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
The GEF CReW Project is preparing for the Third Meeting of the Project Steering Committee (PSC 3), which is scheduled to take place 28–30 January 2014 in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia. Project Coordinator, Denise Forrest, describes this as, arguably, the most important meeting of the Steering Committee to date. In addition to reviewing Project activities and achievements in 2013, the Work Plan and Budget for 2014 will be considered. Key findings and recommendations of the Mid-term Evaluation (MTE) of the Project, undertaken between October and December 2013 (half-way through project implementation), will also be presented and discussed.
Feb 24, 2014
The project supported and participated in a total of 46 significant events in 2013 and had more than 60 mass media exposure on these activities. These activities were realized with a saving of 3% from its approved budget for 2013.
Feb 24, 2014
The Announcement of Opportunity document has been updated to further describe eligibility. Anyone planning to apply to this call should ensure they refer to the updated document when formulating their proposal.
Feb 05, 2014
Balikpapan, Indonesia. Environment Ministers/Leaders of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines who head the Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion (SSME) Tri-National Committee just signed the Strategic Action Program (SAP) that will keep the fisheries of this large marine ecosystem productive.
Feb 03, 2014
Socio-economic information is essential in applying the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management and the implementation of the Large Marine Ecosystem concept. 'Socio-economic Monitoring' or 'SocMon' (www.socmon.org), an initiative being implemented at the global and regional levels, promotes the use of socio-economic information for decision making in fisheries and coastal management. BOBLME initiated, in collaboration with the NGO Fauna and Flora International (FFI) and Mawlamyine University, Myanmar, a 10-day SocMon training course.
Jan 31, 2014
The Equator Prize 2014 will recognize twenty-five local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.
Jan 30, 2014
The Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute Director Johnson Kazungu and the Kenya Coastal Development Project (KCDP) Co-ordinator Jacqueline Uku said the World Bank and Global Environment funded project would ensure sustainable management of fisheries and natural resources and improve the socio-economic status of the local community.
Jan 21, 2014
PEMSEA's special 20th anniversary publication, titled Perspectives on Building a Regional Mechanism for Coastal and Ocean Governance in the Seas of East Asia, documents the organization's rich experience in forging dynamic partnerships and collaboration in the East Asian Seas region for the past 20 years.
Jan 21, 2014
Open Buoy is a modular, open source vessel which serves as a freely accessible, experimental platform for Scientists and Artists to host their technology to monitor and sense water systems, on bayous, rivers, lakes or the ocean. The vessel is an open hardware design, built low cost, using hacked consumer electronics to replace otherwise expensive research instruments. It is collaboratively developed and aims to implement the users eventual research interests, for example coastal documentation, water quality analysis, or acoustic recording, to name a few. By developing it incrementally and reacting to site specific requirements, the buoy shall grow naturally and help to learn and discover different topics and potential applications of such a floating platform in particular areas.
Jan 16, 2014
A water catchment's hydrologic response is intimately linked to its morphological shape, which is a signature on the landscape of the particular climate conditions that generated the hydrographic basin over time. Furthermore, geomorphologic structures influence hydrologic regimes and land cover (vegetation). For these reasons, a basin's characterization is a fundamental element in hydrological studies. Physiographic descriptors have been extracted manually for long time, but currently Geographic Information System (GIS) tools ease such task by offering a powerful instrument for hydrologists to save time and improve accuracy of result. Presented here is a program combining the flexibility of the Python programming language with the reliability of GRASS GIS, which automatically performs the catchment's physiographic characterization.
Jan 15, 2014
Excerpt from the abstract: Every scientist should be able to rerun data analyses conducted by his or her team and regenerate the figures in a paper. However, all too often the correct version of a script goes missing, or the original raw data is filtered by hand and the filtering process is undocumented, or there is lack of collaboration and communication among scientists working in a team.
Jan 15, 2014