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GWOPA Annual Report 2013 launched in Marrakech

At its 6th Steering Committtee Meeting taking place in Marrakech, Morocco, GWOPA Secretariat has launched its Annual Report for the year 2013.  

Total of 31 participants, including 17 representatives from public utilities, associations and regional platforms and 8 from other stakeholders, discussed actively about what GWOPA and its partners have achieved and are planning to implement in 2014.  The agenda items also included some thematic topics such as the concept paper on Sanitation WOPs prepared by the Secretariat.  

This was the first meeting of new Steering Committee 2013-2015 after half of the Steering Committee members were renewed at the last GWOPA General Assembly in November 2013 in Barcelona. 

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1st Planning Meeting for the for Dialogues between Local Authorities and Water and Sanitation Utilities

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Based on the understanding that there is still a gap in terms of the communication between local authories and water and sanitation utiltities in realizing the integrated urban development by integrating the water and sanitation provision in the urban planning, the GWOPA Secretariat has proposed the Secretariats of the World Urban Forum 7(WUF7 on 5-11 April 2014 in Medellin, Colombia) and the 7th World Water Forum(on the 12-17 April 2015 in Daegu & Gyeongbuk, Korea) to organize the Dialogue between mayors and heads of water and sanitation utilities at these two major events targeting two different but closed linked stakeholders - urban and water.  

The 1st planning meeting for that process was organized on the 28th of November in Barcelona on the occasion of the 2nd Global WOPs Congress and General Assembly inviting representatives of the 7th World Water Forum Secretariat, local authority, water and sanitation utilities and potential partner organizations.  The meeting was attended by about 20 participants including those from the Secretariat of the WUF7 in the UN-Habitat Headquaters in Nairobi and the World Water Council, the organizer of the World Water Forum through internet connection.

 

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A new partnership with the Portuguese water and sanitation utiltiies

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Following the first communication with the Porutugues Water Partnership (PWP) during the Stockholm World Water Week 2013, representatives of the PWP as well as several Portuguest water and sanitation utiltities attended the 2nd Global WOPs Congress and General Assembly to share the experiences and knowledge with other participants of the Congress and General Assembly. 

In the following week of the Congress, the GWOPA Secretariat has attended the Encontro Nacional de Entidades Gestoras de Água e Saneamento 2013 (ENEG 2013), the congress organized by the Associação Portuguesa de Distribuição e Drenagem de Águas (Portuguese Water Distribution and Drainage Association: APDA) on the 3rd - 5th of December in Coimbra, Portugal. 

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The 1st Meeting of the Steering Committee of the Cari-WOP in Barbados

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The 1st Meeting of the Steering Committee of the Cari-WOP platform took place on 8 and 9 October 2013 during the 22nd CWWA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Barbados. The members of the SC prepare a work plan of activities for 2014 which include the organization of thematic training activities leading to the establishment of WOPs. Priority areas of capacity development support for the region are Water Safety Plans, Adaptation to Climate Change and Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction. A specific country activity was proposed for Haiti recognizing the importance to address the on-going cholera epidemic.

A Cari-WOP/GWOPA Session was organized as part of the Water Utilities Forum during the 22nd CWWA Annual Conference and Exhibition. In this session, examples of WOPs implemented in the Caribbean region were presented and a matchmaking activity was organized with water utilities who expressed their interest in becoming mentors or mentees with other water utilities in the region or outside the region. 

The Memorandum of Understanding for the second phase of the Water Operators’ Partnership between Belize Water Services (BWS) in Belize and Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) in the USA was signed and the activities are expected to start early 2014.

 

 

WOP Africa and PiP workshop in Barcelona

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The WOP Africa and PiP Workshop was organized on the 25th and 26th of November in Barcelona as a preceding event of the 2nd Global WOPs Congress and GWOPA General Assembly. 

The workshop aimed at collecting and sharing the inputs and experiences of the client utilities to support the improvement of the WOP-Africa 10 WOPs initiative and at planning the finalization of the implementation phase of the projects.

During this workshop, the utilities involved presented the experience of their WOP, in short presentations, by pair of utilities (mentor and mentees together).

The donors shared with the audience their perspective on the African WOPs: what their expectations are and their views on the way forward.

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