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GEF IW:LEARN e-Bulletin, February 2011

The GEF IW:LEARN e-bulletin is a regular circular of information regarding upcoming meetings, projects specific news, interesting tools and applications of relevance to the GEF International waters community (and projects in particular). It serves as a mechanism to widely share highlights and news about your project with over 1400 water practitioners.

GEF IW:LEARN e-Bulletin, February 2011

Lead Stories

IW:LEARN’s Third Phase Comes to Life

The latest phase of the GEF International Waters signature learning initiative, IW:LEARN, officially launches this month, after being endorsed by the GEF last December. We are very pleased to announce that the project is quickly becoming operational, with partner and consultant agreements already underway to ensure that GEF IW project may start benefiting from the new phase’s services in short order.
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GEF IWRM Demonstration Projects Building Awareness of "Ridge to Reef" IWRM across the Pacific

The GEF Nadi IWRM Project launched its “Water Bus” campaign in February 2011. Mr. Vinesh Kumar, Fiji’s Demonstration Project Manager, said that the bus launch was the start of a wider awareness campaign on how people from different sectors and backgrounds need to work together to improve water management and to reduce the risks from flooding. In the North Pacific, Mr. Leerenson Airens, IWRM Focal Point for the Federated States of Micronesia launched a series of water awareness billboards promoting IWRM on Pohnpei Island.
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European Commission Launches Coastal Planning and Management Exchange Project

The European Commission has launched OURCOAST, a three-year project to “support and ensure the exchange of experiences and best practices in coastal planning and management.” The project consists of a website, http://ec.europa.eu/ourcoast , which “aims to ensure that lessons learned from the coastal management experiences and practices will be shared and made accessible to those who are seeking sustainable solutions to their coastal management practices”.
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New UNESCO Publication: " Advanced Simulation and Modelling for Urban Groundwater Management"

Groundwater plays a vital role in the urban water cycle but is frequently ignored. The assessment and evaluation of urban water systems rarely consider the contribution of groundwater to the urban water budget, and available decision-support tools for integrated urban water management often fail to include aquifer storage and the strong two-way interaction that commonly occurs between groundwater and surface water and other urban water system components.
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“Risk Analysis of Water Pollution” Second Revised and Expanded Edition is now available

This practice-oriented guide by Prof. J. Ganoulis covers developments in risk analysis, water quality assessment and management and the role of ecological water quality in regional and transboundary water resources management according to the UNESCO programmes and the EU-Water Framework Directive. Published by WILEY-VCH, this book will be useful for water resources practitioners, researchers and students interested in risk and uncertainty as a support for water quality decision-making processes.
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Improved visualization for IWLEARN.NET

IWLEARN.NET (http://iwlearn.net) enhances user experience by providing snapshots through data visualization within the Project Database and Events Calendar.
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Project and Partner News

Reefs at Risk Revisited Report

A new comprehensive analysis finds that 75 percent of the world’s coral reefs are currently threatened by local and global pressures. For the first time, the analysis includes threats from climate change, including warming seas and rising ocean acidification. The report shows that local pressures— such as overfishing, coastal development, and pollution— pose the most immediate and direct risks, threatening more than 60 percent of coral reefs today.
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FAO Yearbook: Fishery and aquaculture statistics available

The most recent issue of the FAO Fishery and Aquaculture Statistics Yearbook, a compilation of data on capture production, aquaculture production and commodities, is now online. The yearbook contains a booklet with general notes, concepts and classifications, and summary tables as well as a pull-out map of FAO major fishing areas and also includes statistics on apparent fish consumption derived from FAO food balance sheets.
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Pacific IWRM Featured on Oceania Television

Pacific IWRM Super 15s Rugby Competition Featured on Micronesia Television Pacific IWRM’s Super Rugby Competition was recently featured on Oceania Television’s weekly news. This news item promoted the role of the competition in supporting Pacific IWRM activities to raise awareness of water and sanitation issues in the Pacific Islands. High fives to our Micronesian colleagues for their great support to IWRM.
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Training helps Licensing Officers use legal and FFA tools to control fisheries

HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS 7-10 FEBRUARY 2011: Fisheries Licensing Officers from 14 member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) have now completed the Fisheries Licensing Officer’s Workshop (FLOW), where they learned more about key legal and monitoring tools to control fishing.
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ASCLME Mid Term Evaluation Report

The GEF/UNDP ASCLME Project is pleased to announce the release of its Mid Term Evaluation (MTE) report . The MTE was conducted by Dr. Yegor Volovik , who has done an excellent job of identifying the strengths and challenges the Project has experienced to date. The MTE provides a thorough and detailed assessment of the Project and suggests actions for the Project Coordination Unit, ensuring the Project will continue to achieve success.
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Ukraine Environmental Strategy includes IWRM

