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Good Practices and Portfolio Learning in Transboundary Freshwater and Marine Legal and Institutional Frameworks - News

Jun 09, 2011 Valuing our Coastal Environments
(DLIST Benguela) Increasingly we need to consider the economic, social and environmental value of our coastal environments, to ensure it is sustainable. Even those people that do not live near the coast still depend on what the coastal areas have to offer, in one way or the other. Read full article here
Jun 04, 2011 Plan for China’s Water Crisis Spurs Concern
(New York Times, June 1, 2011, by Edward Wong) A chronic drought is ravaging farmland. The Gobi Desert is inching south. The Yellow River, the so-called birthplace of Chinese civilization, is so polluted it can no longer supply drinking water. The rapid growth of megacities — 22 million people in Beijing and 12 million in [...]
Apr 12, 2011 The Project’s International Waters report featured on UNDP Water website
View the UNCP Water website here
Apr 12, 2011 New Resource – Share: Managing waters across boundaries (IUCN WANI toolkit)
This book presents practical tools for conceptualizing and implementing cooperative, participatory management of shared water resources. It stresses the importance of information, communication, institutions and adaptability. It points to the range of benefits from water management and development that can be derived cooperatively, and must be shared equitably. The lessons presented here provide valuable insights [...]
Apr 12, 2011 Workshop on water and adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins: challenges, progress and lessons learnt
The workshop will be organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) under the Water Convention. It will bring together countries and other stakeholders to: exchange practical experience and share lessons-learned on the technical and strategic aspects of adapting to climate change; analyze the specific challenges of adapting water management to climate change in [...]
Apr 12, 2011 New SAP for Lake Victoria Basin
This Strategic Action Plan (SAP) for the Lake Victoria Basin builds on the results of the National and Regional Transboundary Diagnostic Analyses (TDAs) carried out in the Basin in 2006. The TDAs identified key national and transboundary issues along with their underlying and root causes, within the context of the Vision and Strategy of the [...]
Apr 06, 2011 Just Released: International Waters: Review of Legal and Institutional Frameworks
The report, International Waters: Review of Legal and Institutional Frameworks, has just been released. It is the most comprehensive report to date that summarizes legal frameworks for the Americas, Asia, Africa and Europe. This report discusses the legal and institutional frameworks that apply to twenty-eight (28) international water bodies that were identified as part of the United [...]
Apr 06, 2011 Marine Coastal Management Workshop in Costa Rica & Panama
The UBC project, in collaboration with the Canadian Water Research Society (CWRS), held a week long workshop on marine coastal management in Costa Rica and Panama in partnership with UNACHI, Panama; the University of La Rochelle, France; and the University of Costa Rica, with support from the Canadian Embassy of Costa Rica and the Global Environment [...]
Apr 02, 2011 ePresentation: The Global Water Crisis
ePresentation from the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto: The Global Water Crisis: Addressing an Urgent Security Issue View the presentation here
Mar 20, 2011 World Water Day 2011: Water for Cities
The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. The theme this year will be Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge. UN-WATER and UN-HABITAT  are organising the day, content and key messages More information [...]
Mar 15, 2011 IWLEARN3 Inception Meeting: Photo
Mar 13, 2011 Call for Pacific Commons
Mar 12, 2011 Feature in the Universities Partnership on Transboundary Waters Newsletter
The Project is highlighted in the latest newsletter (November, 2009) of the Universities Partnership on Transboundary Waters (UPTW). Download the newsletter here
Mar 04, 2011 Our Sea of Islands: Our Livelihood Our Oceania
Our Sea of Islands: Our Livelihood Our Oceania – Framework for a Pacific Oceanscape – a catalyst for implementation of ocean policy. November 2010 “Oceania is vast, Oceania is expanding, Oceania is hospitable and generous, Oceania is humanity rising from the depths of brine and regions of fire deeper still, Oceania is us. We are [...]
Feb 10, 2011 The Governance Mechanism of Lake Victoria Basin – Past, Present and Future Outlook
Download presentation here (pdf 316 kb) (World Water Week 2010, Stockholm)
Feb 07, 2011 Innovation of the Week: Access to Water Improves Quality of Life for Women and Children
In sub-Saharan Africa, improved access to water means more than simply basic survival for families dependent on agriculture for both food and income. It means the difference between barely scraping by and eating balanced meals, affording education, and owning a home. Read full article here
Feb 07, 2011 Governance within the Orange-Senqu River Basin
Governance within the Orange-Senqu River basin is guided by international guidelines, regional and basin level agreements and organisations, and national laws and policies. The Governance theme of the Orange-Senqu River Awareness Kit includes overview material on each of the following subjects: Integrated Water Resources Management Transboundary Water Resources Management Water Governance in the Orange-Senqu River [...]
Feb 01, 2011 WWF News Update Jan 2011
United Nations Freshwater Agreement Initiative WWF is calling on countries to take action to give effectiveness to policy instruments that promote cooperation among basin/aquifer states and establish their rights and obligations in the use and management of internationally shared freshwater resources. Download the news update here (204 kb pdf)
Jan 17, 2011 New guide on adaptive management
The Adaptive Water Resource Management Handbook The overarching goal of sound natural resource management is an equitable, efficient and sustainable use of managed resources (e.g. water, forests, and species stocks). The governance systems put in place in democratic societies to reach this goal must respect the principles of good governance, as laid down in the [...]
Jan 17, 2011 Water map shows billions at risk of ‘water insecurity’
(29 September 2010) About 80% of the world’s population lives in areas where the fresh water supply is not secure, according to a new global analysis. Read article here By Richard Black, Environment correspondent, BBC News