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FileGulf of Mexico LME - Strategic Action Programme (SAP) by Damaris Waigwa — last modified May 11, 2015 11:32
This Strategic Action Programme (SAP) is a policy document negotiated by the governments of United Mexican States (Mexico) and the United States of America (U.S.) through the coordination of the appointed Technical National Focal Points to the Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem Project (GoM LME), the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT) of Mexico and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the U.S. The document outlines the Strategic Action Programme (SAP) for the GoM LME and aims to promote shared policy goals and legal and institutional actions to address priority transboundary problems that have been previously identified by both NOAA and SEMARNAT in the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA). The TDA was completed in October 2011 and is the primary source of scientific and technical information for the recommended strategic actions presented. This document and the TDA have been developed as part of the project, “Integrated Assessment and Management of the Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem”, with the financial support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the implementation support of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
FileGEF CReW Regional Wastewater Management Policy Template and Toolkit, 2015 by Damaris Waigwa — last modified Apr 28, 2015 02:00
This Toolkit contains a package of information, with useful and simple templates, specifically designed to assist wastewater managers, chief technocrats or senior policy officers to improve capacity in developing and implementing wastewater management policies to improve the management of the sector. It sets out the key issues that should constitute wastewater management policy. It does not contain a comprehensive list of all possible subject areas that may arise in the development of wastewater management policies. It may also be used to strengthen other related policy activities. There may also be other relevant and important issues for which policy is not set out in this Toolkit which the wastewater manager may wish to consider. The fact that a particular subject or consideration is not covered in this Toolkit should not in itself be a reason for giving less weight to that matter or consideration and should not be taken to imply that the matter or consideration is not significant. Baseline and other research information, findings developed under the GEF CReW project should be considered along with the Toolkit.
FileReview of Access to, Availability of, and Organizational Readiness for Uptake of Funding for the Wastewater Sector, 2014 by Damaris Waigwa — last modified Apr 28, 2015 01:17
CReW has realized that simply providing funds may not be enough to solve the challenges participating countries face in managing wastewater treatment. Therefore, CReW has commissioned this report to analyze this issue more closely. This report helps the CReW Project understand if the participating countries currently have access to wastewater funding, and if so, under which conditions. It also analyzes whether or not the countries have the organizational and absorptive capacity to effectively use the available funding. The report concludes by describing a proposed approach on how to help countries in the Caribbean achieve their objectives in the wastewater sector.
FilePanama Baseline Assessment Report by Damaris Waigwa — last modified Apr 28, 2015 12:45
Document in Spanish
FileBaseline Assessment Study for the GEF CReW Project Honduras by Damaris Waigwa — last modified Apr 28, 2015 12:41
Document in Spanish
FileGuatemala Baseline Assessment Report by Damaris Waigwa — last modified Apr 28, 2015 12:27
Document in Spanish
Our Common Future Under Climate Change from Jul 07, 2015 08:00 to Jul 10, 2015 05:00 UNESCO HQ in Paris, France, by Damaris Waigwa
Organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Council for Science (ICSU) and Future Earth, in collaboration with a partnership of French organizations, this science-focused conference will examine the latest research around climate change. Participants will discuss the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and any new research since the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The event will touch upon the following themes: state of knowledge on climate change; scenarios exploring our common future; responding to climate change challenges; and collective action and transformative solutions. The Chair of the conference is Chris Field, Co-Chair of Working Group II of the IPCC.
GloBallast e-learning course on Operations Aspects of Ballast Water Management by Damaris Waigwa — last modified Apr 28, 2015 10:51
The e-learning course on Operational Aspects of BWM is based on the GloBallast Advanced Training Course on Operational Aspects of BWM (developed with financial support from the GIA and the IMO Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP)), and is aimed at all stakeholders who will have to deal with operational aspects of ballast water management, such as Port State Control Officers (PSCOs), but also seafarers, and all crew on board a ship. The course contains four modules; Introduction, Operational Aspects, Survey and Certification, and Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement (CME). In each module, the user will explore the issue in the context of the objective of the module, discover key facts to build on the users existing knowledge on BWM and finally use carefully designed hypothetical scenarios to put this new knowledge into practice.
File2014 CCRES Annual Report by Khristine Custodio — last modified Apr 27, 2015 11:30
This annual report summarizes the project's first year which was defined as a ‘scoping year’ to determine appropriate pilot sites, to plan on-ground activities in detail, and to develop the partnerships and collaborations required to undertake the activities in the Philippines and Indonesia. Key activities over the past year included detailed planning for the implementation of the research activities at the pilot sites; development of major partnerships and collaborations across the region; the establishment of activity teams to work on-ground; the development of the stakeholder networks required for the outreach components of the activities; and major announcements and launches of the pilot sites in the Philippines and Indonesia.