In December 2010, the National Environmental Strategy of the Ukraine was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament and contains a component on water management. In 2009, Ukraine decided to revise its main water planning document in accordance with European Union laws and the EU’s Water Framework Directive even though the country is not a member of the EU.
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Governance within the Orange-Senqu River Basin

Governance within the Orange-Senqu River basin is guided by international guidelines, regional and basin level agreements and organisations, and national laws and policies. The Governance theme of the Orange-Senqu River Awareness Kit includes overview material on each of the following subjects: Integrated Water Resources Management; Transboundary Water Resources Management; Water Governance in the Orange-Senqu River; Governance Role Players; and Capacity Development.
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WWF News Update Jan 2011

United Nations Freshwater Agreement Initiative WWF is calling on countries to take action to give effectiveness to policy instruments that promote cooperation among basin/aquifer states and establish their rights and obligations in the use and management of internationally shared freshwater resources.
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New Projects and Documents

IWC6 First Announcement

First announcement of the 6th GEF Biennial International Waters Conference.
The Conference will be organized under the slogan Raising the Bar: 20 Years of GEF Transboundary Water Results, and will focus on knowledge sharing on water management issues and results after 20 years of interventions. The Conference also has the objective to promote public-private partnerships in support of better water management and identification of modalities for their development.
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BCLME SAP IMP focus: Quarterly Progress Updates #1 (Feb 2011)

Featured in this Edition: 2nd BCC Ministerial Conference held in Cape Town in Sept 2010; 1st Regional Convention Consultation and Negotiation A Success; and Partnerships for Long-term research and capacity building.
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WIOLAB Terminal Evaluation

The independent Terminal Evaluation for the project was undertaken between 23 May and 15 August 2010 on behalf of UNEP. This report provides an introduction and overview of the project, describes the evaluation methodology and scope and sums up the main findings of the evaluation. The report concludes with lessons and recommendations.
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ReefBase Newsletter - January 2011

The ReefBase Newsletter provides registered users with updates on new additions to the ReefBase database and website. This issue highlights the 22nd Pacific Science Congress in Malaysia, the Release of the CoReMo project (Coral Reef Monitoring) Version 3, and an update on coral bleaching.
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CCLME Bulletin February 2011

Since the release of the first CCLME Newsletter in July 2010, the Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU) has been busy with organizing and attending a series of meetings. The main highlight of this issue is the CCLME Inception Workshop and First PSC Meeting held in Dakar, Senegal on 2-3 November 2010.
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Prespa Newsletter No. 9/2010

The UNDP GEF Prespa Project, launched a consultancy on Transboundary Fish and Fisheries Management. The consultancy provided a situational analysis of fisheries in the basin and a detailed proposal for the systematic, integrated and participatory process involved in setting up and implementing transboundary fisheries cooperation.
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The Strategic Action Programme for the protection of the coastal and marine environment of the Western Indian Ocean from Land-based sources and activities (SAP) has been completed at a time when it is most needed. The SAP will in particular help the governments in the WIO region to jointly or individually deal with the challenges associated with the increasing demand for coastal and marine resources and the consequent destruction and degradation of critical habitats, changes in freshwater flow and sediments loads, as well as challenges resulting from global climate change. Decision-makers, administrators, planners, resource managers and scientists, will in particularly find this document valuable in the conception, formulation and implementation of specific projects aimed at enhancing the protection of the coastal and marine environment.
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ASCLME-Midterm Evaluation

The whole Evaluation process ran like clockwork, and this was clearly due to the extraordinary skills and professionalism of Mrs. Helen MacKenzie. All three missions organised to support the current MTE exercise provided a unique chance to meet in person and talk with so many vital Project's stakeholders.
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Events in March 2011

World Water Day

20-22 March Worldwide. Main programme will take place in Cape Town, South Africa
The World Water Day in 2011 is intended to focus international attention on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialization and climate change on water resources and environmental protection capabilities of cities and small towns. Key issues such as the growing urban water and sanitation demand, increased pollution from municipal and industrial discharges, climate change and its unforeseen risks and challenges, overexploitation of available water resources, better targeting of the urban poor will be discussed. The critical role played by local governments and other service providers in tackling these challenges will be explored. UN-HABITAT will assume responsibility for World Water Day coordination with additional support from UNEP.

IW:Learn3 Inception Meeting

10-11 March Bratislava, Slovakia

24th ICID European Regional Conference: GroundWater 2011

14-16 March Orleans, France

The 5TH GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium

16-18 March Tokyo, Japan

CBD Capacity-building Workshop for Latin American and Caribbean ILC

16-18 March Georgetown, Guyana

CIRCLE-MED Final Conference - Coping with Climate Change in Mediterranean Coastal Areas – the Water Management Challenge

22-23 March Aix-en-Provence, France

GEF Eastern Europe Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW)

22-24 March Kiev,Ukraine

International Symposium on Isotopes in Hydrology, Marine Ecosystems, and Climate Change Studies

