1) Water Transparency and Integrity Regional Workshop - 7 May 2015, AserrÃ, Costa Rica.
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. The workshop took place in the Health Ministry Office in Central Aserri. In this workshop, participants presented different types of corruption relevant to water management and the impacts that might arise from them. Ms. Lilliana Arrieta also presented the Legal Framework of Corruption in Water Management in Costa Rica. For more information, please contact Ms. Liliana Arrieta.
2) Water integrity for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region - 9 to 10 May, 2015, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
Following a successful first training in January 2015, the second regional training course on â€˜Water integrity for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regionâ€™ was held from 9 to 10 May 2015 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. The training course took place back to back with the IUCN-ROWA regional conference RKNOW â€œWater and Nature Conservation â€“ Knowledge Sharing in MENA Regionâ€. More than 20 participants learned about the context and relevance of integrity in the management of water; methods to improve transparency, accountability and participation for better water governance and more sustainable water management.
This regional course was part of a series of training workshops, specifically tailored for the Middle East and North Africa region as part of the regional Water Integrity Capacity Building Programme in the Middle East and North Africa (WI MENA). The overall objective of the programme was to develop capacities of various stakeholders for water integrity in the MENA region, thereby improving transparency and accountability practices in water resources management. This training in particular aimed at reaching out to the wider MENA region; beyond the five pilot countries and the specific target groups of the WI MENA programme.
For this regional training course, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) through the UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI (WGF) cooperated with the Arab Integrated Water Resources Management Network (AWARENET), a Cap-Net UNDP affiliated regional network on capacity development in sustainable water management for the Arab region hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA); the International Union for Conservation of Nature â€“ Regional Office for West Asia (IUCN-ROWA); and the Global Water Partnership â€“ Mediterranean (GWP-Med).
The WI MENA programme was supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and has been officially labelled under the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) framework.
Full media statement can be downloaded .
For more information, please contact the following personnel:
3) Regional Training of Trainers (TOT) on â€œApplication of Remote Sensing Techniques in Irrigation Water Managementâ€ 11 to 15 May 2015, Tunisia (for Africa region)
The Training of trainers (ToT) on the Application of Remote Sensing techniques for Irrigation Water Management workshop took place from 11 to 15 of May 2015 in Tunis (Tunisia) within the framework of the TIGER initiative. It was organized by the Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) in collaboration with TU-DELFT and with the support of Cap-Net UNDP.
The workshop brought together more than twenty experts and researchers in remote sensing and water resources management background in Africa especially from TIGER regional centers (SANSA, RCMRD, AGRHYMET and OSS) and CAP-NET networks in Africa (AWARNET, CB-Hydronet, NileIWRMnet, WaterCap, WaterNet). The targeted group included Agriculture and Rural Development agencies, Water Resources Managers, Researchers in Water and agriculture, Environmental Managers and Practitioners, RS and GIS experts and trainers.
The training was aimed to develop the capacity of irrigation water managers and trainers on the application of Geographical Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) to retrieve relevant biophysical variables for water productivity and drought monitoring.
The workshop was facilitated by OSS experts and two trainers provided by TIGER Capacity Building Facility (TCBF). Diverse expertise and background among participants has led to rich discussions and helped to approach the trainingâ€™s theme from different angles.
A training kit composed of lectures, exercises, data and software was developed based on TIGER Capacity Building modules and guidelines. An online version can be downloaded from here.
4) Multi-stakeholder Workshop for the Peri-urban Water Security (CCMCC - COCOON) - 15 May 2015, Hyderabad, India.
Multi-stakeholder Workshop for the Peri-urban Water Security (CCMCC â€“ COCOON) took place 15 May 2015 at Hyderabad, India. This workshop was collaborative research project under taken with the award of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) â€œScience for Global Development (â€œWOTROâ€™) grant under its CoCooN â€“ Conflict and Cooperation in the Management of Climate Change â€“ Integrated Project.
