- 25 Apr 2017
The report from our workshop in Nairobi November 2016 is now available here.
Each year UN Water promotes awareness of water issues and sustainable use of water by celebrating World Water Day. On World Water Day 2017 Dr Deborah Chapman, Director of the UN Environment GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre in UCC, will raise awareness of the new global Agenda 2030 and its associated Sustainable Development Goal for water.
The GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre team, together with the GEMS/Water Regional Hub, based in the National Water Agency in Brazil (http://www2.ana.gov.br/Paginas/EN/), hosted a successful Scoping Workshop in Brasília, Brazil, in January 2017. The Workshop was entitled Ambient Water Quality: monitoring for management and SDG reporting.
Debbie Chapman and Stuart Warner of the GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre, with the rest of the GEMS/Water international team hosted a workshop at United Nations Offices Nairobi (UNON). The workshop was held in conjunction with CAP-Net (http://www.cap-net.org/) and UNEP Freshwater Ecosystems Unit (https://goo.gl/yRTMwL).
Dr. Deborah Chapman and Stuart Warner of the GEMS/Water CDC attended the GEMI Work in Progress workshop, from the 7th to the 9th of September, hosted by UNESCO-IHE, in Delph, the Netherlands.
At the UNEA 2 Side Event - Global Water Challenges, GEMS/Water CDC Director Dr. Debbie Chapman presented material describing the current position of the Centre and its goal of providing global capacity development in water quality monitoring and assessment.
Dr Debbie Chapman and Mr Stuart Warner are currently representing the UNEP GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre at the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), taking place from the 23rd – 27th May at the UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, under the overarching theme of “Delivering on the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.
Debbie and I are at UNEA-2 (the second United Nations Environment Assembly - http://web.unep.org/unea) in Nairobi representing GEMS/Water, UCC and Ireland. It’s a unique opportunity to meet face-to-face with delegates and stakeholders from each of the 193 UN member states.
We’re here to promote GEMS/Water, focussing on the capacity development aspect which is based in the ERI (https://www.ucc.ie/en/gemscdc/). The initial focus of the project is scoping. We must understand countries’ water quality monitoring needs. It’s something we take for granted in Ireland with decades of reliable and robust water quality data which is freely available. Many countries, especially in Africa have little or no water quality monitoring programme. Once we understand the needs, we will be rolling out training material and running workshops enabling countries to collect and analyse their own water quality data.
The UNEP GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre will be participating in the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi next week, alongside groups from the GEMS/Water Data Centre and the World Water Quality Assessment.
GLOBAL WATER CHALLENGES: PATHWAYS TOWARDS ACHIEVING AGENDA 2030
The outcome document of the United Nations “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” highlights the critical inter-linkages of the environmental and social dimensions of the water challenge ranging from human health to disaster prevention and affecting also coastal zones.
On 29th and 30th of October 2015 the Centre ran a two-day training workshop in the Environmental Research Centre on “Quality assured data from water quality monitoring programmes: practice and practicalities” for 10 staff of the National Institute for Environmental Research, South Korea.