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FilePoster: Spiny Lobsters and Shrimps of the South West Indian Ocean: Sharing Networks, Surveys at Sea and Strategies for Stock Management by Mish Hamid — last modified Apr 28, 2015 02:26
Groeneveld Johan Nilza Dias, Edward Kimani, Herimami Razafindrakoto, Catherine Mwakosya South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project SWIOFP, fisheries, regional management, shared stocks, developing region Artisanal and industrial fisheries for shrimps (prawns), spiny lobsters, langoustines and crabs are ever-present along the margins of the South West Indian Ocean, extending from eastern South Africa to Kenya, and around Madagascar. Most of the landings reported from the region come from Mozambique and Madagascar shallow-water prawn fisheries, however industrial deep-water trap and trawl fisheries are important off South Africa and Mozambique. The South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project (SWIOFP) supports a multi-national collaborative approach towards assessing the regional status and fisheries potential of crustacean resources, and whether they are shared or localized. Existing data on fishing effort and catches spanning back many decades were sourced from governments and the private sector, and compiled in retrospective analyses to identify data gaps and historical trends. Research surveys using chartered fishing vessels were undertaken in the waters of Mozambique, Madagascar, Tanzania and Kenya to collect abundance, distribution and biological data of priority species, and observers were deployed on commercial vessels to collect fisheries information. The survey data supported six masters degree studies as a scientific capacity building initiative in a developing region. Several of these studies focused on the genetic connectivity between trans-boundary stocks - an important aspect when deciding on regional or local management strategies. Strong networks were formed among scientists of the region, to cope with the large geographical scale and multi-national nature of the research. Experiences and preliminary results are presented.
FilePoster: Strategies and Solutions for improved water resources management in the Caribbean. Experiences from the GEF-funded Integrating Watershed and Coastal Areas Management (GEF-IWCAM) Project by Mish Hamid — last modified Apr 17, 2015 09:07
Christopher Cox, Patricia Aquing and Christopher Corbin Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (GEF IWCAM Project) The Global Environment Facility-funded Integrating Watershed and Coastal Areas Management (GEF-IWCAM) Project was a major ground-breaking initiative within the Caribbean region that was implemented between 2006 and 2011 in the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, the Dominica Republic, Haiti, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago. The project was implemented by UNEP and UNDP and executed by the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute and UNEP’s Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit. The GEF contribution to the project was approximately US$14 million and was supported by co-financing contributed by governments and other parallel projects and programmes. The project successfully implemented national on-ground interventions in most of the participating countries aimed at the improvement of coastal and fresh water resources management, with particular emphasis on reducing the influx of land-based sources of pollution to the receiving waters of the Caribbean Sea within the framework of the Land-Based Sources of Marine Pollution Protocol of the Cartagena Convention. These national demonstration initiatives focussed on demonstrating best practices that ranged from municipal waste water, industrial and farm effluent management, to community-based solid waste management, to land and coastal ecosystem rehabilitation and sustainable farming practices. The project built significant capacity from community up to professional levels in policy, legal and technical aspects of water resources management, and strengthened environmental laboratory diagnostic capacities in labs across the Caribbean. The project amassed a comprehensive suite of knowledge products that will not only serve the Caribbean but will be of value to SIDS regions at the global level. This paper discusses the important lessons learnt from the project and will preview a major successor initiative also to be funded by the GEF, titled the Integrating Water, Land and Ecosystems Management Project in Caribbean Small Island Developing States. Upcoming regional initiatives on water, land and coastal/marine protected areas management supported by the German Government and other contributors that will advance solutions based on the work of the GEF-IWCAM Project, will also be highlighted.
FilePoster: Demonstrating the Adoption and Linkages of Best Available Practices and Technology (BAP/T) in Ecotourism, Environmental Management System and Reef and Marine Recreation Management in Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania by Mish Hamid — last modified Apr 28, 2015 02:26
John Garcia, Hugh Gibbon and Ludovic Bernaudat, coastal tourism project abstract: "The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Collaborative Actions for Sustainable Tourism (COAST) Project is a five-year project on its third year of implementation. It is a Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project with the United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) as the implementing agency; UNIDO as executing agency in partnership with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Its main objective is to demonstrate and support adoption of best practice approaches for sustainable tourism that reduces the degradation of marine and coastal environments of trans-boundary significance. It has been working in nine countries in the sub-Saharan Africa to facilitate the uptake of Best Available Practices and Technologies (BAP/T) in the field of Ecotourism, Environmental Management System (EMS) and Reef and Marine Recreation Management (R&MRM). In the experience of East and South African countries mainly Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania; the Ecotourism activities link directly into the local communities, informal business sector and civil society organizations, the EMS focus is with the private sector and the R&MRM activities have more inclination toward the local government. The project is establishing cross cutting linkages within each thematic area through science based tools such: formulation of biodiversity indicators and activities for ecotourism projects, which promotes or directly pays for biodiversity conservation; spatial mapping of the demonstration site especially reef ecosystems to prioritize conservation and management and; participatory resource assessments including basic environmental monitoring systems done by local stakeholders. The project seeks to produce BAP/T adoption models that can be replicated in national and regional scale. This is being done through preparation of thematic project briefs that emphasizes the importance of baseline data, institutional partnerships, capacity building and monitoring exercises."
