SCaN has involved through:

  • Capacity building of professionals, community members, government officials, representatives of decentralized institutions on issues of gender, governance, sustainable water resource management, and climate change in the framework of IWRM,
  • Development of training modules/manuals for education and capacity building on IWRM,
  • Support educational training programs and fellowships for young professionals to promote interdisciplinary approach of water discourses,
  • Promotion of networks and institutional strengthening through engagement of private and public sectors in South Asia.
  • Capacity Building Training on Water rights, equity, and gender issues for working water professionals in South Asia and promotion of education curriculum

    Training in 2016 will be a continuum to the dialogue process and lesson sharing from 2015 Cap-Net supported Capacity Building Training amongst the stakeholders at field and policy level to assist the development of education and extension curriculum in agriculture and water sector. The Phase II of the Gender Capacity Building Training will promote the education curriculum and make suggestions from practitioners involved in water, agriculture and environment sector for wider circulation through universities (North Bengal University and Bangladesh Agriculture University). This will help promote new gender knowledge applicable for development practice and build capacities of relevant stakeholders and actors. The activity proposed will be implemented in December 2016.


  • Sustainable Management of Groundwater Resources in South Asia: Technology, Economics, Institutions and Policy

    The capacity building training aims to refresh theoretical understanding of the factors affecting groundwater availability, and demand, and an empirical knowledge of groundwater balance scenario in different South Asia regions and acquaint participants with the management alternative for ensuring water for basic survival needs, livelihoods and to facilitate exchange of views on various tools and techniques for implementing management alternatives in their field level implementation in different context. The proposed training will be implemented by Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS), and Institute for Resource Analysis and Policy (IRAP) in the month of March 2016.


  • Training on Research Methodologies for South Asian Water (SAWA) Fellows

    SaciWATERs in collaboration with its four South Asian partner institutions will address these water issues by striking at the root of the problem —university learning —through an integrated and interdisciplinary water resources management program in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. It plugs two key gaps by generating water problem-solving research, while creating a generation of interdisciplinary water professionals, trained to tackle water issues using multi-disciplinary approaches sensitive to women, the poor, the environment and sustainability. The training is proposed to generate interdisciplinary water professionals’ trained in integrated water resource management, gender and social inclusion issues to deal with concerns of food insecurity, adaptability to climate change and resilience. The proposed training will be conducted in December 2016.


  • Training and Module Development on Arsenicosis for Medical Practitioners and Preventive Measures to Check its Spread and Severity

    The incidence of arsenic contamination and the number of afflicted regions in South Asia (particularly in India, Bangladesh and Nepal) is growing, with the possibility of arsenic contamination of previously safe aquifers becoming a reality. The proposed training will bridge the knowledge gaps through the development of localised training modules and gauge the response and effectiveness of the module, build capacities of the participants around Arsenicosis prevention, its prevalence, sources, challenges and solutions of water contaminations and provide low cost sustainable technology to address the arsenic contamination in water through pilot installations. The proposed training will be conducted in Nepal, India and Bangladesh from June to October 2016.


  • Sustainable Transboundary management of the Brahmaputra River System in a changing climate for water security and disaster resilience in South Asia

    The proposed training aims to develop comprehensive training module and archives on scientific literature, and sensitize a group of water professionals from four different countries on equitable water distribution based on the principles of IWRM through the impacts of climate change across the Brahmaputra river basin. To learn about the relationship of the river and the communities living on its banks with exploration of adaptation, resilience, social and cultural dimensions of the synergy between the river and its people through intensive field training. The participants in the training program includes decision/policy makers, water managers, media persons engaged in Government sectors, non-Government organisations, donor agencies, research institutions from India, Bhutan, Bangladesh and China. The proposed training will be conducted in March - April 2016, India.


  • Capacity Building of SACOSAN Members to promote integrated WASH services through the application of SSWM Toolbox

    In South Asia an estimated 26 per cent of the population practice open defecation, the proportion of the population using shared or unimproved facilities has declined to 18 per cent but open defecation remains the highest of any region (39 per cent). The South Asian governments have carried out several efforts to improve sanitation coverage but often their achievements have varied due to systemic challenges and cultural differences. There are no inter-linkages between water and sanitation issues with other development sector and there are no regional specific targets in South Asia. The training on Sustainable Sanitation and Water Management (SSWM) toolbox will support South Asian Government Officials to draw the inter-linkages with water, sanitation and beyond (with other development sectors such as agriculture, social development, health and economic development). The training will help relook into the regional specific sanitation targets that are currently committed by the member states to the SDGs. The proposed training will be implemented in June 2016, India.


