LO.RE.NET is the international Network of experts on Regulation of Local Public Services launched by the Turin School of Local Regulation, an initiative of Fondazione per l’Ambiente, with the contribution of the Chamber of Commerce of Turin. The project idea is mainly based on the awareness that there is a lack of networking initiatives at international level on research and dissemination regarding economic regulation of local public services, and more generally of management and tendering of urban services.
Building the sustainable dam: the challenges of meeting energy and livelihoods objectives at the same time.
The Nam Theun Hinboun is one of the largest dams in Laos, the so-called ‘battery of Southeast Asia’. This run-of-the-river dam was commissioned in 1998, has 210 MW installed capacity, generating some 1,500 GWh per year, 90% of which is destined for the Thai energy markets. The plant exploits the altitudinal variation between the Nam Theun (from which it derives its water supply) and the Nam Hinboun (in to which water is emptied having passed through the plant’s turbines). The dam is currently expanding its operations – the so-called Theun-Hinboun Expansion Project (THXP), which will increase installed capacity by 60 MW.
Innovative capacity building program for SMEs and water sector enterprise development contributing to water utility efficiency
The “Support Program to SMEs of public works, maintenance of water distribution systems” was initiated and financed by the Centre for the Development of Entreprise (1,200,000 euros), which is a a branch of the European Union, with the support of the African Water Association (AfWA). The program aims at improving water supply network performance in seven target countries (Botswana, Djibouti, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Senegal and Zambia) by subcontracting maintenance tasks to national SME’s.
Integrate all existing climate change response approaches in to the UN Convention on international watercourses
How the communities consider the equity in the UN convention framework on climate change and on international watercourses and the Nile cooperative framework agreement through a human rights approach to ecosystems based capacity-building. A rights writing workshop by the communities during a mediation for the design of the management plan of transboundary biospheres: A tool for human rights and ecosystems-based climate governance?
Access to Drinking Water to Rural Communities during floods to strengthen their resilience and to adapt to Climate Change. Pilot project of an Immediate Response Team (IRT) network.
In case of emergency situations (floods, tsunami, earthquake…), safe drinking water is one of the first thing missing. To provide safe drinking water in the immediate aftermath of a crisis, technology alone is not the solution. Aquasure has developed a standardized package of trained person and module of equipment to be ready for deployment in the most extreme situation on short notice.
The objective of the programme is to build sustainable national capacity for monitoring the quality of water (drinking, surface, ground and coastal). Specifically, the key components of the programme worked towards building local capacity on water quality monitoring through laboratory training, provision of equipment and improved data management; creation of a functioning water quality network; increased public awareness on water and health issues; and enabling government agencies to make informed decisions based on water quality data through pilots in the selected countries (Cook Islands, Marshall Islands, Niue and Vanuatu).
Aquaknow is a collaborative work space and content management system dedicated to technical and scientific knowledge for the sustainable development of the water sector. Knowledge management and capacity building are key elements towards the design and implementation of sustainable water management policies. Read the rest of this entry →
The European Commission with an innovative approach supports the Nepad Centres of Excellence in water fostering the south to south cooperation and supporting them as the key knowledge actors for the development of the water sector.
The Living Springs support sustainable development projects in water purification and water treatment, manage the installation of purification water systems in the emerging countries and offer assessment and ongoing consulting support in the area of renewable energies such as water, electricity, sanitation, etc. The Living Springs works with public as private actors, small communities, NGOs, villages and international institutions.
Both, in the Incomati river basin as well as in the Vecht river basin, regional water management organizations face an obligation from higher institutional levels to get to a situation of efficient transboundary river basin management. In case of the Incomati the legal obligation is based on a Tripartite Agreement between Swaziland, South Africa and Mozambique. In case of the Vecht the obligation is based on the European Water Framework Directive.