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Opportunities for Partner Leadership and Input!

October 6, 2015
The U.S. Water Partnership (USWP) is pleased to share information on exciting upcoming opportunities for partner leadership and input. Please email Chuck Chaitovitz and Marc Dettmann with the USWP Secretariat at Chuck@getf.org and Marc.Dettmann@getf.org with any questions and/or to learn more about the next steps for your participation. Please consider the following opportunities: 

Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX): Sri Lanka Challenge
  • DescriptionTEX, powered by American Geophysical Union (AGU), in partnership with the Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangamaya Movement (Sarvodaya) of Sri Lanka, is looking for scientists to understand the epidemic of chronic kidney disease of non-traditional causes (CKDnt) in Sri Lanka. CKDnt is the top public health threat in Sri Lanka and is often caused by contaminated water sources.The selected scientist(s) will work directly with selected Sri Lankan counterparts to identify gaps in the research, partner in sample collection and processing, and engage with local communities. The results of the study will inform community-based solutions and a strategic prevention plan for Sri Lanka. More information on the challenge and requirements is available here.
  • Request for Information: Please email Dr. Natasha Udu-gama, Director of Community Partnerships, TEX at NUdu-gama@agu.org, to express interest in or recommend others for this challenge.
  • Deadline: Interested partners, please email Dr. Udu-gama by COB on Monday, October 12, 2015
Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX): Horn of Africa Challenge
  • Description: TEX, powered by AGU, in partnership with The Horn of Africa Regional Environmental Centre and Network (HoA-REC&N), seeks expertise to help develop, implement and operationalize transboundary water monitoring based on currently available remote sensing data. This tool would inform and monitor regional land use planning, particularly focused on the development of agricultural lands throughout the Horn of Africa. Initial efforts would build on a transboundary project already implemented in South Sudan and Ethiopia (Bomo-Gambella) extending to Kenya and Uganda. More information on the challenge and requirements is available here.
  • Request for Information: Please email Dr. Natasha Udu-gama, Director of Community Partnerships, TEX at NUdu-gama@agu.org, to express interest in or recommend others for this challenge.
  • Deadline: Interested partners, please email Dr. Udu-gama by COB on Monday, October 12, 2015.
Pow! emPowering Opportunities in Water
  • Description: Sponsored by Veolia, The Water Council and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the new program is called “Pow!  emPowering Opportunities in Water” and offers cash prizes, mentoring opportunities, funding for tuition/training expenses and offices for one year. The “Pow!” program offers a unique opportunity for innovators and social entrepreneurs to fast-track their water-related ideas while connecting them to water industry influencers and experts who can directly support their company’s services, products or ideas. Award submissions must fall within one of the following categories:1) Smart-data technologies, 2) Resilience and sustainable water management, watershed management, and 3) Disruptive water innovation. More information on the competition and requirements is available here.
  • Application Information: A panel of judges will select up to three startups, which have the highest likelihood of solving the challenge to enter the year-long program. Winners will be announced in December 2015 and the program begins in January 2016. Rules and application information is available here.
  • Deadline: Interested partners, please submit an online entry form by November 15, 2015.
100 Resilient Cities
  • Description: The 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges in the 21st century. 100RC is currently working in approximately 67 cities, and almost all have identified water as a priority concern. 100RC is providing four basic services: 1) Financial and logistical guidance for establishing an innovative new position in city government, a Chief Resilience Officer, who will lead the city’s resilience efforts; 2) Expert support for development of a robust resilience strategy; 3) Access to solutions, service providers, and partners from the private, public and NGO sectors who can help them develop and implement their resilience strategies; and 4) Membership of a global network of member cities who can learn from and help each other. 100RC has asked the USWP network to consider assisting with service number three by offering a unique platform that can be leverage to improve resilience and build water security. Travel and expenses may be available for NGOs and university partners. 
  • Request for Information: Briefly describe the capabilities, resources and expertise your organization could leverage as part of a USWP approach to the 100RC initiative.
  • Deadline: Please email submissions to Marc Dettmann with the USWP Secretariat at Marc.Dettmann@getf.org, by COB on Wednesday,October 7, 2015.
8th World Water Forum in Brazil
  • Description: Building on the success from the USA Pavilion at the 7th World Water Forum, the USWP Secretariat is in preparation to best enhance our partners' experience at the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia, Brazil. USWP partners have a strong representation on the World Water Forum Board of Governors, with participation from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, World Wildlife Fund and the American Society for Civil Engineers - Environment and Water Resources Institute.
  • Request for Information: The theme of the 8th World Water Forum is "Sharing" which fits well in a collective approach to address global water challenges. To help shape the agenda for the next Forum, the World Water Council will convene a kick-off meeting in March 2016 to solicit stakeholder guidance on key issues, challenges and opportunities. Please provide priority issues which the USWP might propose.
  • Deadline: Please email your suggested issues to Chuck Chaitovitz with the USWP Secretariat at Chuck@getf.org by COB on Monday, October 12, 2015.
U.S. and Australia Collaboration
  • Description: The USWP Secretariat has been in discussion with the Australian Water Partnership to identify potential opportunities for collaboration. Both Partnerships have a rich diversity of water expertise, which can be leveraged to address global water challenges.  
  • Request for Information: The USWP Secretariat would like to learn more about our partners' collaborations with Australian stakeholders. In order to identify the issues that will maximize the potential collaboration, the USWP Secretariat is developing a landscape map which outlines 1) Who are the Australian stakeholders, our partners have past or existing collaborations? 2) What issues were addressed?, and 3) Where was the location of the collaboration?
  • Deadline: Please email your interest and responses to the three questions identified above to Chuck Chaitovitz with the USWP Secretariat at Chuck@getf.org by COB on Monday, October 12, 2015.
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