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Cap-Net UNDP Monthly Newsletter
In this issue: 
  1. UN World Water Day 2014: Water and Energy - 22 March 2014.
  2. Cap-Net signs an agreement with the Costa Rica Ministry for Environment and Energy.
  3. New Chapter in Aguajaring.
  4. Regional Training on Economics in Sustainable Water Management - 17 to 19 March 2014, Almaty, Kazakhtan.
  5. Training of Trainers on Coastal Zone Management - 24 to 27 March, San Jose, Costa Rica.
  6. Promoting Integrity and Accoutability in Water Resources Management in Latin America - 7 to 11 April 2014, Angra dos Reis, Brazil.
  7. Inclusive of Gender and Justice Approaches in Water-based Livelihoods - 23 to 27 April 2014, Bhavnagar, India.
  8. Training course on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plans (MELP) - 25 to 27 April 2014, Delft, The Netherlands.
  9. Regional Training of Trainers on IWRM Approach to Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Measures - 12 to 16 May 2014, in Kinshasa, DRC.
  10. Announcement on Registration for Gender, Water & Development Conference in South Africa - 7 to 11 July 2014, East London, South Africa.
  11. Launching of New Cap-Net website.
  12. Water Video of the Month.

1)  UN World Water Day 2014: Water and Energy - 22 March 2014

                               

The World Water Day was celebrated on the 22nd of March 2014. The theme for this year's World Water Day is "Water and Energy". Water and energy are closely interlinked and interdependent. Energy generation and transmission requires utilization of water resources, particularly for hydroelectric, nuclear, and thermal energy sources. Conversely, about 8% of the global energy generation is used for pumping, treating and transporting water to various consumers.

In 2014, the UN System – working closely with its Member States and other relevant stakeholders – is collectively bringing its attention to the water-energy nexus, particularly addressing inequities, especially for the 'bottom billion' who live in slums and impoverished rural areas and survive without access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, sufficient food and energy services. It also aims to facilitate the development of policies and crosscutting frameworks that bridge ministries and sectors, leading the way to energy security and sustainable water use in a green economy. Particular attention will be paid to identifying best practices that can make a water- and energy-efficient 'Green Industry' a reality.
 
Objectives of World Water Day in 2014 were to:
  • Raise awareness of the inter-linkages between water and energy
  • Contribute to a policy dialogue that focuses on the broad range of issues related to the nexus of water and energy
  • Demonstrate, through case studies, to decision makers in the energy sector and the water domain that integrated approaches and solutions to water-energy issues can achieve greater economic and social impacts
  • Identify policy formulation and capacity development issues in which the UN system, in particular UN-Water and UN-Energy, can offer significant contributions
  • Identify key stakeholders in the water-energy nexus and actively engaging them in further developing the water-energy linkages
  • Contribute as relevant to the post-2015 discussions in relation to the water-energy nexus.
Source: unwater.org


2) Cap-Net signs an agreement with the Costa Rica Ministry for Environment and Energy
 
On March 28th in San José, Cap-Net and the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) of Costa Rica signed an agreement for the design and implementation of a national water capacity development policy with special emphasis on IWRM for Costa Rica. The agreement was signed by Dr René Castro, the Minister of Environment and Energy, and Kees Leendertse for Cap-Net. Cap-Net and MINAE are committed to exchange ideas, knowledge and resources to develop and implement such national plan. This framework agreement will be supplemented by annual work plans and budgets. The executing partner for the agreement is REDICA, the partner network for Central America.

A new water law for Costa Rica has passed unanimously the National Commission on Environment and Permanent Studies on March 27th, and will be addressed in parliament on March 31st, where it is expected to be adopted. The water law foresees the expansion of MINEA to include water and seas. The director of water, José Miguel Zeledón, will be in charge during the transition period.

For further information, please contact REDICA at redicamerica@gmail.com
 
3) New Chapter in Aguajaring.
 
Cap-Net UNDP would like to congratulate Jan Yap who has been nominated and confirmed as the new Chairperson of Aguajaring (AJ). Jan Yap took over the responsibility from Dr. Low Kwai Sim who was the Interim Chairperson for the revival of AJ. The official ceremony was held in Kuala Lumpur at the SC meeting of Affiliated Network Managers and witnessed by the Network Coordinator of MyCBNet, Dao Lim Chow Hock on the 28th of February.
 
