GCRF Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub---------

Lead Research Organisation: Newcastle University
Department Name: Sch of Engineering

Abstract

A reliable and acceptable quantity and quality of water, and managing water-related risks for all is considered by the United Nations to be "the critical determinant of success in achieving most other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)".

Water is essential for human life, but also necessary for food and energy security, health and well-being, and prosperous economies. However, some 80% of the world's population live in areas with threats to water security; the impacts of which cost $500bn a year. Progress in meeting SDG6 (Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all), has been slow and in May 2018 the United Nations reported that "The world is not on track to achieve SDG6". Improvements that increase access to water or sanitation are undone by pollution, extreme weather, urbanization, over-abstraction of groundwater, land degradation etc.

This is caused by significant barriers that include: (1) Insufficient data to understand social, cultural, environmental, hydrological processes; (2) Existing service delivery / business models are not fit for purpose - costs are too high, and poor understanding of local priorities leads to inappropriate investments; (3) Water governance is fragmented and communities are engage with, and take responsibility for, water security; (4) Pathways to water security are not adaptable and appropriate to local context and values.

These barriers are inherently systemic, and will require a significant international and interdisciplinary endeavour. The GCRF Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub brings together leading researchers from Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Malaysia and the UK. Each international partner will host a Water Collaboratory (collaboration laboratories) which will provide a participatory process, open to all stakeholders, to jointly question, discuss, and construct new ideas to resolve water security issues.

Through developing and demonstrating a systems and capacity building approach to better understand water systems; value all aspects of water; and strengthen water governance we will unlock systemic barriers to achieving water security in practice.

Planned Impact

The UN estimates the annual costs of damage from flooding, inadequate water quality, sanitation, hygiene, and water scarcity to be US$500 billion. Some 2.1 billion people worldwide lack clean accessible water. By 2025, half of the world's population will be living in water-stressed areas. The ultimate reach of the Hub's research is potentially huge. However, the main immediate beneficiaries are:
- International agencies (e.g. UN Habitat) who shape international policy, monitor SDGs, manage processes such as the World Water Data Initiative;
- Local and national government responsible for improving water security;
- Local NGOs and community groups who represent local citizens' interests in water security;
- Utilities responsible for designing, operating and maintaining water infrastructure;
- Charities and industry (e.g. Oxfam, Arup) who deliver water projects around the world and also influence policy and practice;
- Investors (e.g. World Bank) who can influence financial policy and unlock funding to enable water security;
- Technology SMEs (e.g. EnviroWatch) who are developing innovative technologies e.g. sensors, that have the potential to transform innovation in the water sector; and,
- Professional bodies and networks (e.g. ISPRS, WATERLAT) who set international standards and connect across entire industries or groups, and are able to disseminate to the groups that they represent.

Impact and collaboration with partners will be managed by a dedicated Impacts and Communication Officer, to ensure we maximise opportunities and reach. An International Advisory Board, chaired by Prof. Leo Heller (UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation), with representatives from key end users will help to steer the research and enhance dissemination and uptake.

Our Pathways to Impact and Theory of Change have been developed in consultation with our project partners, and are organised around five impact priorities:
1. Leading an integrated agenda for Water Security in partner countries through our Water Collaboratories.
2. Catalysing change, building partnerships and international cooperation - to unlock investment and improve integrated water management.
3. Accelerating innovation in water security policy and practice - working with businesses to speed up knowledge transfer.
4. Interdisciplinary research leadership in Water Security - adding value to other international research, and helping to sustain a healthy global research base.
5. Advocacy and education - raising awareness of, and support to tackle, water security issues.

Our Collaboratories provide a key vehicle for impact as they convene relevant water security stakeholders. Over 45 partners have indicated their support for the Hub so far. Through our collaboratories we will build capacity and foster an inclusive approach to water security using mechanisms such as co-creation workshops, capacity building using e.g. serious games, and training in the use of new techniques.
Many of the partners highlighted in their letters of support that their focus on delivery limits their time and opportunities to engage in research. Therefore, a key knowledge transfer mechanism will be to embed researchers into partner organisations on long term secondments. This provides both the skills and time to create strong, long lasting, partnerships and build long term capacity.

A regular newsletter, public website, twitter, blog, webinars, stakeholder day at our annual assembly, and other mechanisms will provide regular updates to our project partners. We will also present our work at international conferences, hosting side events and sessions where possible. The Hub will hold a one off conference in its final year to showcase and disseminate our work in depth.

We have a total flexible funding allocation of £3.6m, which can be accessed for impact activities.

