Theme 4: Capacity Building

The issue of capacity in the water sector is an essential crosscutting topic.  In the face of complex issues to be solved, it is necessary to strengthen education, training and awareness and stimulate the creation of learning networks, thus accelerating the implementation of best practices in the sector.


Capacity Building is essential at all levels.  Enhancing capacities and competencies of local governments and building on traditional knowledge is also crucial to ensure sustainable water and sanitation services. By strengthening water education, it is possible to raise awareness about how to better manage water resources.


This theme emphasizes the role of education and training for success of any water projects. It also perceives the importance of the role of S&T (Science and Technology) in development and application of leading edge/appropriate technology, which includes developing guidance on the use of S&T to implement and develop policies. Financing education and capacity building will also be stressed as a critical element in water strategies and implementation of IWRM (Implementing Integrated Water Resource Management) at all levels. 


The theme highlights the importance of building capacity for setting up integrated smart monitoring systems, including systems adapted to monitoring indicators for SDG targets. This, combined with other actions, may assist in the implementation of the ‘water target’ SDG-6. (international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries), linked to the SDG-4 (education) and the SDG-17 (means of implementation).


The theme will be developed in one Topic and 3 sessions:


Topic 41: Enhancing Education and Capacity:

Session 411 – Civil Society – Water Resources Management;

Session 412 – Grantor – Legislation, Regulation and Financing;

Session 413 – Operator and Service Provider.

Álvaro Diogo Teixeira
Technologist in Hydraulics and Environmental Sanitation at the Faculty of Technology of São Paulo. He holds a Master´s degree in Productive Systems by the State Center of Technological Education Paula Souza with the dissertation "Development of rainwater collector in urban environment and preliminary characterization of the water from the initial flow flush)". He was representative of the Upper Tietê River Basin Committee (CBH-AT/2013-2015). He coordinates the Young Professionals of Sanitation (JPS) program of the Brazilian Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering (ABES) and is a member of the Board of Directors of ABES São Paulo Section and the Editorial Board of Bio Magazine. He is a commercial technical manager at Infinitytech Engeneering and Environment. He is the secretary of the Special Studies Committee of ABNT, which reviews ABNT NBR 15.527: 2007. He has experience with technological education in Hydraulics, urban drainage projects, use of rainwater and hydraulic-building facilities.
Ana Silvia Pereira
Ana is a civil engineer graduated from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (2002) - UFMG. She has a Masters Degree (2005) and Doctorate (2010) in Civil Engineering - Technology of Environmental Sanitation and Water Resources at COPPE/UFRJ. She is a Professor of the Department of Sanitary Engineering and Environment of the State University of Rio de Janeiro - DESMA / UERJ. She is a coordinator of the Undergraduate Program in Environmental Engineering at UERJ and a permanent member of the Environmental Engineering Program at UERJ (Professional Masters Degree) PEAMB / UERJ. She works in engineering projects applied to environmental sanitation, sewage treatment, wastewater treatment, reuse of effluents and control of water pollution.
Isaac Volschan Jr.
Escola Politécnica da UFRJ
Isaac is a civil and sanitary engineer, D.Sc in Production Engineering. He is a full Professor at the Dept. of Water Resources and Environment of the Polytechnic School of UFRJ. He works in the undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering at UFRJ. He is a coordinator of the Specialization Course in Sanitary and Environmental Engineering at UFRJ. He also coordinates the Experimental Center for Environmental Sanitation of UFRJ and the research projects of programs of FINEP, CNPq, CAPES, FAPERJ and CYTED. He is a consultant of the COPPETEC Foundation, among others, engineering projects applied to urban environmental sanitation and a member of the board of directors of ABES-RJ.
José Manuel Pereira Vieira
Universidade do Minho - Portugal
He is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Minho/Portugal and invited professor at the Universities of Coimbra, Santiago de Compostela and São Paulo. Graduated in Civil Engineering from FEUP, Master in Sanitary Engineering (IHE Delft-Holland) and PhD in Civil Engineering (UMinho). He is a specialist in Sanitary Engineering and Hydraulics and Water Resources, with the title Professional of Engineer Advisor of the Order of Engineers of Portugal. Mr. Vieira teaches and researches in the fields of Hydraulics, Water Resources and Sanitary Engineering. He was Pro-Rector and Vice-Rector of UMinho. He is currently the President of the FEANI-European Federation of National Engineering Associations.
María Del Pilar G Pachón
Universidad Externado de Colombia
Lawyer and specialist in Mining Law of the Externado University of Colombia, director of the Dept. of Environmental Law and the Research Group on Environmental Law of the institution. MSc in Environmental Policy and Management from Carlos III University of Madrid. Diploma of Advanced Studies in Public Properties and Environment of the University of Saragoza and PhD in Law in the program of Public Properties and Environment of this university. She has done projects and legal advice for the Controllership of Bogotá, Ministry of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development, Secretariat of the Environment of Bogotá, Institute of Studies of the Public Ministry, among others. Author of publications related to legislation on water resources, integrated management of water resources, environmental sanitation procedures, law and climate change, environmental tax instruments, persistent organic pollutants.
María Luisa Baltra
Universidad Finis Terrae/Chile
She is a lawyer, holds a Master´s Degree in Mining Law and is postgraduate in Water Law. She is an academic and the director of the Masters in Environmental Law course at the Finis Terrae University in Santiago, Chile. She also teaches graduate and postgraduate courses at several universities in the country in the areas of Water Law, Mining Law and Environmental Law. María has completed courses of improvement for the Judiciary for more than 10 years in the area of ​​Mining and Water Law. She has trained the National Service of Geology and Mining (Sernageomin) of Chile in subjects of her specialty. She has been considered five times by the Supreme Court for the position of Minister of the Environmental Court of Santiago.
Orestes Gonçalves
Civil Engineer, MSc, PhD and Professor/Polytechnic School/University of São Paulo - Poli-USP, professor since 1975. He coordinated the PURA-USP Rational Water Use Program (from 1997 to 2015). He is a member of the following institutions: CIB-W62 - Water Supply and Drainage for Buildings of the CIB - International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction/National Committee for the Technological Development of Housing – CTECH/Ministry of the Cities in Brazil; Coordinator of the Technical Committee on the Water theme of CBCS - Brazilian Council for Sustainable Construction; Curator Council of FCTH - Hydraulic Technological Center Foundation; Curator Council of FUSP - Support Foundation to USP; President of the ARSESP Basic Sanitation Guidance Board.

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