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

UN Environment and Cap-Net UNDP launch training manuals to support SDG implementation

Water resources management is at the very core of sustainable development, critical to the survival of people and the planet. The Sustainable Development Goal for water, SDG 6, does not only address drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, but also the quality and sustainability of water resources worldwide. To successfully meet this goal, there is a need to develop new skills for water managers at the country level. UN Environment is taking a leading role in this work, with a special focus on targets 6.3, 6.5 and 6.6, aiming at ensuring good water quality, implementing Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), and protecting water-related ecosystems, respectively.

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Cap-Net UNDP welcomes Marianne Kjellén as the new UNDP Senior Water Advisor

Cap-Net UNDP welcomes Marianne Kjellén to the Cap-Net family, and congratulate her on her capacity as the UNDP Senior Water Advisor.

Marianne Kjellén (PhD), Senior Water Advisor, works with the Water & Ocean Governance Programme within the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. She has over twenty years of experience of water and development work. With a focus on the governance of service delivery and resources management, she works on the cross-cutting issues of integrity (anti-corruption), gender, and human rights. She advocates for the importance of investing into human capacity and organization; as a means for making investments into physical infrastructure render its intended benefits to the intended people. Her most recent work focuses on governance issues in relation to sanitation and wastewater management.

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Water Pollution Management

This training manual aims to build the capacity of water managers in particular, but also that of trainers, academics, government officials in relevant sectors, and representatives of non-governmental and administrative bodies that have a stake in development planning and can influence policy. The training course based on this material aims to enable participants to:

  • identify different actors and drivers of water pollution;
  • „understand relationships among water pollution, ecosystem health and human well-being;
  • „examine existing policies and the legislative and institutional structures related to water pollution prevention and quality management;
  • „apply water quality guidelines and standards; and
  • „facilitate strategic planning and financing for water pollution prevention and quality management.
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Integrated Water Resources Management and Earth Observation

This training manual is an initiative of Cap-Net UNDP and ITC and strives to address this by developing international training materials for the use of earth observation tools for IWRM. e manual is presently in its first draft and through a series of training of trainers it is envisaged to be further re ned and tested to reflect real needs and applications on the ground particularly these training materials.

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Ecosystem Functions and Services in Integrated Water Resources Management

This training manual discusses the main principles and concepts of integrated water resources management (IWRM) and addresses the question of how IWRM can help in the maintenance and restoration of freshwater ecosystems so as to sustain their goods and services. There are a wide range of possible impacts of water use sectors (ranging from agriculture, aquaculture, industry and mining, to energy and transportation as well as domestic water use) on water resources and ecosystems with possible negative feedback loops. The major impacts of water use sectors on ecosystem services and a range of possible mitigation measures are described in this manual.

Freshwater ecosystems provide a wide range of goods and services that include flood control and wastewater purification. Yet these values are seldom appreciated, much less estimated and taken into account during decision-making processes. Many of these benefits are overlooked because they have no market and no price. They are taken for granted because they are poorly understood by water managers and provided by nature for free. Undervaluing these benefits leads to misguided decision-making which in turn may jeopardize water security, impede development and increase poverty. Water managers need to understand the functioning of the water ecosystems associated with their river basins, groundwater, estuaries and wetlands, and comprehend the value of these ecosystems for their work. This training manual provides such an understanding.

Ecosystem valuation, specifically in terms of economic valuation, offers a powerful and practical range of tools to estimate the monetary value of ecosystems and their services and inform decision-making. Specific valuation tools with their strengths and limitations are also presented in this manual.

The manual provides an understanding of environmental flows, whose assessment and application are the cornerstone of integrating ecosystems’ goods and services into IWRM. Other highly relevant and practical issues related to governance and legal reform processes required to make the above-mentioned tools work and some practical tips for integrating the knowledge in this manual into day-to-day water management are also addressed.

Themba Gumbo Director, Cap-Net UNDP

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Training Manual on Integration of Indigenous Rights and Knowledge into Water Resources Management

Cap-Net UNDP is developing a training manual on integrating indigenous peoples’ rights and traditional knowledge into water resources management. The content includes rights-based and gender perspectives; indigenous knowledge and technologies in water management; indigenous peoples’ access to water; indigenous peoples in water conflict management, and implementation of an intercultural approach in the IWRM project cycle.

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Promoting Water Footprint Awareness in Portuguese – Brasilia, Brazil

Under the coordination of Cap-Net UNDP and Cap-Net Brasil, in partnership of Water Footprint Network – WFN, and facilitated by Professor Alexandra Freitas, Water Footprint Network, and Professor Demetrios Christofidis, University of Brasilia – UnB, the course was held on November 26, 2015, at Ulysses Guimarães Convention Center, Brasília, DF, during the XXI Symposium of Brazilian Association of Water Resources, with the participation of professionals from different areas with minimal training graduation.

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