REDICA organised a course last week on Human Right to Water and Sanitation in the context of Climate Change. The activity took place in Antigua, Guatemala, with 24 participants from all of Latin America. The objectives of the course was to strengthen capacities on the human rights to water and sanitation as a way to we contribute to sustainable water governance and quality of life in Latin America. The course was organised in collaboration with the Spanish Agency for International Development (AECID) and was held at their center in Antigua.
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The training workshop on legal Framework for IWRM was held from 29 June to 1 July in El Salvador. This training provided the knowledge on history and evolution of water regulation with ancient rules, to irrigation, navigation and aqueducts. It also presented implementation of integrated water resources management considering both green and blue water. The workshop was organized by REDICA and Association of Lawyers for Justice and Rights (AJUD) and JR Duarte S.A. in El Salvador.
For more information, please contact Lilliana Arrieta.
The Central American Network of Engineering Institutions (REDICA), along with the University of Costa Rica (UCR), the Euro-American Consortium and the British Embassy in Costa Rica, have been interested in the development of applied research on gasification from biomass waste from the cultivation of pineapple in Costa Rica. This project took on the challenge of analyzing the possibilities of utilization of biomass waste for sustainable energy generation, specifically resources from pineapple cultivation. The production of alternative energy from wastes can result in a significant reduction in production costs.
A regional workshop on ‘Water Associated Conflict Resolution’ that took place in the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala campus from 1 to 3 of June 2015. A total of 30 participants from Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador and Panama took part in this workshop. The training course covered IWRM principles, theory of conflicts and characteristics of the different types of conflicts, social and historical analysis of the context of our region in regards to water and possible interventions to resolve conflicts. Continue reading →
On the 7th of May 2015, Mr. Minor and Mr. Francisco, replicated and organized a training course on Water Transparency and Intergrity Regional Workshop for community water managers, a representative from the local Health Ministry office of Aserri and a representative of the Police force. Discussions on practical examples of corruption in their different daily activities and ways of improving practices were conducted towards guiding the participants in practicing transparency and integrity. Continue reading →
A one-day symposium on Coastal Zone Management took place on 6 April 2015 at the Engineering building of the University of Costa Rica. Participants from different engineering courses, various university professors and academic personnel in general participated in this course. IWRM and Coastal Zone were introduced before getting into the complexities of Coastal Zone Management and the risks associated to poor management or lack of planning. For more information please contact Ms. Liliana Arrieta. Continue reading →
A workshop on ‘Transparency and Integrity in the Water Sector took place in San José, Costa Rica from 17 to 19 March 2015. Participants from Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Dominican Republic and Ecuador attended this three-day workshop to gain knowledge and build skills to implement transparency practices within their IWRM work. For more information please contact Ms. Liliana Arrieta.
The World Water Day 2015 was celebrated on the 22 March 2015 with the theme ‘Water and Sustainable Development’. As one of World Water Day 2015 celebration partners, Cap-Net UNDP has prepared and provided learning resources, which is the World Water Day Learning Pack. The learning pack consists of tutorials, toolbox, WWD learning materials, quiz, video and reports. The Secretary-General’s message on the World Water Day 2015 can also be downloaded here. In addition to that, Cap-Net partner networks, REDICA, SCaN and AWARENET have organised or participated in events in conjunction of World Water Day 2015 Celebrations. Continue reading →
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.
On March 28th in San José, Cap-Net and the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) of Costa Rica signed an agreement for the design and implementation of a national water capacity development policy with special emphasis on IWRM for Costa Rica. The agreement was signed by Dr René Castro, the Minister of Environment and Energy, and Kees Leendertse for Cap-Net. Cap-Net and MINAE are committed to exchange ideas, knowledge and resources to develop and implement such national plan. This framework agreement will be supplemented by annual work plans and budgets. The executing partner for the agreement is REDICA, the partner network for Central America. Continue reading →