Organisations

People

ORCID iD

Richard Jonathan Dawson (Principal Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3158-5868
Cat Button (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2858-9331
Zainura Zainon Noor (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7028-9773
Azmi Aris (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4409-5000
David William Graham (Co-Investigator)
Maggie Roe (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3040-1887
Weng Wai Choong (Co-Investigator)
Tena Alamirew Agumassie (Co-Investigator)
Lata Narayanaswamy (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1172-0583
Anna Mdee (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8260-1840
Katrina Jane Charles (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2236-7589
Alan Nicol (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7237-8825
Taye Alemayehu Hulluka (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9122-9692
Luis Dario Sánchez Torres (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5173-4440
Dustin Evan Garrick (Co-Investigator)
Dhanya C T (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0206-5193
Fabian Mendez (Co-Investigator)
Apolinar Figueroa Casas (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3586-8187
Mariela Garcia (Co-Investigator)
PANDURANGI S N RAO (Co-Investigator)
Barbara Elvy Evans (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9815-3141
Polly Wilding (Co-Investigator)
Miguel R. Peña-Varon (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1192-2134
David Werner (Co-Investigator)
Michaela Goodson (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6148-135X
Cheryl Doss (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8292-3295
Nor Azimah Mohd Zain (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6010-3568
Jim William Hall (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2024-9191
Claire Walsh (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4047-1216
Amare Tekle (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5237-9006
T P Curtis (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9009-1748
ZULKIFLI YUSOP (Co-Investigator)
Mark Adam Trigg (Co-Investigator)
Jon Philip Mills (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5304-7935
Amare Bantider Dagnew (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9619-9306
Salmiati Salmiati (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8914-4048
Robert Adrian Hope (Co-Investigator)
Rakesh Khosa (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2790-9049
Meredith Giordano (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2701-8177
Jaime M. Amezaga (Co-Investigator)
Geoff Parkin (Co-Investigator)
Graham Morgan (Co-Investigator)
Ashok Kumar (Co-Investigator)
Gete Zeleke Eshetu (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6698-2455
Miller Alonso Camargo-Valero (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2962-1698
Mario Alejandro Perez (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2628-2360
Ashvani Kumar Gosain (Co-Investigator)
Pauline Dixon (Co-Investigator)
Rabidyuti Biswas (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9867-1026

Publications

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Title Stakeholder video in Cauca 
Description 7 minute video about water security from Stakeholders in Cauca 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact Sharing amongst other collaboratories to understand perspective of local Caucanos. 
 
Description Inclusion of water security issues at regional level
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://www.valledelcauca.gov.co/codeparh/
 
Description Richard Dawson appointed to UK Government's independent Committee on Climate Change
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact The committee provides independent advice to government. They oversee the 5 yearly climate change risk assessment, mandated by the 2008 Climate Change Act and assess the UK's progress in terms of adaptation to climate change impacts.
URL https://www.theccc.org.uk/about/asc-members/
 
Description WHO/FAO/OIE Policy linking WASH Implementation and AMR Mitigation
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact The policy provides evidence that implementing WASH and decentralised sanitation can reduce AMR spread in LMICs. The formal WHO/FAO/OIE Policy Brief has not yet become public (expected April 2020), but its content already has been shared with some governments and evident changes are occurring on the ground. One of the goals of the Brief is to provide a template for developing AMR National Action Plans, which was among key elements contributed by our work.
 
Description A framework for sustainable aquaculture within peri-urban green infrastructures protecting the Gulf of Thailand from eutrophication
Amount £252,000 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/T012471/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2020 
End 01/2022
 
Description Comprehensive water quality monitoring where there is no laboratory
Amount £225,000 (GBP)
Funding ID ICA\R1\191241 
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2019 
End 10/2022
 
Description Enhancing River Basin Governance in Malaysia by Rating the Performance of Biophysical, Socio-economic and Institutional Capacity Utilizing Aggregated Sustainability Indicators System
Amount RM125,000 (MYR)
Organisation University of Technology, Malaysia 
Sector Academic/University
Country Malaysia
Start 01/2020 
End 12/2022
 
Description NIHR Financial Assurance Fund
Amount £37,000 (GBP)
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2019 
End 10/2020
 
Description Towards resilience to pluvial flood events
Amount £253,013 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/S005994/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2018 
End 10/2020
 
Title MODFLOW - Groundwater Model 
Description MODFLOW is a finite-difference groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling program. This model allows to develop a numerical representation (i.e. a groundwater model) of the hydrogeologic environment at a field site. It uses the finite-difference method to divide the groundwater flow model domain into a series of rows, columns and layers, which defines a unique set of grid blocks (i.e. model cells) to represent the distribution of hydrogeologic properties and hydrologic boundaries within the model domain 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Outputs from MODFLOW model shall be used to assess the impact on groundwater availability under various scenarios (baseline, climate change, increased groundwater usage etc.). 
 
