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by Christian Ledermann last modified Oct 25, 2013 05:57 PM
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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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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 Aug 15, 2014 09:34 AM
The GEF International Waters community lost one of its leading lights Wednesday 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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GEF CReW collaborates with the Global Water Partnership – Central America to host a Regional Workshop on Wastewater for Spanish-speaking media

GEF CReW collaborates with the Global Water Partnership – Central America to host a Regional Workshop on Wastewater for Spanish-speaking media

by Khristine Custodio last modified Jul 24, 2014 09:04 AM
The Global Environment Facility-funded Caribbean Regional Fund for Wastewater Management (GEF CReW) Project will be hosting a two-day Regional Media Workshop on Wastewater in Panama City on 21 and 22nd July, 2014, in collaboration with the Global Water Partnership (GWP) – Central America. This Workshop follows one hosted by GEF CReW in Guyana in November 2013 which targeted English-speaking media from ten project participating countries.
Jul 24, 2014
Source: Caribbean Wastewater

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Open-access ebook: Global Water Issues and Insights

Open-access ebook: Global Water Issues and Insights

by Khristine Custodio last modified Jul 23, 2014 11:20 AM
The Global Water Forum and the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance are pleased to publish the open-access collected volume: Global Water: Issues and Insights. The principal aim of this ebook is to communicate the key academic research and issues in water management and policy to a broad audience.
Jul 23, 2014

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IGRAC publishes "Groundwater Monitoring  in Latin America" report

IGRAC publishes "Groundwater Monitoring in Latin America" report

by Khristine Custodio last modified Jul 21, 2014 10:47 AM
This report is a summary on groundwater monitoring practices in Latin America. A brief overview is made for each country to capture the current state of national monitoring networks in Latin America and their challenges. It is a compilation of the information shared during the third regional workshop of the Global Groundwater Monitoring Network.
Jul 21, 2014

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IUCN releases "Transboundary water governance: adaptation to climate change"

IUCN releases "Transboundary water governance: adaptation to climate change"

by Khristine Custodio last modified Jul 30, 2014 10:01 AM
Management of transboundary waters in increasingly becoming more challenging, and climate change is likely to exacerbate these pressures. Not least because climate change is a global issue, adaptation will require an international response. This book aims to identify issues, both theoretical and practical, that States face in establishing cooperative transboundary mechanisms to effectively adapt water management to climate change.
Jul 15, 2014

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Campaign to protect the sardines of the Sulu-Celebes Sea launched

Campaign to protect the sardines of the Sulu-Celebes Sea launched

by Damaris Waigwa last modified Jul 09, 2014 07:27 AM
Recent studies have shown that the sardine stock in the Sulu Celebes Sea is under threat of collapse. Overfishing is an important factor but there are many other causes. These include pollution and climate change.
Jul 08, 2014

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 International Water Centre Masters Scholarships - Australia

International Water Centre Masters Scholarships - Australia

by Damaris Waigwa last modified Jul 03, 2014 01:11 PM
The International WaterCentre (IWC) is offering several scholarships for high calibre international and domestic students accepted into the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) commencing in Semester 1, 2015. These prestigious scholarships will be awarded on a merit-basis to candidates who clearly demonstrate potential to become future water leaders.
Jul 03, 2014

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Sampling Ballast Water in Aqaba

Sampling Ballast Water in Aqaba

by Khristine Custodio last modified Jun 25, 2014 12:11 PM
The GloBallast Project and PERSGA organised a three-day national training on sampling of ballast water in Aqaba, Jordan from 5 to 7 May 2014. The objective of the training was to further raise awareness about invasive alien species and the Ballast Water Management Convention and more importantly to prepare the country for the sampling of ballast water for data collection prior to entry into force of the BWM Convention.
Jun 25, 2014
Source: Ballast Water Partnerships

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