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GEF IW:LEARN e-bulletin #22, May/June 2010

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In This Issue

Lead Stories
Visitor statistics since release of E-Bulletin #21
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Project and Partner News
Most Popular Documents on IW:LEARN in May-June 2010
Calendar of Events from July to September 2010 
Vacancies and Requests for Proposals  


Lead Stories

IWMI Releases Policy Brief on Groundwater Management and Climate Change
The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has released a policy brief titled "Banking on Groundwater in Times of Change," which highlights the importance of groundwater storage for climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Singapore Water Week Ends on a High Note
The recently concluded Singapore International Water Week 2010 (28 June to 2 July 2010) ended on a high note for many local and international water companies, where the total value of announcements for projects awarded, tenders, investments into Singapore and R&D MOUs exceeded S$2.8 billion, up by 27 percent from last year’s S$2.2 billion. The event, which was held together with the World Cities Summit this year, also saw a record increase in the number of trade attendees to over 14,000 from 85 countries/regions.
Spain ratified the ICZM Protocol
Protection of Mediterranean Coastal Areas: Two Ratifications Pending for the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Instrument to Enter into Force
Athens, 5th July 2010 – Spain has ratified the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Protocol of the Barcelona Convention (1), raising the total number of ratifications to four, with Slovenia, France and Albania having already ratified this innovative legal instrument.
Coasts of life: helping tropical seaside communities cope with climate change
Climate change is hitting coastal areas hard: rises in sea levels, ocean acidification, extreme events, bleaching and death of coral are all climate impacts which will require adjustments socially and economically. A new IUCN report, published today, provides practical guidance for coastal communities and industries to adapt to climate change.
Spatial Planning Tools to Support the Ecosystem Approach to Aquaculture
Recently-published FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Proceedings, The potential of spatial planning tools to support the ecosystem approach to aquaculture , based on an Expert Workshop, reviews the status and potential of such spatial planning tools in implementing the EAA. The paper includes the workshop report summarizing the salient contributions from participants, and one review.

Project and Partner News

A Web Based Toolkit for Using Remote Sensing Data
To enable technicians, scientists and managers to make the most appropriate selection of data and a processing approach for a specific environment and application, an interactive, web-based toolkit was created by the Biophysical Remote Sensing Group at the University of Queensland. The toolkit teaches managers, scientists and technicians working in marine, terrestrial and atmospheric environments, how images collected from satellites and aircraft (remote sensing) can be used to map and monitor environmental features or processes, and their change over time.

Current Affairs: A joint newsletter of the ASCLME Project and SWIOFP is now accessible
The ASCLME Project has combined forces with sister project SWIOFP, to bring you a combined newsletter, Current Affairs. The first edition has just been published and covers news about both Projects over the last year. At 56 pages, it shows just how much work is being done in the region.

Marine Fishery Resource of the Pacific Islands
A recently published FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper, Marine fishery resources of the Pacific Islands, discusses two resource categories, updating and expanding an earlier review by FAO of the marine fishery resources of the Pacific Islands. Information is provided on the major types of fishing, the important species, the status of those resources and the fisheries management that occurs. In general, the coastal fishery resources are heavily fished and often show signs of overexploitation, especially in areas close to population centres and for fishery products in demand by the rapidly-growing Asian economies.

Mekong officials discuss environmental mitigation for mainstream dams
Environmental and hydropower experts will be meeting in Ho Chi Minh City over the next two days to discuss an assessment of the environmental and social impact of the 12 hydropower dams proposed for construction on the mainstream lower Mekong. The MRC commissioned Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of Proposed Mainstream Hydropower Dams in the Lower Mekong is due for release in August this year and this meeting will inform its final report. Consultants working on the SEA are expected to recommend a range of possible measures to Mekong countries in order to address both the development opportunities and concerns over the impact of the proposed projects. The MRC says that this will feed into subsequent discussions among MRC Member Countries Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam as to whether or not to go ahead with such schemes, and if so, under what conditions.


Most Popular Documents from Projects on IW:LEARN.NET (May-June 2010)

The top five documents during May-June 2010:

Capabilities and Limitations of Decision Support Systems in Facilitating Access to Information   [127 Unique Pageviews]

Project Proposal: Development and Implementation of Investment Opportunities in the East Asian Seas Region [46 Unique Pageviews]

GEF Concept Note: Marine and Coastal Environment Management Project [37 Unique Pageviews]

Project Document: Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project  [21 Unique Pageviews]

Project Document: Developing Renewable Groundwater Resources in Arid Lands: A Pilot Case – The Eastern Desert of Egypt  [15 Unique Pageviews]

Calendar of Events from May to July 2010

Events in July 2010
Asia / Americas / Europe / Oceania / All regions

Events in August 2010:
Transboundary Aquifers and International Law: The experience of the Guarani Aquifer System ,  University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom, 31 August 2010

GMSTEC 2010 International Conference for a Sustainable Greater Mekong Subregion , Bangkok, Thailand, 26-27 August 2010

ClimECO2: Oceans, Marine Ecosystems, and Society facing Climate Change , Brest, France, 23-27 August 2010

Workshop on Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Urban Development Planning for Asian Coastal Cities , Bangkok,Thailand, 23 August-1 September 2010

First biodiversity forum in West Africa , ANCE-Togo, 18-21 August 2010

Second International Conference on Climate, Sustainability and Development in Semi-arid Regions - ICID 2010 , Fortaleza, Brazil, 16-20 August 2010

SIL 2010: 31st Congress of the International Society of Limnology , Cape Town, South Africa, 15-20 August 2010

XIX International Conference on Hydroscience and Engineering (ICHE 2010) , Chennai, India, 2-5 August 2010

International Summer on Marine Spatial Planning Meeting , Sao Miguel Island of the Azores archipelago, 7-12 August 2010

Events in September 2010:
Africa / Asia / Americas / Europe / All regions

Vacancies and Requests for Proposals

Water Resource Management Specialist (IAEA ) Deadline 26 July 2010

Fully-funded Fellowship: UN-Nippon Programme call for applications Deadline 15 August 2010

Project Manager-Lac Tumba Program WWF(DRC) Deadline 31 July 2010

Program Management & Partnership Specialist (WHO) Deadline 28 July 2010

Program Coordinator - Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) Deadline 28 July 2010

Senior National Consultant - Uganda (SIWI) Deadline 9 August 2010

Senior National Consultant - Tanzania (SIWI ) Deadline 9 August 2010

International Project Manager - Mongolia (SDC ) Deadline 31 July 2010

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