Title Soil & Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) - Hydrological Model 
Description The SWAT model is a process-based, spatially-distributed and continuous model capable of simulating water balance, taking into account rainfall, evapotranspiration, surface and subsurface runoff and deep aquifer recharge; runoff partitioning into surface and subsurface runoff is based on the curve number (CN) method and a kinematic percolation model. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Outputs from SWAT model shall be used to assess the impact on water availability under various scenarios (baseline, climate change). 
 
Description Decentralized WASH Systems to combat Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) workshop (Colombo, Sri Lanka) - David Graham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This workshop was presented on behalf of the World Health Organisation. It was held at the IWA Sustainable Development Congress & Exhibition in Colombo (Sri Lanka) to inform and guide practitioners in the water industry about their critical role in reducing AMR via improved water quality. Graham, and two colleagues from IWMI (Sri Lanka) and RIVM (the Netherlands), respectively, presented the workshop, which informed the audience of future guidance from the WHO.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description 2nd Stakeholder Water Security Workshop in Cauca 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact With stakeholders from the department of Cauca attending, we split up into sub-basins in order to assess risks, priorities and to create a participatory map of the different cultural territories. Understanding of water security issues from the perspective of local communities that reside in the river basins, committed delegates from each cultural group to be in communication regarding this project with the University of Cauca, cartographic social maps of water sources, points of pollution, and agricultural activity in each subbasin and interviews with community leaders regarding water security and the potential of working within this project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Central South University presentation, Changsha, China. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation to MSc Geospatial Engineering students at hina University, 21/11/20
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Collaboratory first working meeting, Univalle 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The main impact was the contributions of the collaborators in the key concepts and in the project's log frame.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Collaboratory second working meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Contributions of all the collaboratorie members to the project work lines (panel discussion and in plenary)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Community Strategy Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The University of Cauca met with indigenous Misak leaders and the environmental department of Cauca - the CRC to present this project to the mayor of Silvia, which is located in the river basin.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Conference presentation - Changsha, China 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation made on 19th Nov 2019 at ISPRS and GEO Workshop on Geospatially-enabled SDGs Monitoring for the 2030 Agenda (GI4SDGs)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.geoinfobar.com/gi4sdgs/
 
Description Early Discussion and Collection of Information Related to Johor River 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact To discuss with Mr. Tuan Hj. Mohzit on the selection of sampling sites along Johor River, and also to collect relevant information on Johor River.

The meeting was set up to meet with Mr. Tuan Hj. Mohzit bin Mohit. He is the right person to discuss sampling locations along Johor River, as he is quite familiar with the area. Few hotspot areas with active human and landuse activities were identified by Mr. Tuan Hj. Mohzit as well.

Follow-up meeting with Mr. Tuan Hj. Mohzit bin Mohit will be set up to visit the exact location of the sampling points along Johor River.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description GCRF Introductory Workshop on 18th June 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact To introduce GCRF project towards the community in Johor, focusing on academcians, state government officers and federal government officers.

The aim of these introductory workshops was to introduce GCRF project towards the community in Johor. The workshop was hosted by Hotel Impiana Senai, and the targeted participants were academicians, state government officers and federal government officers that related to water management. On the day of 18th June, approximately 81 participants of state and federal government officers, as well as academicians, attended the workshop and were assigned into groups for group discussions. Each group discussed on the issues, factors, current practices, proposed solutions and barriers of water management in Sg. Johor. The participants were full of enthusiasm and actively involved themselves in the group discussions.

Plenty of on-ground expertise and experiences were shared among the participants. Another introductory workshop will be held, where NGOs and community representatives are invited to attend.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description GCRF Introductory Workshop on 25th June 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact To introduce GCRF project towards the community in Johor, focusing on community representatives and NGOs.

The aim of these introductory workshops was to introduce GCRF project towards the community in Johor. The targeted participants were various environment and water related NGOs, local community representatives (i.e.: Penghulu, Ketua Kampung, Tok Batin Orang Asli, and Wakil Persatuan Nelayan). Each group discussed the issues, factors, current practices, proposed solutions and barriers of water management in Sg. Johor. The participants were full of enthusiasm and actively involved themselves in the group discussions. Participants look forward to attend future workshops as they feel that it is a good platform for them to contribute towards developing a sustainable and integrated river basin management of Sg. Johor .

