Promoting Best Practices

Promoting Best Practices - Sharing Innovative Experiences




new Volume 11 of the series published by UNDP's Special Unit for South-South Cooperation in partnership with TWAS and TWNSO is now available online at the WIDE website. The volume contains " Examples of Successful Experiences in Providing Safe Drinking Water."


Three Gorges Dam, China
Three Gorges Dam, China


Cameroon woman
Cameroonian woman


Conservation, Management and Sustainable Use of Water Resources in the South

The project involves the identification and publication of successful experiences in the conservation and sustainable utilization of freshwaters in developing countries and is carried out jointly with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and UNESCO. The project is supported with a grant from WMO. In 2000, 15 case studies were received and aworkshop involving the authors of the case studies and other international experts was held in Trieste to exchange experiences and develop joint activities. The case studies were published in 2002.

arrowRight TWAS Newsletter (Vol. 14 No. 1, 2002) article "Winning the Water Battles" (207 K)


Workshop on Safe Drinking Water

TWNSO held a workshop on ‘Safe Drinking Water’ in Trieste, Italy, from 24 to 26 August 2004. Representatives of more than 20 institutions discussed scientific and technological developments and practical initiatives that have improved the quality and safety of drinking water in developing countries. The initiative is being funded by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Development Programme Special Unit for South-South Cooperation [formerly: for Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries] (UNDP/SSC). A selection of case studies was published in a book sponsored by WMO, TWNSO, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) and UNDP/SSC as Volume 11 of the ‘Sharing Innovative Experience’ series. More information on the workshop summary page.


TWNSO Safe Drinking Water Network discussion group (created on 22 Sept. 2004):

arrowRight TWAS Newsletter (Vol. 17 No. 1, 2005) article "Safe Drinking Water" (1.8 M)

arrowRight TWAS Newsletter (Vol. 17 No. 1, 2005) article "Turning Salt Water into Fresh Water" (184 K)

arrowRight TWAS Newsletter (Vol. 17 No. 2, 2005) article "Water Woes" (4.7 M)



Latin American and Caribbean Water Prizes Launched. In celebration of the World Water Day 2005, the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC) announced the launching of the Latin American and Caribbean Water Prizes (PLACA). The Prizes are designed to promote the International Decade for Action “Water for Life” 2005-2015 proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution A/RES/58/217. PLACA Water Prizes will be awarded annually to individuals, communities, organizations, or businesses in honor of outstanding local, national or regional water-related achievements. Achievements can be in the areas of applied scientific research, engineering, technology development and transfer, or capacity building activities that have made and continue to make fundamental contributions to the availability, quality, management and protection of water resources in the region. For details, see the relevant pages at


SODIS Received Special Award at Energy Globe 2004. The SODIS technology presented at the Trieste workshop last August has been awarded by the Energy Globe award. The Energy Globe Award is the most significant environmental award worldwide. Best practice projects and initiatives for a careful and efficient use of our resources are awarded each year in the categories earth, energy, water, air and youth. This year more than 600 projects from 100 countries have applied for the Energy Globe Award. More information is available under:


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