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Cap-Net UNDP Monthly Newsletter
In this issue: 
 
  1. Launch of Cap-Net Virtual Campus.
  2. Gender, Water & Development Conference 2014 - 3 to 7 November 2014, East London, South Africa.
  3. 1st Ibero-American Meeting on Education and Culture of Water in IWRM - 26-28 November 2014, Mexican Institute of Water Technology, Mexico.
  4. Global ToT on Human Rights based Approach (HRBA) to Sustainable Water Management – 6 to 10 October, 2014, San Jose, Costa Rica.
  5. First Water Footprint Training Course for GCC and Arab Countries by AWARENET - 19 October 2014, Muscat, Oman.
  6. The WSTA 11th Gulf Water Conference “Water in the GCC … Towards Efficient Management” – 20 to 22 October 2014, Muscat, Oman.
  7. Water Video of the Month.
 
1) Launch of Cap-Net Virtual Campus.

     
 
As part of its 2014-2017 strategy, Cap-Net explore the use of diverse forms of new media for capacity development. This includes the development of a virtual campus which will function as a cross-cutting facilitation platform for all Cap-Net´s activities, affiliated networks and partners. The virtual campus is being built on a state of the art web platform, using the latest tools and open source software, resulting in an user friendly system, applicable on all computers, and easy to be updated. The campus can be seen at http://campus.cap-net.org/

The campus will serve “traditional” face-to-face courses and the newly developed virtual courses. Through “virtual classrooms” and professional software for teleconferences (live sessions), it will also be a tool to facilitate collaborative work in the context of networks, partnerships, working groups”, Cap-Net´s secretariat, and Cap-Net´s management board. The campus was launched on September 29 when a pilot virtual course on “IWRM as a climate change adaptation tool” was initiated. For this pilot course Cap-Net is partnering with World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and UNESCO-IHE. The pilot course is a way to test the platform and explore possible structures, activities, and methodologies which Cap-Net, its affiliated networks or partners may use for the design and delivery of virtual courses.

Currently 28 participants and facilitators from Africa, Arab region, Caribbean, Central Asia, Latin America, and South Asia are taking part of this first virtual experience for Cap-Net. For more information please contact Damian Indij, Cap-Net Virtual Campus Coordinator at damian.indij@cap-net.org.
 
 
2) Gender, Water & Development Conference 2014 - 3 to 7 November 2014, East London, South Africa.

The Water Research Commission of South Africa, in partnership with the Department of Water Affairs of South Africa, AMCOW, SADC and the Women for Water Partnership, are hosting a the “Gender, Water and Development Conference” which will take place from 3 to 7 of November 2014 in East London, South Africa.
 This conference aims to bring together a wide range of people from inside and outside the water sector to engage, debate and find solutions to these challenges, and through this to assist AMCOW, African countries and other developing nations to address the developmental challenges of gender, poverty and water.
For more information, visit the website or contact conference secretariat Ms. Glaudin Kruger at kruger@krugerassociate.com. The tentative programme can be downloaded here.

     
 
 
3) 1st Ibero-American Meeting on Education and Culture of Water in IWRM - 26-28 November 2014, Mexican Institute of Water Technology, Mexico. 

The 1st Ibero-American Meeting on Education and Culture of Water in IWRM will take place from 26 to 28 November 2014 at the Mexican Institute of Water Technology, Mexico. This meeting is a joint partnership between Remerh-Cap-Net-Mex, LA-WETnet, Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT), Estados Unidos Mexicanos, Comisión Nacional del Agua (CONAGUA), Instituto Mexicano, de Tecnología del Agua (IMTA), Catedrá Unesco IMTA.
 
The objective of this meeting is to promote the exchange of experience and capacity building in education and water culture in the context of IWRM. In this context and under the 2014-2018 National Water Program, this event is organized with the idea to help one of their lines of action: "To promote the collaboration of companies and institutions that contribute to the education and culture water."

This programme will be conducted in Spanish. The brochure in Spanish can be downloaded here. For more information, please contact Dr. Carlos D. Delgado at cdiazd@uaemex.mx or Mr. Damian Indij at damian.indij@cap-net.org..


     
 
 
4) Global ToT on Human Rights based Approach (HRBA) to Sustainable Water Management – 6 to 10 October, 2014, San Jose, Costa Rica.

