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GEF IW:Science Synopsis and Analysis reports available

by Khristine Custodio last modified May 02, 2012 07:23 PM
The IW:Science Synthesis Report is expected to have a global impact on transboundary waters science and management. The 5 x Synopsis Reports and 5 x Analysis Reports, written according to IW System Type, was made possible through the commitment and dedicated input of the working groups members, co-chairs, project partners and steering committee.

Synthesis Report - Status Update:

The IW:Science Synthesis Report, bringing all of the findings together across the 5 IW System types as well as state of the science information available in published literature, is being written in a similar format to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and IPCC Assessment Reports. Comprising the final and policy impacting outcome of the IW:Science project, the Synthesis Report will be launched at the inaugural GEF IW Science Conference in Bangkok, 24-26 September. The Conference is being organized by UNEP as part of the UNDP/UNEP GEF IW:LEARN programme. Integrated with the Conference is the GEF IW Scientific Network, a funded activity under IW:LEARN of which UNU-INWEH is the Executing Agency.

The reports are available by clicking on one of the links here: http://www.inweh.unu.edu/River/IWScience.htm

IW Scientific Network – Announcement and Call for Nominations:

In collaboration with UNEP and UNDP, the scientific network is being set up to continue the learning exchange of IW project scientists/managers with the wider global water scientific community. The Scientific Network’s role will be to build on the experiences and achievements of the IW:Science project as well as other networks created by the project and other partners of the GEF IW portfolio. Closely aligned with the working groups at the GEF IW Science Conference and set up according to IW System Type as before, the GEF IW Scientific Network activities will include:

  • Co-chair nomination and appointment – May 2012
  • Working Group invitation and consolidations – May/June 2012
  • Pre-conference (remote) interaction:
    • Preparation of science synthesis on cross-cutting issues concerning IW Science priorities for the next decade – June- September.
    • Drafting of topic/article for paper on cross cutting issues to be peered review as part of IW Special Issue Journal (Conference will serve to meet and consolidate final structure/content of article for submission late 2012 and journal publication in the first half of 2013).

The cross cutting issues will be finalized with the newly appointed Co-chairs and Group Members, STAP, the IW:LEARN PCU, and the GEF IW Conference Steering Committee but will build on the IW:Science project’s findings and identified gaps and align with IW’s transboundary focus: promoting regional security through partnerships and cooperation, river basins - collaborating across borders, managing transboundary groundwater aquifers, transnational sharing of terrestrial water bodies, integrated management of coastal resources, reducing coastal dead zones, ecosystem-based approach to managing coastal fisheries, reducing environmental risks of marine transport, helping small island states, the linkage of science outputs to policy development and management, the building of research capacity within the GEF family and development of decision support fact sheets.

The GEF IW Scientific Network looks to balance the involvement of individuals/institutions from IW:Science with those that are newly involved. Please let me know by the 15th May if you would like to nominate yourself for involvement and/or other individuals in your professional network for consideration. As with IW:Science we will be looking to ensure area of scientific/professional expertise, geographic and gender balance across the groups.



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