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The First Global Environment Facility International Waters Conference - Agenda, Report, Presentations

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Agenda, report and presentations from the 1st Biennial GEF International Waters Conference in Budapest, Hungary, 14-18 October 2000.

Please Note:BLACK text below represents substantive components of the conference and BLUE links to electronic files for conference papers and presentations, while GRAY indicates other scheduled activities.

Saturday 14 October 2000

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Exhibit set-up
Location: Foyer I/II
3:00 PM - 11:00 PM Internet Café open
Location: Board Room
Beverages provided by Pepsi-Cola General Bottlers International and Computers provided by Compaq Computer Corporation
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Arrival/Registration
Location: Foyer I
5:15 PM - 5:50 PM Moderators, Panelists and Rapporteur meeting -
All moderators, panelists and rapporteurs should attend

Location: Regina I/II
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Welcome Reception
Location: Regina I/II
Sponsored by the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River with support from Clean Fuels Technology, Inc. and Grupo Vitro
6:15 PM - 6:30 PM Remarks: Joachim Bendow,
Executive Secretary, International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River
7:00 PM - 7:15 PM Remarks: Tom Harvey,
Chief Executive Officer, Clean Fuels Technology, Inc.

Sunday, 15 October 2000

7:00 AM Internet Café open
Location: Board Room
Compliments of Compaq Computer Corporation and Pepsi-Cola General Bottlers International
8:00 AM Exhibit Hall open
Location: Foyer I/II
8:00 AM Registration/Hospitality Desk
Location: Foyer I
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Session I. Opening Plenary (60 minutes)
Location: Regina I/II/III

Keynote - Ferenc Ligetvari, Minister, Hungarian Ministry for Environment

Addressing Global Water Resource Issues in the Twenty First Century - Mohammed El-Ashry, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Global Environmental Facility (virtual lecture)

About This Conference - Alfred M. Duda, Senior Advisor, Global Environment Facility

 

10:00 AM - 10:20 AM Coffee Break (20 minutes)
Location: Foyer I
Sponsored by Clean Fuels Technology, Inc. and Grupo Vitro
10:20 AM - 11:45 AM Session II. Introduction to the GEF Plenary (90 minutes)
Location: Regina I/II/III

This session offers participants an overview of the GEF as an institution, its four focal areas and the responsibilities of different partners. In addition, the Operational Strategy and three Operational Programs in international waters are described so that participants might have a better understanding of how their project fits with others that might seem so different. A senior international waters official from each GEF Implementing Agency will provide an analysis of that agency's comparative advantages, portfolio of existing projects, and areas of near-term emphasis as represented by its pipeline of projects in preparation.

Moderator - Alfred M. Duda, Senior Advisor, Global Environment Facility

Introduction to the GEF - Rafael Asenjo, Executive Coordinator, United Nations Development Programme - Global Environment Facility

GEF Operational Strategy and International Waters: A Focus on Country-based Results - Alfred M. Duda, Senior Advisor, Global Environment Facility

Panel: Implementing Agency Perspectives -- Comparative Advantages/Portfolio So Far

Panelists:

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM Break for lunch set-up (30 minutes)
Location: Foyer I
12:15 PM - 2:15 PM Lunch Plenary
Location: Regina I/II/III
Sponsored by Clean Fuels Technology, Inc. and Grupo Vitro

Keynote Luncheon Speaker - The experience of the French GEF in International Waters - Catherine Garetta, Executive Secretary, French GEF

2:15 PM - 3:45 PM Session III. Experience With GEF Strategic (SAP) Projects Plenary (90 minutes)
Location: Regina I/II/III

This plenary session on "strategic projects" provides the opportunity for an exchange of experiences among five multi-country initiatives that have completed their strategic action programmes as part of their initial GEF support. Many GEF international waters projects begin by undertaking strategic work in which countries share information on their transboundary basin or marine ecosystem; agree on the top few priority transboundary issues to be addressed; produce a diagnosis of linkages among transboundary threats and root causes of those threats in each country; and formulate a strategic action programme of policy and institutional reforms, capacity building, and investments to address the few transboundary priorities. Participants will have an opportunity to comment and share their experiences in the discussion session.

