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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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