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Risk Management and Natural Disasters in Water Operators in the Caribbean

A workshop on "Risk Management and Natural Disasters" for Water Operators in the Caribbean is being co-organized by the regional platform of Water Operators' Partnerships in the Caribbean (Cari-WOP), WOP-LAC and GWOPA/UN-Habitat. The workshop is organized in the framework of the 23rd Annual CWWA Conference and Exhibition which takes place from 6 to 10 October in the Atlantis Paradise Island Resorts in The Bahamas.

The objective of the workshop is to share knowledge and best practices on how water operators deal with natural disasters and risk in the Caribbean region, from a management and planning perspective. Eight countries from the region will be represented in the workshop (Belize, Costa Rica, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago) in addition to two major contributions from two water operators from Florida (USA) and Fiji in the Pacific. In the workshop, opportunities to initiate  Water Operators' Partnerships (WOPs) in the Caribbean on the theme of Risk Management and Natural Disasters will be identified. 

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GWOPA chairs session at Eau pour Tous/Water for All 2nd Scientific Meeting in Paris

The 2nd annual meeting of Water for All, organized by ParisTech - SUEZ Environment Water for All Chair took place in the French capital on 19 September with the participation of esteemed academics and practitioners from the water and sanitation sector. GWOPA’s Programme Manager, Faraj El-Awar, moderated the afternoon roundtable discussion on “Sanitation, Urban Planning and Health”.

The gathering allowed for researchers to present their latest findings to practitioners who are experts and active in the field in order to receive valuable feedback on their work and proposals. The resulting discussions were dynamic and constructive as the different approaches came together.

Active operators from the GWOPA network participated in the meeting, including the CEO of ONEA (operator profilein Burkino Faso, Harouna Ouibiga. The partnership between eThekwini (profile) and NWSC (profile) of Uganda was also raised and discussed by the former heads of the operators, Niel Macleod and William Muhairwe respectively. Close working partners of GWOPA, the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) also participated in this international gathering, which was equally a useful networking event for all participants.  

The outcomes of the session will be circulated by Eau pour Tous to participants for wider dissemination. For more information on this annual event, please consult the Eau pour Tous webspace.  

Asamblea General año 2014 y Reunión Anual de Comité Directivo – WOP LAC

Habiéndose cumplido un año desde que ALOAS asumió el Secretariado de WOP-LAC, con el apoyo permanente de ONU-HABITAT; y teniendo la seguridad de que las actividades de la Plataforma han tomado un importante impulso en la región, informamos la realización de la próxima Asamblea General, que se llevará adelante el miércoles 26 de Noviembre, en el marco del 4to Encuentro de ALOAS, en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, República Argentina.

La Asamblea se desarrollará desde las 14 hs, en el emblemático Palacio de las Aguas Corrientes, declarado Monumento Histórico Nacional y patrimonio de la empresa Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos S.A. (AySA).

Durante la Asamblea se elegirán cuatro nuevos miembros del Comité Directivo para el período 2015/2018, que reemplazarán a los operadores que finalizan su período.

A continuación de la Asamblea General se realizará la Reunión Anual de Comité Directivo en la que se presentará a los nuevos integrantes elegidos en el marco de la Asamblea General, y se aprobará el Plan de Trabajo 2015.

7th Pacific Water Conference and Expo


The 7th Pacific Water Conference and Expo was hosted by the Pacific Water and Wastes Associationin partnership with the American Samoa Power Authority from the 9th – 11th September in Utulei, American Samoa.  The conference was opened with a cultural ceremony, organized by the host, and featured international and Pacific speakers, technical papers and workshops focused on the theme “Water and Energy in the Pacific”. With around 150 participants, this was yet another successful conference for utilities worldwide.  

GWOPA representative took part in the plenary panel after the official opening of the Conference and presented the WOPs global movement and GWOPA's activities worldwide, focussing on the actions in Asia and the Pacific region. During the Conference, GWOPA also held some bilateral meetings with potential partners, including Pacific Water and Wastes Association (PWWA),
Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) and New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  

Among the many highlights for GWOPA's activities during the conference, the agreement with the PWWA to sign a cooperation agreement is particularly pertinent. Through this agreement, GWOPA will support the Secretariat in developing their capacity to facilitate WOPs as well as to implement WOPs related activities in the region throughout 2015.

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Sanitation Safety Planning Pilot Project in Malaysia

GWOPA is supporting the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for South-East Asia to implement the pilot Sanitation Safety Plan (SSP) project in Malaysia. The WHO has developed a draft manual on SSP and is implementing pilot schemes in several countries, including Vietnam, Peru, Uganda and India to collect lessons learnt and experience that will in turn contribute to refining and improving the draft manual before finalization and worldwide dissemination

The planning workshop for this pilot project was organized in Seri Kembangan, Selangor, Malaysia on the 20th and 21st of August, with participants from different Malaysian organizations, including the Ministry of Health, Sewerage Services Department, Department of Environment, IWK and GWOPA.

The objective of the workshop was to introduce the concept of SSP and discuss the potential sites for the pilot. Participants joined in the role-play type of activity though which they are expected to understand the concept of SSP.

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