Due to diversity in the Asian Region, managing AJ has been a very challenging task. However with Jan Yap’s experience and network, AJ will definitely achieve higher success in capacity building in sustainable water management sector. Cap-Net UNDP would also like to thank Dr. Low Kwai Sim for her assistance in guiding towards the revival of AJ as well as wishing Jan Yap towards fruitful term in AJ. Jap Yap can be contacted via email.

                                             

 
4) Regional Training on Economics in Sustainable Water Management - 17 to 19 March 2014, Almaty, Kazakhtan.

A regional training Economics in Sustainable Water Management was conducted from 17 to 19 March 2014 in Almaty, Kazakhstan by CAR@WAN. The objective of this training was to promote and achieve the goals of “green” economy which currently are critical for the Central Asia countries. The objectives of a green economy in the field of water resources are to improve water resources management policy, specifically in regard to the improvement of water resources management at the national and basin levels. Furthermore, the aim is to ensure effective interaction with water users in all sectors and at all levels; determining the limits on water tariffs that reflect the full cost of water, the revision of subsidies and incentives to encourage water conservation.

Members of CAR@WAN, representatives of Governmental, scientific-research, educational and non-governmental organizations, participated in this training programme. For more information, please contact Vera Mustafina at csd.vera@gmail.com.

                   


5) Training of Trainers on Coastal Zone Management - 24 to 27 March, San Jose, Costa Rica.

REDICA with the support of Cap-Net has successfully conducted and organised a ToT on Coastal Zone Management which was held in San Jose, Costa Rica from 24 to 27 of March 2014. A total of 42 participants ranging from 10 nationalities with a total of 19 males and 23 females have participated in this 4-day course. 

The course was focused on the problems of managing coastal zones in the region, considering technical, political and social aspects. The high degree of vulnerability of the coastal zones drives the need for properly trained professionals working in the field and on research. The program contemplated on the scientific and technical aspects of hydrological studies and aquifers in the areas. Participants were exposed to concrete examples of cases where poor management had taken place,  as well as some best practices and valuable tools to be used in their different work fields. The training course provided a practical opportunity for participants to apply the recently acquired knowledge during group work with five different case studies from the region. The training course was broad enough to include emergency and disaster management, legal framework and diverse technical sessions on geological aspects of the coast. 

                   
                                          

6) Promoting Integrity and Accountability in Water Resources Management in Latin America, April 7-11, 2014, Angra dos Reis, Brazil.
 
A ToT on ‘Promoting Integrity and Accountability in Water Resources Management in Latin America will be held from 7 to 11 of April 2014. This ToT is a joint activity of LA-WETnet, Latin American Water Education and Training Network; the national member networks ‒ ArgCap-net (Argentina), Cap-Net Brazil, REDICA (Central America); REMERH (Mexico); LA-WETnet member institutions that will also collaborate are Universidad Externado (Colombia), Cultura Ambiental (Uruguay), Vitalis (Venezuela) and the Centro Bartolomé de Casas (Peru) This ToT will be implemented with support from Cap-Net/UNDP and the UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI.
 The primary objective of the training of trainers is to prepare for change through increasing knowledge and awareness on integrity, accountability, and anti-corruption in water. This ToT will be targeted at trainers who are part of member institutions of Cap-Net´s affiliated networks in Latin America.. Other trainers and knowledge managers representing UN Programmes or Agencies in the region, GEF Programmes, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Public Ministries, and country or regional NGOs are highly encouraged to participate. A maximum of 25 participants areexpected with a total of 15 from Latin American countries and 10 from Brazil. For more information please contact Damian Indij at damian.indij@cap-net.org.
 
                         
 

7) Inclusive of Gender and Justice Approaches in Water-Based Livelihoods - 23 to 27 April, 2014, Bhavnagar, Gujarat.
 
A training on Inclusive of Gender and Justice Approaches in Water-Based Livelihoods will be conducted in partnership with The South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies (SaciWATERs).
 
The goal of this programme is to raise participants’ conceptual understanding of inclusive, equitable gender and justice issues within water-based livelihoods, as well as obtaining the skills and practical knowledge of translating these concepts into action. The training will take place over 4 and half days with an expected 25 participants . 

