30 donor countries today pledged US$ 4.43 billion for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to support developing countries' efforts over the next four years to prevent degradation of the global environment.
Apr 17, 2014
Development projects and organizations no longer need to look far in finding an alternative option for costly proprietary geodata management solution. The robust open source community is supporting the steadfast development and enhancement of a number of freely available open source GIS tools.
Apr 16, 2014
The Australian and Queensland governments invite individuals and organizations to send in their opinions and proposals to stop the decline of the Great Barrier Reef.
Apr 15, 2014
The Grant Agreement of the Strategic Ecosystem Management of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden project has been signed between PERSGA and the World Bank on 4 November 2013. Preparation of the project has taken significant time and effort, but the result is worth it. The Project will fulfill an important need in the region for managing the coastal ecosystem of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. The Project Document has been prepared in close and direct coordination with PERSGA Member States and thus the objectives are best oriented to serve the interest of the countries.
Apr 14, 2014
On 17-20 March, more than twenty representatives from various GEF international waters project and partner organizations, mainly from Asia and the Pacific, gather at the Knowledge Hub (K-Hub) of the ADB Headquarters in Manila to take part in the first full workshop on spatial data management organized by GEF IW:LEARN in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank. The four-day event provided a venue for experience and skills sharing, lectures and practical exercises, and collective action planning on geospatial data management, collaboration and publishing with the aid of open source tools.
Apr 08, 2014
The GEF Data Validator allows Agencies to validate their project data entries by scanning their completed templates for possible errors, and work toward correcting them before submitting to the GEF Secretariat.
Apr 07, 2014
Ocean acidification impacts are occurring across the globe, from small islands to large continents and from the tropics to the poles, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). UNESCO and its partners have launched a website that brings together information on ocean acidification, which is also described as the "other carbon dioxide problem."
Apr 03, 2014
MARCH 19 2014, SINGAPORE: In its eighth year, WWF’s Earth Hour continues to defy expectations by mobilising hundreds of millions of people around different environmental priorities across the planet. And now in 2014, the movement further expands its digital and on the ground reach from the Amazon to the Arctic and Tahiti to Tanzania, with a groundswell of action creating massive impact around the world to shine a light on the incredible work being done to create a sustainable planet.
Mar 28, 2014
To see the Earth from space leaves no doubt that we live on a watery planet. "Earth" is really a misnomer. But the mass of water visible from above belies the challenges of managing this life-giving substance.
Mar 28, 2014
Water and energy are closely interconnected and highly interdependent. Choices made and actions taken in one domain can greatly affect the other, positively or negatively. Trade-offs need to be managed to limit negative impacts and foster opportunities for synergy. Water and energy have crucial impacts on poverty alleviation both directly, as a number of the Millennium Development Goals depend on major improvements in access to water, sanitation, power and energy sources, and indirectly, as water and energy can be binding constraints on economic growth – the ultimate hope for widespread poverty reduction.
Mar 26, 2014
The MPA Atlas of BOBLME now has its own interactive online database portal storing and providing access to updated inventory of MPAs relevant to the Bay of Bengal LME.
Mar 26, 2014
Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 round of the Australian Riverprize, the IRF European Riverprize and the Thiess International Riverprize. Riverprize is the world's most prestigious environmental award, giving recognition, reward and support to those who have developed and implemented outstanding, visionary and sustainable programs in river management.
Mar 07, 2014
On 15 and 16 January 2014, the IW:LEARN3 Project Steering Committee (PSC) partners met in Washington,D.C. to discuss progress made over the last year and make decisions that ensure all project deliverables are met by the end of this phase. Discussion during the meeting focused on IW: LEARN's overall sustainability, and especially how the project’s achievements in specific service lines can be documented, shared, and adapted to other focal areas.
Mar 06, 2014
The first regional meeting for the Groundwater component of the Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP) was organised in Montevideo from 9-11 December 2013.
Mar 05, 2014
The United Nations launched the first ever International Year of Small Island Developing States on 24th February 2014. The year is expected to raise the profile of the SIDS and build momentum towards the Third International Conference on SIDS in Samoa, 1-4 September.
Mar 05, 2014
February 12, 2014 - A cooperative mechanism amongst Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME) Project lays the foundation for establishing marine protected areas for the conservation of regional fisheries stocks in the region. The project seeks to develop a better understanding of and the promotion of a more comprehensive approach to the establishment and management of MPAs and fish refugia for sustainable fish management and conservation.
Mar 05, 2014
The world increasingly relies on groundwater resources for drinking water and the provision of food for a growing population. The utilization of aquifer systems also extends beyond freshwater supply to include other resources such as heat extraction and the storage and disposal of substances. Unlike other books about conflict resolution and negotiations over water resources, this volume is unique in focusing exclusively on conflicts over groundwater and aquifers.
Feb 28, 2014
Google announced the launch of Google Maps Gallery today, a new way for governments, non-profit organizations and businesses to share and publish their mapping data online via Google Maps Engine.
Feb 28, 2014
On 27 and 28 February in Bishkek the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bishkek Office and the national Kyrgyz authorities organized two meetings in support of the development of transboundary water cooperation between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan on the Chu and Talas Rivers.
Feb 27, 2014
The extent to which countries are willing to engage into transboundary water cooperation is the consequence of the perception by each country of the potential benefits of cooperation
Feb 26, 2014