From 7 – 9 December 2017, the first GEMS/Water training workshop “Monitoring programme and network design for surface water bodies” was held at the UN Environment Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop was hosted by the team of the GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre (UCC, Cork, Ireland) and introduced the principles and step-by-step procedures for designing water quality monitoring programmes for freshwater bodies. The workshop was aimed at participants directly involved in water quality monitoring at the operational level. It was attended by 22 participants from 16 African countries.
Philipp Saile from the International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change has successfully contributed to the workshop by holding a session on storage, quality control and handling of water quality monitoring data.