th January 2017 at Islamabad Serena Hotel.
MyCDNet held its first ever Annual National Forum on Water Security on 23 – 24 November 2016. Titled “Adaptation to Hazards Related to Climate Change”, the successful Forum was organized together with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE), Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID), National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia (NAHRIM), Asia Pacific Environmental Consultants Sdn Bhd (ASPEC), Global Environment Centre (GEC), Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) and Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), with support from CapNet UNDP.
Cap-Net UNDP, the Water Governance Facility at SIWI, WaterLex and REDICA present an updated version of the training manual on the Human Rights-Based Approach to Integrated Water Resources Management. It brings together two fields that, until recently, have been separate. The need for this manual became felt as awareness grew within the human rights community that water management is fundamental to the realization of a range of human rights, and vice versa.
Hisaar Foundation – a foundation, for water, food and livelihood security- and secretariat host, Cap-Net Pakistan has recently launched the “Recommendations for Pakistan’s National Water Policy Framework” for the consideration of the government. The water policy framework has been launched in Karachi, Sindh and Lahore, Punjab. This is as part of an ambitious agenda set forth by Hisaar Foundation to launch the water policy framework in all the provinces of Pakistan and culminating in a grand launch at Islamabad, the federal capital of Pakistan. Water management in Pakistan is a provincial issue so it is fitting that the policy framework is launched in each of the provinces.
The water sector, like many other sectors with large-scale infrastructure projects, public sector involvement as well as high technical complexity and multiple stakeholders, is at risk of corruption. The Global Outlook on Water Integrity estimates that $75 billion of water investments is lost to corruption annually.
A groundwater training day, for over 30 Francophone African water professionals and government staff, was hosted on 28th November, by Professor Moustapha Diene of the Africa Groundwater Network (AGWNet) and Mr Julian Harbrecht and Mr Ramon Brentführer of BGR (the German Federal Institute for Geoscience and Natural Resources) – with support from BGS (the British Geological Survey).
Dr. S. Pathmarajah has been appointed as new coordinator for the Cap-Net affiliated network Cap-Net Lanka. He is succeeding Prof. Nimal Gunawardena, who headed the network for the last 2 years. Dr. Pathmarajah is a senior lecture of the Department of Agricultural Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture University of Peradeniya.
You can read more about Dr. Pathmarajah here.