In November 2013 WaterLex partnered with the UN Development Programme’s Capacity Development in Sustainable Water Management (UNDP Cap-Net), which hosts a training platform in the field of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM: a river-basin-management method balancing needs for water among settlements, domestic uses, agriculture, mining, industry, tourism and recreation, and environmental conservation).
The goal of the partnership is to develop, test and roll out capacity-building materials on a human-rights-based approach to water governance. The partnership engages relevant work of other Cap-Net partners (e.g., the Stockholm International Water Institute and Red Centroamericana de Instituciones de Ingeniería, or REDICA) to create training modules and handbooks. Particular goals are to develop, test and adapt a manual on a HRBA to IWRM to regional needs, and to prepare a French-language version of WaterLex’s Toolkit on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation.
The manual drafting team met in June 2014, at Cap-Net in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to discuss the work, and the manual is being finalised during the first few months of 2015. It will be transformed into an online course with a view to delivering training sessions for water policy makers and practitioners in the nine countries of the Congo River Basin, as well as local training sessions in Harare, Zimbabwe; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and Lilongwe, Malawi. The online course will also be incorporated in IWRM Masters programmes in Argentina.
Photo above: From left, Jenny Gronwall (Stockholm International Water Institute), Tobias Schmitz (WaterLex), Ivan Pavlevitch (CapNet), Indika Gunawardana (CapNet), and Lilliana Arrieta (REDICA).