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2015 Theme: Healthy oceans, healthy planet

2015 Theme: Healthy oceans, healthy planet

by Khristine Custodio last modified May 18, 2015 11:11
The ocean is the heart of our planet. Like your heart pumping blood to every part of your body, the ocean connects people across the Earth, no matter where we live. The ocean regulates the climate, feeds millions of people every year, produces oxygen, is the home to an incredible array of wildlife, provides us with important medicines, and so much more! In order to ensure the health and safety of our communities and future generations, it’s imperative that we take the responsibility to care for the ocean as it cares for us.
May 18, 2015

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TBA Map 2015 now also available online

TBA Map 2015 now also available online

by Khristine Custodio last modified Apr 29, 2015 12:05
After it has been officially launched at the World Water Forum in Korea, the 2015 edition of the Transboundary Aquifers of the World Map is now also available online. This special edition, which includes a series of three thematic maps which overlay the Transboundary Aquifers of the World, is available as PDF and JPEG.
Apr 29, 2015

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An inspirational look at water: Naoko Ishii at the 7th World Water Forum

An inspirational look at water: Naoko Ishii at the 7th World Water Forum

by Khristine Custodio last modified Apr 29, 2015 11:55
GEF CEO Naoko Ishii was invited to kick off this important Forum on Waters on Monday, April 13 in Daegu, South Korea and share her personal experience in the opening plenary on how the GEF has worked towards achieving change in areas where challenges might seem entrenched and unchangeable, and how to sustain the momentum towards real transformational change.
Apr 29, 2015
Source: GEF

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New free online tools on ballast water management launched

New free online tools on ballast water management launched

by Khristine Custodio last modified Apr 28, 2015 11:18
A new online learning portal including a free e-learning course on the Operational Aspects of Ballast Water Management (BWM) was launched on 27 April 2015 by the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships Programme and the Global Industry Alliance (GIA).
Apr 28, 2015
Source: Ballast Water Partnerships

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ICP-16 Expresses Support for Oceans SDG, Discusses Integration of Sustainable Development

ICP-16 Expresses Support for Oceans SDG, Discusses Integration of Sustainable Development

by Khristine Custodio last modified Apr 27, 2015 11:16
10 April 2015: The 16th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-16) discussed proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 on oceans and seas and its implementation, and reflected on the utility of the Consultative Process in the evolution of the international oceans agenda. ICP-16 resulted in a Co-Chairs' summary of discussions.
Apr 27, 2015

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The Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention enters into force

The Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention enters into force

by Khristine Custodio last modified Apr 27, 2015 11:16
The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks enters into force on Tuesday (14 April 2015). The Convention places strict liability on owners for locating, marking and removing wrecks deemed to be a hazard and makes State certification of insurance, or other form of financial security for such liability, compulsory for ships of 300 gt and above. It also provides States Parties with a right of direct action against insurers.
Apr 27, 2015

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GEF IWEco Project has been approved

GEF IWEco Project has been approved

by Khristine Custodio last modified Apr 26, 2015 04:44
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded ‘Integrating Water, Land and Ecosystems Management in Caribbean Small Island Developing States’ Project (IWEco) has been approved recently and will commence soon its inception phase. GEF-IWEco is a regional multi-focal area project financed under the GEF Focal Areas: International Waters, Land Degradation, Biodiversity and Sustainable Forest Management.
Apr 26, 2015

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Sharing benefits of transboundary waters across sectors and countries

Sharing benefits of transboundary waters across sectors and countries

by Khristine Custodio last modified Apr 17, 2015 12:41
Across the globe, 276 rivers connect the territories of two or more countries, covering about 50% of the Earth's surface, and 40% of the world's population depends on the freshwater resources from these river basins. Similarly, most of the world's 66 large marine ecosystems (MEs) are shared by more than one country. There are also untold numbers of shared aquifers. Collaboration across sectors and countries is no longer optional: it is crucial to ensure the continued and adequate availability of water for human consumption, and to ensure peace and security.
Apr 17, 2015
Source: GEF

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Wetlands: Moving precious ecosystems up on the global agenda

Wetlands: Moving precious ecosystems up on the global agenda

by Khristine Custodio last modified Apr 16, 2015 08:13
For far too long wetlands in all its forms have been labeled as "smelly, insect infested, and disease ridden" places. They have been used as the ecosystem of choice to dump unwanted substances into, to dredge for resources, drain for infrastructure or agricultural purposes. A switch to a more respectful attitude towards those precious natural ecosystems is much needed.
Apr 16, 2015
Source: GEF

