UNESCO HOPE-Initiative http://www.hope-initiative.net The HOPE initiative is contributing to the Africa Water Vision for 2025: Equitable and Sustainable Use of Water for Socio-Economic development. Sat, 07 Jan 2017 18:22:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 International Symposium 2016 http://www.hope-initiative.net/international-symposium/ Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:00:02 +0000 http://www.hope-initiative.net/?p=78 The International Symposium took place at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris on 28-30 September 2016 and was co-organized by the EU HORIZON 2020 FREEWAT project and UNESCO (partner of the project) on the occasion of the FREEWAT project mid-term meeting.
The workshop’s title was “Fostering inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work (SDG#8) through ICT job creation tools for ensuring water security (SDG#6)”.

Please, fell free to download the Workshop agenda / the Speaker Presentation

The Objectives of the international symposium were to discuss how using Information and Communication Technology Tools (ICT) in the water sector may help in reaching the Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG#6) related targets with an emphasis on creating synergies with the EU HORIZON 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.

The symposium explored how UNESCO’s IHP HOPE play a concrete role in achieving the SDGs by providing a free and open alternative to the commercially specialized engineering software in the field of hydrology such as Conjunctive Water Management, etc.

The event encouraged linkages between SDG#6: “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all” and SDG#8: “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all” with a focus on fostering Innovative Job Creation and building the capacity of Young Water Professionals to facilitate improved adaptation to global change.
According to the 2016 United Nations World Water Development Report, Water and Jobs, three out of four of the jobs worldwide are water-dependent. Furthermore, water shortages and lack of access may limit economic growth in the years to come. In many countries water problems are largely due to inadequate human and institutional capacities at different levels, rather than to the scarcity of freshwater resources. There are three main challenges in this area: the insufficient number of adequately trained professionals, the need to extend water education to all stakeholders, and the need to strengthen the quality of education systems at all levels. In some countries, there is a big skills mismatch of skills required and skills available in the water sector. One major reason for the difficulty experienced by employers when filling entry-level positions in the water sector is skill shortages. UNESCO views water Education as instrumental in addressing this gap and in ensuring universal access to water.

Training in FREEWAT Software 2016 http://www.hope-initiative.net/training-in-freewat-software/ Sat, 02 Jul 2016 08:00:10 +0000 http://www.hope-initiative.net/?p=74 A training of 7 water experts from southern Africa in the FREE and open source software tools for WATER resource management (FREEWAT) was organized from 27 June to 1 July 2016 at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris. The aim of the training course was to train trainers and contribute to the improvement of the skills of African water specialists to optimize the use of data in monitoring water resources. Upon completion of the training the participants are expected to train other experts in their country in how to use the software.

FREEWAT is developed under the Framework of the ICT4Water of which UNESCO HOPE Initiative is part of it. The software aims at promoting water management and planning. The main goal is to simplify the application of the water-related EU Directives, by using FREEWAT, a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for simulation of quantity/quality of surface water and groundwater.
UNESCO-IHP through the HOPE Initiative (is a part of a consortium of 19 partners of the FREEWAT project) is implementing the project.

Short Course: MODFLOW 2015 http://www.hope-initiative.net/short-course-modflow-2015/ Sat, 05 Dec 2015 08:25:36 +0000 http://www.hope-initiative.net/?p=154 UNESCO-IHP via the HOPE Initiative conducts a wide range of short, intensive and highly specialized courses, which aim at upgrading and refreshing the knowledge and skills of Technicians, Scientists, Engineers and mid-career professionals in the water sector.

A Capacity Building training Workshop untitled “an Introduction to MODFLOW-2005 and ModelMuse with hands-on” was held on 1-3 December 2015 in Pretoria, South Africa involving seventeen participants from eight different institutions and three different countries (Botswana, Namibia and South Africa).

This initiative aims to give a tool and expertise to scientists that allow them to provide citizens, communities, natural-resource managers, and policymakers with a clear knowledge of the status of their water resources and data on trends in water availability.

