GWS as a knowledge hub
GWS facilitates the transfer of competencies, creates "innovation laboratories" in the territories to exchange know-how and expertise, and generates concrete and tangible results.
As a knowledge hub, GWS facilitates knowledge management and exchanges and undertakes comprehensive mappings of "who can do what and where" in relation to water issues. The platform carries out feasibility studies and situational analyses aimed at elaborating contextualized proposals for local or national water management. GWS collects and builds upon existing solutions and best practices, ensuring that results are capitalized on, shared and replicated.
GWS, as a proactive and specialized network of "water alliances" allows enhancing, sharing and pushing forward the diverse experiences and skills of its members. These include:
GWS partners' fields of expertise
- Water waste management and water safety management
- Identifying water quality problems in the water distribution network of dams and reservoirs
- Determining general principles for the monitoring of water quality
- Bacteriological measurement standards in water and sanitation
- Internal and external water quality assurance
- Controlling the materials affecting the water resources
- Identification of the factors affecting the water quality in the distribution channels
- General water and sanitation management capacities
- Technical expertise for building infrastructure or installing devices such as water meters
- Capacity building for the staff of water utilities
GWS believes that pooling, reinforcing and transferring capacities and know how are more contextualized and localized when exchanges are peer-to-peer, at the Local and Regional Authorities level. All the interventions are demand-driven initiatives, represent concrete responses to local needs and are adapted to each and every territory's reality.
Some good practices…
In Laos (Société des Eaux de Vientiane -NPNL), a long-term cooperation to develop water supply in Vientiane with the technical support of Syndicat des eaux de l'île de France (SEDIF), involves yearly training and technical exchanges in the region of Paris, which has led to knowledge transfer on water management and on Geographical Integrated Systems. NPNL technicians are provided with continuous technical assistance on the ground through a locally based French NGO financed by SEDIF.
In Toamasina,(Madagascar, the Flemish Watergroep, under the umbrella of the Flemish Partnership Water for Development, has been providing technical support and feasibility studies for the water network through PROTOS, a Flemish NGO that has a local representation in the country. A transfer of competencies has taken place in sectoring the water network, implementing pressure metering, detecting physical leakages and illicit water use. Another Flemish partner delivered satellite-based maps, through which Watergroep geo-referenced the Toamasina water network.
In Vietnam (Vietnamese Department of Water Resources Management and two French Water Agencies), a pilot project has focused on transfer of technology and expertise to support policies on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) for the Dong Nai River Basin. The French counterparts have provided capacity building on water resource conservation, IWRM, and water pollution control, through study visits to France, transfer of tools, a web portal and other training activities. This partnership has equally facilitated cooperation among all involved actors and highlighted the importance of a "basin approach".