Capacity Building Program

  • Resent 2015-2016

  • Beneficiary Capacity building in the Use of GIS Tools for Water Infrastructure Planning and Management

Title:  GIS for Dam Safety & Water Resources Planning Project

Client:   Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka

In Collaboration with the ICGAT University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Number of Water Practitioners Trained (Direct Beneficiaries) – 20 Civil Engineers

Duration – 4 weeks

Course Team:  Prof N.T.S. Wijesekera, Ms G. Edirisinghe, Mr. Waruna Rasanga

Course Brief:  Short term training on the utilization of Geographic Information Systems for Water Infrastructure Development activities in the regions associated with the Mahaweli River Authority, Sri Lanka. The work involved case study examples and hands on training on techniques for groundwater and surface water planning, techniques for computing spatial averages of rainfall, land use, stakeholder involvements.  The Tool used was ArcGIS with other Microsoft Office software.  Raster and Vector models and using Model Builder for conceptual modelling for water resources applications was the main attraction.

  • Beneficiary Capacity building in the Use of Modelling Tools for Water Infrastructure Planning and Management

Title:  2-Day – Modeling River Flow and Morphodynamics Workshop

In Collaboration with USGS, UMCSAWM, Hokkaido University

Number of Water Practitioners Trained (Direct Beneficiaries) – 38 Water Modelers

Duration – 2 Days

Core Team Involved for Workshop

Prof. Yasuyuki Shimizu          Japan   Hokkiado University

Prof. Ichiro Kimura     Japan   Hokkiado University

Dr. Tomoko Kyuka     Japan   Hokkiado University

Dr. Jonathan Nelson   USA    United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Dr. Duminda Perera    Japan

Dr. Lalith Rajapakse   UMCSAWM, Sri Lanka

Course Brief:  The workshop covered a broad spectrum of river modelling techniques within the International River Interface Cooperative public-domain modelling interface. The workshop covered almost all aspects starting with basic data input and stepping through the process of grid generation, model execution, visualization and verification. Participants were taught on how to effectively use the modelling approaches like, FaSTMECH, Nays2DH, NaysFlood and NaysCube

Earlier – (2011 – 2014)

Title:  Capacity Building on Environmentally Sustainable Rural Infrastructure Construction and Monitoring and On Site Training

Key words: Sustainable Environment, Infrastructure Development, Livelihood Improvement, Rural Development, District, Sri Lanka

Client:   Ministry of Economic Development, Government of Sri Lanka

In Collaboration with the Gemi Diriya Project (Environmental Evaluation of Community Development and Livelihood Improvement Project), Ministry of Economic Development of Sri Lanka

 

Number of Water Practitioners Trained (Direct Beneficiaries) – Approximately 90 Environmental Monitoring and Technical Staff engaged in Construction Supervision related to Rural infrastructure development in the Gemi Diriya Project

Indirect Beneficiaries:  Community recipient stakeholders in the respective districts

Duration of Each Training –  Short Sessions of 1 -2 days at each station covering approximately 12 locations with repeated training (period 2011 -2013)

Spatial Coverage – Four Districts in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka – Badulla, Ratnapura, Hambantota, Monaragala

Course Team:  Professor N.T.S. Wijesekera and UMCSAWM staff

Course Brief:  Lectures on the sustainable development of rural infrastructure including roads, community buildings, rehabilitation of village reservoirs.  Methods of supervision and monitoring, key areas that need to be looked at for the sustenance of the infrastructure being constructed along with the sustenance of the environment in which the infrastructure is placed.  Uses of rapid assessment techniques, key data collection requirements, visual observation methods, qualitative and quantitative indicator development.  Hands on exercises were conducted with the group-wise practical work by visiting sub project locations and with visual observations, detail inspection form files and with extensive stakeholder consultation on pre and post situations about each project.

 

 

Title:  Capacity Building on Environmentally Sustainable Rural Infrastructure Construction and Monitoring and On site Training

Key words: Sustainable Environment, Infrastructure Development, Livelihood Improvement, Rural Development, District, Sri Lanka, Empowerment, Security and Social Inclusion

Client:   Ministry of Economic Development, Government of Sri Lanka

In Collaboration with the Empowerment, Security & Social Inclusion Project of North and East of Sri Lanka project (Reawakening Project) of Ministry of Economic Development Sri Lanka

Number of Water Practitioners Trained (Direct Beneficiaries) – Approximately 140 Environmental Monitoring and Technical Staff engaged in Construction Supervision related to Rural infrastructure development in the Reawakening Project

Indirect Beneficiaries:  Community recipient stakeholders in the respective districts

Duration of Each Training –  Short Sessions of 1 -2 days at each station covering approximately 12 locations with repeated training (period 2011 -2013)

Spatial Coverage – 10 Districts Northern, North Western, North East, North Central and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka –Putlam, Mannar, Vavunia, Kilinochchi, Jaffana, Mullativu, Trincomalee, Baticaloa, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura

Course Team:  Professor N.T.S. Wijesekera and UMCSAWM staff

Course Brief:  Lectures on the sustainable development of rural infrastructure including roads, community buildings, rehabilitation of village reservoirs.  Methods of supervision and monitoring, key areas that need to be looked at for the sustenance of the infrastructure being constructed along with the sustenance of the environment in which the infrastructure is placed.  Uses of rapid assessment techniques, key data collection requirements, visual observation methods, qualitative and quantitative indicator development.  Hands on exercises were conducted with the group-wise practical work by visiting sub project locations and with visual observations, detail inspection form files and with extensive stakeholder consultation on pre and post situations about each project.  In summary main capacity building was in the areas of Development of Rapid Environmental Evaluation Formats, Development of evaluation guides for sustainable infrastructure construction, Project Monitoring while ensuring sustainable development goals.