Moderator - Andrea Merla, Program Manager, Global Environment Facility

Panelists:

    Black Sea - Laurence Mee, Professor of Coastal and Ocean Policy, Black Sea Environment Programme and United Nations Development Programme

    Red Sea - Dr. Dirar H. Nasr, Coordinator, PERSGA/SAP

    Benguela Current - Mick O'Toole, Acting Coordinator, BCLME Program

    Lake Tanganyika - Shadreck Yona Nsongela, Senior Environmental Impact Assessment Officer, Environmental Council of Zambia

    Bermejo River - Alberto Calcagno, Technical Coordinator, Bermejo SAP

     

Question & Answer/ Discussion (3 min. provocative comments - David LaRoche, Task Manager, United Nations Development Programme)
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM Break (15 minutes)
Location: Foyer I
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Session IV. Lessons of Experience - Longstanding Multicountry Institutions Plenary Session (90 minutes)
Location: Regina I/II/III

This plenary session provides an opportunity for participants to learn from the experiences of leaders associated with six longstanding institutions created to address either transboundary freshwater basins or marine ecosystems. Several of these institutions operate on the basis of international treaties that have been in existence for many decades. Participants are encouraged to ask questions during the discussion period and interact with representatives throughout the meeting. Three of these freshwater basin institutions and one addressing marine systems have been recent recipients of GEF financing that will accelerate their agreed approaches to resolve longstanding priority transboundary issues.

Moderator - Lars Vidaeus, GEF Executive Coordinator, World Bank

Panelists:

Question & Answer/ Discussion
3 minute provocative comments - John Pernetta, Deputy Program Coordinator, United Nations Environment Programme - Global Environment Facility
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM GEF International Waters Needs and Resources Assessment: Confirmation of project needs priorities (60 minutes)
Location: Regina I/II/III

This session will focus on the needs and resources of GEF projects and project managers. Participants will address both needs that must be filled and capacities they have to share resources with all GEF-IW projects. The facilitators will conduct a "ranking" exercise that will be distributed to participants at the conclusion of the conference.

Facilitators - Philip Reynolds, Chief, Water Programme, United Nations Development Programme and Andrew Hudson, Principal Technical Advisor, International Waters, United Nations Development Programme - Global Environment Facility

ADJOURN FOR DAY

Monday 16 October 2000

7:00 AM Internet Café open Location: Board Room

Compliments of Compaq Computer Corporation and Pepsi-Cola General Bottlers International

 

7:00 AM Registration/Hospitality Desk
Location: Foyer I

 

8:00 AM Exhibit Hall open
Location: Foyer I/II

 

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Special Session on Monitoring and Evaluation Plenary (60 minutes)
Location: Regina I/II/III

This plenary session will offer an overview of GEF monitoring and evaluation (M&E) policies and practices. It will also present the results of the recently completed Thematic Review of Multicountry Project Arrangements that focused on GEF International Waters projects. Participants will also learn about the International Waters Program Study that will be carried out as a precursor to the Second Overall Performance Study of the GEF and their expected collaboration.

Moderator - Juha Uitto, Senior Monitoring and Evaluating Specialist, Global Environment Facility

Panelists:

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Session V. Global Water-Related Initiatives - A Briefing Plenary (60 minutes)
Location: Regina I/II/III

Increasing interest in International Waters has led to the development of many new international agreements, initiatives and support systems. The purpose of this session is to brief participants on the resources (products and services) which could improve the effectiveness of GEF International Waters Projects. The session also focuses on possible partnerships with various non-GEF International Waters Initiatives and Processes. Each initiative or process will be described to include what products and services it offers and modalities for partnering with GEF-IW projects as appropriate.

