WWAP strengthens the policy-science interface and supports decision-making on water through targeted capacity reinforcement and knowledge sharing initiatives.
The capacity development activities promoted by WWAP are tailored around:
This training is designed to provide an overall understanding of the World Water Development Report’s annual themes and recommendations. The course aims at strengthening the scientific, technical and policy capacities of the participants, to facilitate decision making in managing water resources sustainably.
One of the objectives of WWAP is to help overcome the gap in gender data and lay the fundaments to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. Capacity development is needed in many countries to strengthen skills in collecting and analyzing sex-disaggregated water data to inform policy making. WWAP’s methodology on the collection of sex-disaggregated water data and indicators (UNESCO WWAP 2019 Toolkit on Sex-disaggregated Water Data) plays a significant role in overcoming the gender data gap by providing a global standard for gender sensitive/transformative water monitoring and assessing, and allowing monitoring of regional trends and progress towards the Agenda 2030 achievements.
Strengthening capacities on the themes of the World Water Development Report
Training on Water and Climate Change
With the financial support of Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Foundation, UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) and UNESCO Cairo Office organized an online regional training in Arabic on ‘Water and Climate Change’. Participants from 17 countries (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen) followed online courses on 15-16-18 and 24 March 2021. Out of 70 trainees registered, 30 of them were woman.
The training was designed to improve the participants’ knowledge on climate change and to demonstrate how climate change can serve as a catalyst for improved water management.
Each session featured a comprehensive presentation on various aspects of climate change in water domain, looking at issues and opportunities in different sectors. Presentations were followed by quiz questions and Q&A session to compound the learning exercise. The interaction between the trainees and the trainer also facilitated exchange of national experiences.
The presentations and recorded training sessions are available as learning material.
The evaluation submitted by the trainees showed that 73% learned new skills, 83% intends to use skills learned and 83% would recommend this training to others. 85% of the trainees considered training was a good investment of their time and 78% of them expressed that training was well planned and organized.
Training on Nature-based Solutions for Water
With the generous financial support of the Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Foundation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) in collaboration with UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Arab States conducted a national training on the theme of the World Water Development Report 2018 “Nature-based Solutions for Water”. Around 30 participants from the Ministry of Energy and Water, Ministry of Environment, Universities, research institutes, natural reserves and non-governmental organizations of Lebanon were involved.
The national training was designed to provde an overall understanding on what nature-based solutions (NBS) are and how they enhance water availability, improve water quality and reduce risks associated with water-related disasters and climate change. In addition to technical aspects of NBS, numerous real-life examples from around the world, including the Arab region and notably Lebanon were provided to compound the understanding on the subject, its practical implementation and the substantial potential it holds to substitute, augment or work in parallel with human-built infrastructure for better water management. This knowledge can facilitate decision making in Lebanon where freshwater is becoming a scarce natural resource. Improved water management generates social, environmental and economic benefits and is essential to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Training on Wastewater
In 2017, WWAP in collaboration with UNESCO Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme, the International Initiative on Water Quality (IIWQ), the Regional Centre for Integrated River basin Management (RC-IRBM), UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office in Abuja and UNESCO office in Accra organized the Regional Training on Effective Management of Water Quality and Emerging Pollutants in Water and Wastewater in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The training equipped participants with the understanding of innovative approaches through concrete examples from the WWDR 2017 on successful applications of water use efficiency, water reuse, and bridging the policy-science interface.
The workshop aimed to strengthen the scientific, technical and policy capacities of the participants to manage human health and environmental risks caused by emerging pollutants in water and wastewater. Consequently, the strengthening of these capacities will help improve water quality and wastewater management, including safe reuse of wastewater, and enhance water and food security.
In 2018, thanks to the financial support of the Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Foundation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, WWAP conducted a two-day national training on ‘Wastewater: The Untapped Resource’ in UNESCO Cairo Office.
Participants from the Ministry of Water and Irrigation of Egypt, the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater, national research institutes and other relevant institutions of the country were provided with a solid understanding on how improved wastewater management generates social, environmental and economic benefits essential for sustainable development and to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This knowledge can facilitate decision making in Egypt where freshwater is undoubtedly among the scarcest natural resources.
Training on Water and Sustainable Development
In 2015 and 2016, with the financial support of the Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFund), WWAP developed the Capacity Development Programme on “Water and Sustainable Development”, topic of the 2015 WWDR edition, aiming at enhancing countries’ capacity to deal with water challenges in a complex world environment. In particular, the workshop provided policy makers of Africa (medium-high level officers/decision-makers and senior water managers of water-related governmental institutions) with tools for assessing water data, managing water resources and competing users, dealing with extreme events and with the challenge of growing urban environments.
Strengthening capacities on Water and Gender
The capacity trainings WWAP offers are tailored to be country- or region-specific and even to fit the needs of different users (Governmental staff, students, local women organizations, non-governmental organizations, regional organizations including transboundary commissions, academia, etc). The training duration may vary according to the needs of the recipient from the recommended 5 days for a complete training, up to an introductory version of 2 days only.
Special focus goes to the interlinkages among SDG 5 (gender equality) and SDG 6 (water and sanitation) and other related SDGs.
The training program provide trainees with specific tools and skills in order to:
- Understand gender mainstreaming concepts, sex-disaggregated water data and indicators;
- Autonomously conduct gender surveys on water-related topics;
- Be capable of integrating a gender component in water projects and programmes;
- Have the skills to record and analyse raw data;
- Be able to use reliable evidence in the policy-making process;
- Be informed to share the acquired knowledge with colleagues, leaders, students and other relevant persons.