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GEF IW Experience Notes

by Khristine Custodio last modified Aug 22, 2012 01:04 PM
The GEF International Waters Experience Notes help the Transboundary Water Management (TWM) community share its practical experiences in promoting better TWM. Experiences include successful practices, approaches, strategies, lessons, and methodologies, that emerge in the context of TWM.

GEF IW projects are asked to prepare Experience notes at their mid-term evaluation and final evaluation.  Completed notes should be 3-7 pages long, and will be via GEF IW:LEARN and its iwlearn.net Web site, as well as at selected GEF IW events. Please note that the titles below are abbreviated and sorted in line with principle indicators drawn mainly from the GEF IW Tracking Tool. Additional guidance and a template on producing Notes is available here: Guidance template for GEF IW Experience Notes.

In addition, GEF IW:LEARN is now encouraging GEF projects to prepare Video Experience Notes in addition to written ones. The project hopes these will be a more compelling, engaging version of the written documents that will allow projects to show their experiences in addition to reporting them. Video notes as such are marked below. Please read this guidance document on the production of video notes for further advice. In addition, with great apprecitation to the GEF-UNDP Kura-Aras River project and its project manager Mary Matthews, we have a guidance video offering advice on the preparation of video notes.

Click here for the Experience Note Abstract Compendium, a handy collection of abstracts from all the Notes below.

A * indicates that the indicator is derived from the GEF IW Tracking Tool.


Regional legal agreements and cooperation frameworks*

High-level political commitment to follow up joint actions

Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis: Agreement on transboundary priorities and root causes*

Public/private partnerships in TWM

Knowledge management database and IT for TWM

Other Process Indicators from the GEF IW Tracking Tool include:

  • Management measures in ABNJ incorporated in  Global/Regional Management Organizations (RMI) institutional/ management frameworks
  • Revised Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA)/Strategic Action Program (SAP) including Climatic Variability and Change considerations
  • TDA based on multi-national, interdisciplinary technical and scientific (MNITS) activities
  • Proportion of Countries that have adopted SAP
  • Proportion of countries that are implementing specific measures from the SAP (i.e. adopted national policies, laws, budgeted plans)
  • Incorporation of (SAP, etc.) priorities with clear commitments and time frames into CAS, PRSPs, UN Frameworks, UNDAF, key agency strategic documents including financial commitments and time frames, etc

Non-point source pollution programs implemented

Agriculture pollution reduction practices*

Restored habitat, including wetlands*

Optimization of wetlands as nutrient sinks

Wetland restoration practices

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