My goodness, what a year we have just closed. 2011 was the 20th anniversary of our portfolio, marked in a few occasions around the world but most profoundly in Dubrovnik, Croatia with the International Waters Conference. Of course, that leads us to 2012, which promises to be an exciting, if not suspenseful year for international waters and the global environment, broadly speaking. This year we have the next World Water Forum in Marseilles and of course the UN Conference on Sustainable Development or Rio Plus 20 ( http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/). The latter especially portends possible changes to our various strategies and institutional architecture. Recently, a prepatory meeting for the water sector, the Bonn 2011 Conference: Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus, concluded with the following message for the delegates at Rio: outcomes of Rio should adequately take into account the interdependencies between water, energy and food as well as the underlying natural resources water, land and soil ( http://www.water-energy-food.org/en/conference.html). We look forward to reporting back on these outcomes as well as preparing deliverables promoting GEF International Waters at these various meetings. We are supporting two new publications capturing the results of GEF IW after 20 years. We should also have a revised film covering the portfolio as well. In the meantime, at a more humble project level, 2012 will see a flood of IW:LEARN workshops and deliverables. We aim to conduct three regional targeted workshops for both experience sharing and with training modules on various topics. We will have two more workshops on information and communication technology as well. We will also complete many of the promised guidance tools early in the year. But for now, we take a short pause to wish you all a wonderful New Year and look forward to interacting with all of you in 2012.
IW:LEARN Project Manager
On 25 November 2011 in Tirana, Albania the five Drin River Riparians signed a Memorandum of Understanding on a Shared Strategic Vision for the Sustainable Management of the Drin River Basin for the benefit of about 1.5 million people relying on the water resources of the basin for drinking water, agriculture, fisheries, industry and hydropower. Recent floods, in particular, have highlighted the need for such closer transboundary cooperation. Ministers and Deputy Ministers responsible for water issues from Albania, Greece, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo (UNSC 1244) and Montenegro signed the Memorandum, which represents a significant step forward in the development of transboundary cooperation in the Drin Basin. The Drin Dialogue process which was set up in 2009 to look into the many competing interests and challenges the Riparians are facing and which led to the signing of the Strategic Vision, is facilitated by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean (GWP-Med); the UNDP provides technical support. The process for the enhancement of the transboundary cooperation in Drin had been initiated already in 2006 with the assistance of the German Ministry of Environment and GEF IWLEARN.
The session "The Road to Rio" was hosted by UN-Water at the Bonn Conference on The Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus - Solutions for the Green Economy, on 16 November 2011 in Bonn, Germany. UN-Water discussed its messages for Rio+20 and key initiatives that are important in supporting the role of water in the development agenda. UN-Water Statement on "Water in the Green Economy" was also presented.
Ocean acidification can no longer remain on the periphery of the international debates on climate change and the environment and should be addressed by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and other global environmental conventions, urges IUCN and the International Ocean Acidification Reference User Group (RUG) at the climate change summit in Durban.
Rivers for Life: The Case for Conservation Priorities in the Face of Water Infrastructure Development
WWF's "Rivers for Life: The Case for Conservation Priorities in the Face of Water Infrastructure Development" addresses the need for approaches and methodologies that help identify and prioritize freshwater areas of conservation value. It showcases some of WWF’s freshwater prioritization assessments in the Amazon, Austria, China, India, the Mekong, and Mexico, each having been implemented in different contexts and under diverse conditions.
[Lake Tanganyika Authority] EAC Summit Chairperson urges investors to take advantage of basin’s vast potential as 1st Lake Tanganyika Basin Development Conference opens.
Finding a Balance between Meeting Needs and Addressing Policy Issues in Integrated Watershed and Coastal Areas Management – The GEF-IWCAM Project reviews achievements and lessons learned
[GEF-IWCAM] The Global Environment Facility-funded Project on “Integrating Watershed and Coastal Areas Management in Small Island Developing States of the Caribbean” (the GEF-IWCAM Project) hosted its Final Project Conference in Kingston, Jamaica, 16 – 18 November 2011, and shared and reviewed the experiences and achievements of more than five years of implementation.
[PEMSEA] Manila, Philippines — PEMSEA News Manila, Philippines — The East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2012 Secretariat launches the Call for Youth applicants for the Third EAS Youth Forum to be held in Changwon City, Republic of Korea, from July 9-13, 2012.
[Coral Triangle Initiative Knowledge Management] The Coral Triangle is a 272-page book that showcases the people, places, and marine ecosystems that make this region truly remarkable. Published by ADB and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the book documents an 18-month expedition by award-winning photographer Jürgen Freund and Stella-Chiu Freund.
[Collaborative Actions for Sustainable Tourism] NAIROBI, 15 November 2011 – An integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) training exploring dynamic and multidisciplinary processes to promote sustainable management of coastal zones was held in Watamu, Kenya from 21-25 November 2011. The main output of the training will be the development of an ICZM strategy and a work plan for the Kenya and Tanzania demonstration sites.
