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Capacity Building

Regional Workshops

GEMS/Water carries out its mandate for capacity building through the provision of regional workshops in monitoring and water quality management. One of the main goals of each workshop is to provide a useful environment for open and frank discussions from both GEMS/Water and participating country perspectives.

  • Water Quality Monitoring in Southern and Eastern Africa: Challenges and Opportunities (April 2012)
              Download  Report of the Workshop

 Training Courses

GEMS/Water provides a modular approach to training in monitoring and water quality management. Our training guide International Courses & Modular Series describes a series of courses that are offered through the GEMS/Water Programme and our partners. The training program is oriented toward assisting developing countries in setting up basic capabilities for water resources management or in modernizing existing programs. 

  • Provision of expertise in freshwater quality management
  • Monitoring programme review
  • Field sampling guidance


Evaluation Services

As a service to national water quality monitoring agencies, the GEMS/Water Programme undertakes specialized auditing activities. These include a review and evaluation of the efficiency, technical rigor, and scientific credibility of all aspects of water quality monitoring programmes, from design to implementation.

GEMS/Water also provides national laboratories with the technical basis to judge their own ability to address departmental water quality monitoring responsibilities. As well, GEMS/Water can assist laboratories to prepare for international accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025.

For more information, download the Evaluation Services brochure (English | French | Spanish).

Some previous examples of customized Evaluation Services are:


Miscellaneous Capacity Building Activities

Vulnerability of Water Resources to Environmental Change in Africa (page 9 of document)