Cap-Net, the United Nations Development Programs “Capacity Building for Sustainable Water Resources Management Network”, launched a new capacity development network in Central Asia on the 27th of September 2012. The Central Asian network will help develop local capacity to deal with a range of complex water issues, including competition in the Aral Sea Basin between water for irrigation downstream and energy needs upstream, increasing climate change variability and the possible collapse of the Central Asian water tower.
With the collapse of the Soviet Union, came the new challenge of managing, using and sharing what were previously national water resources. These rivers flow through the five countries of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. In these countries there is competition for water for summer irrigation in downstream countries and winter energy needs in upstream countries. The new Capacity Building network CAR@WAN is set up to improve local capacity to address these and other complex water related issues.
Cap-Net is an international network for capacity building in sustainable water management. It is made up of a partnership of autonomous international, regional and national institutions and networks committed to capacity building in the water sector. On the Cap-Net website they publish various resources on this topic, such as tutorials, databases and online forums. Also Cap-Net offers drought management training materials and training of trainers.
Capacity Building Networks
Local capacity building networks are the key partners and implementing members of Cap-Net. These networks are autonomous, usually informal, associations of people and organisations with a common interest in capacity building and water. Most have no independent funding and they commit a considerable amount of their own time and resources to the network. CAR@Wan is the latest addition to the current 21 local networks.