Key project partners included:
Social and Development Change Group in Wageningen University, Netherlands;
MetaMeta, a research and consultancy organisation, Netherlands;
South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies (SaciWATERs), India;
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal;
Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM) of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Bangladesh; and
Jagrata Juba Shangha (JJS), a non â€“profit NGO, Bangladesh.
The following objectives of the workshop were:
To engage with a critical mass of stakeholders on the theme of project and foster dialogue among them on issues of peri urban security in India.
To set a base for research uptake by sharing preliminary project findings with stakeholders and build a commitment to action.
To learn and network with other researchers working in this arena.
The full report can be downloaded here.
For more information please contact Dr. Aditya Bastola, Coordinator of SaciWATERs.
5) IWC Masters Scholarships (International) is now open for application.
The International Water Centre (IWC) is currently offering several full scholarships for high calibre international candidates (excluding Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.) interested in studying the Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) commencing in Semester 1, 2016 at The University of Queensland. The MIWM program is custom-designed and collaboratively delivered by leading industry practitioners and lecturers from IWCâ€™s founding member universities. Students can choose between three specialisation streams including â€˜International developmentâ€™, â€˜Urban waterâ€™ and â€˜Water, land and peopleâ€™.
Up to three international scholarships are available for application which are:
up to two full tuition and full living costs scholarships (each valued at AU$ 89,811); and
one full tuition scholarship (valued at AU$ 50,776). Partial scholarships will also be available for self-funded students (up to $7,000).
The MIWM program are custom-designed and collaboratively delivered by leading industry practitioners and lecturers from IWCâ€™s founding member universities. Students can choose between three specialisation streams including â€˜International developmentâ€™, â€˜Urban waterâ€™ and â€˜Water, land and peopleâ€™.
You may also register for webinar which will be presented by Dr Brian McIntosh, IWC Senior Lecturer and Education Program Manager. Dr. Brian McIntosh will be presenting the MIWM program/scholarships and answering your questions on 9 July.
6) Obituary: Mr. Lewis Jonker.
The Cap-Net family is deeply saddened by the passing away of Mr Lewis Jonker on 25 May 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa. Lewis is known to most of us during his tenure as the WaterNet Manager the capacity building network for Southern African Development Community (SADC) affiliated to Cap-Net. He hosted one of the first Cap-Net annual meetings held in Cape Town in 2004. Those present recall the warm and lovely hosting by him and his wife at their home. Lewis was very instrumental and contributed immensely and generously to the Cap-Net programme. Most of us last interacted with him at the 5th Delft Symposium on Capacity Development, in May 2013, in The Netherlands.
He will be fondly remembered for his contribution in the water sector in the SADC region and beyond. In my personal interaction with him Lewis proved to be a very cheerful and modest fellow comrade, an admirable independent researcher, thinker and writer. Our deepest sympathy go to his family, friends and colleagues at University of the Western Cape (UWC) where he lectured and mentored on many young water professionals.
May his soul rest in eternal peace. He will be dearly missed within the Cap-Net fraternity. I am informed that WaterNet will be coordinating the compilation of an e-book to celebrate and in memory of the life of Lewis, among working colleagues, students and networking locally, regionally and internationally. You are all welcome to contribute and share photographs as well. Please contact the current WaterNet Manager, Jean-Marie Kileyshe Onema or the Director of Cap-Net, Themba Gumbo directly.
Greywater is household wastewater from kitchen sinks and bathroom tubs - anything except for raw sewage. In many countries in the Middle East and North African region,untreated greywater is used for irrigation purposes due to the environmentally andpolitically determined water scarcity of the region, and is stored in privately constructed holding tanks. Along with risks to human health in the holding and reuse of this water for irrigation, the hiring of private parties to regularly empty these tanks is a cost burden on households, as public infrastructure is not always available to do so, especially in rural areas. The safe treatment of this water can provide an alternative to other costly andsources of irrigation. But how can this water be treated in a cost effective andsimple way for households to own and utilize? This short film documents the catalyst, innovation, implementation and outcome of one solution, initially developed in the West bank and now adopted for use in Jordan and Lebanon.