Capacity Development and Knowledge Management

Capacity constraints are a severe limitation to development and to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, including the water and sanitation MDGs. UNDP plays an operational role in assisting countries to build cross-sectoral capacities and put in place effective and sound policies and institutions to manage and develop water resources in a sustainable way.

Through Cap-Net, UNDP’s international network for capacity building in integrated water resources management (IWRM), in-country capacity to deliver capacity building is strengthened. Cap-net also links up local capacity building networks around the world with each other and with international organizations and thematic networks such as Global Water Partnership (GWP), UNESCO, UNEP, WMO, Gender and Water Alliance, Streams of Knowledge and the Water Operators Partnership managed by UN-HABITAT to mention a few.

Training materials, tutorials and tools in a wide range of IWRM related topics have been developed including: Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Skills, IWRM for River Basin Organizations, Integrated Water Resources Management Plans, Gender and Economics in Sustainable Water management.

For the management of coastal waters and marine ecosystems UNDP has contributed to the development and widespread delivery of training courses and toolkits through programmes such as Train-Sea-Coast, PEMSEA, IWCAM and UNEP-GPA.  These courses cover diverse topics including Ocean & Coastal Management, Wastewater Management in coastal cities, Environmental Management for the tropical ecosystems of East Asia, Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences, Environmental Engineering in Coastal Areas, Stakeholder Participation, Institutional, Policy & Legislative Improvements in Caribbean SIDS.

Knowledge Management

  • International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network IW:LEARN

UNDP works in partnership with UNEP and the World Bank on the Global Environment Facility financed International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network IW:LEARN. The mission of IW:LEARN is to strengthen transboundary waters management by facilitating learning and information sharing among transboundary waters projects, partners and stakeholders. Since 1998, IW:LEARN has worked to improve GEF International Waters projects’ information, replication efficiency, transparency, stakeholder ownership and sustainability of benefits through:

  • Information sharing – facilitating access to information about transboundary water resources;
  • Learning – structured learning among GEF International Waters projects and cooperating partners;
  • Dialogue – organizing biennial International Waters Conferences;
  • Innovation – testing innovative approaches to strengthen transboundary waters management and implementation; and
  • Partnerships – fostering partnerships to sustain IW:LEARN benefits.
  • WaterWiki

UNDP has led the development of a Wiki for water professionals worldwide – the WaterWiki. This on-line platform enables users to find, share and discuss projects, publications, practical experience and other knowledge about development work in the international water sector.

WaterWiki offers innovative knowledge management for water professionals on water and development. Supporting partners include among others UNESCO, WHO, UNECE and the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP).