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by Christian Ledermann last modified Oct 25, 2013 05:57 PM
News and Newsletters from the IW:LEARN Team
UNEP and Norway Sign Agreement on GRID-Arendal’s 25th Anniversary

UNEP and Norway Sign Agreement on GRID-Arendal’s 25th Anniversary

by Khristine Custodio last modified Sep 18, 2014 09:56 AM
14 August 2014: On the occasion of GRID-Arendal's 25th anniversary, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, Achim Steiner, and Olav Orheim, Chairman of the Board of Directors of GRID-Arendal, signed a Programme Cooperation Agreement in which Norway renewed its contribution to UNEP's Programme of Work for 2014. The Agreement includes a commitment of US$16 million to UNEP, including US$1 million to support action on marine plastic debris and microplastics and US$500,000 to improve fish food security in West Africa.
Sep 18, 2014

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Former ‘Sewer of Europe’ wins 2014 Thiess International Riverprize

Former ‘Sewer of Europe’ wins 2014 Thiess International Riverprize

by Khristine Custodio last modified Sep 18, 2014 09:13 AM
International RiverFoundation has awarded the 2014 Thiess International Riverprize to the River Rhine. The International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine (ICPR) received the award for bringing Europe’s River Rhine back to life following a devastating chemical accident in 1986, which wiped out nearly all biological life.
Sep 18, 2014

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Convening practitioners on water and adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins

Convening practitioners on water and adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins

by Khristine Custodio last modified Sep 18, 2014 08:47 AM
The Fifth Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins is set to take place on 14-15 October 2014 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva in room XII. This workshop is the fifth workshop on Water and Climate Change in Transboundary Basins in the framework of the platform for exchanging experience under the UNECE Water Convention. The workshop will bring together professionals from all over the world working on adaptation to climate variability and change, with a special, but non-exclusive focus on transboundary basins. It will be held back-to-back with the 7th meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate on 13 October 2014.
Sep 18, 2014
Source: UNECE

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NEW: Guidance on Mainstreaming Climate Change and Variability in GEF IW Projects

NEW: Guidance on Mainstreaming Climate Change and Variability in GEF IW Projects

by Khristine Custodio last modified Sep 15, 2014 11:04 AM
GEF IW:LEARN is pleased to announce the release of one of the penultimate deliverables of the current phase -- the Guidance on Mainstreaming Climate Change and Variability. This document is a reference source and a guide designed to assist GEF IW projects with taking climate change and variability into consideration in the implementation of GEF IW projects.
Sep 15, 2014
Region: Global

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Department of Fisheries Sabah joined the Essential EAFM Training

Department of Fisheries Sabah joined the Essential EAFM Training

by Khristine Custodio last modified Sep 15, 2014 10:17 AM
SANDAKAN, SABAH - On 10-15 August 2014, twenty-six (26) members of different branches of the Department of Fisheries (DoF) Malaysia in Johor, Kedah, Kuala Lumpur, Perak, Sabah, Selangor, and Terengganu, Sugod Island Marine Conservation Area (SIMCA), and WWF improved their knowledge and skills in applying Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) during a training.
Sep 15, 2014
Source: CTI Coastal and Marine

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Ocean policy and marine planning: Risks and opportunities for maritime industries

Ocean policy and marine planning: Risks and opportunities for maritime industries

by Khristine Custodio last modified Sep 15, 2014 09:48 AM
Major policy and planning developments are advancing rapidly. What will be its impact on business? Is industry well informed and engaged enough?
Sep 15, 2014

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"Integration for Sustainable Development" in the Pacific SIDS

"Integration for Sustainable Development" in the Pacific SIDS

by Khristine Custodio last modified Sep 01, 2014 06:03 AM
To celebrate the UN SIDS Conference being held in Apia, Samoa this week the GEF Pacific IWRM Project shares its short film ‘Integration for Sustainable Development’. This film was produced in partnership with 14 Pacific Island countries and Oceania TV.
Sep 01, 2014
Source: Pacific Wastewater

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World’s Largest Transboundary Reef System to See Joint Protection

World’s Largest Transboundary Reef System to See Joint Protection

by Damaris Waigwa last modified Sep 01, 2014 03:38 AM
The 46th GEF Council meeting in Cancun this past May saw the approval of the Integrated Transboundary Ridges to Reef Management of the Mesoamerican Reef regional project to protect the Mesoamerican Reef, the world’s largest transboundary reef system. The WWF-US is to implement the project and bring the efforts of Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and Mexico together, with a GEF grant of USD 9,018,349.
Aug 29, 2014

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16 years of LME assessment and mapping the way forward

16 years of LME assessment and mapping the way forward

by Khristine Custodio last modified Sep 03, 2014 06:40 AM
In partnership with the IOC-UNESCO, UNDP, IUCN, GEF, ICES and NOAA, the 16th annual Consultative Committee Meeting on Large Marine Ecosystems (LME) with coastal partners was convened at the IOC-UNESCO premises in Paris on 8-11 July 2014. The four-day meeting acted as a nexus between what has been achieved in the past 16 years of LME assessment and the lessons learned, and what can be done to put the LME partnerships in steadfast motion in the years to come. The meeting also served to debut the coming "Strengthening Global Governance of Large Marine Ecosystems and Their Coasts through Enhanced Sharing and Application of LME/ICM/MPA Knowledge and Information Tools" project, a critical portfolio learning project, implemented by UNDP and executed by IOC, which will benefit the LME, ICM and MPA portfolio projects and partners.
Aug 29, 2014

