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Cap-Net UNDP Monthly Newsletter
In this issue: 
  1. Training on Intergrated Urban Water Resource Management - 31 March to 4 April 2014, Juja, Kenya.
  2. IWRM as a Tool for Adaptation to Climate Change - 14 to 17 April 2014, São Paulo, Brazil.
  3. Course on Drought and desertification in Central America: an IWRM approach - 21 to 23 May, 2014 El Salvador.
  4. Training on Water Safety Plans – 3 to 5 June 2014, Ghana.
  5. Knowledge and Information management for Integrated Water Resources Management - 19 to 21 June. Nairobi Kenya. 
  6. Planning Meeting on Development on the Need for an Integrated Approach to Coastal Zone and River Basin Management - 26 to 28 May 2014, Copenhagen.
  7. Cap-Net Welcomes Marina Talini from Brazil.
  8. Call for paper: Latin America Water Week, 23  to 27 March 2015, Viña del Mar, Chile.
  9. Flagship Publication on Water Integrity.
  10. OECD Survey on Stakeholder Engagement for Effective Water Governance.
  11. GWP-IWC Masters Scholarships Now Open.
  12. Assessment of Capacity Development Resources for Water and Sanitation Operators - 2 to 3 June 2014, UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands.
  13. Water Video of the Month.
 
1) Training on Intergrated Urban Water Resource Management - 31 March to 4 April 2014, Juja, Kenya.

WaterCap in collaboration with the Institute of Environment and Water Management at the Africa Institute of Capacity Development have organised a training programme on Integrated Urban Water Resources Management from 31 March to 4 April 2014. The training brought together a total of 24 participants from various institutions in Kenya
 
Participants observed that water resources in urban areas have not received much attention, owing to combined effect of inadequate capacity to address different challenges of urban water resources, continuous neglect by responsible management institutions and weak coordination between municipal and water resources management. The most obvious manifestation of this management gap is the worsening of current challenges in water resources pollution, water scarcity and urban flooding. In response to these challenges, the training urged managers to adopt a IUWRM as an approach to ensure better coordination, sustainable and efficient urban management. Continuous capacity development was recommended to further diagnose challenges as well as promote effective interaction between the water management institutions.
 
For more information email: info@watercap.org


2) IWRM as a Tool for Adaptation to Climate Change - 14 to 17 April 2014, São Paulo, Brazil.

The first edition of the workshop “IWRM as a Tool for Adaptation to Climate Change” was held at the Interdisciplinary Center Climate Investigation – INCLINE (www.incline.iag.usp.br), University of São Paulo – USP, on 14 – 17 April 2014, in São Paulo. The workshop was facilitated by Professor Eduardo Mario Mendiondo, Engineering School of São Carlos – EESC/USP, and Professor Tércio Ambrizzi, Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences of University of São Paulo - IAG/USP. A total of 19 participants from basin committees, public and private sector, water managers, water users, professionals and climate academy attended this workshop.

The workshop was organized by Cap-Net Brasil, supported Cap -Net UNDP, and partnership with the University of São Paulo – USP, Center for Climate Change – INCLINE, IAG – Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences of University of São Paulo, Engineering School of São Carlos – EESC/USP, Watershed Committees and others.

The second edition is planned for the second semester of 2014, in Rio de Janeiro, RJ and the venue will be announced in due course. For more information, please contact Priscila of Cap-Net Brasil. 

                             


3) Course on Drought and Desertification in Central America: an IWRM Approach - 21 to 23 May, 2014, El Salvador.

A training course on Drought and Desertification in Central America with an IWRM approach was conducted from 21 to 23 May 2014 in El Salvador. The immediate objectives of the training activity were:
  • To develop a workshop to describe the different impacts of Drought and Desertification in IWRM and use of land on water resources management, with emphasis on the regional and national levels.
  • Promote the exchange of different points of views on climate change and water resources from these sectors through workshops and discussions.
  • Stimulate capacity development actions and training activities on IWRM and the basin level been conscience of the manifestation of the Climate Change in terms of droughts within REDICA members and other participants of the workshop.
  • Integrate in to the discussion, representatives from various sectors: National institutions with a direct interest in the subject.
  • Exchange knowledge and good practices based of economic sectors with a direct interest in the subject, and Local governments, NGOs with environmental interests, Media and Universities in regions vulnerable to the effects of climate change, erosion process and lost of forestry and the best transfer of such knowledge to water managers, local goverments and policy makers.
A total of 24 participants from El Salvador, Costa Rica, Mexico and Panama attended this fruitful training course. For more information please email REDICA at redicamerica@gmail.com

                              


4) Training on Water Safety Plans – 3 to 5 June 2014, Ghana.
 
