- Category: Regional and National WOPs Platforms
In the Asia-Pacific region, GWOPA has been working in close cooperation with WaterLinks, a regional platform established by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), USAID Eco-Asia and the International Water Association (IWA). Since it’s launching in 2008, over 40 WOPs have been implemented through the platform. The WaterLinks Secretariat, based in Manila, now serves as a member of GWOPA Steering Committee.
In the Pacific region, GWOPA has been working in collaboration with the Pacific Water and Waste Association (PWWA) to respond to demand by the water and sanitation utilities of these small island developing states for increased regional exchange and cooperation. Following a Utility Matchmaking Workshop in July 2010 in Auckland, New Zealand at which operators from a dozen islands identified twinning opportunities, a Pacific sub-regional WOPs platform was launched in September 2010 at the Pacific Water Conference in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The Asian Development Bank already supporting a WOP between Papua New Guinea and Australian utilities, and several more WOPs are in the pipeline for 2012.
In South Asia, GWOPA has supported the establishment of P-WOPs, the national WOP platform in Pakistan. The network of urban water supply and sanitation service providers in Pakistan have been entrusted with the mandate to extend water and sanitation services to all. P-WOP will support Pakistan's utilities as well as other WSS operators in their efforts to achieve universal watsan coverage throughout Pakistan. UN-HABITAT Pakistan, in collaboration with GWOPA and the Water and Sanitation Program – South Asia (WSP-SA), supports the secretariat of P-WOPs which is based in the Government of Punjab's Planning and Development Department Urban Unit.