International Waters learning Exchange & Resource Network

Enhancing the Use of Science in International Waters Projects to Improve Project Results

This MSP proposes to develop a platform for the assessment, integration, exchange and dissemination of scientific information and findings from GEF IW projects, both past and current. Its goal is to enhance the use of science in planning, developing and implementing of new GEF IW projects, and at the same time, to strengthen water science capacity and science-to-management linkages in developing countries. The strategic planning for the IW focal area, undertaken by its Technical Advisory Group, has clearly indicated these activities as a “corporate” GEF need. The proposed project will be largely implemented through biennual conferences called the “GEF International Waters Science Conference Series”. These working meetings will focus on: •comparative analysis of scientific results from GEF IW projects •identification of critical science challenges by thematic area, based on regional priorities •evaluation of scientific best practices, in particular, transboundary diagnostic analysis of freshwater and coastal/marine systems •experiences on how science is used in GEF IW projects, including the role of local science communities, and •building applied science capacity within the GEF family, including access to new findings on emerging issues, new methodologies and science breakthroughs The scientific conclusions and experiences emanating from these conferences will be captured, synthesised and disseminated, as appropriate, through targtted, policy-relevant publications, the IW:LEARN knowledge management system, and other UN internet portals.

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General information
GEF ID 3343
Project type Medium-Size Project
Status closed (Project Completion)
Start Date 19 Aug 2008
End Date 30 May 2011
GEF characteristic:
Focal Area International Waters
GEF Allocation to project 1.00M US$
Total Cost of the project: 2.03M US$
UN Environment (UNEP)

Project contacts
Adeel Zafar Director
Salif Diop Head
Andrew Dansie Project Manager
Ralph J. Daley Director – IW:Science Project
Aldrin Rivas Expert