Cap-Net UNDP June 2015 Issue
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In this issue:

  1. Regional Workshop on Water Associated Conflict Resolution – 1 to 3 June, 2015, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala.
  2. Education and Capacity Building for Sustainable Water Management – 9 June 2015, Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
  3. Regional Capacity Development Course on Human Rights Based Approaches (HRBA) for Water, Montevideo, Uruguay – 15 to 18 of June, 2015.
  4. Regional Training on Applying Integrated Water Resource Management Tools for Drought Risk Management – 15 to 19 June 2015.
  5. Training on â€˜Water allocation and water demand management’ – 30 June 2015, Almaty, Kazakhstan.
  6. CAR@WAN Steering Committee Meeting – 5 June 2015.
  7. Cap-Net UNDP Welcomes New Arg Cap-Net Coordinators.
  8. Job Opening at SaciWATERs
  9. 'Teach: Water in the Post - 2015 Development Agenda' by UN-Water.
  10. Invitation to 1st Summer School on ‘Small Island Natural Resource Development’ - 17 to 21 August, St. Eustatius, Caribbean Netherlands.
  11. Water Video of the Month
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1) Regional Workshop on Water Associated Conflict Resolution – 1 to 3 June, 2015, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala. 

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. Practical aspect sessions explored stakeholder identification, a case study about a Costa Rican conflict and a simulation activity to practice mediation.
The workshop was very intense and the participants showed high motivations to apply the acquired knowledge.  This workshop ended successfully even though it lasted for only three days. All of the participants were able to apply different tools on sensitive issues associated with conflict in water resources. These tools were developed by REDICA and could be applied by any participants ranging from local government, justice sector, communities, energy projects, water decision-makers and lecturers. For more information, please contact REDICA coordinator, Ms. Liliana Arrieta.

2)  Education and Capacity Building for Sustainable Water Management – 9 June 2015, Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

The 'Education and capacity building for sustainable water management' was conducted by CAR@WAN on 9 of June, 2015 under the auspice of UNESCO Cluster Office within the framework of the High Level International Conference on the implementation of the International Decade for Action 'Water for Life’, 2005-2015. This session was a side event  in conjunction with ‘High Level International Conference on Water resources’ and was participated by approximately 50 representatives of governments universities, research institutions, public and international organizations.
The event offered an opportunity to illustrate the importance of capacity building and networking at different levels for sustainable water management and was aimed to promote water education, the principles of IWRM, capacity building activities, including sharing the experiences on teaching IWRM course within university’ curricula.
They shared their ideas on improving of educational methods by using such networks, as CAR@WAN for introducing IWRM principles into environmental management. The has also contributed to awareness raising on importance of education and networking, since water education and cooperation, including trans-boundary cooperation which are catalysts in achieving sound and sustainable water resources management. For more information please contact CAR@WAN coordinator.

3) Regional Capacity Development Course on Human Rights Based Approaches (HRBA) for Water, Montevideo, Uruguay – 15 to 18 of June, 2015.

A regional course on ‘Human Rights Based Approaches (HRBA) for Water’ took place from 15 to 18 of June 2015 in Montevideo, Uruguay. This course followed the global ToT, which took place in Costa Rica in the year 2014, and initiated an active collaboration between LA-WETnet, Cap-Net UNDP and the Spanish Cooperation in Latin America, Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). In collaboration with REDICA and Cultura Ambiental, a total of 35 participants from Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil. Costa Rica, and Mexico attended the course. Implementation of IWRM in the region, which is in line with effective access to water and sanitation and formalization of access as a human right, gave the course a regional flavour and lead the way for continuity and application of principles and strategies. For more information please contact LA-WETnet Coordinator, Mr. Damian Indij


4) Regional Training on Applying Integrated Water Resource Management Tools for Drought Risk Management – 15 to 19 June 2015. 

