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Inclusion of the following sections: About the Project; Documents Center; Calendar and/or List of Events; News, Media

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(R) Inclusion of the following sections: About the Project; Documents Center; Calendar and/or List of Events; News, Media

About the Project
'About Us' is about the project: its entire name, its purpose, objectives, history, and the full legal names of sponsoring organizations. Public relations contact information should be provided for journalists.   The About Us menu link is usually in the upper left corner of the home page. The About Us page will have more detail than the contact information in the footer of each page on the website.

Documents Center
The project library or ‘documents centre’ holds all project reports, publications, meeting reports, images (photo galleries), videos, maps, and datasets. Throughout the programming, implementation, and evaluation stages of each project, various reports are produced that should be part of the project library. The actual steps that make up the project cycle of a GEF IW project depend upon whether the project is a Full Size Project (FSP--over $1 million), a Medium Size Project (MSP– up to a $1 million), or an Enabling Activity (EA).

To a certain extent, the document type taxonomy reflects the user groups for various types of documents. The Administrative and Organization categories are for those documents required for program or project management purposes. These are not likely to be of interest to the general public. Scientific, Technical & Reference documents are those of interest to scientists, engineers, students, and others working in the water resources and environmental sciences. The Outreach & Public Education Documents and the Events-Related Documents categories are for documents most likely to be of interest to the general public and the news media.

Calendar and/or List of Events
Maintain and frequently update (at least once a month) a calendar of project-related events such as meetings, workshops, and conferences.  Try to provide documents on the website that follows up events. Using the events calendar to find these documents would provide an innovative means of accessing them. Be sure to delete or archive old content. You do not want search engines indexing and pointing to obsolete information. To attract media coverage place a ‘Press Room’ or ‘News Room’ link on the home page.

News
Publish project-related news frequently (at least once a month) and share it via RSS. News refers to press releases and news stories about the project, partner activities, and articles of interest to the project user community from other sources (project staff and partners, other GEF IW projects addressing similar issues).

Summaries of news stories should be written specifically for the media:
o    Provide the maximum amount of information in the fewest words.
o    Show the date prominently on the full story.
o    Include news from partner organizations.

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(Website Guidelines pp. 51, 58,72,73, 78, 81, 118, 134, 137)
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