WaterLex is helping to lead a training session this week in Santa Ana, Costa Rica, on a human rights-based approach (HRBA) to Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). The session follows a June event in which a team met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to discuss the first draft of the training manual in use this week.

In line with the process followed by UNDP Cap-Net in its development of capacity-building materials for river basin management, the drafting team is presenting the manual, for the first time, in a so-called “Training of Trainers (ToT).” Feedback from the trainers will be used to improve the manual, which should be finalised in the next few months, according to Dr. Tobias Schmitz, Operations Desk director at WaterLex.

The five-day event, running from the 6th to the 10th of October, is hosted by Redica, the Costa Rican Association of Engineers. More than 20 participants from Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Central, South and Southeast Asia will consider concepts and techniques for use in their respective regions.

“Participants hail from Uzbekistan to Indonesia, from Palestine to Botswana … or from Bangladesh to China and Indonesia to Argentina, as you wish,” Schmitz enthused, pointing out an impressively broad scope of participation.

The manual drafting team consists of Schmitz, Dr. Lilliana Arrieta from Redica, Ivan Pavlevitch from Cap-Net, Dr. Jenny Grönwall from the Stockholm International Water Institute.

Schmitz noted that, following a discussion with Ambassor Manuel Dengo, permanent representative of the Republic of Costa Rica to the United Nations in Geneva, talks are expected to move forward on further cooperation between WaterLex and partners in Costa Rica, such as Redica, the University of Costa Rica and the University for Peace.

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Ambassor Manuel Dengo, permanent representative of the Republic of Costa Rica to the UN in Geneva, left, and Dr. Tobias Schmitz, Operations Desk director at WaterLex.

Ambassor Manuel Dengo, permanent representative of the Republic of Costa Rica to the UN in Geneva, left, and Dr. Tobias Schmitz, Operations Desk director at WaterLex. Photo by Lilliana Arrieta.

For more information:

WaterLex International Secretariat
Tel: +41 22 907 36 46
Email: info (at) waterlex.org

About WaterLex:

WaterLex is an international public interest development organization and membership association based in Geneva, Switzerland. It is a UN-Water Partner with UN ECOSOC special consultative status. Its mission is to develop sustainable solutions based on human rights to improve water governance worldwide, particularly in regard to consistent water law and policy frameworks. It works with an alliance of interested parties to improve water-governance frameworks, bringing them in line with country obligations under international human rights law. The interested parties are individuals and groups working in government (diplomatic missions), academia (professors of law, researchers), bilateral cooperation (water management advisors), the judiciary (high/supreme courts judges), the UN system (UN-Water family members), and civil society (NGOs that work on water issues). WaterLex works in partnership with 13 universities to continuously enrich the content of the WaterLex Legal Database. The organisation is funded by grants and project financing from public agencies, foundations, private gifts, and in-kind contributions. Established in 2010, when the human right to water was recognised by the UN, the organisation has a secretariat in Geneva with nine staff members, a supervisory board of directors, and a large pool of members and expert advisors. It is an official partner of the Global Water Partnership, UNDP Cap-Net, UNDP GWS, UNEP Global Wastewater Initiative, and UNECE, and a member of the board of the Swiss Water Partnership.