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UN Environment GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre Newsletter

UN Environment GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre Newsletter

  • 12 Jul 2017

Click the link to see the bi-annual GEMS/Water CDC newsletter.

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Scoping Workshop Report 2016

Scoping Workshop Report 2016

  • 25 Apr 2017

The report from our workshop in Nairobi November 2016 is now available here.

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WWD 2017

WWD 2017

  • 23 Mar 2017

Click the link to watch Dr. Debbie Chapmans lecture for World Water Day 2017 at Univserity College Cork: https://goo.gl/xf1Zw0

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World Water Day 2017 at UCC

World Water Day 2017 at UCC

  • 16 Mar 2017

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.

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Brasília Workshop 2017

Brasília Workshop 2017

  • 02 Feb 2017

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.

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Nairobi Workshop 2016

Nairobi Workshop 2016

  • 18 Nov 2016

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). 

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GEMS/Water Nairobi Workshop 2016

GEMS/Water Nairobi Workshop 2016

  • 03 Nov 2016

Staff from the UNEP GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre will be running a workshop called Ambient Water Quality: Monitoring for management, in the UN complex in Nairobi on the 8th to the 10th of November (2016).

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GEMI Work in Progress workshop in Delph, the Netherlands.

GEMI Work in Progress workshop in Delph, the Netherlands.

  • 20 Sep 2016

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. 

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UNEA 2 Side Event - Global Water Challenges

UNEA 2 Side Event - Global Water Challenges

  • 04 Jul 2016

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.

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Stuart Warner and Dr. Debbie Chapman with Mary Robinson at UNEA 2016

Stuart Warner and Dr. Debbie Chapman with Mary Robinson at UNEA 2016

  • 27 May 2016

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 ofDelivering on the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. 

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Notes from the United Nations Environment Assembly 2016, by Staurt Warner

Notes from the United Nations Environment Assembly 2016, by Staurt Warner

  • 27 May 2016

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.

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The UNEP GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre at UNEA 2016

The UNEP GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre at UNEA 2016

  • 19 May 2016

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.

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GEMS Water CDC at the United Nations Environment Assembly 2016 (UNEA 2)

GEMS Water CDC at the United Nations Environment Assembly 2016 (UNEA 2)

  • 21 Apr 2016

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.

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World Water Day 2016

World Water Day 2016

  • 18 Mar 2016

22nd March is International World Water Day. World Water Day was officially established in 1993 to help raise awareness of our freshwater resources throughout the world.

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GEMS/Water CDC launch Event

GEMS/Water CDC launch Event

  • 29 Jan 2016

The GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre (CDC) was officially launched on 22nd January, at a well-attended event in the Council Room on the UCC main campus.

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In memory of Richard Lynn Thomas

In memory of Richard Lynn Thomas

  • 18 Jan 2016

Richard Thomas was a key member of the GEMS/Water programme team from its early days, contributing to its establishment and steering its growth and success into the 1990s, and until his retirement. 

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Official launch of the GEMS/Water CDC

Official launch of the GEMS/Water CDC

  • 13 Jan 2016

The GEMS/Water CDC officially launches on Friday the 22nd January, 2016.

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GEMS/Water CDC hosts its first international group for training

GEMS/Water CDC hosts its first international group for training

  • 23 Nov 2015

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. 

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