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GEF IW:LEARN e-bulletin #20, Jan/Feb 2010

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In This Issue

Lead Stories
Visitor statistics from previous E-Bulletin #19
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Project and Partner News
Most Popular Documents on IW:LEARN in 2009
Calendar of Events from February to April 2010 
Vacancies and Requests for Proposals

Lead Stories

Coastal habitats have the capacity to sequester 50 times more carbon per year in the sediment below them than equivalent sized tropical forests
Coastal saltmarshes, mangroves and seagrass meadows have a staggering ability to remove carbon from the atmosphere and lock it into soil, a new paper by a Conservation International scientist claims today – prompting calls for urgent action to protect these vulnerable habitats.

http://www.iwlearn.net/websitetoolkit/e-bulletin/e-bulletin-linked-files/enslogo2.jpg Africa's largest transboundary marine protected area declared
Mozambique has declared its first Marine Protected Area at Ponta do Ouro that now links with South Africa's iSimangaliso Wetland Park to create Africa's first transfrontier marine conservation area.
http://www.iwlearn.net/websitetoolkit/e-bulletin/e-bulletin-linked-files/nbilogo.jpg Endorsement of Sio-Siteko Transboundary Wetlands Management Plan
The Sio Siteko Transboundary wetlands management plan has been prepared with the contribution of stakeholders from Uganda and Kenya.
http://www.iwlearn.net/websitetoolkit/e-bulletin/e-bulletin-linked-files/logo_gapminder2.jpg Web-based interactive and animated statistics
Gapminder is a non-profit venture promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by increased use and understanding of statistics and other information about social, economic and environmental development at local, national and global levels.

http://www.iwlearn.net/websitetoolkit/e-bulletin/e-bulletin-linked-files/ukfoc_adb.jpg Economics of Climate Change in Southeast Asia: Report and Multimedia Toolkit
A report by the Asian Development Bank and multimedia toolkit produced by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office highlight the economics of climate change in the Southeast Asian region.

http://www.iwlearn.net/websitetoolkit/e-bulletin/e-bulletin-linked-files/wadimena_logo.jpg The Water Demand Initiative for the Middle East and North Africa (WaDImena)
The Water Demand Initiative for the Middle East and North Africa (WaDImena) is a five-year project to promote the management of water demand in the region. WaDImena currently works in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, and Yemen.

Project and Partner News

Living Water Exchange Factsheets on nutrient reduction good practices available online
The Living Water Exchange project is sharing information and accelerating the replication of the most appropriate nutrient reduction practices to improve the environmental health of water resources in Central and Eastern Europe.

Joint IUCN/ASCLME Seamounts Cruise Featured on BBC News
The 2009 Seamounts cruise blog from the Dr. Fridtjof Nansen is syndicated on BBC News.

Tuvalu prepares to adapt to climate change through the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) Project
In upraising the profile of the PACC Project in Tuvalu, a one day inception meeting was held at the Government Conference Room to introduce and launch the project.

Video on blue carbon
The 'Blue carbon, the new frontier' video featuring Nick Nuttal (Spokesperson, UNEP) and Jacqueline Alder (Coordinator - Marine and Coastal Programme, UNEP),  is now available for viewing on Youtube.

Mekong River Commission to establish climate change adaption demonstration site in Lao PDR
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) and Government of Lao PDR have agreed to establish a site for demonstrating best practice in dealing with the potential impacts of climate change on Lao agriculture and rural life.

Lake Tanganyika Authority Headquarters Agreement signed
On 4 November 2009, the Minister of External Relations and International Cooperation of Burundi signed the Headquarters Agreement of the Lake Tanganyika Authority.

Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office: Kick-off meeting for the First Joint Multipurpose Program Identification Phase Studies (JMP1 ID Studies)
By the end of the JMP1 Identification phase, ENCOM will be in a position to commission detailed preparation for the selected JMP1 investments.

Most Popular Documents from Projects on IW:LEARN.NET (2009)

The top five documents for the whole of 2009:

Capabilities and Limitations of Decision Support Systems in Facilitating Access to Information   [1416 Pages viewed ]

Lessons-learned Reporting on Demonstration Site Selection and Design: IWCAM [822 Pages]

Causes et Impacts de la Degradation des Terres et des Eaux du Bassin du Fleuve Niger  [801 Pages]

Lake Tanganyika Biodiversity - Resultats et constats tires de l'initiative de conservation du PNUD/GEF (RAF/92/G32) qui a eu lieu en Burundi, en Republique Democratique du Congo, en Tanzanie et en Zambie   [742 Pages]

A Handbook on Governance and Socioeconomics of Large Marine Ecosystems [608 Pages ]

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Calendar of Events from February to April 2010

Events in February 2010 :
Africa / Asia / Americas / Europe / Oceania / All regions

Events in March 2010:
International Drought Symposium , California, USA, 24-26 March 2010

PCCP Short Course on “Negotiation and Mediation for Water Conflict Management II” , The Hague, The Netherlands, 1-19 March 2010

International Engineering Conference on Hot Arid Regions , Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia, 1-2 March 2010

IWA Malaysia National Young Water Professionals Conference , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2-4 March 2010

Coasts, Marine Structures & Breakwaters 2010 , Sydney, Australia, 3-4 March 2010

International Conference on Coastal Zone Management of River Deltas and Low Land Coastlines , Alexandria, Egypt, 6-10 March 2010

Cities of the Future 2010 , Boston, USA, 7-10 March 2010

The 4th Arab Cleaner Production Workshop , Amman, Jordaan, 8-10 March 2010

15th African Water Association Congress , Kampala, Uganda, 15-18 March 2010

WSTA 9th Gulf Water Conference , Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 22-25 March 2010

Decentralised Wastewater Treatment solutions in Developing Countries , Surabaya, Indonesia, 23-26 March 2010

Integrated Water Resources Management and Challenges of the Sustainable Development , Agadir, Morocco, 24-26 March 2010

Water for Life 2010 , Alberta, Canada, 25 March 2010

The Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development GCARD , Montpellier, France, 28-31 March 2010

2nd IWA/WEF Wastewater Treatment Modelling Seminar , Quebec, Canada, 28-30 March 2010

Events in April 2010:
Africa / Asia / Americas / Europe / Oceania / All regions

Vacancies and Requests for Proposals

Senior Fisheries Specialist (World Bank), Washington DC (Deadline 15 Feb 2010)

GEF International Waters Project Development Expert , (UNEP-GEF WIO-LaB Project), home-based with travel to Nairobi (Deadline: 15 Feb 2010)

Senior Fisheries Scientist - Stock Assessment (Secretariat of the Pacific Community), Noumea, New Caledonia (Deadline: 15 February 2010)

Programme Officer for Marine Environmental Management (UNDP/GEF project - Reducing Environment Stress in the Yellow Sea Large Marine Ecosystem), Ansan, Korea (Deadline: 18 February 2010)

Adviser - Fisheries (World Bank), Washington, DC (Deadline: 20 Feb 2010)

MedMPAnet Project Officer (UNEP/MAP), Tunis ( Deadline 22 Feb 2010)

Consultant, Groundwater Assessment of the Pangani River Basin (IUCN), Tanzania (Deadline: 22 February 2010)

Senior Water Specialist (International Finance Corporation - IFC), Washington DC (Deadline: 28 February 2010)

Senior Water Specialist (International Finance Corporation - IFC), New Delhi, India (Deadline: 28 February 2010)

ESR Research Analyst (World Resources Institute), Washington, DC (Deadline: 1 March 2010)

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