The Global Water Partnership Eastern Africa (GWPEA), International Network for Capacity Developent in Sustainable Water Management (Cap-Net UNDP) through Nile IWRM Net, and the Water and Land Resource Center (WLRC) organised a training on ‘Applying Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Tools for Drought Risk Management’ in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 15 to 19 June 2015. The aim of the training was to strengthen the capacity of water and climate professionals in the Horn of Africa (HOA) region on drought disaster risk management, IWRM approach and the need for timely responses to forecasted climate-related risks. 
The training was officially opened by the Ethiopian State Minister for Water, Energy and Irrigation- H.E Kebede Gerba. The Minister noted that water resources in the region are facing pressure due to the increasing human population and poverty as well as climate change.  He indicated that development of water in the HOA region would benefit from IWRM approaches and lead to sustainable and equitable utilization of the resource.
This pilot course was attended by a total of 30 participants working in the field of water, agriculture, climate change, and disaster management. The training has also provided opportunities for more interactive exchange of ideas and experiences among the participants. A one-day field visit program took place at the Ethiopian Central Rift Valley area, specifically to Lake Ziway, which provided the participants an opportunity to learn and share lessons on IWRM practices on the ground.  Participants agreed on follow-up actions that included development of a five-year capacity building program on drought resilience in the HOA/Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) region. The program that will be developed is expected to attract more partners to join hands in building capacity to address drought disasters in the HOA/IGAD region. For further information, contact Regional Coordinator, Nile IWRM-Net, Dr. Callist Tindimugaya


5) Training on â€˜Water allocation and water demand management’ – 30 June 2015, Almaty, Kazakhstan. 

The CAR@WAN Networks with support of OSCE Office in Astana organized the training on “Water allocation and water demand management” for water inspectors of Balkhash-Alakol Water Basin Inspection on 30th of June 2015 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The training was designed to further promote IWRM principles and water resource management on basin level. Considering high potential of Balkhash-Alakol basin Council and professionalism of its members, the training on WDM will help to enable possibility of WDM implementation in Balkhash-Alakol basin by increasing capacity of the Council in the ways of influencing water demand in order to achieve water consumption levels that are consistent with equitable, efficient and sustainable use of the finite water resources.
During the training, participants was able to discuss on the importance of WDM, definitions, components, constraints and motivating factors. The trainer shared information about differences in WDM measures and interventions. The Cap-Net UNDP Training Manual on Water Demand Management were adapted according to local context and level of trainees. The local trainer will also put in some cases and practical exercises. For more information please contact Ms. Vera Mustafina.

6) CAR@WAN Steering Committee Meeting – 5 June 2015.
The meeting of CAR@WAN Steering Committee (SC) meeting was held on the 5 of June 2015 via conference call. According to CAR@WAN's regulations, the SC is responsible for the overall monitoring, coordination, political and fundraising support of CAR@WAN’s activity. Two representatives from government, scientific, educational and research organizations from all Central Asia countries at least once a year discusses on the project activity, plans, constraints and lessons learned.   

Members of the SC agreed on the 2015 activity plan, proposed by Secretariat and based on the Strategy 2014-2017. They have also shared their ideas on attracting additional financing resources to ensure the presence of the CAR@WAN in all CA countries as a catalyst in achieving of Network’s sustainability. SC members has also proposed to provide the support for CAR@WAN’s Country Coordinators. For more information please contact CAR@WAN secretariat

7) Cap-Net UNDP Welcomes New Arg Cap-Net Coordinators.


Cap-Net UNDP would like to welcome the coordinators of Arg Cap-Net, Mr. Mario Schreider and Dr. Marta Paris. By succeeding Ms. Valeria Mendoza, both of them will work closely together on behalf of Facultad de Ingeniería y Ciencias Hidricas (FICH) in order to carry out the activities  of Arg Cap-Net. 

Mr. Mario Schreider graduated as a Water Resources Engineer from the Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santa Fe, Argentina. He has also acquired Magister Scientiae (MSc. equivalent) in Integrated Development of Water and Land Resources from Universidad de Los Andes, Mérida Venezuela. Currently he is the Head Professor at the Facultad de Ingeniería y Ciencias Hídricas (FICH) de la Universidad Nacional del Litoral (UNL), Santa Fe, Argentina as well as Chairman of the UNESCO Chair “Water and Education for the sustainable Development (FICH – UNL). In addition to his work position, Mr. Mario Schreider is also the Dean of the Facultad de Ingeniería y Ciencias Hídricas (FICH – UNL) and Head of the scientific and technical research bureau of the Universidad Nacional del Litoral. Currently he is also a representative on behalf of FICH UNL at the Latin American network of knowledge centres in the water sector (RALCEA). He has carried out several academic and technical activities in the fields of the fluvial hydraulic, and Integrated water resources management all over Latin America. He has also involved with international and regional capacity building networks, like LAWETnet, Cap-Net UNDP, and for governmental and non-governmental organizations. Mr. Mario Schreider can be contacted directly via his email.

