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GEF IW:LEARN e-bulletin #1, October 2007

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The Dynamics of Integrated Coastal Management: Practical Applications in the Sustainable Coastal Developements in East Asia

The Dynamics of Integrated Coastal Management: Practical Applications in the Sustainable Coastal Developements in East Asia

Authored by Dr. Chua Thia-Eng, this 16 chapter-book shares the author's 20 years of practical experience in addressing issues related to the integrated management on the coasts and oceans. This book makes clear the rationale underlying the use of the integrated management approach, and the practices used to apply sustainable development principles and international environmental instruments when undertaking ICM programs.

The Role of the Coastal Ocean in the Disturbed and Undisturbed Nutrient and Carbon Cycles

The Role of the Coastal Ocean in the Disturbed and Undisturbed Nutrient and Carbon Cycles

The project “The Role of the Coastal Ocean in the Disturbed and Undisturbed Nutrient and Carbon Cycles” was implemented within the UNEP-GEF International Waters focal area, Operational Programme 10 – Global contaminants, the sub-programme: “Sustainable Management and Use of Natural Resources” by the Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) project. This publication describes the background and context for the project, it illustrates some of the key science outputs and considers the wider management implications of the outcomes of the project.


Implementation of Ecosystem-Based Management in Marine Capture Fisheries - case studies

Implementation of Ecosystem-Based Management in Marine Capture Fisheries - case studies

This publication presents a short catalogue of good news stories describing how key actors are pursuing more sustainable solutions. These case studies illustrate the steps in an approach to managing human maritime activities known as ecosystem-based management (EBM). EBM has been used in terrestrial resource management for about 15 years, but its application to marine resource management only began more recently. WWF was the first global conservation organisation to proffer an EBM framework for marine fisheries, thus creating a testing ground for precautionary, conservation-oriented EBM for all relevant maritime sectors. The case studies presented here further indicate

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Capabilities and Limitations of Decision Support Systems in Facilitating Access to Information (Salewicz, Kazimierz)

Niger River Basin Project - Analyse Diagnostique du Bassin du Fleuve, Rapport Provisoire. 2001. (2.5 MB, French)

Bermejo - Programa estratigico de acción para la cuenca binacional del rio Bermejo. 2000. (1.7 MB, Spanish)

Hai Basin - Environmental Assesment Volume 1/2

Lake Tanganyika Biodiversity - Final Summary Report - "Results and Experiences of the UNDP/GEF Conservation Initiative (RAF/92/G32) in Burundi, D.R. Congo,Tanzania, and Zambia."

LME Governance and Socioeconomics Handbook

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

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PEMSEA.ORG recently upgraded its web system into using the IW:LEARN website toolkit (based on the Plone Content Management System, which enabled useful tools that visitors can use to optimize access to documents and information about PEMSEA and the East Asian Seas region. New features include Google Maps, Members login, weblogs, live calendar and search functionality.

Calendar of Events for November 2007


UNU-UNESCO International Mangrove Biodiversity Training Course ( Annamalai University, India , from 12 November 2007 to 26 November 2007 )

CAIWA 2007 - Conference on Adaptive and Integrative Water Management ( Radisson SAS Hotel Basel, Switzerland , from 12 November 2007 to 15 November 2007 )

Water Management through Forest Management ( Beijing, China , from 12 November 2007 to 16 November 2007 )

2nd Pan-African Regional IW:LEARN Workshop on Public Participation in International Waters Management ( Maseru, Lesotho , from 13 November 2007 to 16 November 2007 )

International Conference on Environmental Informatics ( Bangkok, Thailand , from 21 November 2007 to 23 November 2007 )

1st World Water & Renewable Energy Congress-Expo ( Maastricht, the Netherlands , from 25 November 2007 to 28 November 2007 )

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UNECE - Environmental Affairs Officer, L-3

Technical Adviser, Globallast Partnership Programme , IMO (P.3)

WWF - Managing Director, Fisheries

WWF - Gulf of California Director

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Project News


PEMSEA Welcomes New PRF Secretariat Services Staff
PEMSEA welcomes Dr. Won-Tae Shin, Ms. Kazumi Wakita, Ms. Magnolia Uy and Ms. Jesusa Defensor of the PEMSEA Resource Facility (PRF) Secretariat Services and Ms. Vanessa Bautista as library assistant.

