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GEF IW:LEARN e-Bulletin, May 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, May 2011

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Towards Marine Ecosystem­based Management in the Wider Caribbean

This publication brings together the collective knowledge and experience of scholars and practitioners within the Wider Caribbean to begin the process of assembling a road map towards marine ecosystem based management (EBM) for the region.



A Successful Conclusion to the First IW:LEARN3 ICT Workshop

[GEF IW:LEARN] Twenty-one GEF IW project members graduated from the first IW:LEARN Information and Communication Technology (ICT) workshop held last 23-27 May in the UNESCO World Heritage site and historic city of Ayutthaya in Thailand.



World Oceans Day Message from Global Ocean Forum: Let us commit ourselves to achieving a significant ocean outcome at Rio+20

[Global Oceans Forum] A "blue" consciousness, an integrative ocean governance, an actively involved youth sector, and pivotal leadership in implementing international environmental governance are seen as key factors in moving the agenda towards achieving a truly significant ocean outcome at Rio+20. This was the core message of Global Ocean Forum President Biliana Cicin-Sain on the occassion of "World Oceans Day" on June 8, 2011. Rio+20 refers to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development that will take place in Rio de Janeiro on June 4-6, 2012.

GEF IW Project News

Marine training to prevent invasive species at ports

[Ballast Water Partnerships] 3 June 2011: An awareness-raising training on Ships Ballast Water Management, held in Suva, Fiji, has resulted in recommendations to develop a National Policy for the country, based on existing legislation, as well as to ratify the Ballast Water Management Convention. The training was organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP) and was the first-ever training on the topic, according to SPREP. The training, held during the week of 19 May 2011, was attended by government ministries (Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Fisheries, Fiji Ports Corporation Limited) and the private sector (Pacific Agency, Williams & Gosling, Environment Consultants Fiji Ltd).

Call for Papers to the Ballast Water Management Forum

[Ballast Water Partnerships] The organizers, the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships (GBP) Programme, the UMA-Turkish Prime Ministry Undersecretariat for Maritime Affairs and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) are inviting abstracts for topics related to the forum. Submission should be no later than 15 July 2011.

Expert meeting on harmonizing national legislation and institutions with ICZM Protocol - Croatia

[Mediterranean Regional Project] The Expert group meeting on harmonizing the national legal and institutional framework with ICZM Protocol took place during 18 and 19 May in the PAP/RAC premises in Split, Croatia.

RO Korea Signs MOU for the East Asian Sean (EAS) Congress 2012

[PEMSEA] Changwon City, RO Korea — The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MLTM) of the Republic of Korea, Changwon City Government and PEMSEA signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize the hosting and organization of the East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2012 on 25 April 2011.


Partners News

Taking Steps toward Marine and Coastal Ecosystem-based Management – An Introductory Guide

The ecosystem approach lays out a series of principles to guide management towards long-term sustainability of marine and coastal ecosystems. With this new guide on Marine and Coastal Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM), UNEP seeks to assist countries and communities to take steps towards making marine and coastal ecosystem-based management operational - from strategic planning to on-site implementation. It has three main sections: 1: Making the case for EBM – Why and how is change necessary?; 2: Examining the core elements of EBM; 3: Moving towards EBM: Visioning – Planning – Implementation.

Mangroves to receive huge boost from new carbon credit rules

A new method for calculating the role that mangrove restoration plays in slowing climate change, by capturing and storing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, has been adopted.

AU Establishes Task Force on Integrated Maritime Strategy

3 June 2011: The African Union (AU) has formed a cross-department task force to develop Africa's Integrated Maritime (AIM) Strategy, which will articulate an "overarching multilayered African-driven long term vision" to address Africa's maritime challenges and opportunities.

UNGA Working Group Recommends Starting Process on Legal Regime on Marine Biodiversity

3 June 2011: A Working Group under the aegis of the UN General Assembly has produced consensus recommendations to start a new process on the legal regime on marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Knowledge Sharing Between Baltic and Danube

GWP Hungary and GWP Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) organized a knowledge-sharing workshop on “Water Resources Management Aspects of European Union Strategies for Baltic Sea and Danube Basin Regions” on April 5, 2011 in Budapest, Hungary. The focus was on sharing experiences and expertise from the implementation of the Baltic Sea Strategy. During the workshop, experts identified similarities and differences concerning water management issues and discussed implementation mechanisms and institutional roles such as selection of projects and partnerships in the Danube Region.

