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 →
In South Africa, as in many regions of the world, there are operational inefficiencies associated with the operations of large bulk water infrastructure (Dams and transfer schemes). These inefficiencies can result in loss of water that could be used elsewhere in a system. Real time DSS’s can provide timely information to water managers and dam control officers and other stakeholders allowing them to operate the systems more effectively. Operators and stakeholders also require the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively operate and participate, thus the capacity building aspect is an important element in any new introduced technology.
National policy dialogues on water resources management (IWRM) and water supply and sanitation (WSS) under the European Union Water Initiative Component for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia
National Policy Dialogues (NPD) on water resources management (WRM) and water supply and sanitation (WSS) are the main operational instrument of the European Union Water Initiative Component (EUWI) for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA).
The NPDs provide practical assistance to the governments of EECCA countries in reforms of their water sectors. NPDs are structured policy processes where key national stakeholders meet and assess the feasibility of water-related policy objectives (including the water-related MDGs), the best strategies to achieve them, and the financial means attached to these strategies. The dialogues are fed with analytical work, policy analyses and illustrations from policies that work in other countries. They facilitate intra-government cooperation and donors’ coordination.
Handbook for Integrated Water Resources Management in Transboundary Basins of Rivers, Lakes and Aquifers
In preparation of the 5th World Water Forum held in Istanbul in 2009, the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) and its partners have developed a Handbook on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) at basin level. The book gave clear guidelines for each and every step that has to be taken in order to effectively implement a water management taking into account all uses and all users (including the environment) at the most relevant scale: the basin level.
Finland programme supporting water and sanitation improvement in EECCA Countries under the Wider Europe Initiative (WEI)
FinWater WEI is a flagship programme under the Wider Europe Initiative that strengthens Finland’s development policy through a comprehensive approach to Finland’s development cooperation in the EECCA area (Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia). It aims to promote regional stability and prosperity in the partner countries of the initiative as well as in the wider European region. The themes of the initiative are security, trade and development, information society development, energy and the environment, and social sustainability.
The FinWater WEI programme works to ensure sustainable water management in the EECCA area. Along with the needs of the partner countries, the programme is based on Finland’s Development Policy Programme, UN¬ECE legal instruments on water, the EU Water Initiative, and the UN Millennium Development Goals on water. The Strategic Cooperation Programme for Finland’s Water Sector Support to the EECCA countries 2009 – 2013 (FinWaterWEI) approved in December 2009 defines five focal areas: water and health; transboundary waters; dam safety; monitoring, reporting and assessment; climate change.
The programme contains three different types of activities: 1. Activities or processes led by international institutions. 2. Bilateral activities as either stand alone or as components of some larger programme involving one or more additional financier. 3. Institutional capacity building activities between organizations in Finland and in the EECCA countries.
Country specific activities regarding Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) -aimed at improving coverage and quality of water sector services, are initiated through National Policy Dialogues. This National Policy Dialogues involve high level representatives of all key partners in the country in question, including representatives of relevant international organisations and civil society (NGOs).
The project of “Reducing Trans-boundary Degradation of the Kura-Aras River” was conducted in the period of 2004-2007. This project supported by GEF, UNDP and SIDA aimed to make cooperation among Iran, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia and Turkey (as an observer) to monitor the water quality in the Aras and Kura basin. Read the rest of this entry →