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Water Insecurity a Drag on Global Growth

Water Insecurity a Drag on Global Growth

by Khristine Custodio last modified Apr 13, 2015 09:29
Water insecurity costs the global economy some US$ 500 billion annually, according to Global Water Partnership (GWP). That figure does not take into account environmental impacts so the total drag on the world economy could be 1% or more of global Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Apr 13, 2015
Source: Global Water Partnership

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Youth Camp in Balabac, Palawan will mobilise student leaders to protect coastal and marine resources

Youth Camp in Balabac, Palawan will mobilise student leaders to protect coastal and marine resources

by CTI SEA RPMO last modified Mar 31, 2015 03:32
The Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle-Southeast Asia (CTI-SEA) will conduct the Heroes of the Environment (Bayani ng Kalikasan) Youth Camp on Coastal Resource Management (CRM) and Climate Change Adaptation on 7-9 April 2015 in Balabac, Palawan.
Mar 31, 2015
Source: CTI-SEA

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Successful Collaboration on Transboundary Rivers

Successful Collaboration on Transboundary Rivers

by Khristine Custodio last modified Mar 29, 2015 08:58
GWP Lithuania and GWP Poland successfully collaborated on a set of maps, a database and a video, to improve the management and protection of two transboundary rivers. The project brought together international experts from Lithuania, Poland, Belarus and Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia.
Mar 29, 2015
Source: Global Water Partnership

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New partnership to bring integrated solutions for sustainability

New partnership to bring integrated solutions for sustainability

by Khristine Custodio last modified Mar 29, 2015 09:26
The Global Environmental Facility (GEF), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) today announced the launch of a new project, Nexus Solutions for Sustainability. The project aims to identify integrated approaches to energy, water, food, and ecosystem security in selected regions of the world.
Mar 29, 2015
Source: GEF

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UNU-INWEH report discusses sustainable development in water sector

UNU-INWEH report discusses sustainable development in water sector

by Khristine Custodio last modified Mar 25, 2015 11:38
March 2015: It is possible to close "the gap between promise and practice" in management global water resources, with enabling environments to finance and implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a report by the UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) and the UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). The report explores the role that water, including sanitation and wastewater management, plays in sustainable development, discusses "disconnects" between the proposed SDGs and national development plans, and highlights opportunities for achieving sustainable development through water management.
Mar 25, 2015

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Seaweed-producing village heeds wake-up call for early action adaptation planning

Seaweed-producing village heeds wake-up call for early action adaptation planning

by CTI SEA RPMO last modified Mar 27, 2015 01:48
CTI-SEA released its first Experience Note on climate change adaptation (CCA) which focused on the results and lessons from conducting the vulnerability assessment (VA) in Arakan, a seaweed producing village in Tatapaan, South Minahasa, North Sulawesi, Indonesia in February 2014. Results showed that Arakan was vulnerable to the impacts of climate change due to their exposure, high sensitivity, and low capacity of the community. The process not only catalyzed local early action but also taught citizens that they had to develop their own adaptation plans based on their needs and ensure that these are ready for institutional support.
Mar 25, 2015
Source: CTI-SEA

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International Women’s Day March 8 – GEF Gender Equality Action Plan for 2015-2018

International Women’s Day March 8 – GEF Gender Equality Action Plan for 2015-2018

by Khristine Custodio last modified Mar 11, 2015 08:05
“As the GEF moves forward with a new and innovative investment strategy, we are deeply committed to initiating and enhancing projects to more effectively deliver on the goals for gender equality while addressing the challenges we face on the global environment. These are not separate issues. Only by engaging partners, both women and men, can we reverse the negative trends threatening our ecosystems and save them for our future generation.” - Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson
Mar 11, 2015
Source: GEF

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What is Better Wastewater Management

by Khristine Custodio last modified Mar 03, 2015 11:09
The GEF CReW Project, under Component 2: Reforms for Wastewater Management, is conducting Pilot Resource Valuation studies in two participating countries, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago — the first countries to ratify the LBS Protocol. These studies are being conducted by the World Resource Institute (WRI) which is working with local agencies. The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) is the lead agency in Trinidad and Tobago while the Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente (ANAM) is the lead agency in Panama.
Mar 03, 2015
Source: Caribbean Wastewater

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