[Bay of Bengal LME] November 2011 - The BOBLME project has recently initiated a review of the fishery data collection systems of its member countries.
A new publication, jointly developed by IUCN, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), and the Institut de Recherches et d’Applications des Méthodes de développement (IRAM), reviewed detailed experiences from six dams in Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal through the lens of benefit-sharing and compiled these into the report 'Sharing the water, sharing the benefits: Lessons from six large dams in West Africa'.
Maritime regulators, trainers and stakeholders from the Pacific region took part in a seminar to familiarise themselves with the requirements of the Manila Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) and Code. The Amendments were adopted by the IMO Diplomatic Conference in Manila in June 2010, and will come into force on 1 January 2012, with a five-year grace period. The seminar was organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in collaboration with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) from 7–11 November 2011 in Suva, Fiji.
16 November 2011: The Government of Grenada, financed by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the World Bank, with technical support from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), organized an information sharing workshop to discuss the problems and solutions of sharing geospatial data to improve disaster risk management in the Caribbean.
WWF-US is excited to announce the official release of Shifting Course: Climate Adaptation for Water Management Institutions. Building upon existing research in several fields, Shifting Course identifies a set of common principles for climate-adaptive institutions. Case studies from Nepal, Brazil, Tanzania, the United States, and Australia are used to explore these principles and to highlight different institutional responses to climate change and related challenges.
Exposure to solar radiation and tidal inundation are important factors for a wide variety of chemical and ecological processes in coastal ecosystems. Accurate quantification of these factors is often difficult on a local scale.
The Coral Triangle Atlas (CT Atlas) is an online GIS database, providing governments, NGOs and researchers with a view of spatial data at the regional scale of Coral Triangle region. Data on fisheries, biodiversity, natural resources, and socioeconomics have been collected for decades by scientists and managers working in different parts of the Coral Triangle region.The CT Atlas can be a tool to improve the efficiency of management and conservation planning in the region by giving researchers and managers access to spatial information while encouraging them to share their data to complete the gaps, therefore reducing duplicate data collection efforts and providing the most complete and most current data available and particularly useful in the design and planning of MPAs and MPA Networks throughout the region.
A new United Nations mobile application released today lets users calculate their carbon footprint, visualize its equivalent in a particular ecosystem, and learn new ways in which they can reduce their emissions through specific actions.
New Projects and Documents
DIKTAS is a project initiated by the aquifer sharing states and supported by Global Environment Facility (GEF) to improve understanding of transboundary groundwater resources of the Dinaric region and to facilitate their equitable and sustainable utilisation, including the protection of unique karst groundwater dependent ecosystems.
The experiences and achievements of more than five years of implementation were shared and reviewed by project partners and stakeholders. The public was invited to follow the proceedings via live webcast, which remains available at www.iwcam.org
IUCN report for September-November 2011 provides updates in relation to the partnership interventions for the implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for Lake Tanganyika, geared towards raising awareness on Invasive Alien Species issues in the Lake’s context.
This Final issue of the Project's quarterly newsletter features: the final message from the Regional Project Coordinator; private sector involvement in the Lower Haina River Basin (the Dominican Republic's Demonstration Project); finding practical solutions to sewage pollution and reducing negative impacts on a biodiversity hotspot (the Antigua & Barbuda Demonstration Project); the 20th CWWA Conference; IWC6 celebrates 20 years of the GEF; checking in with SOPAC; GEF-IWCAM participation in World Water Week 2011; introductions to the Policy Makers Briefing Package and IWCAM public education brochures; and messages from UNEP-CAR/RCU and CEHI.
In this issue: (Announcements) A new book released, Vulnerability of Tropical Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture to Climate Change; (ReefBase Publication Database) A Management Capacity Assessment of Selected Coral Reef Marine Protected Areas in the Caribbean, The Science of Marine Reserves (2nd Edition, Europe), Overview of the Conservation Status of the Marine Fishes of the Mediterranean Sea, Guide for Improving Marine Protected Area Management Effectiveness in Indonesia, Regional exchange program activity report: Monitoring & evaluation for improving MPA Management effectiveness in the coral Triangle countries; and (Online GIS) November 2011 NOAA Coral Reef Watch's Satellite Monitoring Products.
Events in January 2012
13-15 January 2012, Beirut, Lebanon
CBD Mediterranean Regional Workshop for Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans: Coordinating Local and National Action in the Mediterranean Basin
17-20 January 2012, Montpellier, France
18 January 2012, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Third Intergovernmental Review of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Pollution (GPA)
25-28 January 2012, Manila, Philippines
Events in February 2012
2 February 2012
5-6 February 2012, Bangkok, Thailand
International Symposium on Water and Wetlands in the Mediterranean “From Grado to Agadir: The Next 20 Years”
6-8 February 2012, Agadir, Morocco
6-9 February 2012, Agadir, Morocco
6-9 February 2012, Doha, Qatar
19-23 February 2012, Hawaii, USA
20-22 February 2012, Nairobi, Kenya
21-24 February 2012, Yazd, Iran
22-24 February 2012, Lille, France
27 February - 1 March 2012, Cairo, Egypt
CBD Caribbean and Mid-Atlantic Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas
28 February - 2 March 2012, Praia do Forte,Brazil
Other upcoming events
12-17 March 2012, Marseille, France
30 April - 3 May 2012, Bujumbura, Burundi
20-22 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Vacancies and Requests for Proposals
The Project Officer will provide technical, managerial and administrative support to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural resources (IUCN) projects in Garissa/Lower Tana Region, Kenya (Application Deadline: 11 January 2012).
