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GEF CEO Dr. Ishii witness participatory approach to sustainable natural resource management during Humboldt CLME Project visit in Peru

GEF CEO Dr. Ishii witness participatory approach to sustainable natural resource management during Humboldt CLME Project visit in Peru

by Khristine Custodio last modified Dec 10, 2014 09:50 AM
On 7 December 2014, Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO Dr. Naoko Ishii, accompanied by a delegation of GEF and COP20 Climate Change delegates, visited one of the five GEF-UNDP Humboldt Current Large Marine Ecosystem Project pilot sites: the Ballestas Islands and surrounding area in the Paracas Bay at a latitude of 14 degrees south.
Dec 10, 2014
Source: Humboldt Current LME

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Transboundary aquifers workshop in Bangkok: A regional milestone

Transboundary aquifers workshop in Bangkok: A regional milestone

by Khristine Custodio last modified Dec 05, 2014 07:13 AM
For the first time, representatives from UNESCO, UNESCAP and UNEP joined officials from natural resources and related ministries and groundwater experts throughout the continent to assess Asia's transboundary aquifers, from 7-9 October in Bangkok, at the Regional Meeting on the Assessment of Transboundary Aquifers of Asia convened by the Groundwater Component of the GEF Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP).
Dec 05, 2014

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WOC Business Forum Spurs Industry Collaboration on Ocean Policy and Planning

WOC Business Forum Spurs Industry Collaboration on Ocean Policy and Planning

by Damaris Waigwa last modified Dec 04, 2014 08:42 AM
More than 100 representatives of the Ocean Business Community and other ocean stakeholders gathered at the World Ocean Council (WOC) Business Forum on Ocean Policy and Planning in New York City, 28-30 September. The Business Forum (BF) created an unprecedented opportunity for ocean industries and partners to engage on the topics of ocean governance and marine planning. In addition, the BF participants interacted with high-level officials from Europe, Canada and the U.S. on ocean science, observations, innovation and business community collaboration.
Dec 04, 2014

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South Africa to host Donor Conference for Benguela Current Commission

South Africa to host Donor Conference for Benguela Current Commission

by Khristine Custodio last modified Dec 04, 2014 05:52 AM
Partners and potential investors of the Benguela Current Commission (BCC) will come together in Pretoria on 4 December, to discuss the five-year funding requirements of the intergovernmental organisation.
Dec 03, 2014
Source: Benguela SAP Implementation

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Positive outlook for two thirds of natural World Heritage sites, says IUCN

Positive outlook for two thirds of natural World Heritage sites, says IUCN

by Khristine Custodio last modified Dec 03, 2014 07:48 PM
Sydney, Australia, 13 November 2014 (IUCN) – Over 60% of natural areas inscribed on the World Heritage List are likely to be well conserved over time, while others face critical threats such as invasive species, impact of tourism, poaching, dams and logging, according to the IUCN World Heritage Outlook 2014 report released today at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney.
Dec 03, 2014

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UNECE facilitates negotiation of a technical protocol on transboundary water cooperation between Belarus and Lithuania

UNECE facilitates negotiation of a technical protocol on transboundary water cooperation between Belarus and Lithuania

by Khristine Custodio last modified Dec 03, 2014 07:24 PM
On 30 and 31 October 2014, Belarus and Lithuania negotiated a bilateral technical protocol on transboundary water cooperation for the shared Neman River Basin, facilitated by UNECE and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Belarus, in the framework of the project “River Basin Management and Climate Change adaptation in the Neman basin”. The protocol foresees regular data exchange and the preparation of a joint river basin management plan or coordination of national plans, as required by the European Union Water Framework Directive.
Dec 03, 2014
Source: UNECE

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October 2014 Water Finance Update

October 2014 Water Finance Update

by Khristine Custodio last modified Dec 03, 2014 01:02 PM
October 2014: International financial institutions (IFIs), including the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), undertook a number of activities in October, focusing lending efforts on water-related disaster risk reduction (DRR) and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services.
Dec 03, 2014

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Sharing the IW:LEARN Data Visualization activity at the Bristol Plone Conference

Sharing the IW:LEARN Data Visualization activity at the Bristol Plone Conference

by Khristine Custodio last modified Dec 03, 2014 12:49 PM
On 29-31 October 2014, the 12th Annual Plone Conference was held in Bristol, UK. Plone is the Open Source Content Management System behind iwlearn.net and 30+ project and partner websites using the IW:LEARN Website Toolkit. IW:LEARN’s IT Specialists presented a talk entitled “Putting Plone content on the maps,” in a call for collaboration, that centered on the use of maps in the iwlearn.net site.
Dec 03, 2014

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IW:LEARN holds Geonode training for MBCO and DENR

IW:LEARN holds Geonode training for MBCO and DENR

by Khristine Custodio last modified Dec 03, 2014 07:08 PM
On 27 October 2014, 24 representatives from the Manila Bay Coordinating Office (MBCO), and the regional units of the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) involved in the Manila Bay Watershed Environmental Atlas (MBEA) updating attended a full day Geonode training organized by IW:LEARN with the support of UNEP.
Dec 03, 2014

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Groundwater, the Hidden Resource

Groundwater, the Hidden Resource

by Khristine Custodio last modified Dec 03, 2014 11:19 AM
Groundwater is the most abundant source of freshwater on earth, yet it remains a hidden resource in many ways. While groundwater abstraction increased explosively over the past decades, driven by population growth, economic development and the need for food, the available data on its availability, quantity and quality is very limited. Although 50% of the world population depends on groundwater, what the general public and most decision-makers know and understand about this precious resource is usually very little.
Dec 03, 2014

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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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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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