Training on Water Safety Plan will be organised by Ghana Water Company LTD and International Water Association from 3 to 5 June 2014 in Ghana. The objective of the training is to increase the number of local training institutions in the region that are well equipped to provide training on Water Safety Plans as it fits their business model.Target audience for this programme will be from training institutes and or utilities' training centre. For more information please contact the organisers, Korash from GWCL or Kizito from IWA.

                                       


5) Knowledge and Information management for Integrated Water Resources 
Management - 19 to 21 June. Nairobi Kenya. 


WaterCap in collaboration with AKVO, RCMRD, SWAP-BFZ, Water Resources Management Authority and Moi University will hold a field training on the use of GIS and mobile applications in water resources management, as a follow-up to training course on knowledge management in water resources management in 21 to 23 May 2014.

The objectives of this training course:
  • To promote collaboration of water sector institutions and stakeholders to raise capacity for efficient capture and sharing of geospatial and data and information in Kenya.
  • To demonstrate utility of GIS and mobile applications capturing, dissemination and archiving water knowledge for water resource data.
The expected output of this training course are:
  • Field staff in water resources is trained and understood the required knowledge for water resources monitoring and assessment
  • Collaboration action developed between institutions to overcome some common challenges and pitfalls of water knowledge management
  • Knowledge management piloted in the field
For more information please contact Wangai Ndirangu at wangai@beassociates.co.ke
 

6) Planning Meeting on Development on the Need for an Integrated Approach to Coastal Zone and River Basin Management - 26 to 28 May 2014, Copenhagen.

Cap-Net and partners held a planning meeting at Copenhagen from 26 to 28 May to develop a programme on the need for an integrated approach to coastal zone and river basin management. Partner networks REDICA and CKNet and international partners UNESCO-IHE, UNEP-DHI, UNDP and PEMSEA came together in a meeting organised by UNEP-DHI and discussed the development of a training package and rolling out a capacity development programme on the subject. The programme will focus on the linkages between coastal zones and river basins and aim to advocate integration of their management. The capacity development activities to be rolled out will target coastal and river basin managers and government decision makers, making use of the outreach through affiliated networks and partners. The aim is to have training modules developed before the end of the year and have these tested in a pilot training by January 2015.
For more information please contact kees.leendertse@cap-net.org.
                                                         

 



7) Cap-Net Welcomes Marina Talini from Brazil.
 
Cap-Net UNDP welcomes Marina Talini from Brazil as the first Network Attachment in ‘Leverage Capacity’ in the year 2014. For a duration of 3 months, she will assist in identifying, analysing and reporting on the leverage effect of support provided by Cap-Net to partner networks capacity development delivery activities.

Marina holds a Bacharelado (Bachelor degree) in Translation (French-Portuguese), and a Pós-graduação (Master degree) in International Relations studies, both from the University of Brasilia, and specialized in Public Policies related to climate change and preservation of biodiversity. After several positions in the translation and teaching fields, she joined the Chancery of the Embassy of France in Brazil coordinating the administrative work, supporting the French delegations and public relations of the service. She then worked for the ASPAT, a Peruvian NGO for people affected by tuberculosis, in charge of redefinition of the fund-raising and the strategic planning of the association. During her experience in Peru, she was also involved in a project developed by the Universidad Católica del Peru which focused on sustainable development workshops, and revitalization of the green areas of the city of Lima.

For more information please contact Marina at marina.talini@cap-net.org
 

8) Call for paper: Latin America Water Week, 23  to 27 March 2015, Viña del Mar, Chile.