Decision to organize another workshop focusing only on the industry is still in progress.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description GCRF Stakeholder Engagement Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The purpose of the meeting is to discuss potential collaboration with Q-Life Sciences Sdn. Bhd., which was brought in by Ecoknights Johor (NGO).

Q-Life Sciences Sdn. Bhd. was introduced by Ecoknights Johor to GCRF Malaysia Collaboratory, for potential collaboration. Q-Life Sciences Sdn. Bhd. has prepared a presentation about their company, projects done and technology they used to treat water/wastewater.

After the meeting, it can be concluded that Q-Life Sciences is more business-oriented. They are looking for business opportunities by promoting to adapt their developed technology to treat water/wastewater. It was a great sharing session on water issues they faced and how they solved the issues. However, in terms of working together in carrying out GCRF research projects, Q-Life Sciences Sdn. Bhd. is less suitable.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description H7O: Global Water Security Innovations and Challenges 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Organised a major international symposium on water security. Led to follow on interactions with industry and national and international researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Hub presentations in the regional (Valle del Cauca) board of research, board of strategic projects and to FECOSER (partnership of community-managed water supply systems) assembly meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Recognition and commitment to the project by: regional institutions at the research board of UESValle, Cali; community organisations at board of strategic projects and
community organisations (FECOSER) providing institutional and community commitments
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Institution Civil Engineers 5th Annual Lecture on Resilience 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "Climate Resilient Infrastructure", Institution Civil Engineers, Stantec and Heriot Watt: 5th Annual Lecture on Resilience, October 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Key Stakeholders Consultative Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The aim of this workshop was to highlight/update the key stakeholders on the progresses made and consult on the way forward

Under this project since it's launching a series of meetings and detailed research planning has been conducted. Hence, at this stage the two implementing institutions Water and Land Resource Centre (WLRC) and International Water Management Institute (IWMI). The aim of the workshop was presenting the research activities planned to the key stakeholders with the aim of highlighting on the progresses made and consult on the way forward. A total of 48 participants attended representing 31 stakeholders from Federal, Regional, International and NGO's organizations have attended the consultative workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Keynote talk at the 27TH Meeting of the Spanish Society for Microbiology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Keynote presentation at the special symposium at the Spanish Microbiology Society meeting on antimicrobial resistance )AMR). It brought experts from across Europe. Graham's presentation was on environmental AMR spread, including results from the Darwin, Sneaky Bacteria and other projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Leadership Training Water Initiative South Asia (WISA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Academics and NGO professionals working on water in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal) participated in a research leadership workshop in Dubai organized by the British Council as part of its South Asia science programmes. Experiences from international collaboration projects were shared with the participants by Prof David Werner, from Newcastle University, who participated as a trainer and mentor for participants from Water Aid, Nepal, Oxfam, Bangladesh and the University of Agriculture Faisalabad Pakistan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://blogs.ncl.ac.uk/davidwerner/2019/12/12/leadership-training-water-initiative-south-asia-wisa/
 
Description Lecture series in Paraguay - Marcos Baluja 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Marcos Baluja was invited to provide a series of lectures and tutorials on environmental AMR in Paraguay related to work from the project. The series spanned August and September 2019, and included six lectures in medical, environmental and governmental agencies, but also meetings with senior politicians, including the the Minister of the Environment. An MOU between Newcastle University UNA in Asuncion, which will lead to mutual projects, and student and staff exchanges between the two universities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Meeting with BAKAJ on TMDL project at Skudai River, Johor 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The purpose of the meeting is to discuss on the TMDL project at Skudai River, Johor. Additionally, the meeting discussed on the suggestion of bringing in Water Resource State Council (Technical Department).

The meeting was held to discuss on submitting a proposal for the TMDL project at Skudai River, Johor. Preparation works and also suggestion to bring in Water Resource Johor State Council (Technical Department) to participate in the TMDL project as well.

Another meeting will be set up with Johor State Council (Technical Department).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Meeting with BAKAJ on collaboration in GCRF Project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact To introduce GCRF Water Security and Sustainable Development hub, and discuss the direction of GCRF research projects with the involvement of BAKAJ.

