The outputs of the the project “Researching Gender Aspects of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Projects with Pacific Communities” (2009-2011) have been published on genderinpacificwash.info
The study focuses on two Pacific case studies that incorporate gender strategies and support community decision making processes: World Vision’s Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST) initiatives in rural Vanuatu and Live and Learn’s water governance and sustainable communities projects in Fiji.
The research findings have been translated into a set of guidance materials for organisations undertaking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities. The guidance materials include a resource guide, flash cards, a poster, and case study snapshots.
The research project was implemented by the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) and the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) with funding from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).
The Ministry of Environment, with UNICEF support, is planning to set up a web portal on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene to contribute to enhanced knowledge management for the sector under the umbrella of the National Year of Environment-2009.
The Ministry has sent out a request to organisations to send them Pakistan-specific water, sanitation and hygiene related materials and programme descriptions by 27 February 2009.
For more information go here or contact:
Jawed Ali Khan
Director General (Env)
Ministry of Environment
Government of Pakistan
G-5/2, LG & RD Complex Building,
Tel: 051-9245528, 9245533
e-mail: jawedalikhan [at] hotmail.com
India Water Portal has launched the Sch2ools Water Portal, a platform for teachers and educators, students and parents, principals and school management to share learning resources on water.
The portal contains several colourful presentations, plays, debate topics, quizzes, poems and jingles all with water as the focal theme. There a sections for teachers and students. A special section for school principals has information on how to conduct a water audit and how to implement a rainwater harvesting system.
A wide range of partners, including educators, research institutes, government and non-government bodies, writers and artists have contributed to the portal.
Arghyam and the WASH Institute have launched the India Sanitation Portal, as a sister web site of the India Water Portal. The new Portal is a collaborative effort with content initially provided by Arghyam, Plan International, Stockholm Environmental Institute, UNICEF, WASH Institute, WaterAid, Water and Sanitation Program, Water for People, and Wherever the Need.
An important part of the Portal is the section on GIS applications and maps related to the performance of Total Sanitation Campaign and Nirmal Gram Puraskar, the flagship government programs related to rural sanitation. These applications were created through data obtained courtesy of the Department of Drinking Water Supply, Government of India.
Other sections are a searchable database of organisations and a Knowledge & Resources section with full text case studies, course materials, videos, research papers and policy documents.
This album by Tariq Jahangir has 230 photographs covering solid waste, public toilets (including school toilets and mosque toilets), wastewater, drains, sewerage, wastewater treatment plants, and hospital waste.
- Mosque, washing hands, arms, face, feet before prayers Hygiene sanitation for muslims five times a day. Photo: Tariq Jahangir
WaterLinks is a collaboration among the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the International Water Association (IWA), and US Agency for International Development (USAID) that will strengthen the implementation of ADB’s Water Operators Partnerships (WOPs) Program.
Established in 2008 at the Stockholm World Water Week, WaterLinks is a regional partnerships network for the Asia-Pacific region that will coordinate, develop, and implement joint support activities for WOPs by:
- Establishing twinning partnerships for utilities and municipal agencies
- Organizing capacity development activities via workshops and training events
- Developing and maintaining a WOPs website that will serve as information clearinghouse
Read the MOU here (18 Aug 2008)
Posted in Capacity development, East Asia, Information and communication, South Asia, Water supply, Web sites
Tagged Asian Development Bank, local support, twinning, Water Operators Partnerships, water security, water utilities
The India Environment Portal was launched on 11 August 2008. It is set up and managed by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and promoted by the National Knowledge Commission (NKC), Government of India.
The portal aims to be a “one-stop shop” on environment and development issues. It is built on an open-source platform and includes proprietary information held by CSE and other selected (government) documents.
All information in the portal is manually tagged with a comprehensive thesaurus of environmental terms, Users can search by environmental subjects, geographical location and names of the agents involved (government institutions, NGOs, industries, individuals).
Topics covered include climate change, mining, forests, water management, sanitation and environmental impact assessments.
The portal currently includes the entire archive (some 40,000 articles) of the fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth and 300,000 newspaper articles, features, magazine articles, books and documents. Each day over 400 new items are entered.
The India Environment Portal has been developed by the India IT consulting company Srijan, using Drupal, an open source content management system, and the Apache Solr search platform.
“Water supply and sanitation in Pakistan” is the latest country page to be added to the Wikipedia Category “Water supply and sanitation by country“, an initiative of the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). There are currently 50 country overviews in this category, of which 8 from Asia (besides Pakistan, they include Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Yemen).
The Pakistan page provides an overview of the water and sanitation sector covering access, service quality, history and recent developments, sector institutions, efficiency, financing, and external cooperation. It also has a list over 60 references.
Twelve centres of excellence from across the Asia-Pacific region have launched a network to share solutions for improving water management to tackle the region’s many pressing water challenges.
The network, known as “KnowledgeHubs,” is an initiative of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum, which was established in 2006 with support from Japan and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to promote leadership and boost investment in the water sector.
KnowledgeHubs is supported by ADB, Singapore’s national water agency PUB, UNESCO, and the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education.
Candidate Hubs for Sanitation and for Water Supply for Rural Areas and Small Towns, still need to be identified.
Below is the list of the 12 founding members and their topics
- Urban Water Management: Pub WaterHub – Singapore
- Disaster Risk Reduction and Flood Management – ICHARM – Japan
- Water and Climate Change Adaptation in Southeast Asia: NAHRIM – Malaysia
- River Basin Organizations and Management: CRBOM – Indonesia
- Water Quality Management in River Basins: K-water – Korea
- Decision Support Systems for River Basin Management (Hydroinformatics): CHIRB – China
- Water Governance: Institute of Water Policy (IWP), LKY School of Public Policy – Singapore
- Irrigation Service Reform: IWMI – Sri Lanka
- Integrated Water Resources Management in Central Asia: Central Asia IWRM Resource Center – Uzbekistan
- Integrated Water Resources Management in the Pacific: Pacific IWRM Resource Centre – Fiji Islands
- Erosion and Sedimentation in River Basins: IRTCES – CHINA
- Healthy Rivers and Aquatic Ecosystems: IWC – Australia
Candidate Knowledge Hubs and their topics are:
- Transboundary Water Resources Management: Mekong River Commission Secretariat (MRCS) – LAO PDR
- Water and Climate Change Adaptation in South Asia: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) – India
- Groundwater Management: Candidate Hub to be identified
- Sanitation: Candidate Hub to be identified
- Water Supply for Rural Areas and Small Towns: Candidate Hub to be identified
- Water and Energy: Candidate Hub to be identified
Source: ADB, 26 Jun 2008
The WESNet Pakistan website domain (www.wesnet.pk) [not yet operational, the old WESNet site was hosted by IRC – http://www.wesnetpak.watsan.net/) has been acquired by IUCN on May 14th, 2008. In addition, WESNet Pakistan secretariat has been established and housed at Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN) office to facilitate coordination at the national level.
Read more: drinking water-Pakistan, 15 May 2008