Pacific Water Partnership Newsletter: Issue 24, January - April 2010

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Welcome to the 24th newsletter of the Pacific Partnership Initiative on Sustainable Water Management. This Quarterly Newsletter provides Water and Sanitation information to Pacific member governments, professionals, NGOs,  CBOs, researchers, private sector and counterparts in the donor community who are interested in water sector issues and initiatives.

This month of April marks exactly eight years since the Asian Development Bank and SOPAC jointly started the extensive consultative process that eventually led to the Pacific Regional Action Plan on Sustainable Water Management and its associated Partnership Initiative. 

Since then, attention to water and sanitation in the Pacific region has increased markedly with many countries and partners taking action to improve the management of water resources and address vital water supply and sanitation issues. 

Despite these extra efforts it is clear from the latest WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Report (featured in one of the newsletter articles) that the Pacific region as a whole will be unlikely to meet the Water and Sanitation Millennium Development Goal Targets.

As we have entered the last five years of the “Water for Life Decade” (2005-2015) it is essential that the call for action on water and sanitation is renewed and invigorated.

With this new outlook of the Partnership Newsletter we would like to contribute to increasing the attention to Water and Sanitation and mobilise renewed commitment and action in the region.

We appreciate your contributions to future issues of the newsletter and we highly value your assistance in disseminating the information to others so that it reaches the widest possible audience.

If you would like to comment on any articles or submit stories on your activities, upcoming events, vacancies or recent reports for the next newsletter please forward them to SOPAC Water Communications Advisor Tiy Chung (, or IWRM Project Officer Subhashni Raj ( at the SOPAC Secretariat. The next newsletter will be released late July 2010. 

Your feedback and inputs are most appreciated and we look forward to the next action-packed five years! 

Marc Overmars 

Facilitator of the Pacific Partnership Initiative on Sustainable Water Management      


World Water Day, March 22, 2010

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