FileEssential EAFM: Developing capacity in the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) by Khristine Custodio — last modified Apr 27, 2015 11:29
The ecosystem approach offers a practical and effective means to manage fisheries more holistically. It represents a move away from fisheries management that focuses on target species, towards systems and decision-making processes that balance environmental, human and social well-being within improved governance frameworks. However, many fisheries, environment and planning staff lack experience in how to implement the ecosystems approach. The Essential EAFM training course has been developed by a group of partner organizations to address these capacity development needs. Essential EAFM training will help institutions and their staff prepare and implement improved fisheries management plans and provides the practical skills, tools and resources to do so. Read this brochure for a brief explanation on the Essential EAFM.
FileBaseline Assessment Study for the GEF CReW Project Costa Rica by Damaris Waigwa — last modified Apr 29, 2015 08:42
Esta evaluación nacional de referencia sobre Gestión de Aguas Residuales para Jamaica fue preparado para ofrecer información para un estudio de evaluación regional de referencia sobre Gestión de Aguas Residuales de la Región del Gran Caribe. La evaluación regional ayudará a estos gobiernos en el cumplimiento de los requisitos del Protocolo Relativo a la Contaminación Procedente de Fuentes y Actividades Terrestres (Protocolo LBS) , con especial énfasis en el cumplimiento de los estándares de efluentes establecidos en el anexo III del Protocolo. La evaluación regional ayudará a la Unidad de Coordinación del Programa Ambiental del Caribe - Regional de las Naciones Unidas (PNUMAUCR / CAR) en el diseño y ejecución de las futuras actividades de creación de capacidad. Será la base de la información para un amplio grupo de interesados para entender la general y las necesidades específicas que deben ser considerados en el desarrollo de planes nacionales de gestión de las aguas residuales domésticas.
FileStock take of CTI-CFF Programs & Projects by Damaris Waigwa — last modified Apr 26, 2015 10:00
The study draws insights from a number of programs and projects supported by GEF under International Waters Focal Area (listed in the Annexes) and is relevant for future programming. It was endorsed by the Financial Resources Working Group of the CTI-CFF and accepted by the Council of Senior Officials (CSO) from the 6 Coral Triangle countries in November 2014, and was recently updated based on fresh developments.
FileBaseline Assessment Study on Wastewater Management Jamaica by Damaris Waigwa — last modified Apr 24, 2015 11:44
This National Baseline Assessment on Wastewater Management for Jamaica was prepared to provide information for a Regional Baseline Assessment Study on Wastewater Management for the Wider Caribbean Region. The regional assessment will assist these governments in meeting the requirements of the Protocol Concerning Pollution from Land - Based Sources and Activities (LBS Protocol), with particular emphasis on meeting the effluent standards specified in Annex III of the Protocol. The Regional Assessment will assist the United Nations Environment Programme -Caribbean Regional coordinating Unit (UNEP-CAR/RCU) in the design and implementation of future capacity building activities. It will be the foundation of information for a broad group of stakeholders to understand the general and the specific needs that should be considered in the development of national domestic wastewater management plans
FileBaseline Assessment Study on Wastewater Management Belize by Damaris Waigwa — last modified Apr 24, 2015 07:19
This National Baseline Assessment on Wastewater Management for Belize was prepared to provide information for a Regional Baseline Assessment Study on Wastewater Management for the Wider Caribbean Region. The regional assessment will assist these governments in meeting the requirements of the Protocol Concerning Pollution from Land-Based Sources and Activities (LBS Protocol), with particular emphasis on meeting the effluent standards specified in Annex III of the Protocol. The Regional Assessment will assist the United Nations Environment Programme-Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit (UNEP-CAR/RCU) in the design and implementation of future capacity building activities. It will be the foundation of information for a broad group of stakeholders to understand the general and the specific needs that should be considered in the development of national domestic wastewater management plans.
FileСТРАТЕГИЧЕСКИЙ ПЛАН ДЕЙСТВИЙ ПО КАСПИЙСКОМУ МОРЮ by Mish Hamid — last modified Apr 29, 2015 08:48
Updated Russian-language version of the Caspian Sea Strategic Action Programme - recieved 2014. A number of studies and preparatory works from which the Strategic Plan of Action, held in the framework of support provided by the Caspian Environment Programme international partners. The results and conclusions of the document belong to the parties, approve the document, and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of international partners, including the European Commission, the Global Environment Facility, the World Bank, UNEP, UNDP and UNOPS.