MODFLOW–2005, commonly called MODFLOW, is a three-dimensional (3D) finite-difference groundwater model that was first published by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in 1984. The current version of MODFLOW-2005 is v.1.11.00, released August 8, 2013. The software is free and open source and was designed for scientists, students and resource managers working in the field of groundwater, especially saturated and unsaturated groundwater flow and groundwater recharge.


3rd OpenWater symposium 2015 http://www.hope-initiative.net/3rd-openwater-symposium-2015/ Fri, 18 Sep 2015 08:00:49 +0000 http://www.hope-initiative.net/?p=90 The 3rd OpenWater symposium was organized on 16-17 September 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to share experiences, tools, training materials and model codes applicable in the water domain. It provided an opportunity to discuss emerging open source tools, as well as the initiatives to initiate open standards and interfaces.
Thus, the symposium focused on open source software and open access tools within the water domain.

Open source tools are seen as important to both research and practice in the management of water resources. Tools and models provide researchers and planners with the ability to improve the management of the water resources. The OpenWater2015 symposium aimed at bringing together users and developers, with a focus on Africa applications.

The symposium was organized in the framework of the HOPE Initiative (Symposium agenda). 120 scientists from 24 countries participated, 30% of whom were women.
50 oral presentations and posters were presented (call for abstracts). The main outcomes included:

  • Engaging the private sector;
  • Raising awareness at the global level to stimulate the use of the Free Open Source Software (FOSS);
  • Supporting the OpenWater Community Development Network (CDN) and connect resources to the people who need them (e.g social media);
  • Seeking support for Start-ups of new Water Open Source initiatives.

The Next OpenWater Symposium will take place in 2017.

]]> Soil and water trainings 2015 http://www.hope-initiative.net/soil-and-water-trainings-2015/ Wed, 16 Sep 2015 12:03:01 +0000 http://www.hope-initiative.net/?p=169 Before the OpenWater 2015 symposium, in the framework of the HOPE Initiative, two training workshops took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, whose the purpose was to improve land and water management.

The first one was the QSWAT / QGIS Interface for Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) training on 14-15 September 2015. Twenty-four participants from nine nationalities attended the capacity training workshop which was about 1 day of theory.

The course was designed to introduce new users to the model, review necessary and optional inputs, and famil-iarize the user with the QGIS interfaces. It was assumed that attendees have a working knowledge of QGIS. The workshop did not review basic concepts on QGIS usage prior to covering the SWAT/QGIS interface.

The second workshop, entitled “AquaCrop training”, took place on 15 September 2015. To disseminate the use of AquaCrop, a workshop on “Capacity Development for Farm Management Strategies to Improve Crop Water Productivity using AquaCrop” have been planned as a joint initiative of UNESCO-IHE and UNESCO, in collaboration with local partners (e.g. IL- RI campus, IWMI in Addis).

The objective of the workshops was to train participants from various regions in Africa in the practical applications of AquaCrop, in order to improve their skills in strategic management toward increasing crop water productivity in rainfed and irrigated production systems.

The Soil & Water Assessment Tool (SWAT)

SWATswat is a river basin scale model developed to quantify the impact of land management practices in large, complex watersheds. It is a public domain model actively supported by the USDA Agricultural Research Service at the Grassland, Soil and Water Research Laboratory in Temple, Texas, USA.

It is a hydrology model with the following components: weather, surface runoff, return flow, percolation, evapo-transpiration, transmission losses, pond and reservoir storage, crop growth and irrigation, groundwater flow, reach routing, nutrient and pesticide loading, and water transfer.

SWAT can be considered a watershed hydrological transport model. This model is used worldwide and is continuously under development. As of July 2012, more than 1000 peer-reviewed articles have been published that document its various applications.

FREEWAT Kick-off meeting 2015 http://www.hope-initiative.net/freewat-kick-off-meeting-2015/ Wed, 22 Apr 2015 07:47:09 +0000 http://www.hope-initiative.net/?p=131 The project, entitled FREE and open source software tools for WATer resource management (FREEWAT) aims at promoting water management and planning by simplifying the application of the Water Framework Directive and other EU water related Directives.