Moderator - Philip Reynolds, Chief, Water Programme, United Nations Development Programme

Panelists:

Question & Answer/Discussion
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Coffee Break (30 minutes)
Location: Foyer I

Sponsored by Clean Fuels Technology, Inc. and Grupo Vitro

 

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Session VI. GEF-Related Activities in International Waters - Two Concurrent Information Session (120 minutes)

Participants may choose to attend one of the following two concurrent sessions

Concurrent Information Session I - General Session
Location: Regiomontanus

GEF has developed a number of programmes, tools and approaches to support and coordinate the rapidly growing portfolio of GEF international waters interventions. This concurrent session will briefly review several of these ongoing initiatives which include technical support, capacity building, investment strategies and coordination frameworks. Participants are invited to query panelists and discuss ways for utilizing these and other relevant tools and programmes to strengthen their own GEF International Waters projects.

Moderator - Tracy Hart, Economist and task team leader, Lake Chad Basin and Niger Basin Project

Panelists:

Question & Answer/Discussion

 

Concurrent Information Session II - Thematic Session Location: Bandini/Marzio

This thematic session addresses GEF efforts to address a wide range of pollution and other environmental management related issues. The topics cover persistent toxic substances, artisanal gold mining, ballast water, land and water initiatives in Africa and the implementation of Strategic Action Plans in the Pacific Small Island Developing States. Most of the projects are in the initial phase of implementation.

Moderator - Chua Thia-Eng, Regional Programme Director, PEMSEA

Panelists:

Question & Answer
    Rapporteur - Marcel Alers, Regional Coordinator - Arab States, United Nations Development Programme - Global Environment Facility
12:30 PM - 2:15 PM Lunch Plenary
Location: Regina I/II/III

Luncheon sponsored by ORBIMAGE

Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Private Sector Perspectives on Water Resources - Jean-Louis Blanc, Senior Vice President, Water Resources, Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux

Presentation: Marshall Faintich, Vice President for Strategic Products, Orbital Imaging Corporation

2:15 PM - 3:45 PM Session VII. Three Concurrent UNEP/UNDP/World Bank Implementing Agency Sessions (90 minutes)

These concurrent sessions will allow projects implemented by each of the three Agencies an opportunity to meet to discuss best practices, resources and other issues. Participants should attend the session led by the Implementing Agency for their GEF project.

Implementing Agency Feedback Session/Question & Answer/Themes

UNEP Session Moderator - John Pernetta, Deputy Program Coordinator, United Nations Environment Programme - Global Environment Facility

Rapporteur - Jorge Rucks, Chief, Geographic Group II (Latin America), Unit for Sustainable Development and Environment in America), Organization of American States (OAS)

UNDP Session Moderator - Andrew Hudson, Principal Technical Advisor, International Waters, United Nations Development Programme - Global Environment Facility

Rapporteur - Maryam Niamir-Fuller, Regional Coordinator for Biodiversity and International Waters for Africa, United Nations Development Programme - Global Environment Facility

World Bank Session Moderator - Walter Garvey, Water Resources Advisor, World Bank

Rapporteur - Hans O. Ibrekk, Senior Environmental Specialist, World Bank

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM Break (15 minutes)
Location: Foyer I

 

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Session VIII. Three concurrent Feedback Sessions (60 minutes)

These concurrent sessions will allow project representatives to meet with their GEF Operational Program counterparts to facilitate interaction among constituencies undertaking similar types of GEF IW projects. Participants are encouraged to exchange experiences about GEF, provide feedback to GEF agencies and partners, ask questions, and to offer suggestions that can help improve future GEF activities. Please refer to the GEF Operational Program listing in your conference packet to find your project and then join that session. Rapporteurs will report the results of each session in a special plenary session at the close of the conference.

