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Nairobi Workshop 2016

18 Nov 2016
Representatives from the GEMS/Water countries in Africa and the GEMS/Water team.

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). 

The workshop provided a unique opportunity bringing together representatives from GEMS/Water countries in Africa, CAP-Net’s global network, AMCOW (African Ministers’ Council on Water) and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).  The objectives of the workshop were to strengthen GEMS/Water in Africa and to determine capacity development needs for water quality monitoring.

Key water-related issues were discussed including the IWQGES (International Water Quality Guidelines for Ecosystems), a water pollution management manual and Sustainable Development Goal Indicator 6.3.2, which reports on ambient water quality.  The main objective for GEMS/Water was to understand the complexities and challenges faced by countries monitoring ambient water quality.  These range from a lack of data management expertise, field and lab skills, relevant water quality standards and quality assurance protocols to broader issues such as a resource availability and inhibitive institutional arrangements.  Based on the workshop findings GEMS/Water are providing training materials and support to help countries produce sound, reliable water quality data.  These data can be used to inform management decisions, policy formation and environmental protection.

UN Environment GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre

Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork

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