  • Capacity Building on Climate Change and Water Resource Management for Forest Professionals in South Asia

    Despite the large degree of uncertainty surrounding the potential impacts of climate change upon forests and water, an apparently endless stream of information, methods, approaches, and frameworks have been developed to account for these changes in forest management planning. The proposed training will develop capacities on assessment methodologies of environmental impact, risk, vulnerability and resiliency assessments and develop inter-linkages between ecosystem services through an IWRM framework. The participants will be familiar to decision-making tools on regional climate scenario, simplified tree species distribution model and hydrological stream temperature model. The training will be implemented in partnership with New Brunswick Climate Change Research Collaborative (NBCCRC); Association of Registered Professional Foresters (ARPFNB); University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, Department of Physical and Environmental Science; Université du Québec à Montréal and SaciWATERs in the month of May 2016.


  • Rural peri-urban water conflicts: Challenges for governance & water Justice in South Asia

    This workshop aims at developing a perspective for development practitioners, researchers and scholars investigating issues of water justice and governance in the context of peri-urban South Asia. These two larger perspectives are looked from the concept of water rights, legal pluralism, & equity, but specifically framed using the lenses of economics, law, and anthropology. It also aims to encourage the participants to practically apply the concepts in their project/ programme settings in the future. The proposed capacity building training will be implemented by SaciWATERs, International WaTERs Network – British Colombia University, and SOPPECOM in the month of April/May 2016.


  • Workshop on Module development on rural urban linkages and peri-urban water governance

    The module will sensitize participants to the peri-urban dimensions and rural-urban linkages in water governance. The focus will be on how urbanization processes engender rural-urban transformations and create new intermediary spaces between the village and the city and how this influences water resources governance as well as the flows of water between rural and urban areas. Participants are then exposed to different theoretical frameworks for studying these processes, their equity and justice dimensions and important governance and public policy issues in addressing the challenges posed by them. The proposed training will work with the group of academicians, practitioners, and government officials to include the useful aspects of water governance relating to rural and peri-urban linkages. This consultation work will bring detailed linkage between science and policy to support decision-making for the growing water insecurity in the peri-urban areas. The proposed workshop will be conducted in partnership with SaciWATERs; International WaTERs Network – British Colombia University, and SOPPECOM.


  • Capacity Building of Famers on Equitable Groundwater Management in Karnool District, Andhra Pradesh

    Andhra Pradesh experiences of droughts and farmer’s suicide cases are the negative impacts of droughts that have threatened agriculture production and livelihoods of rural communities in the State. The erratic rainfall caused by climate variability has led to increasing demand for groundwater resources. Excessive extraction for irrigation with minimal recharge system has not only salinization the groundwater resources, but also increased chemical contamination such as Arsenic and Fluoride. The proposed training will enhance knowledge on Groundwater Management, climate change adaptation and capacitate resilience strategies through promotion of climate smart agriculture and water management techniques. The proposed training will be implemented by BIRDS, Andhra Pradesh.


  • Cap Tec Meeting Materials

    SCaN Coordinator attended the UNDP – Cap-Tec Stakeholder’s Meeting at UNESCO – IHE, Delft on March 26th -27th 2015. The purpose was to develop a partnership in capacity development on the use of new technologies for improved water productivity and management. The meeting gathered the supply and demand sides of new technologies; water professionals and managers, development practitioners, policy makers, farmer representatives and industrialists, researchers, and capacity development specialists.