FilePoster: Inventory and Mapping of Asian Transboundary Aquifers by Mish Hamid — last modified Apr 17, 2015 09:07
Han Zaisheng China University of Gesciences Yao Li Asian Transboundary Aquifers Inventory Mapping Transboundary aquifers as part of groundwater resource systems are important for Asian countries. The updated regional inventory of Transboundary aquifers will form a basis to create awareness among the political leaders, policy makers and planners to improve scientific knowledge and to develop a toolkit for management of TBAs. The Asian Hydrogeological Map in 1:10 million scales as a base and update the preliminary inventory Asian Transboundary Aquifer Map. Those TBAs will also be classified in to two types: regional and local grade. Groundwater resources assessments have been taken in most countries of Asia. The hydrogeological survey on a medium scale has performed regional quantitative assessment of natural groundwater resources in most countries of Asia. However groundwater assessment, monitoring, and data management activities are operated regularly in China, India, Japan, Korea, and Thailand etc. The groundwater could be differentiated into eleven groundwater systems and 36 sub-systems. Those provide groundwater data and information over large area. There are several transboundary aquifers, involving two or more countries in Asia. Transboundary aquifers in Asia are based on groundwater systems analysis. We have collected the essential and the missed transboundary aquifers data. The Transboundary aquifers in Asia have been classified into two grades. The regional Transboundary aquifer extension is more than 2500 km2. The situation of the regional TBAs will identify as the actual shape of the aquifers. The Local Transboundary aquifer extension is less than 2500 km2. Most transboundary Aquifers are inventory according the published achievements in the last several years. Some TBAs are inventory with the analyses on the Asian groundwater resources map. The updated regional inventory of Transboundary aquifers will form a basis to improve scientific knowledge and to develop a toolkit for management of TBAs. On the update Map, 67 Transboundary Aquifers are inventoried. The Draft 2011 is the Achievement of the first step for detail mapping of Asian Transboundary aquifers. Those aquifers in Asia are important for building a society where all civilizations coexist harmoniously and accommodate each other. We are very appreciating for them who give the modified or corrected suggestions on the map.
FilePoster: Genetic Population Structure of Some Small Pelagic Fishes in the Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion (SSME) by Mish Hamid — last modified Apr 17, 2015 09:07
Pedrosa-Gerasmio Ivane UNDP-GEF Sulu Celebes Sea Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SCS SFM): Stock Identification Study/ National Fisheries Research and Development Institute Altair Agmata and Mudjekeewis D. Santos SSME, small pelagics, stock structure, mitochondrial DNA Pelagic fish dominate the world's fisheries, constituting one of the few major food sources harvested from wild populations. They likewise are the major food source in the Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion (SSME) bordered by Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines. The management of this resource is thus of prime importance, though basic biological information, especially relating to population structure, is often lacking. In this study, the genetic population structure of some commercially important small pelagic fishes sampled from SSME countries using a total of 309, 305, 326, and 364 base pairs (bp) of the mitochondrial DNA region was investigated for frigate tuna (Auxis thazard), Bali sardine (Sardinella lemuru), Indian mackerel (Rastrelliger kanagurta) and Big-eyed scad (Selar crumenophthalmus), respectively. High percentage of variation, low overall FST value, high haplotype diversity shown in a scattered Median-Joining haplotype network are indicative of panmixia in the Sulu-Celebes Seas. Therefore, any management practice to be implemented in the area should consider that the three countries (Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines) are sharing the said stocks. Indeed, mtDNA data indicate that management plans for these pelagic fishes require SSME-wide cooperation and governance.
FilePoster: Development of WORLDLAKE – global database for widee limnological studies by Mish Hamid — last modified Apr 17, 2015 09:07
Ryanzhin Sergey Institute of Limnology, Russian Academy of Sciences WORLDLAKE, global database, natural lakes, manmade lakes Global database, abbreviated as WORLDLAKE, was developed over past ten years for wide limnological studies (Ryanzhin, Straskraba 1999; Ryanzhin, Ulyanova Ryanzhin et al. 2001). WORLLAKE comprises vast geographical, morphometrical, hydrological, thermal, climatologic, limnological etc. literature data for “limnologically studied” lakes of the world, i.e. lakes where any limnological studies have been ever carried out. At present the database contains vast data on more than 51,000 natural (glacial, tectonic, volcanic, karst etc.) and 8,100 manmade (river dam lakes, excavated ponds, mining lakes etc.) lakes located in more than 150 countries, as well as more than 5,600 references. By continents and countries these data are distributed as following. Natural lakes: Europe (20,700 lakes), Asia (15,190), North America (11,870), Australia and Oceania (1,200), South America (1,080), Africa (700), Antarctic (230), Russia (9,821), USA (6,744), Canada (4,829), Kazakhstan (3,378), China (3,009), Poland (2,998), Germany (1,887) etc. Manmade lakes: Europe (4,093 lakes), North America (1,690), Asia (1,417), South America (585), Africa (351), Australia and Oceania (291), USA (1,399), Belarus (1,306), Russia (793), Germany (612), India (530), Brazil (450), Australia (243), Spain (221) etc. Currently, WORLDLAKE encompasses approx. 270 Mb. WORLDLAKE is presently enlarging and improving through new published and early not accessible data. Data from WORLDLAKE were previously analysed. The first results derived from the data accumulated in WORLDLAKE are global power statistical function of distribution of natural lake surface area distribution, and estimates of total lake surface are (2,7 ml sq.km) and volume (179,6 thousand km2) (Ryanzhin 2005, 2006). Currently, among others, we are going to calculate global statistics for morphometrical features of world lakes.
