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by Christian Ledermann last modified Oct 25, 2013 05:57 PM
News and Newsletters from the IW:LEARN Team
Project on Strengthening Global Capacity to Effectively Manage Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ Capacity Project)

Project on Strengthening Global Capacity to Effectively Manage Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ Capacity Project)

by Khristine Custodio last modified Oct 24, 2014 12:13 PM
The marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ), which comprise 64% of the oceans’ surface, contain ecosystems with marine resources and biodiversity of great ecological, socio-economic, and cultural importance. The ecosystems in the ABNJ include the water column and seabed of the high seas, and are located far from coastal areas, making the sustainable management of fisheries and biodiversity conservation in these areas a challenging endeavour.
Oct 24, 2014

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Conserving marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction: Co-evolution and interaction with the law of the sea

Conserving marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction: Co-evolution and interaction with the law of the sea

by Damaris Waigwa last modified Oct 24, 2014 11:25 AM
As global shipping intensifies and technological advances provide more opportunities to access the resources of the high seas and the deep seabed beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ), the catalog of threats to the marine environment and its biodiversity increase commensurately. Beyond these threats, new and emerging uses of ABNJ including more intrusive marine scientific research, bio-prospecting, deep seabed mining and environmental modification activities to mitigate the effects of climate change have the potential to harm the highly interconnected and sensitive ecosystems of the open ocean and the deep seabed if not sustainably managed now and into the future. Modern conservation norms such as environmental impact assessment (EIA), marine protected areas, marine spatial planning and development mechanisms such as technology transfer and capacity building are under developed in the legal and institutional framework for ABNJ.
Oct 24, 2014

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Agreement between France and UNEP on the coastal development of Var Department

Agreement between France and UNEP on the coastal development of Var Department

by Khristine Custodio last modified Sep 26, 2014 05:36 AM
On behalf of the French Government, Mr. Xavier sticker, Ambassador for the Environment, signed on 4 September 2014, an agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme/Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP) on the coastal zone management of the department of Var.
Sep 26, 2014
Source: UNEP

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The World Bank and GEF partner to restore migratory fisheries

The World Bank and GEF partner to restore migratory fisheries

by Khristine Custodio last modified Sep 26, 2014 05:46 AM
Washington, September 24, 2014 – Yesterday, in partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank Group approved a $10 million project to address the decline of important migratory fish stocks in both coastal areas and areas beyond national jurisdiction. The Ocean Partnerships for Sustainable Fisheries & Biodiversity Conservation Project aims to improve the management of high value migratory species and maintain the economic benefits of sustainable fisheries and biodiversity conservation for developing countries and communities. More than a billion people rely on fish as their main source of protein and about 300 million are employed in jobs linked to healthy oceans.
Sep 25, 2014
Source: GEF

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The GEF announces strong support for Small Island Developing States by committing US $256 million

The GEF announces strong support for Small Island Developing States by committing US $256 million

by Khristine Custodio last modified Sep 25, 2014 04:28 PM
Apia, Samoa, September 4, 2014—The CEO of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Ms. Naoko Ishii announced today at a gathering of global leaders in Apia, Samoa, the largest amount of GEF resources ever provided for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in its new four-year funding cycle. For the period 2014-18, the GEF will make available a total of US$256 million for projects to improve the environment, equivalent to an increase of 9% compared to the previous four-year period. In addition to the dedicated country allocations, GEF resources are available from a special window on Chemicals and Waste, from the GEF’s International Waters programs, its Sustainable Forest Management incentive program, and its Capacity Development program. Specific support to SIDS countries to fulfill their reporting obligations under international environmental conventions is also available.
Sep 25, 2014
Source: GEF

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GEF Will Provide US$3 Billion Climate Change Financing

GEF Will Provide US$3 Billion Climate Change Financing

by Damaris Waigwa last modified Sep 23, 2014 03:25 PM
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) will support developing countries with over US$3 billion for financing actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change over the next four years. The newly completed Sixth Replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund, together with expected funding from its climate adaptation funds, will enable the GEF to make US$3 billion available for climate finance in the next four years, with an expected US$30 billion being leveraged from other sources.
Sep 23, 2014

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2014 Equator Prize

2014 Equator Prize

by Damaris Waigwa last modified Sep 23, 2014 03:17 PM
The Equator Prize 2014 will recognize 26 outstanding local and indigenous community initiatives, including 11 GEF Small Grants Programme partners at an award ceremony at the Lincoln Center. The winners, who were selected from 1,234 nominations in 121 countries, represent exceptional local achievement in advancing sustainable development solutions for nature and resilient communities.
Sep 23, 2014

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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 26, 2014 07:29 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 26, 2014 07:24 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 26, 2014 07:25 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

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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 25, 2014 04:57 PM
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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