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

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Dear IW Colleagues and Subscribers,

We marked the 20th Anniversary of the GEF International Waters Focal Area by Raising the Bar on project results at the 6th GEF Biennial International Waters Conference (IWC) in Dubrovnik, Croatia. In fact, the bar was raised not just on results but also on the IWC itself. The IWC6 now stands as the best rated IWC, based on preliminary evaluation data. The portfolio gathering also set a record for the largest number of participants. Some 328 people from over 81 countries and representing 73 GEF International Waters projects were on hand in Dubrovnik.

In terms of substance, the conference featured a highly interactive, training-based program, with multiple workshops for subsets of the portfolio (such as project managers). The general objective of the Biennial GEF International Waters Conference was to facilitate cross-sectoral and portfolio-wide learning & experience sharing. There were dialogues on the establishment of transboundary commissions, science to governance, engagement with the private sector and other issues. The central focus of the conference was a discussion on the results of 20 years of GEF IW transboundary water management. The conference was very much dedicated to harvesting these results (thru small working groups as well information collected prior) and then engaging participants in discussion on what those results mean for the future of IW as well as sustaining progress to date. Participants grouped results around some 11 common challenges to GEF IW project implementation. The facilitation team will be working throughout the month on analyzing the data collected and releasing both a participant evaluation report as well as a conference final report. In the meantime, you will find many presentations, media releases and the acclaimed reflection videos already online at www.iwlearn.net/iwc2011.

What’s next for IW:LEARN? Well, the IWC made significant contributions to the TDA-SAP Course & Methodology Revision, as well as the GEF IW Project Guide to Implementation, both of which will start to manifest themselves as the year closes. The Conference also marked the launch of our various online Communities of Practice, several of which are now available at www.iwlearn.net/community. These online CoPs are the path forward for sustaining the type of interaction we saw at IWC. The IWC also saw the second ICT training workshop delivered by my colleagues based in Bangkok and Nairobi. Our next major face-to-face training workshop is slated to be the first IW Regional Workshop, to be held in the week of 31 January in Grahamstown, South Africa in partnership with Rhodes University and others.

And meanwhile some news from across the portfolio. Last week saw final seminars and workshops marking the pending closure of two GEF international waters projects. One is the large UNDP/UNEP Caribbean Integrated Watershed and Coastal Area Management (IWCAM, taking place in Jamaica. The project sought to assist participating countries in improving their watershed and coastal zone management practices in support of sustainable development. Please visit http://iwcam.org for more information on this event and project proceedings. Simultaneously, last week marked the closure of the Hungary Nutrient Reduction Project, which aimed to reduce nitrogen and phosphorous pollution of the Danube River via a new wastewater treatment plant and constructed wetlands. Please visit the project website at http://www.gef.ddkovizig.hu/kezdolap and the final seminar page at http://gefhungary2011.hu.

Best wishes,
Mish Hamid

 

Lead Stories

GEF and the Future

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Events in November 2011

2nd Arab Water Forum

20-23 November 2011, Cairo, Egypt

3rd International Symposium "RE-WATER"

21-22 November 2011, Brunswick, Germany

HELP International Symposium 2011 “Building Knowledge Bridges for a Sustainable Water Future”

21-24 November 2011, Panama City, Republic of Panama

2nd IWA Development Congress

21-24 November 2011,Kuala Lumpur,, Malaysia

XIVth IWRA World Water Congress

25-29 November 2011,Porto de Galinhas/PE, Brazil

Second International UNESCO/UCI 2011 Conference on Groundwater Resources Management: Adaptation Measures to Water Scarcity – Science and Policy Responses

30 Nov to 3 Dec 2011, Irvine, California, USA

Events in December 2011

2011 Southeast Asia Regional Workshop on Global Environmental Change and Health: Water-related Impacts and Adaptations

1-7 December 2011, Tainan , Taiwan

Forest Day 5

4 December 2011, Durban, South Africa

AGU Fall Meeting 2011

5-9 December 2011, California, USA

ACWUA’s 4th Best Practices Conference

7-8 December 2011, Sharm Al Sheikh, Egypt

The Middle East Water Meter Seminar 2011

23-25 December 2011, Dubai, UAE

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Programme Officer-The International Water Association (IWA)

The International Water Association (IWA) is a global membership association for water and wastewater professionals. Serving over 10,000 members in over 100 countries, the Association consists of a multi-faceted network that generates knowledge and builds expertise across the entire water cycle.

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