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  • Capacity Building Training on Water rights, equity, and gender issues for working water professionals in South Asia

    The training program aims to create and refresh participants' awareness on water rights, equity, and gender issues. It encourages participants to practically apply the concepts in their project/ programme settings. Participants in the capacity building training will be exposed to different concepts of water rights from economics, law, and anthropology. The legal plural perspectives on water rights familiarize participants with the existence of different normative repertoires that provide the basis for a claim to water. For example, the co-existence of state laws and farmers’ methods of water sharing could create both conflict and cooperation. Collaborators for organizing the training programs are South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies (SaciWATERs); North Bengal University (NBU, India), International Water Resource Management (IWMI, Nepal), Interdisciplinary Center for Food (ICF) at Bangladesh Agriculture University (BAU, Bangladesh), Nepal Madesh Foundation (NEMAF, Nepal) and Water Resource Management Group at Wageningen University (WU, The Netherlands).

  • Negotiated Approach workshop at South Asia Level on Integrated Ground Water Management

    The workshop intends to increase stakeholder’s (local communities as well as local government) knowledge on needs and perception assessment with regard to groundwater resource management and to build capacities on Rights to information and Rights to water and sanitation. Two ‘one-day’ workshops will be organized in Khulna (Bangladesh) and Kolkata (India) in regional language (Bangla). The workshop will provide platform to deliberate issues of concerns across farmers, fishermen, shrimp industries owners, researchers and policy makers. Collaborators for organizing this capacity building training programs are: SaciWATERs, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Institute for Water and Flood Management, under the aegis of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (IWFM, BUET), Both ENDS, based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Jagrata Juba Shangha (JJS), Bangladesh, and The Researcher, Kolkata, India.


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  • Regional Training for South Asia Water (SAWA) Fellows on Interdisciplinary Research Methods

    The training programme imparts interdisciplinary approaches to water resource management, to inculcate an approach to examine water resources that is holistic in nature. Importantly, this training programme devotes session to inculcate leadership skills in the participants. This new approach, capacity building in terms of leadership skills will be extremely important in terms of creating complete water professionals and also promote “regional co-operation” among water professionals in the long run. The training program is organized in partnership with Postgraduate Institute of Agricultural Studies (PGIA), University of Peradeniya, and SaciWATERs supported by IDRC and Cap-Net.

  • Capacity Building to strengthen CSO’s engagement with the Sanitation and Water for All partnership (SWA) in South Asia

    Regional capacity building is planned for CSOs engaged in SWA in South Asia to develop a shared understanding and commitment to strengthening SWA and its contribution to achieving water, sanitation and hygiene for all, and build capacity for policy analysis, budget tracking, and advocacy at national and regional levels. The workshop capacitates to understand water and sanitation from a holistic approach through use of Sustainable Sanitation and Water Management (SSWM) toolbox and improved collaboration and networking. The capacity building training will be organized in partnership with Freshwater Action Network (FANSA), India and SaciWATERs.

  • Human Right Based Approach To Sustainable Water Management - Global ToT

    San Jose, Costa Rica

    A Global -Training of Trainers (ToT) programme will be held in San Jose, Costa Rica between the 6th -10th of October, 2014. The topics that will be covered during this ToT are as follows: Characteristics of Human Rights, Human Rights-Based Approach, Water Right and Right to Water, Changes of paradigms of water, IWRM Principles, Access to Water and Sanitation, Priority Populations, Water Governance and Implementation tools.


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  • SCaN’s representation at 6th World Water Forum, Marseille, France, 12-17 March 2012

    Dr. Jayati Chourey, Network Manager-SCaN participated in the preconference organised by the Women for Water Partnership (WfWP) within the framework of the Women Initiative at the 6th WW Forum Marseille, France. A presentation on the ‘Capacity Building Initiatives for Women Water Professionals in South Asia’ was made by her, where she shared SaciWATERs’ and SCaN’s initiatives for mainstreaming gender in the water sector.

  • SCaN members selected for ToT on Integrated Urban Flood Management, Bangkok, 5th - 9th March

    Dr. Muhammad Munir Babar (Professor, Institute of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, Sindh, Pakistan), Engr. Shamim Memon (Assistant Professor, Department of Irrigation & Drainage, Faculty of Agricultural Engineering, Sindh Agricultural University Tando Jam, Pakistan) and Dr. S. Mohammed Irshad (Assistant Professor, Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management, Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai), India were selected to participate in the Training of Trainers on Integrated Urban Flood Management organised in Bangkok during 5-9 March 2012.