Session to be attended by those participants representing projects in GEF Operational Program 8

Facilitator - David Laroche, Task Manager, United Nations Development Programme

NGO - John Waugh, IUCN The World Conservation Union

Rapporteur - Hans O. Ibrekk, Senior Environmental Specialist, World Bank

Session to be attended by those participants representing projects in GEF Operational Program 9

Facilitator - Philip Weller, Director, World Wide Fund for Nature - Danube - Carpathian Programme

NGO - Ger Bergkamp, Water Resources Specialist, IUCN The World Conservation Union

Rapporteur - Maryam Niamir-Fuller, Regional Coordinator for Biodiversity and International Waters for Africa, United Nations Development Programme - Global Environment Facility

Session to be attended by those participants representing projects in GEF Operational Program 10

Facilitator - Peter Boyer, Social Scientist/Secretary to SAB, International Joint Commission

NGO - Magda Toth Nagy, Head of Public Participation Program Area, Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe.

Rapporteur - Jorge Rucks, Chief, Geographic Group II (Latin America), Unit for Sustainable Development and Environment in America, Organization of American States

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM GEF International Waters Needs and Resources Assessment, Second Session (60 minutes)
Location: Regina I/ II/III
This session offers a second opportunity for GEF-IW project managers to address their project needs and resources. Results from the previous session will be shared with the group for discussion.

Facilitator - Philip Reynolds, Chief, Water Programme, United Nations Development Programme and Andrew Hudson, Principal Technical Advisor, International Waters, United Nations Development Programme - Global Environment Facility

ADJOURN FOR DAY

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Optional Presentation - International Waters: LEARN, Live Internet Demonstrations in the Internet Café
Location: Board Room

Dann Sklarew, Director of Science and Education, IW: LEARN

Tuesday 17 October 2000

7:00 AM Internet Café open
Location: Board Room

 

8:00 AM Exhibit Hall open
Location: Foyer I/II

 

8:00 AM Registration/Hospitality Desk
Location: Foyer I

 

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Session IX: Multicountry, National, Local, NGO, Private Sector Participation in IW Programmes Plenary (90 minutes)
Location: Regina II/III

Nearly all International Waters Programmes deal with transboundary environmental and resource management concerns, embrace ecosystem wide and multi-disciplinary approaches and involve more than one country. GEF's role focuses on the promotion and consolidation of consultation, co-ordination and monitoring mechanisms and the development of institutional capacity not only at the inter-governmental level but more so between a wide range of governmental and non-governmental institutions. This session will examine the lessons learned, the desirability and benefits of broad multi-stakeholder involvement in International Waters Programmes and make recommendations on the adoption of the most effective and efficient approaches that can lead to palpable progress in the equitable management of transboundary issues.

Moderator - Chidi Ibe, Regional Technical Advisor, UNDP/UNIDO Guinea Current LME Project

Panelists:

Question & Answer/Discussion
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Coffee Break (30 minutes)
Location: Foyer I

Sponsored by Clean Fuels Technology, Inc. and Grupo Vitro

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Session X. Two Concurrent Thematic Sessions - Freshwater Basin Issues & Coastal/Marine/LME Issues (90 minutes)

Conference participants may choose to attend one of the following two concurrent sessions- freshwater basin issues or coastal, marine and LME issues.

Session I. Freshwater Basin Issues
Location: Regiomontanos/Salon IV

This thematic session will focus on issues relating to transboundary freshwater management. The session will span presentations on groundwater (scientific and management issues including conjunctive use), environmental aspects of freshwater management, the case of lake basins, as well as an update on the World Bank's Water Strategy. The session will also balance presentations of specific cases (Lake Victoria in East Africa and the Guarani Aquifer in South America) with conceptual and strategic aspects of water management.

Moderator - Karin Kemper, Senior Water Resources Specialist, World Bank

Panelists:

    World Bank Water Strategy - Walter Garvey, Water Resources Advisor, World Bank

    Lake Basin Issues/Lake Victoria - Christopher Nyirabu, Regional/National Executive Secretary, LVEMP

    Freshwater Basins and Nature - Ger Bergkamp, Water Resources Specialist, IUCN The World Conservation Union

    Science View-Importance of Groundwater - Miguel Medina, Professor, Duke University

    Case of the Guarani Aquifer - Professor Aldo Reboucas, The University of Sao Paulo - Brazil

    Rapporteur - Isabelle Vanderbeck, Programme Officer, United Nations Environment Programme.