Participation will be gender-balanced so that 50 percent of the participants will be reserved for female candidates. Selection criteria will focus on professionals who come from socially and economically disadvantaged communities. For more information please contact Neena Rao at neena@saciwaters.org.

                                           


8) Training course on Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plans – 23 to 25 April 2014, Delft, The Netherlands.

As Cap-Net´s global programme of actions continues to grow in number and type of activities, themes, target groups reached, and impact, it is becoming more apparent that monitoring, evaluation, and learning plans are  key activities to sustain the leadership and focus that capacity development networks have gained in more than a decade of work.
 
An in-depth understanding of the demand responsive principle for capacity development implies a precise measurement of the impact and follow up actions that  capacity development is driving. What effective changes in water resources management have  taken place over the last decade? How are concepts and tools shared through trainings being applied? What are the current knowledge gaps? And what are challenges that network members face which need to be addressed if networks are to remain relevant and bring added value? These are just a few of many questions which may be answered through the application of monitoring, evaluation, and learning tools (MELP).
 
To combine efforts from affiliated networks, Cap-Net is organising a training course targeting  network managers, to be held in Delft, The Netherlands, from April 23-25, 2014. The training will review tools previously developed and share application experiences from various networks aiming towards  a shared goal of identifying this valuable information. In addition to MELP tools, other subjects of interest for networks will be part of the training programme, such as planning short courses, cost sharing and co-funding strategies for capacity development.

For more information please contact damian.indij@cap-net.org or yasmina.rais@cap-net.org

                             


9) Regional Training of Trainers on IWRM Approach to Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Measures - 12 to 16 May 2014, in Kinshasa, DRC.

The training of trainers on IWRM Approach to Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation will be organised in Kinshasa from 12-16 May, 2014. The training is a cooperative effort between Cap-Net, CB-HYDRONET, WATERNET, GWP Central Africa and GWP Southern Africa, UNDP/DRC and the University of Kinshasa. The initiative supports the implementation of climate change commitments in the 2008 African Union Heads of State Sharm el Sheikh Declaration on water and sanitation and supports implementation of the Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP) implemented by African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) and GWP.
 
The overall objective of the training is to develop capacity of stakeholders towards a better appreciation of climate change impacts in water resources and the ability to use IWRM approach as a tool for climate change adaptation.
 
The training will bring 30 participants from the Congo Basin, Lake Chad Basin and SADC regions. It will target the following categories of professionals:
 
• Water and Natural Resource Managers at the basin level
• Educators, Trainers and Lecturers looking for clear and concise tools for IWRM implementation
• Policy and Decision Makers
• River Basin Organisations, Non-Government Organisations and Water User Association Groups.
 
For further information please see the brochure (attached) Dr. Raphael Tshimanga, CB-HYDRONET: cbhydronet@gmail.com or Dr. Jean Marie Kileshye, WATERNET: jmkileshye-onema@waternetonline.org.


10) Announcement on Registration for Gender, Water & Development Conference in South Africa - 7 to 11 July 2014.

From 7-11 July 2014, stakeholders from across the globe will gather in East London, South Africa, for the Gender, Water and Development Conference convened by the Water Research Commission to debate what challenges and successes have emerged in mainstreaming gender across water policy.
 
Co-hosts for the conference include South Africa’s Department of Water Affairs, the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) and the International Women for Water Partnership (WFWP). Several partner organisations including Cap-Net UNDP, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the international Water and Sanitation Partnership (WSP), the Global Water Partnership (GWP), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Pretoria, and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) will support the conference in aligning with global initiatives and widening the audience.
 
The conference programme is designed to encourage broad stakeholder engagement and to serve as a platform for key role players from community based organisations, academia, government institutions and the private sector to exchange knowledge and distil best practice on gender perspectives in policy, programme implementation and governance.
 
Interested parties can register for the conference via the website. Opportunities still exist for organisations and companies to join as sponsors and relevant water innovation and technology manufacturers/companies are encouraged to exhibit in the Open Area.

                   


11) Launching of New Cap-Net website.
 
We are pleased to announce that the new Cap-Net website will be launched in April, with anew design as well as new functions. Latest features include the revolution slider with latest information and emphasis on user friendly search function of 'Training Materials', 'Network and Partners' and 'Expertise Search'.

                    


12) Water Video of the Month
 
'Water and Justice: Peri-urban Pathways in Delhi' by the Water Channel