27 March - 01 April Monaco

8th International Scientific Symposium - IOC WESTPAC

28-31 March Busan, Republic of Korea

6th IWA Specialist Conference on Efficient Use & Management of Water

29 March - 02 April Dead Sea, Jordan

Events in April 2011

GEF Asia Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW)

05-07 April Da Lat City,Vietnam

Water & Environment 2011: CIWEMs Annual Conference

06-07 April London, United Kingdom

Third Africa Carbon Forum

07-09 April Marrakesh, Morocco

International Conference on the Status and Future of the World‘s Large Rivers

11-14 April Vienna, Austria

Second workshop on water and adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins: challenges, progress and lessons learnt

12-13 April Geneva, Switzerland

India Water Forum (IWF) 2011

13-15 April New Delhi, India

Task Force Meeting on Water and Climate

14 April Geneva, Switzerland

SSS 4 Water Conference: Small Sustainable Solutions for Water

18-22 April Venice, Italy

GWI/IDA Water Summit: Focusing on Performance

18-19 April Berlin, Germany

3rd International SmallWat11 Congress:Towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the Water Framework Directive (WFD)

25-28 April Seville, Spain

International Conference: Water and Climate Change in the MENA-Region: Adaptation, Mitigation and Best Practices

28-29 April Berlin, Germany

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Vacancies and Requests for Proposals

International Program Manager/Director - International Policy Advancement Program (CCS)

The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) helps governments and their stakeholders tackle climate change issues by fostering consensus-based actions through collaboration and advanced technical assistance.
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General Secretary - International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)

Applications are invited for the post of General Secretary of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). The post, which will become vacant on 31 January 2012, is based at the Council’s headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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International or Regional Consultant - Fisheries Programme (Mekong River Commission)

The Fisheries Programme of the Mekong River Commission supported several scientific studies of fisheries for which several reports are in draft or will be prepared. Each of these requires editing, design and layout for publication. The objective of this contract is to design and layout several documents as MRC Technical Papers or Development Series Papers for publication following MRC formatting and standards (Application Deadline: 11 March 2011).
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International consultant for the Inception Phase: Improving Coverage and Management Effectiveness of Marine and Coastal Protected Areas (UNDP)

The immediate objective is to improve the coverage and management effectiveness of Albania’s network of marine and coastal protected areas as an essential complement to its network of terrestrial PAs. The project aims at removing existing systemic, regulatory and knowledge barriers (Application Deadline: 11 March 2011).
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Intern/Assistant Advisor - Asia/Oceania (IUCN)

The Secretariat initiated a regional internship programme in 1997 which allows four interns to assist the respective Senior Regional Advisors in their day to day work within the Secretariat. The tasks will rarely involve field work. Exceptionally interns could be asked to visit projects or participate in meetings abroad. There will also be opportunities to attend international meetings held in Geneva and to become acquainted with other international agencies based there (Application Deadline: 13 March 2011).
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Project Manager - Climate & Development Knowledge Network (ODI)

ODI is a leading member of the £50 million+ Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), a flagship project designed to support developing country decision-makers and those influencing them to tackle challenges of climate change (Application Deadline: 14 March 2011).
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Lecturer in Environmental Policy - The Department of Environmental Resources (UNESCO)

The Department of Environmental Resources (ER) provides post-graduate education and training to professionals in the field of environmental science, carries out research in this area and supports in the building of environmental knowledge centers in the developing world. The department has three core groups: Freshwater Ecosystems, Environmental Policy and Management and Pollution Prevention and Control. Within the Environmental Policy and Management core, the department wishes to appoint a Lecturer in Environmental Policy (Application Deadline: 14 March 2011).
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Research Director (Climate Strategies)

Climate Strategies (www.climatestrategies.org) is an international research organisation that aims to assist governments in solving the collective action problem of climate change. It connects leading applied research on international climate change issues to the policy process and to public debate, raising the quality and coherence of advice provided on policy formation (Application Deadline: 15 March 2011).
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National/International Legal Expert - Water Management and Cross Border Issues (UNDP)

The scope of work will generate high quality analysis of issues pertaining to cross border water management, including applicable international Laws and legislation within the UNDP-GEF project “Mainstreaming Karst Peatlands Conservation Concerns into Key Economic Sectors Project” (hereinafter referred to as the “Project”), related to Adriatic basin/ Cetina watershed water resource assessments, hydrology components (Application Deadline: 16 March 2011).
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Analyst - Venice office (CPI)

The Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) is a new analysis and advisory organization that examines the effectiveness of energy and climate policies around the globe. Our mission is to help nations achieve low-carbon development by evaluating their efforts to promote the new energy and land use economy (Application Deadline: 25 March 2011).
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Principal Marine Scientist - Engineering & Science (inc Laboratory) Marine, Rivers, Fisheries, Oceanography (GHD)

GHD is one of the world's leading engineering, architecture and environmental consulting companies. Established in 1928, GHD employs more than 6000 people across five continents and serves clients in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation (Application Deadline: 1 April 2011).
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