"The meeting is organised to meet with the director of BAKAJ, to inform on IPASA has been awarded GCRF to establish GCRF Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub and the research projects that will be conducted. At the same time, discussions on the future directions as well as role of BAKAJ in the
GCRF research projects was carried out as well."

Through the meeting, it has been identified that BAKAJ is a key player in the development of Johor River Basin Management (JRBM). Malaysia collaboratory will work together with BAKAJ in setting up integrated river basin management in Johor, while BAKAJ will provide important and necessary information and data required in carrying out the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Meeting with Deputy Director of Department of Orang Asli Development (JAKOA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact To understand the culture and distribution of indigenous people who lives along Johor River Basin and explore the potential cultural value of Johor River Basin.

From the meeting, it was known that there are several indigenous villages that leaded by 'Tok Batin' (community representatives) along Johor River Basin. The villagers are still remain the culture and tradition in their daily lifestyles such as fishing, transportation and attire.

Inputs on understanding the culture and distribution of indigenous people who lives along Johor River Basin and explore the potential cultural value of Johor River Basin.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Meeting with Director of National Department For Culture And Arts Johor 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact To investigate the cultural practice of community along Johor River. From the meeting, it was known that there is belief and cultural practice of 'Orang Seletar' (an indigenous ethnic). Cultural practice of community along Johor River were identified.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Meeting with Secretary of Malaysian Historical Society (Johor) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact To understand the history of the Johor River and explore the potential history value of Johor River Basin

Inputs on the history of Johor River and its Basin were gained.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Meeting with senior officers of the Delhi Jal Board for collection of data and information. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A team of three researchers from School of Planning and Architecture New Delhi visited Delhi Jal Board. Discussions were conducted about sharing data and information regarding water supply and demand for Delhi city. This process of data collection continues.

After discussions on the project Delhi Jal Board Officers, they agreed to share data on water with us after completion of certain formalities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Meeting with the National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This was an impact meeting and interaction. The National Institute of Urban Affairs has been outsourced by DDA to prepare a draft of the Master Plan for Delhi, 2041. After a presentation by the NIUA, dissucsions were held on proposed Master Plan for Delhi 2041. Questions and discussions majorly focussed on future water demand, and water supply. NIUA assured SPA New Delhi about inclusion of our research outcome in the master plan as far as possible. NIUA has agreed to consider our research outcome for inclusion in their policy on water and sanitation in the development plan.

NIUA agreed in this meeting that SPA team could come and meet quarterly to discuss progress of Master Plan making. They also assured us about inclusion of our research outcome on water security in the master plan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Meting with All India council for Technical Education, Government of India, New Delhi 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A Postgraduate Model Curriculum has been prepared and submitted, which also included an elective on Water Security. When approved by appropriate committees, it would apply to all approved planning institutions in India.

The committee has submitted the postgraduate curriculum to the AICTE after nation wide discussions at various fora. The model curriculum has been accepted but requires final ratification from competent authorities. We are also preparing Model Undergraduate Planning Curriculum for the four year Bachelor of Planning degree programme. This will be submitted before the end of March 2020.

Impact on planning academy throughout the country is expected in the next two to three years, when full Model Curriculum gets implemented.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Plan Preparation Meeting for IRBM Sg. Johor, Johor Darul Takzim " 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact To introduce GCRF Water Security and Sustainable Development hub, and discuss the direction of GCRF research projects with the involvement of Department of Irrigation and Drainage Malaysia.

It was recognized that Department of Irrigation and Drainage Malaysia has a great role at the federal government level in developing IRBM in Sg. Johor, especially at the early stage of the GCRF project.. Their involvement and support is imprortant, as the agency has undeniable level of influence at the national level. Their participation in GCRF project is notably important, and definitely will include the agency in future meetings/workshops.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Round table discussion with the director general of WHO 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Round table with Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, on Global Health Challenges and Technology innovations, at a round-table discussion, before Newcastle University awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Medicine.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://blogs.ncl.ac.uk/davidwerner/2019/07/22/visit-from-the-who-director-general/
 
Description Sky News - 6pm National News, 18th Feb 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interviewed about floods and climate change impacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Stakeholder Meeting with Delhi Jal Board (DJB) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact To appraise the CEO of DJB about the project and request his support and involvement in the work proposed for resolving the water related woes of the NCT of Delhi. DJB discussed about the role of Geospatial Delhi Limited (GSDL) as a custodian for maintaining the repository of all the spatial data. They further highlighted the need for consent from GSDL before sharing any data. A team leader was identified from DJB who would have continuous interactions with IITD and SPA to track the progress of this project.

