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GWOPA activies in Asia & Pacific over 2014

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GWOPA continued its support in 2014 to WaterLinks, the WOPs platform in Asia and the Pacific, notably in the implementation of a climate change-themed WOP between the national utility of Sri Lanka and Yarra Valley in Australia.

GWOPA is also supporting WaterLinks to conduct a master class on septage management with the Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) of Malaysia with a view to implementing a follow-up WOP with IWK as a mentor.

In Pakistan, GWOPA moved from supporting the Pakistan Water Operators’ Network (P-WON, the national WOP platform) by staffing its secretariat, to enabling it to do more operational work out of UN-Habitat’s Pakistan office. Three of P-WON’s member utilities were supported to attend a GWOPAconvened NRW Workshop held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Moreover, GWOPA helped P-WON Secretariat staff to join in the WaterLinks Forum in Manila so that it could extend its network through the region. Also with an eye to supporting regional networking, GWOPA has been cooperating with the Turkish Water Institute (SUEN) to facilitate training of P-WON member utilities in Istanbul, and supporting PERPAMSI (the Indonesia Water Works Association) to help P-WON facilitate international and national WOPs. The 1st visit of a P-WON representative to PERPAMSI will take place early 2015.

In the Pacific region, GWOPA attended the 7th Pacific Water Conference in American Samoa and participated in a reflection with the Pacific Water and Wastes Association (PWWA) on potential collaboration to facilitate more WOPs in the region and to help them strengthen their capacity in WOPs facilitation. The parties agreed to hold a sub-regional workshop in Northern Pacific, meet with New Zealand utilities on the occasion of the PWWA Board Meeting in early 2015 to introduce WOPs, share benchmarking data on GWOPA’s database, and to organize a dedicated session on WOPs at the next PWWA conference. GWOPA and PWWA plan to sign a Cooperation Agreement in which GWOPA would support the PWWA Secretariat financially to implement the work. GWOPA also launched discussions with the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) on possible collaboration in the region, especially focusing on the monitoring and evaluation of WOPs.

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