A Global ToT on Human Rights based Approach to Sustainable Water Management took place from 6 to 10 October, 2014, San Jose, Costa Rica. This first ever ToT on Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) training programme was jointly organised by REDICA, WaterLex and SIWI with the support of Cap-Net. A total of 22 participants from 20 different countries were invited to participate in this programme.

Within this context, Cap-Net has promoted the development of a training manual to support water managers and facilitators in HRBA to IWRM work, strategies and activities. The manual was consulted and revised during this ToT. For this training, Cap-Net’s team joined with a valuable team of experts from Water-Lex, SIWI and REDICA, in order to creating contributions to capacity development in a topic that has not been technically elaborated yet in the field, but that has innovative impacts on sustainable water management and has also been demanded by several clients recently

Please contact Laura Valenciano from REDICA for more information.

                  


5) First Water Footprint Training Course for GCC and Arab Countries by AWARENET - 19 October 2014, Muscat, Oman.

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 Oman Water Society (OWS), the Water Science and Technology Association (WSTA), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA) and Cap-Net UNDP held the first Training Course on “Water Footprint Awareness Raising for GCC and Arab Countries” on 19 October 2014 in Muscat, Oman. This course was organised as a pre event programme for the Water Sciences and Technology Association (WSTA) 11th Gulf Water Conference (GWC).

This course was designed for professionals in the water and environmental sectors in GCC and Arab countries interested to learn about water footprint assessments for their daily practice. The training course was attended by primarily AWARENET members including water managers, government officials, and researchers and representatives from universities and non-governmental organizations involved in water and environmental management in GCC and Arab countries.

Supported by the Oman Water Society (OWS), approximately 30 participants mainly from Oman and other GCC and Arab countries learned about Water Footprint Assessment concepts and methodology, Water Footprint Assessments implementations and case studies. The training was facilitated by Dr. Mohamed Abdel Raouf from the Gulf Research Centre who attended the 2013 Cap-Net UNDP Training-of-Trainers for Water Footprint assessments. The training was based on the material of the Water Footprint Network (WFN) that was made available through cooperation between WFN and Cap-Net UNDP.

AWARENET is planning to organise a full scale, certified three day training course on Water Footprint Assessments with partners in the GCC or Arab region in the year 2015. For this AWARENET can rely on a pool of five certified trainers for Water Footprint Assessments from the Arab region. For more information, please contact AWARENET coordinator, Dr. Ralf Klingbeil

      
 

6) The WSTA 11th Gulf Water Conference “Water in the GCC … Towards Efficient Management” – 20 to 22 October 2014, Muscat, Oman.

The 11th Gulf Water Conference (GWC) organised by The Water Sciences and Technology Association (WSTA) of Oman took place between 20 and 22 of October 2014 in Muscat with the theme “Water in the GCC… Towards Efficient Management”. The main objective of this conference is to raise awareness on the importance of policy and decision making on towards sustainable water management in the GCC countries.
Cap-Net UNDP Director, Dr. Themba Gumbo attended this conference as a participant while Dr. Ralf Klingbeil Network coordinator of AWARENET, delivered a keynote session on “Managed Aquifer Recharge-Aquifer Storage and Recovery: Regional Experience and Needs for Further Cooperation and Knowledge Exchange in the Arab region”. Cap-Net UNDP through its Director, Dr. Themba Gumbo and AWARENET Network Coordinator, Dr. Ralf Klingbeil presented the combined global and regional capacity development approach to the conference participants on 22 October 2024.
 
For more information, please contact Dr. Themba Gumbo or AWARENET Network Coordinator, Dr. Ralf Klingbeil.

                  

 
7) Water Video of the Month.
 
'Water Policy for the People: David Zetland at TEDxWageningen' by the Water Channel
 
David Zetland is a senior water economist in the Department of Environmental Economics and Natural Resources at Wageningen University in the Netherlands where he is working on an EU-funded project, "Evaluating Economic Policy Instruments for Sustainable Water Management in Europe." He blogs on water, economics and politics at 'aguanomics.com' and is the author of The End of Abundance: economic solutions to water scarcity (2011). He is passionate about making it easier for people to accomplish their goals, improving the ways we interact with each other, and enjoying the beauty of the natural and human worlds.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations).
 
 
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