FilePoster: Challenges of an Integrated Management of the Transboundary Water Resources in the Amazon River Basin by Mish Hamid — last modified Apr 28, 2015 02:26
Norbert Fenzl, Amazon Project Abstract: "In recognition of the hydrographical unity of the Amazon Basin and in order to address the need for coordinated action, the Basin countries (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela) members of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) decided to submit and execute the GEF project “Integrated and Sustainable Management of Transboundary Water Resources in the Amazon River Basin Considering Climate Variability and Change” (ACTO/GEF/UNEP). The project seeks to strengthen the institutional framework to effectively initiate integrated water resources management issues within the world’s largest hydrographic basin, through planning and executing coordinated activities for the protection and sustainable management of the land and water resources of the Amazon River Basin, in the context of climate variability and change. The project will employ an innovative participatory mechanism as the basis for understanding current and expected IWRM challenges and issues. Such an understanding is the foundation upon which a sustainable and responsive Strategic Action Program (SAP), comprising program of capacity building, institutional strengthening, application of feasible economic instruments, and meaningful social and economic advancement, can be developed. The challenges of the Amazon Basin region are numerous to the sustainable utilization of land and water resources as the region experiences exponential socio-economic growth and intense internal migratory flows and immigration. The complexity of the issues, coupled with a rapid rate of change in an environment requires the implementation of a process that will help minimize risks associated with deforestation, climate variability and change, and conflicts regarding the use of water and natural resources, while creating a strong foundation upon which to build a Strategic Action Program (SAP) that will address transboundary water resources management concerns shared by Basin countries."
FilePoster: Is There a Groundwater Pathway Driving the High Productivity of Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia? by Mish Hamid — last modified Apr 17, 2015 09:07
Poster by Wattayakorn Gullaya at the GEF IW Science Conference 2012. abstract: "Tonle Sap Lake (Cambodia) is the largest freshwater lake in SE Asia, and is reported to have one of the highest freshwater fish productions anywhere. The lake's biology is influenced by its very unique hydrologic cycle. During the dry season the lake drains through a tributary to the Mekong River. During the wet monsoon, the flow in the connecting tributary reverses, adding huge volumes of water and increasing the lake area about 4-fold. Lake waters are thought to be phosphate limited, but there have been few studies concerning nutrient delivery pathways. We hypothesize that nutrients are at least partially delivered via groundwater discharge, a direct consequence of the annual flood cycle. Water seeps underground during flood stage (depth ~10 m), accumulating nutrients in the subsurface from decaying organic matter, and returns to the lake during the transition to the lower stage (~1 m). Results of two field expeditions showed that there were portions of the lake that showed significant enrichments in radon, a groundwater indicator, and dissolved nitrogen. These same areas were generally characterized by very low electrical conductivities. Samples collected from nearby groundwater wells also showed this inverse relationship between radon and conductivity. Our results thus suggest that groundwater pathways are likely important and larger-scale surveys, including the area around the confluence of the Mekong River with the Tonle Sap tributary, should be undertaken. This is practically important now as accelerating development of dams and diversion projects in the Mekong basin now pose unknown threats to the lake's ecosystem."
GEF IW Science Conference Poster Presentations by Mish Hamid — last modified Apr 17, 2015 07:43
This page contains links to available posters presented at the GEF IW Science Conference in September 2012, Bangkok.
FileMicroplastics report - GESAMP by Damaris Waigwa — last modified Apr 20, 2015 01:24
The GESAMP assessment focuses on a category of plastic debris termed ‘microplastics’. These small pieces of plastic may enter the ocean as such, or may result from the fragmentation of larger items through the influence of UV radiation. Section 1 provides an introduction to the problem of microplastics in the marine environment, and the rationale for the assessment. The principal purpose of the assessment is to provide an improved evidence base, to support policy and management decisions on measures that might be adopted to reduce the input of microplastics to the oceans. The GESAMP assessment can be considered as contributing to a more formal Assessment Framework, such as the Driver-Pressure-State-Impact-Response (DPSIR) Assessment Framework, which is introduced in Section 2.
FileOcean Partnership Programme and Caribbean Billfish Project Brochure by Damaris Waigwa — last modified Apr 14, 2015 07:53
The Ocean Partnership Programme has recently released a brochure on the Caribbean Billfish Project, a 1.95 million USD project component of the GEF-funded, World Bank implemented, Ocean Partnership for Sustainable Fisheries and Biodiversity Conservation Models for Innovation and Reform.
International Conference on Water, Megacities and Global change from Dec 01, 2015 08:00 to Dec 04, 2015 06:00 UNESCO HQ in Paris, France, by Damaris Waigwa
The conference is to launch a network of cooperative megacitieswith a view to fostering water issues. Megacities elected officials attending the conference will sign a declaration recognizing major water issues and launching a collaboration process based upon expertise-sharing and on the premises of future relevant public policies.