  • Training Workshop on Understanding and Resolving Water Conflicts in North East India

    Guwahati, Assam

    This training workshop on ‘Understanding and Resolving Water Conflicts in North East India’, aimed at introducing participants to the basic concepts, debates, theoretical and analytical approaches and emerging issues related to water, water conflicts and their resolution especially in the specific context of the North East.


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  • Training of Trainers (ToT) in Integrated Water Resources Management in Pakistan

    Jamshoro, Sindh

    Considering the importance of managing water in Pakistan, a ToT focusing on IWRM was organised by Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) in collaboration with SCaN from 16-21 January 2012 at Jamshoro, Sindh with a total number of 26 participants. It discussed the relevance of IWRM in finding solutions so that the available water resources of the country are wisely and scientifically managed and resultant economic benefits of the country are optimised.


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  • Training of Elected Grassroots Women Members on Water Users Associations in Maharashtra, India

    Maharashtra, India

    Conventional approaches to water sector planning have ignored the female half of the population. At best, women are assigned passive roles in programmes designed and executed by men. On evaluation, they are found to be wanting. In fact, an extensive study showed that although names of women are included in water sector planning, there is very little presence that they have in the governance of the Water Users Associations (WUAs). SOPPECOM in collaboration with SCaN and Water Resources Department (WRD), Government of Maharashtra through the present course tried to reach out to elected members from WUA in Ghod Major Irrigation Project in Ahmednagar district of Northern Maharashtra, India. The main aim of the project was to move towards facilitating effective participation of women in WUAs formed in the irrigation sector as part of the new reforms.


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  • SCaN hosts Cap-Net’s Annual Partners and Network Managers Meeting – 2011

    Hyderabad, India

    The Cap-Net Annual Network Managers meeting was held in Hyderabad, India from 14-16 December 2011. Hosted by SCaN, there were representatives globally from nineteen (19) capacity building networks. The principal agenda of the meeting included an assessment of outputs during the last year and future work plans, identifying areas of collaboration, developing strategic actions for the new phase of the programme and recommending options for Cap-Net’s institutional arrangements in the future. The fact that a fledgling SCaN had enthusiastically volunteered and had been provided with an opportunity to host the event shows the confidence reposed in the new network by members of the working body. Being the newest member of the Cap-Net family, successful organisation of the meeting added the proverbial feather in the cap of SCaN.


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  • Training Program on Understanding and Resolving Water Conflicts in India

    Odisha, India

    A training program on Understanding and Resolving Water Conflicts was organized at Satpada on Chilika lake, Odisha during 18-22 July 2011 by the Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India in collaboration with Baitarani Initiative, Odisha State Resource Centre of the Forum and SCaN with the basic aim of introducing participants to the concepts, debates, theoretical and analytical approaches and emerging issues related to water, water conflicts and their resolution in India.


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  • Workshop on the Use of Open Source Geospatial Tools in Integrated Water Resources Management

    Hyderabad, India

    SaciWATERs-CapNet Network (SCaN) in association with OSGeo-India and Salim Ali Centre for Orinthology and Natural History (SACON) held a 3-day training on the use of Open Source Geospatial tools in IWRM, at the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT). The capacity building workshop was able to expose to the users the potential power of Open Source Geospatial technologies in Integrated Water Resources Management practices and how it can scientifically help in estimating the water availability, water demand, and assess the impacts of some potential actions.


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  • Training of Trainers in Integrated Water Resources Management

    Kandy, Sri Lanka

    A ten day Training of Trainers (ToT) in IWRM was held in Kandy, Sri Lanka from 16-25 September 2010. SaciWATERs as a regional network partner of Cap-Net in South Asia along with the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka organized the training. The training was jointly funded by the Cap-Net and the Crossing Boundaries (CB) Project, a regional capacity building project on IWRM, Gender and Water. The training aimed at Catalyzing Curriculum Reform in Integrated Water Resource Management IWRM). country levels.


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  • Gender, Water and Equity Training

    Kathmandu, Nepal

    The training workshop on Gender, Water and Equity (GWE) is the fifth in a series for researchers, policy makers, development practitioners, academics and activists from the South Asian region. This programme was jointly organized by SaciWATERs; Cap-Net; Society for Promoting Participative Ecosystem Management (SOPPECOM); Gender and Water Alliance (GWA); Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC); and UN HABITAT during 14-18 June 2010 in Kathmandu, Nepal.


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