Session II. Coastal/Marine/LME Issues.
Location: Regina I

This thematic session will examine issues related to effective management of coastal areas and large marine ecosystems (LME). Topics to be addressed will include how effectively the "ecosystem approach" has been used; the supportiveness of International Waters OPs for interventions needed to address transboundary coastal/marine issues; the optimal scale for addressing a range of marine and coastal issues; specific impediments to the design and implementation of projects; and, specific innovative solutions that have been created/discovered to address these impediments.

Moderators - John Waugh, IUCN The World Conservation Union and Tom Laughlin, Deputy Director, International Affairs, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Panelists:

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch Plenary
Location: Regina II/III

Sponsored by Ernst & Young

Luncheon Keynote Speaker: The Global Water Market - What next ? - Michael Lynch-Bell, Co-Director - Global Energy Corporate Finance, Ernst & Young

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Session XI. Three Concurrent Feedback Sessions (continued from Monday) (60 minutes)
Location: Regina II/III

Session to be attended by those participants representing projects in GEF Operational Program 8
Location: Bandini

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM Rapporteurs Report Plenary
Location: Regina II/III

This plenary session will feature reports from rapporteurs involved with each GEF Operational Programme session.

Moderator - Lars Vidaeus, GEF Executive Coordinator, World Bank Discussion

Rapporteurs

Hans O. Ibrekk, Senior Environmental Specialist, World Bank

Maryam Niamir-Fuller, Regional Coordinator for Biodiversity and International Waters for Africa, United Nations Development Programme - Global Environment Facility

Jorge Rucks, Chief, Geographic Group II (Latin America), Unit for Sustainable Development and Environment in America, Organization of American States

 

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM Break (15 minutes)
Location: Foyer I

 

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Session XII Closing Plenary: Way Ahead For Next Two Years (90 minutes)
Location: Regina II/III

Moderator - Alfred M. Duda, Senior Advisor, Global Environment Facility

Panel: Summary of what the Global Environment Facility has heard

Panelists:

    Andrew Hudson, Principal Technical Advisor, International Waters, United Nations Development Programme - Global Environment Facility

    John Pernetta, Deputy Program Coordinator, United Nations Environment Programme - Global Environment Facility

    Walter Garvey, Water Resources Advisor, World Bank

    Andrea Merla, Program Manager, Global Environment Facility

Question & Answer
Open Discussion

Thank you to organizers - Andrew Hudson, UNDP-GEF

6:15 - 9:00 PM Special Reception in Budapest's City Park
Sponsored by East European Recycling and Environment Company and Pepsi-Cola General Bottlers International in cooperation with the American Chamber of Commerce

Location: Szechenyi Kert Restaurant located next to the historic Szechenyi Bath. Please meet in the lobby of the Kempinski Hotel promptly at 6:15 PM to load the buses transporting attendees to the Special Reception in the City Park. Buses will return to the Kempinski Hotel on a regular basis beginning at 8:00 pm.

Wednesday, 18 October 2000

6:00 AM - 8:00 AM Exhibit Hall take-down
Location: Foyer I/II

 

7:00 AM - 12:00 PM Internet Café open
Location: Board Room

 

7:00 AM - 12:00 PM Registration/Hospitality Desk
Location: Foyer I

 

8:15 AM Depart Kempinski Hotel and walk to the Vigad÷ TÚr ship station (Located on the Danube Waterfront between the Elisabeth and Old Chain bridge)
8:30 AM Begin boarding of ship - the "Budapest"
9:00 AM Boat departs
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Breakfast and Site Visit on the Danube River aboard "The Budapest" Sponsored by the Hungarian Ministry for Environment

Join the Hungarian Ministry of Environment for breakfast and a special narrated tour on the Danube River.

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