Climate change and the world's river basins: anticipating management options
Major rivers worldwide have experienced dramatic changes in flow, reducing their natural ability to adjust to and absorb disturbances. Given expected changes in global climate and water needs, this may create serious problems, including loss of native biodiversity and risks to ecosystems and humans from increased flooding or water shortages.

22nd International Coastal Cleanup: Volunteerism at Work
On 15 September, volunteers in Batangas province and Manila Bay gathered in selected coastal areas to participate in the 22nd Annual International Coastal Cleanup.

Philippines Implements IIMS Nationwide
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has adopted the Integrated Information Management System for Coastal and Marine Environment (IIMS) as its database platform for the Philippines.

Lake Chad Basin Project - IWRM Capacity Building Workshops
The workshop for the promotion of IWRM in the member states of the Lake Chad Basin Commission was held in the Central African Republic, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria.

Monitoring and Early Warning System (MEWS) for the Upper Basin of Yangtze River
China Research Academy of Environment Sciences is designing an indicator system for the Upper Basin of the Yangtze River.


PEMSEA Library Expands Collection and Facilities
PEMSEA announces the opening of the new PEMSEA Library.

2nd Workshop of the Yellow Sea Partnership
NOWPAP RCU hosted and organized the second Workshop of the Yellow Sea Partnership (YSP) on 1 October 2007 in Busan, Republic of Korea.

Yellow Sea LME releases Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis report
The Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis for Yellow Sea LME by UNDP/GEF YSLME project was published. It is a principal output/deliverable for the project.

Data input issues dominate 5th Mekong Flood Forum
MORE than 130 participants from 17 countries attended the 5th Annual Mekong Flood Forum in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam on May 17 and 18, 2007 to share information on “Improving Data Inputs Towards Medium-term Flood Forecasting and Warning in the Mekong Basin”, the theme of this year's forum.

PEMSEA Library Expands Collection and Facilities
PEMSEA announces the opening of the new PEMSEA Library. Located in the new PEMSEA building, the PEMSEA Library has a bigger space, and is complete with a reading area and computers to accommodate researchers.


2007 Twinning Workshop to Focus on Policy Reform, Sustainable Financing and Investment for Pollution Reduction
The Seminar on Policy Reform, Sustainable Financing and Investment for Pollution Reduction in the East Asian Seas, to be held 17-19 October in Tianjin, PR China, aims to enable participants to consider and incorporate in project formulation and implementation adequate strategies and approaches to policy reform in managing impacts from river basins and coastal seas, as well as addressing bottleneck

Successful First Meeting of Executive Committee Chairs
The First Executive Committee (EC) Meeting of the PEMSEA regional mechanism was held at the new PEMSEA Office in Quezon City, Philippines, on 14-15 September..Mr. Hiroshi Terashima, Technical Session Chair for the EAS Partnership Council served as the Acting Chair of the Meeting. Among the priority issues discussed during the gathering were: a) The Global Environment Facilitys approval of the new

Strengthening Networking among Local Governments: A Way forward for ICM Scaling up
DANANG CITY, VIETNAM --- The 2007 Forum of the PEMSEA Network of Local Governments for Sustainable Coastal Development (PNLG) was successfully organized and conducted as a result of the joint efforts of the Peoples Committee of Danang, the PNLG Secretariat, and the PEMSEA Resource Facility, with financial support from the Swedish Environmental Secretariat for Asia.

Getting Down to Business – The First Partnership Council Meeting
MANADO CITY, INDONESIA -- The East Asian Seas (EAS) Partnership Council has successfully conducted its first operational meeting in Manado City, Indonesia, last 17-20 July. The Meeting, which was participated in by 11 State Partners and 11 non-State Partners, reached important decisions related to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA).

September 2007 NOAA Coral Reef Watch's Satellite Monitoring Products
This map shows the global observations of coral bleaching occurrences combined with NOAA Coral Reef Watch's satellite monitoring products including Sea Surface Temperature, Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly, Bleaching HotSpot and Degree Heating Weeks. These datasets are added into ReefBase Online GIS each month.

UNEP and Google Global Cleanup
UNEP and Google Cleanup the World. People across the planet will be cleaning up their area and sharing the result with millions of people on the internet thanks to a new campaign by Google and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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