The kick-off meeting took place on 20-21 April 2015 at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy.

FREEWAT is an HORIZON 2020 project financed by  the EU Commission under the call “Water innovation: Boosting its value for Europe”. The main goal is to simplify the application of the water-related EU Directives by using a free and open source software for the simulation of quantity/quality of surface water and groundwater with an integrated water management and planning module.

FREEWAT ConsortiumThe Consortium is constituted by partners from various water sectors from 10 EU countries, plus Turkey and Ukraine. Synergies with the UNESCO HOPE initiative on free and open source software in water management greatly boost the value of the project. Large stakeholders involvement is thought to guarantee results dissemination and exploitation.

]]> Short Course: STOAT 2014 http://www.hope-initiative.net/short-course-stoat-2014/ Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:00:22 +0000 http://www.hope-initiative.net/?p=108 Within the framework of the IHP programme UNESCO conducts a wide range of short, intensive and highly specialised courses which are aimed at upgrading and refreshing the knowledge and skills of technicians, scientists, engineers and mid-career professional.

Within the framework of the HOPE Initiative UNESCO organized a short course untitled “Introduction to Wastewater Treatment Modeling using a Free Software (STOAT) for the hands on” at the University of Stellenbosch, in South Africa, on 8-12 September 2014, as a follow-up to the “TVET in SADC Monitoring Progress and Revitalizing Actions” workshop.

The overall aim was to stimulate cooperation in research and development of Hydro Free and FOSS to increase scientific outputs, and to enhance their dissemination.
At the end, the short course objective was to introduce to STOAT functionalities and applications.

STOAT, developed by Water Research Centre (WRc), is a PC based computer modelling tool designed to dynamically (unsteady-state) simulate the performance of wastewater treatment works.

Short course content:

  • Introduction to water quality and Wastewater treatment;
  • Introduction to modeling, Models, fractioning, mass balance etc.;
  • General description of STOAT functionality;
  • Applications of STOAT modeling:Overview of using STOAT to build and run a model [Constructing a model, Sizing, Running, Outputs];
  • Exercise (hands on) – Activated sludge model.
Regional forum on TVET in SADC 2013 http://www.hope-initiative.net/regional-forum-on-tvet-in-sadc-2013/ Sat, 30 Nov 2013 13:00:21 +0000 http://www.hope-initiative.net/?p=111 As part of its support to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in moving the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) agenda forward, UNESCO organized a regional forum on TVET in SADC countries, under the theme “Monitoring Progress and Revitalizing Actions”. The Forum took place on 26-28 November 2013 at the University of Stellenbosch, in South Africa.

The forum was organized around five themes through plenary and working group sessions. There was also a special session on progress in implementing UNESCO’s programmes in TVET in the region, especially a capacity building training workshop for technicians on wastewater treatment using Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) to be facilitated by UNESCO’s Hydro free and/or Open-source software Platform of Experts (HOPE) initiative.

 Workshop content:

  • Introduction to dynamic modeling;
  • General description of STOAT functionality;
  • Overview of using STOAT to build and run a model [Constructing a model, Sizing, Running, Outputs];
  • Description of different processes and mathematical models;
  • Exercise (hands on).
Official launching meeting 2013 http://www.hope-initiative.net/official-launching-meeting-2013/ Sun, 30 Jun 2013 09:00:36 +0000 http://www.hope-initiative.net/?p=97 The official launching meeting of the Hydro free and/or Open-source software Platform of Experts (HOPE) Initiative organized by the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO was held from 25 to 27 June 2013 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

The main goal of the meeting was to discuss and approve the work plan proposal to deliver in the three upcoming phases of the Initiative. For more information about the HOPE Initiative, please click here.

UNESCO, as the coordinating partner of the HOPE Initiative, invited the Steering Committee and the Consultative Expert Working Group to this three-day-meeting. The Steering Committee is composed by the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), Africa Water Resources Capacity Building Programme (AwacaB), the Southern African Network of Water Centres of Excellence (SANWATCE) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
For more information about the HOPE Initiative’s team, please click here.