Meeting „"Napostá and its integration to the urban dynamics" in Bahía Blanca, Argentina

Bahia Blanca, April 2014

On April 9th, 2014, the Meeting "The Napostá and its integration to the urban dynamics" was developed at Facultad Regional Bahia Blanca, Universidad Tecnológica Nacional in the frame of the Workpackage C2: „Concepts for environmental education“.

The meeting was very successful and it counted with the participation of interest groups, invited after a study of CapWEM. The proposal was to consolidate a participative environment, to contribute with and evaluate proposals aimed at "enhancing and integrating the urban dynamic and resources of Napostá".

Among participants, it counted with representatives of the municipal government of Bahia Blanca, the Secretary of Environment and the Secretary for Open Government, representatives of the legislative, block presidents of the Honorable City Council, and members of local NGO`s and local media. Members of the academy were also present, from different research and teaching groups from Universidad Nacional del Sur and Universidad Tecnológica Nacional.

First, a brief exposition took place about CapWEM and about a study on "Revaluation of the Napostá integration into the urban dynamics of the city of Bahía Blanca". The meeting aimed at exchanging concepts from previous and future proposals, that could change the way the stream is perceived and that could promote its recreation use. This meeting was the starting point for an agenda that was based on preventive actions of flood risk.

Publications on the advanced agenda and on participation forms are available at related websites (,

CapWEM members of UTN-FRBB appreciated interest and participation on this event.

Event Benefits of networks and cooperations” at UCA in San Salvador

March, 2014

On January 28th, 2014, the event “Benefits of networks and cooperations” took place at the partner university Universidad Centroamericana “José Simeón Cañas” (UCA) in San Salvador. During the event, members of the university presented the results of UCA’s participation in six ALFA-Projects during the last four years: CapWEM, ALTER-NATIVA, CESAR, EURECA, TELESCOPI and TUNING. Presentations show a positive balance for UCA on their way to improve Higher Education and to foster economic and social development.

You can find more information at UCA`s press release

Presentations are available at our download area.

Capacity Development Seminar “How to write scientific papers?” at UCA in San Salvador

March, 2014

On the 10th and 11th of March, 2014, the partner university Universidad Centroamericana “José Simeón Cañas” (UCA), in San Salvador, conducted the training course “How to write scientific papers?”. The lectures were held by Prof. José Rafael Marques da Silva from the Portuguese University of Évora. The main objective of the course was to develop the capacities of the University’s staff in preparing papers for publications, conferences or journals. In total, 22 participants attended the course. Most of them were members of the UCA, but there were also participants of external institutions, from ministries and private companies.


Capacity Development Seminar “Soil and Water Management in Watershed” at the Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil

February, 2014

As part of activities of the Capacity Building in Water Engineering and Environmental Management a seminar on the Impacts of Agriculture on Water Resources was held at the Center for Rural Sciences, Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil from Monday, 7 – 9th October 2013. The theme of the Seminar was: “Soil and Water Management in Watershed”. The seminar was well attended by over 130 professionals; students and experts from public and private institutions of the States of Rio Grande do Sul, Paraná and Santa Catarina. Participants were drawn from the Water, Agriculture, Forestry, Environment, Engineering Sciences and Social Sciences sectors.

The objectives of the seminar were to:

  • show the results of first seminar and propositions made after the conclusions
  • discuss the pertinent effects of soil use and management on watershed ecosystems
  • proffer better and efficient watershed monitoring and discuss the future perspectives
  • foster collaboration and integration of research on watersheds.

Part of the activities was a technical excursion to the Watershed Experimental Station in São Gabriel, RS, Brazil. Studies in the region have been monitoring various hydrologic processes and parameters in the paired natural and forest (eucalyptus) vegetation.

Prior to the seminar, an interview was held with the ALFA Project Assistant at UFSM, Forestry Engr. Miriam Fernanda Rodrigues, who commented on some details of the ALFA project. She highlighted the objectives and benefits of the ALFA project for the University. Moreover, she shed light on the second workshop on the Impact of Agriculture on Water Resources, an initiative supported by the ALFA project which promotes the meeting of students and researchers as well as stimulating debate and discussion of problems and studies done on this subject-matter.

The interview was shown live on the local television network, "Campus TV" Channel and can be watched in full at:

A comprehensive report about the seminar is available in the download area.

Capacity Development Seminar “Introduction in Geoinformation Systems and Application in Environmental Management” at UCA in San Salvador

San Salvador, January 2014

From January 13th to 24th 2014, the partner university Universidad Centroamericana “José Simeón Cañas” (UCA) in San Salvador will conduct the training course “Introduction in Geoinformation Systems and Application in Environmental Management”(flyer).

The objective of the course is to improve capacities of UCA’s staff in this important methodology of environmental planning. The course comprises a total of 30 hours; and lectures will be held by Prof. José Rafael Marques da Silva, from the Portuguese University of Évora, during the afternoons, between 2:30 and 5:30 pm.

This training course is an initiative within CapWEM’s work package A3 "Continuing education in water management". For more information, please refer to the program (in Spanish).

"Water Resource Management at Community Level: an approach to watershed management"

Talca, October 2013

The CapWEM partner university in Chile conducted a seminar on 3rd of October 2013 at the campus in Curicó. 60 representatives of municipalities, public services and companies participated; the Chilean Ministry of Environment and The National Council for Cleaner Production attended as well.

The main objective of CapWEM is to develop human capital capabilities and to contribute to the improvement of higher education in the field of water and environmental management to strengthen socioeconomic development in Latin America. CapWEM especially aims to foster relationships between higher education institutions and the public / private sector.

The objective of the seminar was to:

  • Publicize successful experiences in water management at local level with a watershed approach
  • Generate a forum for dialogue and knowledge of various social, political, technical and business, in relation to the management of water resources at local level
  • Analyze the institutional and legal framework in force in Chile for water management at local level
  • Contribute to lay the foundation for the development of a forum for dialogue and coordination between different actors of the region, for the management of water resources in the river basin Mataquito.

The presentations of the seminar are available in the download area.