GWOPA @ #WWWeek session: New approaches to Wastewater, Water Quality and Water Resource Management Monitoring in the Post-2015 era
- 01 Sep
- Category: News
The session (page 42 official programme) addressed water quality and water resource management monitoring in the Post-2015 period. The session was convened by UN-Water, UNEP, UN-Habitat and WHO and was moderated by Mr Joakim Harlin of UNDP who provided an overview of the monitoring initiative
The session indicated that although the SDGs are not yet adopted, it's likely that a water goal will be among them. However, panelists stressed that getting countries' buy in for these goals will depend on them being clear and measurable.
The session therefore raised a number of questions such as, what will be the indicators for the proposed targets and how will we measure them? What new data is needed? Do countries have the capacity, will and resources to measure them? Can indicators meet local needs while being internationally comparable? The session was therefor an opportunity for the task forces who have been grappling with these challenges, to present their findings.
- 29 Aug
- Category: News
As the foremost event for the international water and sanitation community, Stockholm World Water Week is a key event for the Global Alliance of Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA). The world-renowned event is organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and is a “platform for over 200 collaborating organisations to convene events about water and development issues”. This year’s event is being held from August 31 to September 5 and will focus on the Water Energy Nexus with special focus on societal opportunities and cross-cutting issues.
GWOPA will be actively participating in this event in close collaboration with out working partners, SIWI and the World Water Council, and will be promoting the WOPs concept on behalf of the global network throughout the entire event.
El Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, en colaboración con ALOAS, a través de su Plataforma WOP-LAC, está lanzando un Proyecto para dar apoyo a los Operadores de Agua en identificar sus intereses y fortalecer sus capacidades en proteger las fuentes de agua y las cuencas de las que se abastecen. Considerando las incertidumbres del cambio climático, la protección de fuentes de agua se pone cada día más importante como parte de las estrategias de gestión de riesgos de los operadores.
Como un primer paso se ha preparado una encuesta para lograr una mejor comprensión acerca de las motivaciones, las barreras y las oportunidades que los Organismos Operadores de Agua enfrentan para invertir en infraestructura verde para la protección de fuentes de agua y cuencas. El segundo paso será la realización una Conferencia en el último trimestre de 2014 en la que se podrán presentar las principales estrategias sobre la temática.
Es importante destacar que el BID podrá ofrecer financiamiento, parcial o total, para la participación en la Conferencia, a aquellos operadores que completen la encuesta, estén interesados en fortalecer sus estrategias de protección de fuentes de agua y no cuenten con los medios para participar del evento.
Pueden seguir el siguiente link para acceder a la encuesta: Encuesta protección fuentes
The Inter-American Development Bank, in collaboration with ALOAS, through its Platform WOP-LAC, is launching a Project to support Water Operators to identify their interests and strengthen their capacity to protect water sources. In the face of climate change uncertainties, source water protection is an increasingly important component of every water operator's risk management strategy.
As a first step, a survey has been prepared to gain a better understanding of the motivations, barriers and opportunities that face water utilities to invest in green infrastructure for the protection of water sources and watersheds. The second step will be conducting a conference in the last quarter of 2014 where the main strategies on the subject will be presented.
Importantly, the Bank may provide partial or full funding for participation in the Conference for those operators who complete the survey, and being interested in strengthening their strategies to protect water sources, lack the means to participate in the event.
To access the survey, click on the following link: Survey Green Infrastructure
This 2014 edition of the Forum was organized by the association with the support of USAID, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and GWOPA/UN-Habitat, and convened over 200 water and sanitation operators, private sector representatives and development partners from across Asia, the Pacific, Australia, the United States and Africa. The Forum, which took place from 11-13 August, addressed recent developments in solving urban water and wastewater inefficiencies through the promotion and implementation of effective WOPs. Specific topics under discussion included: water loss reduction, wastewater management and reuse, water quality management and climate change resilience.
The Forum was also an opportunity for participants to gain practical know-how on how to face urban water supply and wastewater management challenges, and discover the benefits of peer-to-peer learning and innovative technology applications through the partnerships. As a result, a number of new partnerships agreements were also initiated during this event, more details are available on the WaterLinks website.