FilePoster: Sustainable Fish Stocks and Shared Responsibilities for an Ecosystem Approach in the South West Indian Ocean: SWIOFP Unites Nine Countries by Mish Hamid — last modified Apr 28, 2015 02:26
Payet Rondolph South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project Johan Groeneveld South West Indian Ocean, ecosystem approach, fisheries, management The GEF Large Marine Ecosystem Programme in the western Indian Ocean consists of three inter-linked projects, for fisheries (South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project or SWIOFP, funded by the World Bank), productivity (ASCLME, UNDP) and for land-based influences on the marine environment (WIO-Lab, UNEP). The SWIOFP assists nine member countries to: a) gather information about fish stocks and fisheries; b) build capacity in marine science and resource management; c) mainstream biodiversity conservation in fisheries policies; and d) support a regional framework for managing shared marine resources. The six components of SWIOFP address data and information technology, crustacean, demersal and pelagic fish resources, impacts of fishing on biodiversity and a fisheries management component. Strong collaborative links have been forged between fisheries scientists at a regional level leading to management of fisheries, which is reflected in many shared research projects that span international boundaries along the southeast African coast and the islands of Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Comoros. A retrospective analysis of past research surveys and fisheries catch and effort trends have been completed as a TDA baseline. Between 2008 and the present, SWIOFP facilitated numerous research surveys using chartered fishing vessels, trained and deployed fisheries observers at sea, funded 21 masters degrees, and set in motion institutional support to national management entities and the regional Commission for fisheries management in the SWIO. The project has successfully bridged the gap between the science and management of fisheries through developing in each country an EAF management plan. The project is in its final year and will leave a legacy of shared responsibility for shared stocks in the region and the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries institutionalised.
FilePoster: Lessons Learned from Guarani Aquifer System Project to Replicate in the Framework Program of La Plata Basin by Mish Hamid — last modified Apr 28, 2015 02:26
KETTELHUT JULIO Water Resources Department - Water Resources and Urban Environment Secretariat - Brazil International Waters, IWRM, Groundwater, Surface and groundwater integrated management, GEF project. "La Plata Basin (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) is one of the largest catchments in South America, -extending over 3.1 million km2- and has enormous economic and social importance for the region. The Intergovernmental Coordinating Committee for the La Plata Basin Countries (CIC, in Spanish) was created by the governments of the five countries who agreed to carry out a joint and integrated study of the area. The agreement was consolidated in 1969 with the signing of the La Plata Basin Treaty, providing a basis for further bilateral and multilateral agreements concerning jurisdictional matters, navigation, fishing, pollution prevention, scientific research, etc. Currently, the CIC has a ’Framework Program for the Sustainable Management of the Water Resources of the la Plata Basin with respect to the Effects of Climate Variability and Change (FP)’. This FP is an ongoing project that is being implemented through a participatory process between the countries, with the support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), through United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and the Organization of American States (OAS), between 2010 and 2015. The FP was organized in 15 subcomponents in order to facilitate its implementation. One of them is the Integrated Management of Groundwater, in the framework of IWRM. There are substantial transboundary groundwater aquifers in the region, such as Guarani, Serra Geral, Yrendá Toba Tarijeño , Cauia-Bauru, Pantanal, among others. The Guaraní Aquifer System is the most important groundwater reservoir, due to its extent and volume with an area of approximately 1.2 million km2, in which there are almost 15 million inhabitants. A joint project, supported by GEF until January 2009, expanded and consolidated the knowledge about the aquifer. This paper draws mainly upon lessons learned from the Guaraní Aquifer System (GAS) project, which would be considered into the FP of the La Plata Basin, such as university and civil society involvement through public participation funds, empowerment of local actors on pilot projects implementation, national public institutions involved on project implementation, regulations should not include provisions that weaken or relativize the State sovereign rights, regulations and management are of little use if the resource being managed is unknown."
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