Pacific Islands fisheries overview

The FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (Bangkok, Thailand) have just published Fisheries of the Pacific Islands: Regional and national information. This document is a significant revision and update of a previous review of Pacific Islands.

Catchment Management and Coral Reef Conservation

Catchment Management and Coral reef Conservation: A practical guide for coastal resource managers to reduce damage from catchment areas based on best practice case studies. By Clive Wilkinson and Jon Brodie, the guide was released at the International Marine Conservation Congress in Victoria BC Canada on 16 May.

SEA START Regional Center receives research award for Coastal Cities at Risk (CCaR) Program

The Southeast Asia START Regional Center, IW:LEARN’s partner for the implementation of Information and Communication Technology to Support GEF IW Projects Learning and Dialogue (Component 4) activities, recently received a $2.5M research grant for its Coastal Cities at Risk (CCaR): Building Adaptive Capacity for Managing Climate Change in Coastal Megacities Program from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) together with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) under the International Research Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change (IRIACC).

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Events in June 2011

12th International Symposium on the Interactions between Sediments and Water

19-23 June Darlington, England

12th Meeting of the Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

20-24 June New York, USA

34th IAHR Biennial Congress

26 June - 01 July Brisbane, Australia

The VI International Symposium: Water Engineering and Management in a Changing Environment

29 June - 02 July Catania, Italy

Events in July 2011

Workshop on equitable access to water and sanitation

04-05 July Geneva, Switzerland

IWHA 7th Biennial Conference: Talking water history on the African Veld

05-07 July Kruger National Park, South Africa

Forests and Water in Drylands : A Virtuous Cycle

07-08 July Geneva, Switzerland

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Vacancies and Requests for Proposals

Consultant for Component 5 (SWIOFP)

The South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project (SWIOFP) now invites eligible consultants to indicate their interest in providing services for Component 5 (Mainstreaming biodiversity in national and regional fisheries management) which deals with the interaction of fisheries and the environment in the West Indian Ocean (Application Deadline: 17 June 2011).

Pacific Regional Director-Island conservation (CEA)

The Pacific Regional Director (PRD) will be responsible for developing and executing overall strategy throughout the region, the development of collaborative partnerships with diverse stakeholders, and for ensuring that high impact, multilateral grants and other change-making mechanisms are used to achieve planned outcomes and impact. The PRD will play a primary role in advancing a global campaign to prevent extinctions on islands (Application Deadline: 24 June 2011 or until filled).

Applicants for International Master Program - Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (TERMA-VN)

This is an interdisciplinary program offered by the Cologne University of Applied Science, Germany with the focus on Water Resources Management. The objective of the MSc “Technology and Resources Management” with focus ”Water Resources Management“ is to provide the students with the necessary skills to make an career in the sectors of water and environment (Application Deadline: 30 June 2011).

Fisheries Acoustic Specialist (SWIOFP)

The demersal fisheries component of the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project (SWIOFP), Component 3, requires the services of a fisheries acoustic specialist. The SWIOFP now invites individual consultants hereinafter called ‘consultants’, to indicate their interest in providing the services. The services to be rendered include the preparation, coordination of acoustic work and data analysis in acoustic and drop line surveys of deep slope demersal resources that are planned for Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique and Tanzania during 2011 (Application Deadline: 30 June 2011).

Programme Manager, Global Sanitation Fund (WSSCC)

This post aims to improve sanitation and hygiene for large numbers of people through the effective and efficient management of the Global Sanitation Fund. The incumbent is a senior member of the WSSCC Secretariat, which is a unit within the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). The incumbent works in accordance with WSSCC’s strategic objectives and established guidelines and with internal and external professionals such as Project Managers, Executing Agencies and Programme Monitors (Application Deadline: 7 July 2011).

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