The second edition of the Workshop

Official photo of the training workshop II © Marco Tonsini

Representatives of 13 African Countries attended the second edition of the “Training Workshop on Water and Sustainable Development” hosted by WWAP Secretariat in Villa La Colombella, Perugia, Italy, from the 11th July to the 15th July.  This second session benefited from the feedbacks received from the participants of the first edition and recommendations highlighted by the Independent Evaluation of WWAP conducted in 2015, where it was highlighted that “WWAP should strengthen collaborations with other entities within the UNESCO Water Network, e.g. UNESCO-IHE, water-related Category II Centers, and water-related Chairs”. The focus of the topics was water resources management, analyzed with different approaches, as can be seen from the title of the given lectures:

  • Lecture 1: Water and sustainable development (Dr. Angela Renata Cordeiro Ortigara, UN WWAP UNESCO);
  • Lecture 2: Data and information on water (Prof. Dr. Graham Jewitt, University of Kwazulu – Natal, South Africa);
  • Lecture 3: Water, energy, food, environment nexus including development and decent jobs (Prof. Dr. Stefan Uhlenbrook, UN WWAP UNESCO);
  • Lecture 4: Planning sustainable urban water infrastructure (Prof. Dr. Franco Montalto, Drexel University, United States);
  • Lecture 5: Integrated water resources management (Prof. Dr. Pieter van der Zaag – UNESCO IHE, The Netherlands);
  • Lecture 6: Transboundary water management (Prof. Dr. Pieter van der Zaag – UNESCO IHE, The Netherlands);
  • Lecture 7: Adapting to extreme events for resilient urban ecosystems (Prof. Dr. Fernando Nardi, Università per Stranieri di Perugia, Water Resources Research and Documentation Center (WARREDOC) Director, UNESCO Chair Italy).

The programme was integrated also with a discussion about gender, Section 2.1: “Engendering water: WWAP gender & water toolkit in view of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” presented by Michela Miletto, UN WWAP UNESCO and Paola Piccione UN WWAP UNESCO. More on the Gender component during the workshop link. Professors and participants praise the good timing of the workshop to support countries in the development of the framework for the 2030 Agenda. 

Dr. Prof. Graham Jewitt, University of Kwazulu – Natal stated that
“This is the best moment when to have a workshop about this topic (SDGs and Water), because there is time enough to work on that”.

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Field trip to Clitunno Springs © M. Tonsini

The programme included a field trip to the Clitunno Springs, a detention basin working site on Topino River and the Regional Centre of Civil Protection in Foligno.

The area of the Clitunno source is located near Campello, 225m above sea level. It consists of a scattered series of emergent springs in an area of some 2 km. They can be divided into two main hydrological structures of supply, constituting a total area of some 150 km square. In this area there are signs of the so-called Vene del Tempio, and a series of scattered springs, the most important of which is that of the Fonti. This forms a perennial drainage network which flows into the Clitunno River. The average flow of the Fonti ranges from 800-1200 l/s, whilst the Vene del Tempio spring has an average flow of some 500 l/s, with a minimum or around 200 l/s.

The detention basin on Topino River is essentially a controlled overflow area, which aims to store surface water in case of particular critical conditions during a flood, avoid flooding residential areas and industrial zones in the valley. The infrastructure is part of a more wide-reaching project with the final aim of security for Umbria’s third city, Foligno (population circa 60,000), through the delivery of further works in Foligno’s populated centre, and the realization of a further detention basin, in accordance with the principle of non-transmission/transferal of risk.

What was said about the training workshop:

“I want to thanks UNESCO staff for the wonderful training they accorded us and the opportunity to help change water assessment in our country. We shall do our best in our ability following the different topics that were handled.” Hellen A. Sewe, Kenya.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your wonderful staff heart fully for making our stay and the training workshop a complete success on every aspect. I have surely understood more meaningfully the concepts of water and sustainable development and will try my best to impart the knowledge acquired in Perugia to my colleagues and to contribute to policy decisions on these issues as far as possible.” Thandrayen Gunness, Mauritius.

List of participants of the second edition:

Abera Tesfaye Gobena, Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, Ethiopia.

Anna Odur, Association of Uganda Professional Women in Agriculture and Environment (AUPWAE), Uganda.

Ellis Lloyd Tembo, Ministry of Local Government, Malawi.

Enang Efiom Moma, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Nigeria.

Ennie Muchelemba, Ministry of General Education, Zambia.

Frehiwot Bayou Abjie, Addis Ababa Water and Sewage Authority (AAWSA), Ethiopia.

Hellen Apondi Sewe, Water Resources Management Authority, Kenya.

Hércules Jorge Vieira, Water and Sanitation National Agency (ANAS), Cabo Verde.

Joseph Nartey, Ghana Irrigation Development Authority, Ghana.

Josephine Chiila, Lusaka City Council, Zambia.

Kouotou Njoya Idriss, Ministry of Water Resources and Energy, Cameroon.

Lucy Tembo, Millennium Challenge Account, Zambia.

Mastewal Tesfaye Teka, Water Works Design and Supervision Enterprise, Ethiopia.

Nadia Babikir Ibrahim Shakak, Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation and Electricity, Sudan.

Oswald Dengende, Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre, Zimbabwe.

Ramogale Charles Sekwele, Department of Water and Sanitation, South Africa.

Sakhile Abigail Ndlovu, National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe.

Segun Peter Michaels, National Water Resources Institute, Nigeria.

Thandrayen Gunness, Ministry of Health and Quality of Life, Mauritius.

Tsigereda Assefa Alemayehu, Ethiopian Public Health Institute, Ethiopia.


List of trainers:

Angela Renata Cordeiro Ortigara, UN WWAP UNESCO, Italy.
Fernando Nardi, Universita’ per Stranieri di Perugia, Italy.
Franco Montalto, Drexel University, United States.
Graham Jewitt, University of Kwazulu – Natal, South Africa.
Michela Miletto, UN WWAP UNESCO, Italy.
Paola Piccione, UN WWAP UNESCO, Italy.
Pieter van der Zaag, UNESCO – IHE, The Netherlands.
Stefan Uhlenbrook, UN WWAP UNESCO, Italy. 

During the Lecture © Marco Tonsini

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