1) Training Course on Water Footprint Assessments for GCC and Arab Countries - 20 to 22 April 2015, Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain.
AWARENET, the Arab Integrated Water Resources Management Network, a Cap-Net regional network for capacity development in sustainable water management hosted by UN ESCWA, jointly with the Water, Science & Technology Association (WSTA), the Arabian Gulf University (AGU), the Middle East and North Africa Network of Water Centers of Excellence (MENA NWC), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA), and Cap-Net UNDP are jointly offering a Training Course â€œWater Footprint Assessment for GCC and Arab Countriesâ€ that is designed for professionals in the water and environmental sectors in GCC and Arab countries interested to learn about water footprint assessments. The training course will be conducted from 20 to 22 April 2015 which will be held at the Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain.
The training course addresses primarily government officials from the GCC countries, AWARENET members, MENA NWC member center staff and researchers as well as water managers, private sector, researchers and representatives from universities and non-governmental organizations involved in water and environmental management in GCC and Arab countries. The number of participants is limited to 30.
Confirmed participants from MENA NWC research centers will be invited to stay an additional day, 23 April 2015 for the development of research proposals.
For registration please fill and sign the enclosed â€œExpression of Interestâ€ form and submit it together with a short explanation of motivation by email to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org latest by 13 March 2015.
In case of more than 30 expressions of Interest received, the AWARENET Secretariat in cooperation with WSTA, AGU, MENA NWC and UN ESCWA will select from the submissions, based on criteria such as AWARENET / MENA NWC membership, date of submission, motivation, possibilities to apply acquired knowledge in further activities at regional or national level, gender, geographic diversity, etc. Confirmed participants will be notified by AWARENET Secretariat latest by 20 March 2015.
2) Workshop on the Orientation and Sensitization on Integrated Water Resources Management â€“ 10 to 12 February 2015, Kaduna, Nigeria.
National Water Resource Institute (NWRI), Kaduna Nigeria in collaboration with Wa-Net at the NWRI, organized a workshop on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) for a total of 57 newly employed staff into NWRI and the Federal Ministry of Water Resources (FMWR) from 10 to 12 of February, 2015.
The main objective of the workshop was to provide the new employees an idealistic knowledge of the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in order to sensitize and guide them into their various assignments and duties.
The resources utilised for the workshop includes the Cap-Net/Wa-Net IWRM materials covering large areas of Land and Water resources and their management without prejudice to human and environmental needs. The Wa-Net provided the required resources to facilitating the workshop.
3) Southeast Asia (SEA) Water Footprint Training Course - 24-26 February 2015, Ampang, Malaysia.
UNESCO-IHP Malaysia in collaboration with UNESCO Jakarta, Water Footprint Network, Malaysian Water Partnership and Malaysian Capacity Development Network in Sustainable Water Management (MyCDNet), private organisations, lecturers and NGOs organised Southeast Asia (SEA) Water Footprint Training Course from 24 to 26 of February 2015 at Ampang, Malaysia. Individuals whom were previously trained in Pretoria, South Africa under the Cap-Net UNDP funded initiative in 2013 were the facilitators for invited lead trainer Dr. Ashok Chapagain from the Water Footprint Network.
A total of 47 gender balanced participants (22 female and 25 male) consisted of 8 foreign and 39 locals took part in this course and had the opportunity to learn about water footprint assessment concepts and its methodology. Dr. Hong Chern Wern represented Cap-Net in this course and were responsible for interviewing selected participants for a video interview on the immediate impacts and their plans to apply the new knowledge back at their home country.
The World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre) is seeking to engage an intern who is passionate about international sustainable development and about social media and communications for dialogue with governments, academia and civil society.
The RIO+ Centre is a partnership between the Government of Brazil and UNDP to serve as a legacy of the Rio+20 Conference. As a hub for dialogue that leads to social, environmental, & economic justice, RIO+ works with a broad range of people and institutions to create the momentum needed for a transformation to more sustainable development pathways. As a global Centre based in the south, RIO+ is committed to identifying policies, practices and perspectives that are rooted in the Global South.
6) Cap-Net UNDP welcomes SaciWATERs-CapNet Network (SCaN) New Coordinator
Cap-Net UNDP would like to welcome the new Scan coordinator, Dr. Aditya Bastola. Dr. Aditya Bastola areas of interest and expertise lay in gender, water and sanitation and governance. Dr Aditya Bastola has also been actively involved on research coordination at the South Asia level of climate change adaptation and gender. Dr. Aditya Bastola is of Nepalese nationality and is currently handling water and sanitation projects, regional research studies and managing networks. At SaciWATERs, he currently handling water and sanitation projects, regional research studies and managing networks. Dr. Aditya Bastola can be contacted via email.
7) Official Opening of its Africa Regional Centre - 11 March 2015, Pretoria, South Africa.
SIWI Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) one of Cap-Net UNDPâ€™s international partner will be celebrating the official opening of its Africa Regional Centre in Pretoria, South Africa on the 11 of March 2015 at Grosvenor St. Hatfield, Pretoria. The event will be graced by the presence of Mr. Anders Hagelberg, Ambassador of Sweden to South Africa and Mr. Jan Olsson, Sweden Environment Ambassador. Please download the brochurefor more information. For RSVP please contact Mr. Nick Tandi.
8) Safe Drinking Water Project: An Experience sharing by CAR@WAN.
Water scarcity is the key environmental challenge for sustainable development of Kazakhstan. The rural population is more vulnerable to the water scarcity due to weak financial position and high rates of poverty. To address this challenge, a project on â€œSafe drinking water for rural communitiesâ€ has been implemented in two big regions of the country, Almaty and Akmola kickstarted by the â€œThe Center â€˜Cooperation for Sustainable Development Fundâ€™, Secretariat of the Central-Asian Regional Water Network CAR@WAN and by â€˜The Coca-Cola Companyâ€™.
The project was implemented from January 2014 to January 2015, and provided safe drinking water to approximately fifteen thousand people. Its main goal was to contribute improvement of water supply infrastructure for vulnerable groups in rural areas. A total of 53 houses with with low-income households (mainly old people, veterans and large families) in 3 villages were selected to receive access to drinking water by construction of water pipes up to the houses.In addition to that, a village was chosen to conduct a pilot project to construct rainwater-harvesting systems with consideration of socio-economic conditions and meteorological data, based on international benchmarking. The systems were constructed on the territory of local school. Rainwater from roofs of two buildings will be collected in ground reservoirs and it will be used for watering the territory, which will help to save drinking water. Informational seminars and trainings on most actual issues in the field of water resource management were conducted as well.For more information please contact Ms. Vera Mustafina of CAR@WAN.
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