 

Title:  Capacity Building on Environmental Auditing

Environmental Auditing of Environmentally Sustainable Rural Infrastructure Construction and Monitoring

Key words: Sustainable Environment, Infrastructure Development, Livelihood Improvement, Rural Development, District, Sri Lanka, Empowerment, Security and Social Inclusion

Client:   Ministry of Economic Development, Government of Sri Lanka

In Collaboration with the Empowerment, Security & Social Inclusion Project of North and East of Sri Lanka project (Reawakening Project) and the Gemi Diriya Project (Environmental Evaluation of Community Development and Livelihood Improvement Project), Ministry of Economic Development of Sri Lanka

Number of Water Practitioners Trained (Direct Beneficiaries) – 7 Environmental Officers from the Monitoring staff from the Reawakening Project and from the Gemi Diriya Project

Indirect Beneficiaries:  Community recipient stakeholders in the respective districts

Duration of Each Training –  Intensive training of 4 weeks at the University of Moratuwa and Gemi Diriya Office at Kotte, Sri Lanka, followed by supervised auditing and unsupervised auditing of community livelihood enhancement projects in 12 Districts (period 2011 -2013)

Spatial Coverage – 12 Districts Northern, North Western, North East, North Central and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka – Putlam, Mannar, Vavunia, Kilinochchi, Jaffana, Mullativu, Trincomalee, Baticaloa, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Ampara, Kandy.

(The course participants after the training conducted an actual audit in the areas listed above to fulfill the World Bank requirements – the list of projects audited are in the Table below.)

Course Team:  Professor N.T.S. Wijesekera and UMCSAWM staff

Course Brief:  Lectures on environmental sustainability, environmental requirements during infrastructure development work, adaptation and mitigation measures, operation and maintenance plans, documentation requirements during planning, designing and construction, EMP, monitoring formats, stakeholder consultations and data collection.   Concerns with respect to physical, biological and soci0-econoimc environments. Evaluation and available practices to identify, efforts taken to avoid an environmental hazard, attempts taken to ensure wildlife sustenance, efforts taken to ensure vegetation sustenance, efforts taken to ensure sustenance of aquatic life, efforts taken to minimize pollution, community participation & ownership of the developed infrastructure to assure sustainability.  Assessment of the situation with respect to the Gemi Diriya and Re awakening Projects, development and testing of environmental auditing guidelines, field testing, supervised audit, blind audit, and preparation of audit reports.

Districts covered by the Environmental Audit – Spatial areas of Direct and Indirect Beneficiaries

 

Title:  Capacity Building on GPS for Field Data Collection

 

Field Data Collection using Handheld GPS for Planning and Management of Environmental Resources

 

Key words: Sustainable Environment, Infrastructure Development, Stakeholder, Field Data,  Handheld, Global Positioning Systems, GIS

 

Client:   Department of Agriculture Insurance, Government of Sri Lanka

In Collaboration with the Department of Agriculture Insurance, Sri Lanka

 

Number of Water Practitioners Trained (Direct Beneficiaries) – 8 Agriculture Project  Monitoring staff

Indirect Beneficiaries:  Insured Stakeholder Farmers in the districts

Duration of Each Training –  Intensive training of One weeks at the University of Moratuwa (period 2009 -10 -2013)

Spatial Coverage – Colombo and Regional Offices.

Course Team:  Professor N.T.S. Wijesekera, Dr. K.M.P.S. Bandara, Ms Nimni Sooriyabandara, Ms Gayani Edirisinghe, and UMCSAWM staff

Course Brief:  Lectures on GPS systems,  Types of GPS systems, Advantages and Disadvantages,  Methods of using Handheld GPS,  Georeferencing and Preparing GIS databases,  Hands on field wxercises.

Title:  Capacity Building on GPS for Field Data Collection

 

Field Data Collection using Handheld GPS for Planning and Management of Environmental Resources

 

Key words: Sustainable Environment, Infrastructure Development, Stakeholder, Field Data, Handheld, Global Positioning Systems, GIS

 

Client:   Ministry of Water Supply, Battaramulla, Government of Sri Lanka

In Collaboration with the Service Delivery Assessment Progra Ministry of Water Supply, Sri Lanka

 

Number of Water Practitioners Trained (Direct Beneficiaries) – 12 Water Project Monitoring staff

Indirect Beneficiaries:  Insured Stakeholder Farmers in the districts

Duration of Each Training –  Intensive training of One weeks at the University of Moratuwa (period 2009 -10 -2013)

Spatial Coverage – Colombo and Regional Offices.

Course Team:  Professor N.T.S. Wijesekera, Ms Gayani Edirisinghe, and UMCSAWM staff

Course Brief:  Lectures on GPS systems, Types of GPS systems, Advantages and Disadvantages, Methods of using Handheld GPS,  Georeferencing and Preparing GIS databases,  Hands on field wxercises.