In line with global urbanization trends, Pakistan’s 181 million inhabitants are gravitating towards urban centres.

Published in GWOPA News

Does climate change threaten to disrupt the Asian century?

Published in GWOPA News
Sunday, 27 September 2015 00:00

3rd Global WOPs Congress ends on a high note

On the eve of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, 400 actors gather in Barcelona to reinforce the role of water and sanitation operators.

Published in WOPs Congress
Tuesday, 18 August 2015 02:00

Case Studies & Factsheets

A collection of good WOPs practice from across the globe.

Published in GWOPA News
Monday, 09 March 2015 01:00

WaterLinks

2015 waterlinksAbout WaterLinks WaterLinks began in 2008 as a platform for Water Operator Partnerships (WOPs) in Asia established by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Water Association (IWA), and United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In 2011, WaterLinks was incorporated in the Philippines as an independent non-profit organization. Recognized as the only experienced regional organization for the design and implementation of Water Operator Partnerships (WOPs) in Asia, WaterLinks catalyzes efficiency improvements to enhance and expand access to urban water and sanitation services. Principal WaterLinks activities are: • WOPs support and facilitation; • Regional capacity building program development (e.g. training, toolkits, manuals, studies); and • Knowledge management and networking Governing bodies/ structure (max 50 words): Vision and Mission (100 words): WaterLinks Mission: “Catalyze measurable change in the delivery of safe water and sustainable sanitation urban services” More about WaterLinks

Published in Asia and Pacific
Monday, 30 March 2015 02:00

2015 WaterLinks Award

WaterLinks will present two WOP Awards in recognition of outstanding achievements of WOPs during the 3rd Global WOPs Congress in September.

Published in Asia and Pacific

GWOPA continued its support in 2014 to WaterLinks, the WOPs platform in Asia and the Pacific, notably in the implementation of a climate change-themed WOP between the national utility of Sri Lanka and Yarra Valley in Australia.

Recognizing the regional diversity of the platforms, GWOPA’s efforts in 2014 were directed to consolidating well-performing platforms, such as WOP-LAC, and to increase the direct support to strengthen existing and growing platforms such as WOP-Africa and Cari-WOP.

Monday, 10 February 2014 01:00

7th Pacific Water Conference and Expo

The 7th Pacific Water Conference and Expo was hosted by the Pacific Water and Wastes Associationin partnership with the American Samoa Power Authority from the 9th – 11th September in Utulei, American Samoa.  The conference was opened with a cultural ceremony, organized by the host, and featured international and Pacific speakers, technical papers and workshops focused on the theme “Water and Energy in the Pacific”. With around 150 participants, this was yet another successful conference for utilities worldwide.  

GWOPA representative took part in the plenary panel after the official opening of the Conference and presented the WOPs global movement and GWOPA's activities worldwide, focussing on the actions in Asia and the Pacific region. During the Conference, GWOPA also held some bilateral meetings with potential partners, including Pacific Water and Wastes Association (PWWA),Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) and New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  

Among the many highlights for GWOPA's activities during the conference, the agreement with the PWWA to sign a cooperation agreement is particularly pertinent. Through this agreement, GWOPA will support the Secretariat in developing their capacity to facilitate WOPs as well as to implement WOPs related activities in the region throughout 2015.

Also noteworthy was the participation of a representative from the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA). Inter-regional cooperation between the Pacific and the Caribbean regions was strongly requested by representatives from the two regions during the GWOPA Steering Committee in March 2014 in Marrakesh and based on their similar geographical characteristics. In both regions, operators face water challenges such as water resources management, climate change adaptation and sustainable water and sanitation service provision. GWOPA had an opportunity to discuss with PWWA and CWWA at the Conference how this new partnership should be facilitated and agreed that the next step is to send a PWWA member utility to the CWWA annual conference taking place in October 2014 in Bahamas with the support of GWOPA.  

The conference showcased interesting new partnerships in the Northern Pacific sub-region or Micronesia, notably with the new membership of the Guam Waterworks Authority in the PWWA. Water utilities in Northern Pacific have now started to discuss partnership activities in this sub-region. Given that the Pacific countries are geographically very disperse and travel from the North to the South is difficult, this is very reasonable approach to facilitating peer exchanges in the region and GWOPA is committed to supporting a, "one to many" pilot WOP in this sub-region with Guam Waterworks Authority playing the mentor role. The details of this WOP, such as the focus area, will be discussed further with partners.  

Published in Asia and Pacific