It was suggested to organize a meeting with the Chief Secretary, Delhi to appraise him about this impact project and seek his approval to get support from various government departments and administrative agencies. Also, IITD and SPA have to prepare a respective list of data required along with a brief note on UKRI GCRF Water Security project which shall be shared with DJB and GSDL for their perusal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Stakeholder Meeting with Founder of Sada Neer (Water Forever) and colleagues at IIT Delhi 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact This meeting was held to explore possible ways of collaboration to enhance community participation and bringing awareness among the people about water availability and use in the NCT of Delhi.

It was identified that the first step for community engagement shall be to generate information and knowledge about the existing problems, then, coming out with figures to sensitize people about the need to reduce the water demand. Creating visuals and artistic representations about the reality of water issues was also recognized as a way to make people feel connected and for deeper impact.

Interactions will continue to devise a strategy to reach out to the maximum number of people with the message to conserve water.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Theories of change workshop, Univalle 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To improve understanding of each other's thinking. After the workshop, three internal meetings were held to define the key concepts and the log frame indicators construction. Researchers and a professor from Univalle participated in these internal meetings
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Training Workshop on Mitigating antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in the water cycle: Analytical methodologies and improving water quality - David Graham/David Werner 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact We organised and led this workshop in association with four universities in Ethiopia, two universities in Israel, and members of the FAO and WHO. The goal was explain AMR in comparatively simple terms, and then promote new work in Ethiopia that bridges government, NGOs and academic groups in the country. It is also taught research methods.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Training of Syrian refugees in water quality surveying using portable sequencing devices 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Two academic visitors who are refugees from Syria now living in Turkey were trained in molecular microbiology. Together with an MSc student from Indonesia, they tracked fecal pollution in the River Team, using the MinION of Oxford Nanopore Technologies, a portable sequencing device. The Syrian visits are supported by CARA, a charity that has supported academics and scientists at risk for more than 80 years.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://blogs.ncl.ac.uk/davidwerner/2019/07/09/visitors-from-syria/
 
Description Training of local researchers in Ethiopia in water quality surveying using portable sequencing devices 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A training on monitoring the water quality of the Akaki River was co-organized by Prof David Werner, Dr Kishor Acharya and Dr. Alemseged Tamiru Haile. Title of the training was "Microbial water quality surveying with a portable sequencing device" which was held from 4th to 8th of November 2019. The Addis Ababa Water and Sewerage Authority (AAWSA) were kind enough to provide their laboratory for the training without any fee. The total number of trainees was 13 incl. junior academics, researchers and laboratory technicians, who are expected to support water quality surveying activities in the Akaki River. Participants came from AAWSA, Addis Ababa University, Arba Minch University, the Awash Basin Development Authority, IWMI, and the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy. Therefore, the targets were experts who will do hands-on field and laboratory work, not desk based team leaders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://blogs.ncl.ac.uk/davidwerner/2019/11/22/sequencing-in-ethiopia/
 
Description Training of local researchers in Kathmandu in water quality surveying using portable sequencing devices 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hands-on training in the use of the MinION, a portable sequencing device from Oxford Nanopore Technologies, for microbial water quality surveying was provided for 10 NGO and University researchers from Nepal through the organization of a practical training workshop in Kathmandu.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Training of local researchers in Malaysia in water quality surveying using portable sequencing devices 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Training in portable next generation sequencing for water quality analysis was provided to 15 trainees from the Newcastle University Medical School in Malaysia (NUMed) and the University of Technology Malaysia (UTM).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://blogs.ncl.ac.uk/davidwerner/2019/07/18/kishor-provides-training-at-numed-in-malaysia/
 
Description Water Security & Sustainable Development Hub Presentation to the Misak Indigenous Community 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation of the project to leaders in the Misak community to propose working together. High interest shown from Misak indigenous leaders to carry out workshops, studies, pilot projects and information exchange with the University of Cauac.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description WaterAid Summity 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact WaterAid Water and Climate Summit. Participation in the session on Climate Change Adaptation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.wateraid.org/uk/media/hrh-the-prince-of-wales-and-wateraid-to-host-major-water-and-clima...
 
Description Workshop on Pharmaceuticals in the Environment: Risks in low and middle income countries (Nairobi, Kenya) - David Graham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This was a think tank organised by AstraZeneca to discuss the impact of pharmaceutical pollutants in the environment in developing countries. It included experts from around the world, but also included representatives from NGOs, government agencies. The product of the workshop is a call for action, which is aimed at industry and governments around the world.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019