IDDRI (www.iddri.org) is looking for an economist to fill a two-year post doctoral position in the framework of a European project. The post doc will be part of the Biodiversity team and will work under the supervision of the project coordinator and will participate in the writing of various notes and reports according to the project’s list of deliverables (Application Deadline: 15 January 2012).
This position is located in the UNEP, ROWA at the Manama Duty Station. DRC the incumbent will undertake the responsibilities under the overall policy guidance of the Executive Director and under the coordination and supervision of the Director (Application Deadline: 15 January 2012).
The Water Footprint Network is seeking a Project Officer (m/f) who is an energetic, amiable person, with high professional standards who can handle technical content as well as complex relationships. The candidate will be a leader in Water Footprint studies and will need to bring critical thinking, excellent people skills and enthusiasm to the position (Application Deadline: 15 January 2011).
WWF Greater Mekong (WWF GM) is seeking to recruit well-qualified and experienced candidates for Technical Advisor, Sustainable Hydro Power and River Basin Management Programme. The Technical Advisor builds technical foundation and competencies for GMPO in the region wide (Application Deadline: 15 January 2012).
UNDP seeks to engage the services of an international expert who can execute an independent assessment of the educational programme. The International Consultant will be engaged on a competitive basis for UNDP\GEF Project (Application Deadline: 16 January 2012).
Under the direct supervision of the UNOPS APO Senior Portfolio Manager, the China LFA Team Leader will be based in Beijing with frequent field travel. The LFA Team Leader is responsible for the coordination of the China LFA Team and for ensuring that all LFA work is of high quality and completed within the timeframe set by the GFATM (Application Deadline: 19 January 2012).
Under the overall supervision of the TFM Executive Officer and the direct supervision of the Regional Portfolio Manager in Dakar, Senegal and in accordance with UNOPS policies, procedures and practices, the Regional Project Manager is responsible, from the managerial perspective, for assessing the implementing entities, facilitating capacity building, monitoring and supervising the implementation of projects funded by the EIF in the countries assigned to him or her (Application Deadline: 20 January 2012).
The Marine Affairs Program is based at Dalhousie University, the premier university in Atlantic Canada as well as Canada’s “Ocean University” and the home of many internationally renowned researchers and award-winning scholars. The Master of Marine Management (MMM) is a one year professional, non-thesis and interdisciplinary graduate program designed for students who want to address solutions for marine management problems with interdisciplinary synthesis and integration through teamwork in research and planning.(Application Deadline: 31 January 2012).
The new staff member is expected to contribute to education, research and capacity development projects concerning urban water governance within the Department, with the other academic departments and with partner institutions. The new staff member is willing to work on interdisciplinary topics in multidisciplinary research groups comprising, among others, water engineers, (aquatic) ecologists, economists and social scientists (Application Deadline: 31 January 2012).
The European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE), the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and the Venice International University (VIU) are pleased to announce their annual European Summer School in Resource and Environmental Economics for postgraduate students. The 2012 Summer School will take place from 1st to 7th July, at the VIU campus on the Island of San Servolo, in Venice, located just in front of St. Mark’s Square. The theme of this Summer School is Management of International Water (Application Deadline: 1 February 2012).
The Global Water Partnership together with IHP-HELP Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, under the auspices of UNESCO, at the University of Dundee, is looking to build on their successful 2011 International Water Law Programme (www.dundee.ac.uk/water/workshop), and offer scholarships for 30 participants to undertake a module in International Water Law, in Dundee 11-29 June 2012 (Application Deadline: 3 February 2012).
Under the general supervision of the Executive Secretary, United Nations Board of Auditors (Board) and Panel of External Auditors (Panel), and reporting directly to the Executive Secretary, the incumbent assists the Executive Secretary in providing technical, administrative and substantive support to the Board and the Panel, as well as their respective subsidiary bodies i.e. the Audit Operations Committee (AOC) and the Technical Group (Application Deadline: 4 February 2012).
The position is located in the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), GEF Coordination Office, at the Nairobi duty station. Under the supervision of the Director, the incumbent will assist the Director in identifying trends, patterns and early warning of issues related to the GEF portfolio size, shape and relevance (Application Deadline: 5 February 2012).
Under the direction of the Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) of the Programme, as well as in close co-ordination with country offices and regional organizations, the incumbent will perform a variety of technical advisory and programme/project management services in support of technical activities to be performed in the framework of the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships Programme (Application Deadline: 5 February 2012).