The Latin Water Week 2015 will be held from 23 to 27 of March 2015 in Viña del Mar, Chile. This will be an opportunity to be part of a unique platform for the exchange of experiences and practices between the scientific, business, policy and civic communities; focuses on new thinking and positive action was the water-related challenges and their impact on the environment, health, climate, economy and community.

The objectives of this conference are as follow:
  • To consolidate and develop a space for reflection on the issue of water,
  • To explore the challenges present between water, society, environment and economy,
  • To promote partnerships and proactive partnerships between individuals and organizations with different specializations,
  • To emphasise on innovative research, best practices and developing innovative policies for different stakeholders, multidisciplinary experts from around the world,
  • To provide real answers for the management of water, environment and economic development, by linking best practices, scientific knowledge, policy and specific decisions.
The Dateline of Abstract Submission will 6 of June 2014.

For more information and registration, please visit www.waterweekla.com

                             


9) Flagship Publication on Water Integrity.
 
A one page Flagship Publication on Water Integrity can be downloaded in pdf format here. Cap-Net, together with partners as the UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI, Water Integrity Network, Transparency International, and others are working together towards  a publication which will be a concise collection of evidences of developments in water integrity and impacts over the past 6 years. The publication will be a reference guide and an important advocacy and policy tool for strengthening water integrity, sharing learnings from projects and impacts. As the Sustainable Development Goals will become the main global development mandate, it is critical and timely to develop this publication on water integrity.
 
Cap-Net´s contribution will be specifically in the capacity development chapter, in close collaboration with the UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI. If you have any success story, or best practice on water integrity, or have participated in a water integrity course and can share with us the impact of this activity please contact damian.indij@cap-net.org


10) OECD Survey on Stakeholder Engagement for Effective Water Governance.
 
Cap-Net would like to invite all of its newsletter subscribers to participate in the OECD Survey on Stakeholder Engagement for Effective Water Governance.  UNESCO-IHE is a member of the OECD Water Governance Initiative and the Working Group on Stakeholder Engagement. The deadline for completing the survey is 5 June 2014. Please contribute to this initiative by sharing your experience and expertise. 


11) GWP-IWC Masters Scholarships Now Open
 
GWP is currently collaborating with the International WaterCentre (IWC) in Australia, offering full scholarships (tuition fees and living expenses) for two high calibre candidates from developing countries to study the Master of Integrated Water Management programme (MIWM) next year.
 
In line with GWP’s gender strategy, the scholarships aim to build the leadership capacity of women in Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) and through doing so, to improve the implementation of IWRM in the home nation of the scholars.
 
Read more about the programme and find instructions on how to apply here
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

                                    


12) Assessment of Capacity Development Resources for Water and Sanitation Operators - 2 to 3 June 2014, UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands.
 
This workshop is co-organized in the framework of the project “Boosting Effectiveness of Water Operators’ Partnerships" and the UN-Water Task Force on Capacity Development for Water Operators. The objective of this workshop is to build synergies between two important global initiatives that are looking at the assessment of existing Capacity Development (CD) resources for water and sanitation operators and to analyse the immerging needs and gaps in these resources. Water Operators from seventeen countries as well as members and partners of the UN-Water will be attending this workshop. These two initiatives are the UN-Water Task Force on Capacity Development for Water Operators and the project "Boosting Effectiveness in Water Operators' Partnerships" (BEWOP).

Within the context of the BEWOP project one activity aims to assess existing guidelines, training modules and other materials supportive of the utility performance improvement. Importantly, this activity will be identifying and assessing these existing materials while providing recommendations for the development of a new generation of CD resources.

The approach of the work of the UN-Water Task Force is to gather these resources and avail them to an extensive network of water supply and sanitation operators on a not-for-profit basis, in order for these to be easily accessible and support capacity development initiatives. The materials developed and all relevant results from both the work of the UN-Water Task Force and the BEWOP project will be compiled and documented respectively in UN-Water Activity Information System, UNW-AIS on a dedicated page and the GWOPA/ UN Habitat web-site. 

Dr. Themba Gumbo, the Director of Cap-Net UNDP will be participating in the event. 

For additional information on the workshop, please contact Jose Luis Martin Bordes (UN Habitat) or Patricia Darvis.
 
 
13) Water Video of the Month.
 
'Rolling Back the Desert in Senegal' by the Water Channel