Dr. Marta Paris graduated as a Water Resources Engineer from the Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santa Fe, Argentina. She has also acquired her Magister degree (Master equivalent) in Water Resources Engineering from the Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santa Fe, Argentina and Doctoral Degree in Geological Sciences from the Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto, Argentina. Her of work as a professor and researcher at the Universidad Nacional del Litoral (Faculty of Engineering and Water Sciences, FICH-UNL) are in the field of Hydrogeology and Water Management. She directs scientific research projects and services of national and international technology transfer. She is also an author of several books, book chapters and articles in scientific journals, also participates in conferences and meetings as an author, speaker and guest lecturer in the field of water resources. She has authored training manuals and education in hydrology, groundwater and Integrated Water Resources Management. Apart from that, Dr. Marta Paris has conducted numerous trainings and postgraduate courses in Argentina and other Latin American countries. Currently, she is also supervising doctoral and master candidates from Argentina, Venezuela and Spain. In addition to that, she is also a member of evaluation committees on accreditation bodies and/or teacher evaluation of Argentina, scientific research projects, graduate theses and national and international scientific journals. She was an Academic Coordinator of the Master in Integrated Water Resources FICH-UNL, postgraduate program of Arg Cap-Net (2006-2014). Currently she is a Member of the Academic Committee of this Master program and Representative on behalf of FICH UNL at the Latin American network of knowledge centres in the water sector (RALCEA). Dr. Marta Paris can be contacted directly via her email.

Cap-Net would like to thank outgoing coordinator, Ms. Valeria Mendoza for all the contributions made and would like to wish her best of luck in her future undertakings. Cap-Net would also like to wish the new coordinators good partnership in capacity development related activity in sustainable water management. For matters related directly to Arg Cap-Net, Mr. Mario Schreider and Dr. Marta Paris can be contacted via

8) Job Opening at SaciWATERs

SaciWATERs is looking for a Senior Fellow with a proven track record of research and policy-influencing activities. The candidate should have the drive to embark on new initiatives, write proposals, carry out independent research with multi-disciplinary perspectives and be capable of leading research team. The candidate should have the drive and motivation for high quality and innovative research and contribute substantially to fundraising efforts of the institute. The selected candidate should also contribute to advocacy, outreach and publication activities of the institute. This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic individual to join a growing, multi-disciplinary team of researchers and academic activists. For more information, contact SaciWATERs coordinator, Dr. Aditya Bastola or visit the website for more information.

9) 'Teach: Water in the Post - 2015 Development Agenda' by UN-Water.


The 2015 World Water Day Campaign was celebrated on the 22 March. However, the celebration did not stop at that point. Partners kept up the pace of the WWD 2015 campaign through compiled all the resource materials which can be utilized for education and suitable for an age group between 13 to 18 years-old. The resources contain powerpoints on water and sustainable development, a 20-minute-film, a quiz and other written material:

a) Water is our World – featuring interviews with the UN Deputy Secretary-General and Stockholm Water Prize Laureates.
b) Feature interviews with the UN Deputy Secretary-General and Stockholm Water Prize Laureates.

Ebooks PDF
a) Know Water Curriculum
b) World Water Development Report: Water in a Sustainable World

Online Learning Content
a) Cap-Net's World Water Day 2015 Learning pack (powerpoints, quizzes, short video)
b) What is Water and Sustainable Development?
c) How water links to the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (especially for children)
d) Tools for Water Education/Learning

Alternatively, these items can be accessed from Cap-Net's website.

10) Invitation to 1st Summer School on ‘Small Island Natural Resource Development’ - 17 to 21 August, St. Eustatius, Caribbean Netherlands.


Caribbean-Netherlands Science Institute (CNSI) is organising the 1st Summer School devoted to ‘Small Island Natural Resource Development’. The theme of the module for this inaugural summer school programme is ‘Sustainable Coastal Management’ and will take place from  17 to 21 August 2015 at St. Eustatius, Caribbean Netherlands. This module ‘Sustainable Coastal management’ will be presented by experts from the well-known UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education (International Partner of Cap-Net UNDP) in cooperation with NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences. 

CNSI contributes to the advancement of regional sustainable development by bringing together local and regional civil servants and representatives from NGOs and sector organisations from Caribbean islands and other interested parties, thus providing a platform for sharing knowledge and regional experiences and solutions through the organisation of summer schools. Courses are taught in English and require a Bachelor’s knowledge level or equivalent background. Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance after successful completion of the course. A fieldtrip, including a land use mapping exercise and interviews with local stakeholders will be part of the course. International participation are encouraged and expected from a wide range of (Lesser Antillean) Caribbean islands, preferably including government and NGO representatives involved in coastal management in each of the Dutch Caribbean islands (Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, St Maarten, Saba and St Eustatius). For more information please visit the official website.

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