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GEF IW Community Platform

by Khristine Custodio last modified Feb 27, 2013 12:30 PM
The GEF IW Community Platform is the interactive online platform where stakeholders, communities of practice (CoPs) can gather, collaborate and share their knowledge and experiences in transboundary waters management.

The Communities of Practice (CoPs) act as a catalytic coalition among GEF IW projects to promote learning that meets project-level priorities. They are designed to build on existing knowledge from inside and outside the GEF portfolio and be responsive to the learning needs of the GEF IW projects. The CoPs provide an opportunity to link the various projects according to their learning needs, and knowledge and experience available.


IW:LEARN is providing the online GEF IW Community Platform, which comes with well-integrated tools and secure access, to GEF IW projects and CoPs to enable them to collaborate across the globe.

The community platform features:

  • Strong e-mail integration iconSimple, intuitive and lightweight interface
  • Easy-to-use set of well-integrated tools
  • Capability to collaborate securely with practitioners, collaborators, and individuals who are external to a project or organization

To know more about the features of the online community platform or send a request to join the community platform, contact the IW:LEARN Team. Please take the time to read these Terms of Use carefully.

A Primer on the GEF IW Community Platform

Here are some useful information about the GEF IW Community Platform:

  1. Login: Go to http://community.iwlearn.net and login with your e-mail address, normally where you receive notifications, and your password. You may reset your password or check your login details any time from the login page. Look for the I forgot my username/password link.
  2. The GEF IW Community Platform and communities:  The GEF IW Community Platform enables online collaboration among transboundary waters management practitioners within online spaces called “communities”. Each community has its own goals and topic/s of interest as well as its own set of members. The moderator administers a community for any members. A member of the Community Platform can become a member of several communities joining voluntarily a community or by accepting the invitation of a moderator. There is no limit to the number of communities that can be created in the Community Platform.  While in the Community Platform, a member is only able to see public communities and communities that s/he has membership. Some communities are set as private mainly because membership is by invitation only.
  3. E-mail participation using the Blog tool: The joy of participating without logging in. You don’t need to leave the comfort of your e-mail inbox to post a new item or start a discussion or to respond. Once on an e-mail notification, simply hit the ‘reply’ button. Both replies and new postings done via e-mail or by logging in to the platform will be archived in the platform and sent to all members of a community. Keep in mind to never reply or send to alerts@community.iwlearn.net or NOREPLY-alerts@community.iwlearn.net.
    You may check the e-mail address for a specific community by inspecting the ‘From’ field of a notification.  Again,
    alerts@community.iwlearn.net or NOREPLY-alerts@community.iwlearn.net does not count. You may also view the slideshow on e-mail participation.
  4. Digest notification: We have developed this feature for those who prefer to have less ‘noise’ in their inbox. Daily digest provides a single, consolidated notification from all communities you've set to notify you on a daily basis; Weekly digest provides a single consolidated notification from all communities you've set to notify you on a weekly basis. Please take note that digest notifications will only give you a snapshot of the interactions in your community but will require you to login to participate or to read a lengthy post. Keep your notification to Immediately if you want to be able to participate by e-mail.
    Go to ‘My Profile’ (at the top-right part of every page) then ‘Manage Communities’ to configure your notifications. You may also view the
    slideshow on setting notifications.
  5. Experts Roster: As a response to an increasing demand for support in various areas of environmental and water management, the Experts Roster was created to provide key expertise, access to knowledge, and technical backstopping to stakeholders of the GEF IW Portfolio. If you are interested to join the experts database, please complete your profile and upload your CV. You may also view the slideshow on editing profile and the experts roster.
  6. It is a trust-based online community. The ‘https’ (the same ‘Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure’ used in online banking and secure online transaction) on the address bar which indicate that this online community is highly protected from vulnerabilities to crucial attacks and surveillance. Membership is also by invitation only (by moderators, members and platform administrators). As such, we expect members to use the Community Platform in a responsible and conscientious manner, and with respect to other members.  Read the Terms of Use.
Ongoing CoPs and Discussions:
  • Groundwater CoP
    The GEF Groundwater Community of Practice (CoP) is aimed at facilitating the exchange of knowledge and experience on groundwater resources management from the GEF IW portfolio and beyond. This CoP is facilited and moderated by UNESCO-IHP.
  • Surface Freshwater CoP
    The workspace is provided to the Surface Freshwater Community of Practice (CoP) for sharing learning resources and tools that support dissemination and knowledge exchange.
  • Transboundary Waters Assessment Program
    The Full-sized Project of the Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP FSP) aims to assist the GEF and other international organizations in improved priority setting for funding by providing a baseline and priorities for intervention. The TWAP FSP will apply the methodologies developed during the Medium-sized Project (2009-2010) to produce the first truly global assessment of all five transboundary water systems and to formalize the partnerships on which to base future period global assessments.
  • IW:LEARN Technical Advisory Group: TDA-SAP Methodology & Course Revision
    This is the community workspace for the IW:LEARN Technical Advisory Group's work on the TDA-SAP Methodology and Course Revision. The IW:LEARN Technical Advisory Group will provide technical guidance and assistance, where necessary, to the IW:LEARN3 Project Coordination Unit on selected activities of the GEF IW:LEARN3 project, including this revision of the TDA-SAP methodology but also the project manager's manual.
  • IW:LEARN Toolkit CoP
    The purpose of this workspace is to provide users of the IWLEARN Website Toolkit a venue to share knowledge and experiences, make resources and updates on the Toolkit available to users. This will also serve as a hub to socialize with each other online, as well as post questions and requests to the IWLEARN Team.
  • Nutrient Management CoP
    The purpose of the nutrient management community of practice(CoP) is to discuss insights and share information, while developing "tools and frameworks” that become part of the common knowledge base required to address challenges facing policy makers and farmers due to increasing nutrient loading in coastal zones worldwide.
  • The CTI Learning Resource Network CoP
    This is the COP of the Coral Triangle Initiative Learning Resource Network (CTI LRN). It serves as a knowledge hub that promotes learning, knowledge exchange, and communication initiatives among stakeholders in the Coral Triangle region.
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Groundwater & Surfacewater CoPs

Surface Freshwater CoP icon Groundwater CoP icon

The GEF Global Surface Freshwater and Groundwater CoPs are coordinated by IUCN and UNESCO-IHP, respectively, opening access to the broad thematic networks of professionals globally. To join these CoPs, please contact directly the moderators:

Nutrient Management CoP

The purpose of CoP is to discuss insights and share information, while developing "tools and frameworks” that become part of the common knowledge base required to address challenges facing policy makers and farmers due to increasing nutrient loading in coastal zones worldwide.

To join, please directly contact:
Mr. Chuck Chaitovitz