Seventh session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention from Nov 17, 2015 08:00 to Nov 20, 2015 05:00 Budapest, Hungary, by Damaris Waigwa
49th Meeting of the GEF Council from Oct 20, 2015 08:00 to Oct 22, 2015 05:00 Washington D.C, USA, by Damaris Waigwa
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas. The Council also provides guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies.
United Nations Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda from Sep 25, 2015 08:00 to Sep 27, 2015 05:00 New York, USA, by Damaris Waigwa
The United Nations is in the process of defining a post-2015 development agenda. This agenda will be launched at a Summit in September 2015, which is the target date for realizing the MDGs. It is currently being elaborated through informal consultations of the UN General Assembly.
John Kerry Ocean Summit from Oct 05, 2015 08:00 to Oct 06, 2015 05:00 TBD, by Damaris Waigwa
John Kerry launches global effort to save world's oceans 'under siege'
6th GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast R&D Forum and Exhibition from Oct 14, 2015 08:00 to Oct 16, 2015 05:05 Canada, by Damaris Waigwa
We would like to invite you to pencil these dates in your calendar and please disseminate this information within your networks if possible. We will keep you posted on the details of the forum: http://globallast.imo.org
7th World Water Forum from Apr 12, 2015 08:00 to Apr 17, 2015 05:00 Daegu and Gyeongju, South Korea, by Damaris Waigwa
This Forum takes place only every three years and is the principal forum for dialogue and exchange on water at the global level. Reflecting the cross-cutting nature of water in society and in the economy, the World Water Forum brings together a large diversity of stakeholders – including civil engineers, water utilities, farmers and agribusiness, local governments, Parliamentarians, government Ministers, humanitarian organizations and conservation groups.
Species on the Move International Conference from Feb 09, 2016 08:00 to Feb 12, 2016 06:00 Tasmania, Australia, by Montakan Chimmuang
The global redistribution of our planets’ species is widely recognised as a fingerprint of climate change, however, the mechanisms that underpin such range shifts are poorly understood. Additionally, the pervasiveness of range shifts, from poles to the equator, and depths of oceans to tops of mountains, provides us with unique opportunity to advance our theory of biogeography, evolutionary ecology and macroecology.
17th Annual BIOECON Conference: Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability from Sep 13, 2015 08:00 to Sep 15, 2015 06:00 Cambridge, United Kingdom, by Montakan Chimmuang
The 17th Annual BIOECON Conference is hosted by by the London School of Economics, the Graduate Institute-Geneva (IHEID) and University of Cambridge and supported by the Founding Partners of the BIOECON Network: IHEID, FEEM, UNEP, WWF-Luc Hoffmann Institute (WWF-LHI), IUCN, and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (GRI-LSE) with additional support from: The Royal Economic Society.
Webinar: Discovering Data and Informing Regional Ocean Health Priorities with the West Coast Ocean Data Portal Apr 28, 2015 from 01:00 to 03:00 Online, by Khristine Custodio
The West Coast Ocean Data Portal, launched in January 2014, connects people to ocean and coastal data to better inform regional ocean management, planning, and policy development along the US West Coast. The Portal recently launched new tools to help marine debris practitioners better plan for cleanups, understand impacts of debris along the coast, and advocate for better policies. Using the portal, practitioners can discover and analyze a comprehensive database of marine debris cleanup observations to visualize spatial patterns and trends. Understanding, tracking, and visualizing marine debris sources, sinks, and transport will help resource management agencies and NGOs work to prevent and reduce the impacts of marine debris and derelict fishing gear along the US West Coast. The Webinar will start at 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm GMT.
Webinar: Plastic Waste Inputs from Land into the Ocean Apr 08, 2015 from 01:00 to 03:00 Online, by Khristine Custodio
Considerable progress has been made in determining the amount and location of plastic debris in our seas, but how much plastic actually enters them in the first place is more uncertain. Dr. Jambeck led a research team that combined available data on waste management infrastructure with a model that uses population density and economic status to estimate the amount of land-based plastic waste entering the ocean. The findings: as much as 12.7 million metric tons of plastic is entering the global ocean annually, and unless waste management practices are improved, the flux of plastics to the oceans could increase by an order of magnitude within the next decade. In this one-hour webinar, Dr. Jambeck will cover this groundbreaking study and answer audience questions on her methods and findings, including implications for reducing marine debris. This webinar will commence at 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm GMT.
The Precious Necklace of Baikal by Damaris Waigwa — last modified Mar 25, 2015 11:38
In 2015 the UNDP-GEF Regional Project “Integrated Natural Resource Management in the Baikal Basin Transboundary Ecosystem” (the Baikal project) completed an implementation of the special public awareness media concept “PRECIOUS NECKLACE OF BAIKAL”. Specially protected nature areas (SPNA) cover 33% of Lake Baikal and include nature reserves, nature sanctuaries, and national parks. There are several nature reserves and national parks located in and around Lake Baikal which together are THE PRECIOUS NECKLACE OF BAIKAL
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