Source to Sea: pathway to integrated effective management - Lessons learned and exchange of experiences
Within the GEF IW: LEARN project, UNESCO and Conservation International (CI) agreed to join efforts to support the project’s goal to strengthen global and regional management capacities and knowledge of transboundary water management through the exchange of experiences, tools and methods. The main objective of this partnership was to conduct a Source to Sea workshop, where GEF- IW projects, Seascapes programs, Regional seas’ field practitioners from around the world could share experiences and lessons learned in managing Source to Sea issues. Leveraging from the opportunity to bring together both GEF IW community vision as well as the perspective from others implementing complementary approaches across large scale marine areas, coastal, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystem management. Building from CI’s longstanding experience in seascapes implementation and extensive of global and regional partnerships, the “Source to Sea: pathway to integrated effective management - Lessons learned and exchange of experiences” workshop was prepared. Invitations were sent to global and regional GEF IW and S2S project, S2S platform, UNDP, S2S experts as well as Seascapes field practitioners where invited to the workshop that was going to be held in Nadi, Fiji from October 16 to 18, 2017. Besides the exchange of experiences, the workshop also aimed to increase awareness of the benefits of Source to Sea implementation, outline recommendations on how to most effectively provide solutions to S2S issues, and leverage partnerships to support integrated and Source- to-Sea management and the establishment of a network of practitioners. The workshop was organized in four main sessions: Introduction to Source to Sea, Source to Sea approaches, Connecting Upstream and Downstream Communities and Monitoring and Adaptive Management of Source to Sea Interventions. These interactive sessions were guided by a facilitator and a panel of practitioners, who laid ground work to open discussions and activities in breakout groups. To complete the two-day workshop, a technical field visit was organized to three communities: Narara, Nabelasere, and Votua where different projects, led by Conservation International Fiji and local community partners, showed the value of a Source to Sea framework for effective management at sites (See sites’ description in Session 5 summary). Additionally, and in preparation for the workshop, several key scientific literature on Source to Sea management was consolidated and a case study from an ongoing Source to Sea project in New Caledonia was developed, these to provide complementary information and resources to the practitioners and promote discussion.
03 May 2019