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2017

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Third Quarter Newsletter

ASIA’S URBAN WATER CRISIS: OPTIONS IN ENGINEERING EFFICIENCY

WaterLinks organized a seminar entitled “Asia’s Urban Water Crisis: Options in Engineering Efficiency” in conjunction with its Board of Trustees meeting. It was held on 10-11 October 2017 at the Mercure Manila Ortigas Hotel, Pasig City and featured speakers who shared their long years of experience in the water supply and sanitation sector managing their own utilities, cities, and projects on how to adapt to climate change, understand engineering and management options, and improve operational efficiency.

First Quarter Newsletter

 

UNESCO Advisory Board Meeting – International Hydrological Programme – Water and Human Settlements

Arjun Thapan chaired the 4th meeting of the UNESCO Advisory Board for its International Hydrological Programme – Water and Human Settlements, in Paris from 7-10 March 2017.  Members of the Board comprise representatives from water utilities, academia, the NGO community, think tanks, and research organizations. The Board reviewed a variety of topics for UNESCO to frame its urban water agenda. These included: the application of the Water-Food-Energy nexus framework to resolving urban water issues; defining the ‘water engineer of the future’; technology and education in solving the urban water crisis; ‘disruptive’ communications; and establishing hydro-observatories. Papers on these subjects will be prepared by groups of Board members for review and adoption by UNESCO as its core programme.

Second Quarter Newsletter

Phase II Training On Climate Change Adaptation For Pacific Utilities

The Phase-II training on Climate Change Adaptation for 3 Pacific Island water utilities was conducted by WaterLinks, together with Sydney Water Corporation, from 19-22 June 2017 in Suva, Fiji.  The participants were from Water Authority Fiji (WAF), which hosted the activity, Samoa Water Authority (SWA) and Water PNG. The training is part of a three-phase capacity building initiative towards developing climate resilient water utilities in the Pacific.

2016

Fourth Quarter Newsletter 

WATERLINKS FORUM 2016 MAKES THE CASE FOR CLIMATE-RESILIENT WATER OPERATIONS IN ASIA, PUSHES FOR STRONGER PARTNERSHIPS AND KNOWLEDGE LINKAGES

The 2016 WaterLinks Forum was held at the Dusit Hotel Thani, in Manila, Philippines, from 5-7 October.  Billed, “Building Climate-Resilient Water Utilities in Urban Asia,” it was a major learning event that brought together urban water practitioners and policy makers from Asia and the Pacific to understand their climate scenarios better, become more familiar with a range of issues, and explore adaptation options. Close to 300 delegates from 24 countries participated in numerous sessions that included plenary seminars, workshops, and panel discussions. These discussions were competently delivered by universally renowned experts and practitioners in water and wastewater, climate and geoscience, environmental and urban development, and development finance.  

Second Quarter Newsletter

WATERLINKS, WATER.ORG, COMPLETE SURVEY OF 81 WATER UTILITIES, PREPARE FOR WORKSHOP

Over two months, WaterLinks was able to carry out a survey covering 81 different water utilities in 14 Philippine provinces, in support of a diagnostic assessment for the US-based NGO, Water.org. The survey, Philippine Water Supply and Sanitation Utilities Assessment and Strategy, took place from April 01 to May 30, 2016, and was conducted by a study team comprising WaterLinks’ Yolanda Gomez, Gabriel De Vera and Narciso Prudente. The team gathered and organized performance data of provincial water utilities, with the primary aim of synthesizing these to inform Water.org’s country strategy for the Philippines. Information culled from the 81 participating utilities would be used to define and synchronize Water.org’s programs with the plans and priorities of the different water utility models in the Philippines –each of which have distinct requirements, capacities, and constraints.

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WATERLINKS, WATER.ORG, COMPLETE PLANNING WORKSHOP, GEAR UP FOR NEW PHILIPPINE WATER UTILITY PROGRAM

On13-14 July, WaterLinks conducted a planning workshop together with officers of the international US-based organization, Water.org, to discuss actions moving forward in expanding access to water supply and sanitation services in under-served areas in the Philippines. The planning workshop, held at the Discovery Suites in Pasig City, Philippines, presented the results of the two-month scoping survey undertaken by WaterLinks for Water.org, which covered 81 water service providers in 14 Philippine provinces. Survey data collected was synthesized to help define and synchronize Water.org’s programs and priorities with the distinct needs and constraints of local water utilities.

First Quarter Newsletter

WATERLINKS, INDONESIAN UTILITIES, WHO, COLLABORATE FOR REGIONAL TRAINING ON WATER SAFETY PLANNING IN CEBU CITY

WaterLinks, in partnership with PERPAMSI, Indonesia’s official and Southeast Asia’s largest association of water utilities, and with technical assistance from the World Health Organization (WHO), organized a 3-day regional training program in Water Safety Planning (WSP). It was held from 23-25 February 2016 at the Diamond Suites and Residences, Cebu City, Philippines.