The GEF unites 183 member governments - in partnership with international institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector — to address global environmental issues. An independent financial organization, the GEF provides grants to developing countries and countries with economies in transition for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants. These projects benefit the global environment, linking local, national, and global environmental challenges and promoting sustainable livelihoods.
The GEF International Waters (IW) focal area targets transboundary water systems, such as shared river basins, lakes, groundwater and large marine ecosystems. The IW portfolio comprises to date over 295 projects and consists of some US$1.5 billion of GEF grants invested in more than 170 different countries globally. This investment has leveraged approximately US$8.7 billion in co-financing. By all accounts and evaluations, since the inception of the GEF in 1991, the IW portfolio has delivered substantive results and replicable experiences to be scaled-up and mainstreamed globally.
What is the IWC9, its objectives and theme?
The Ninth GEF Biennial International Waters Conference, as with prior IW Conferences, will be a signature learning event for the GEF IW focal area. It will be an interactive training and experience-sharing event during which the participants will not only sum up the progress achieved but also will look into the future of programming within and beyond the focal area. The general objective of the GEF Biennial International Waters Conference is to facilitate cross-sectoral and portfolio-wide learning & experience sharing. It is also to solicit advice from the existing IW portfolio on burning issues and assist in assist in building participant capacity in key management and technical areas.
Who are its participants?
The IWC9 will convene at least 300 participants, including GEF IW project managers, representatives of participating countries, non-governmental organizations, transboundary and regional management institutions, UN agencies and the private sector. Collectively they will represent the roughly 75 active GEF IW projects, 80 countries and the various GEF Agencies. Participants are invited by the GEF Agencies implementing IW projects.
What is the conference structure?
Pre-conference targeted training workshops will cover private sector engagement and aspects of GEF IW project implementation. The IWC9 itself will feature an innovation marketplace (exhibit area), extensive opportunities for focused learning on issues concerning project implementation and portfolio issues, interactive training for IW project managers and country representatives, as well as interaction with the GEF Secretariat, GEF agencies and several partner institutions working on International Waters projects.
The Conference will also feature participant-directed workshops and round-table discussions, as well as offering technical site visits. While visiting the sites the participants will be able to discuss and share their experiences in the context of actual projects. This will culminate in a Gala dinner. Senior management and representatives from the private sector will also join.
Call for Sponsors
The Organizers of the Conference appreciate any financial and/or in-kind support, including with the promotion of the Conference and its objectives. The IWC9 offers a chance to engage a major cross-section of the actors engaged in managing an essential resource that has, in most cases, only international solutions. Working closely in partnership with multilateral, bilateral and private sector actors is vital to the success of GEF IW portfolio.
This support may include:
Assistance with conference logistics
Assistance with the production of promotional materials
Assistance with the organization of social and cultural events
At the same time though, through the participation in the Conference you will be able demonstrating your achievements, products and materials, as well as share your views on the GEF development with other participants. Your logo will be used on Conference materials and you will have an opportunity to use the Conference logo on your products. Your contributions will be specially acknowledged by Conference Organizers and Officials.
Who organizes the IWC?
The GEF International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network (IW:LEARN) is responsible for organizing the IWC. This portfolio-wide learning project is implemented jointly by the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Environment Programme, in cooperation with all the GEF agencies, with UNDP leading on supervision of the IWC. The Global Environment Facility itself also leads on the conference organization. Finally, the conference will not be possible without the critical support of the government of Morocco via the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development.
GEF IW:LEARN seeks to strengthen global portfolio experience sharing and learning, dialogue facilitation, targeted knowledge sharing and replication in order to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of GEF IW projects to deliver tangible results in partnership with other IW initiatives. Its services include knowledge management, technical support services, peer-to-peer learning exchanges, support to communities of practice, targeted training workshops and portfolio-wide learning through the IWC’s. Please see www.iwlearn.net/abt_iwlearn.
A Steering Committee exists to oversee the coordination and programming of the 9th Biennial GEF International Waters Conference and ensure its strategic role in the context of international waters management. Its membership includes all of the GEF Agencies.
For more information: Contacts
For all questions, please contact Conference Secretariat firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the eight previous IWC's, please visit http://www.iwlearn.net/iwc. (/iwc2016, /iwc2013, /iwc2011, /iwc2009, /iwc2007, /iwc2005, /iwc2002 and /iwc2000)