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UN expects upcoming Samoa small island conference to generate vital partnerships

UN expects upcoming Samoa small island conference to generate vital partnerships

by Khristine Custodio last modified Sep 01, 2014 04:54 AM
21 August 2014 – The United Nations expects over 300 initiatives to be announced two weeks from now at a major world conference aimed at fostering partnerships with small island developing States, a top UN organizing official today said.
Aug 27, 2014

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Governments, business leaders and civil society to advance action for Small Island Developing States at UN global gathering in Apia, Samoa

Governments, business leaders and civil society to advance action for Small Island Developing States at UN global gathering in Apia, Samoa

by Damaris Waigwa last modified Aug 27, 2014 11:14 AM
The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States will be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa, to be preceded by activities related to the conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia, Samoa. It will focus the world’s attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities. The overarching theme of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States is "The sustainable development of small island developing States through genuine and durable partnerships".
Aug 15, 2014

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Obituary: Laurence Mee

Obituary: Laurence Mee

by Khristine Custodio last modified Sep 04, 2014 04:27 AM
The GEF International Waters community lost one of its leading lights Wednesday [13 August] afternoon. Professor Laurence Mee, or just Laurence to his many friends across the portfolio, passed away suddenly in Scotland.
Aug 15, 2014

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Pacific Island States Prepare for Implementation of Nagoya Protocol on ABS

Pacific Island States Prepare for Implementation of Nagoya Protocol on ABS

by Damaris Waigwa last modified Aug 18, 2014 08:46 AM
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) held a training workshop, titled 'Mutually Agreed Terms: Contracts for Making Access and Benefit Sharing Possible,' to prepare Pacific Island States for the upcoming implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS).
Aug 15, 2014

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The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)  Launches SIDS Website

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Launches SIDS Website

by Damaris Waigwa last modified Aug 18, 2014 08:43 AM
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has launched a small island developing States (SIDS) website to highlight its work with SIDS, given that they are low-lying and vulnerable to weather- and climate-related hazards, such as tropical cyclones, floods and droughts.
Aug 13, 2014

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Addressing risks and opportunities for ocean industries at the WOC Business Forum on Ocean Policy and Planning

Addressing risks and opportunities for ocean industries at the WOC Business Forum on Ocean Policy and Planning

by Khristine Custodio last modified Aug 11, 2014 12:04 PM
Proposed changes to ocean governance, policy and planning - and challenges to ocean economic activity - are moving forward rapidly at national, regional and international level. The World Ocean Council will engage the ocean business community including shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, renewable energy, ports, dredging, cables and pipeline, the maritime legal, financial and insurance communities and others in the forum to tackle these challenges at the Business Form on Ocean Policy and Planning on 29-30 September 2014.
Aug 11, 2014

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IGRAC at the TWAP Regional Workshop in Dakar

IGRAC at the TWAP Regional Workshop in Dakar

by Khristine Custodio last modified Aug 04, 2014 04:18 PM
From 22-24 July, a Regional Workshop for Western and Central Africa was organised in Dakar, Senegal. This was the fourth regional meeting for the Groundwater component of the Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP). Previous workshops were held in Berlin (Germany) for Europe, Montevideo (Uruguay) with representatives from most American countries and Nairobi (Kenya) with representatives of Eastern and Southern Africa.
Aug 04, 2014

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The UN Open Working Group has adopted its final proposal for Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Open Working Group has adopted its final proposal for Sustainable Development Goals

by Khristine Custodio last modified Jul 30, 2014 09:52 AM
The UN Open Working Group (OWG) tasked with formulating a proposed set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2015-2030 convened its last meeting from 14 to 18 July in New York. On 19 July, the Group adopted by acclamation a report (the Zero Draft) containing 17 proposed SDGs and 169 targets.
Jul 28, 2014

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2015 UN-Water Annual International Zaragoza Conference - Water and Sustainable Development: From Vision to Action

2015 UN-Water Annual International Zaragoza Conference - Water and Sustainable Development: From Vision to Action

by Khristine Custodio last modified Jul 30, 2014 09:57 AM
The UN-Water Annual Zaragoza Conferences serve UN-Water to prepare for World Water Day. This conference is part of the road map for World Water Day 2015, which will focus on “water and sustainable development”.
Jul 28, 2014

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UN WWAP launched a groundbreaking project to develop and test the collection of key gender-disaggregated water data

UN WWAP launched a groundbreaking project to develop and test the collection of key gender-disaggregated water data

by Khristine Custodio last modified Jul 24, 2014 03:31 PM
WWAP is developing a priority set of gender-sensitive indicators and a gender-disaggregated data methodology that will then be tested in the field by Member States in different regions.
Jul 24, 2014

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Regional Plan on Marine Litter Management in the Mediterranean to prevent and eliminate pollution enters into force

Regional Plan on Marine Litter Management in the Mediterranean to prevent and eliminate pollution enters into force

by Khristine Custodio last modified Jul 30, 2014 09:50 AM
Athens, 23 July 2014 - The measures and timetables of the Regional Plan on Marine Litter Management in the Mediterranean, adopted by the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention and its Protocol for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea against Pollution from Land-Based Sources and Activities (LBS) in December 2013, became binding on 8 July 2014
Jul 24, 2014

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