Global Water Partnership
October 2011

Central America Takes on Water and Climate Change

Opening the event. Head table (left to right) Ms. Maureen Ballestero, President Pro-tempore of GWP Central America, Mr. Herman Rosa Chavez, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources of El Salvador and President Pro-tempore of the CCAD, Ms. Rocio Cordoba, coordinator Water Management Unit, IUCN Mesoamerica and Caribbean Initiative.In order to place climate change adaptation higher on the regional agenda, GWP Central America co-organized a two-day workshop on “Regional development and its relationship to water and climate change.” The goal of the workshop was to identify concrete measures,  to water resources, to promote their inclusion in national development plans.
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Danube River Arts Competition

Winners of the competition were invited to BudapestThe International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) organized, in cooperation with GWP Central and Eastern Europe, the youth competition “International Danube Art Master”. Winners are selected from the 14 Danube Basin countries. Thousands of children from these countries entered the competition and a group of young people from Germany won the winner’s trip, which was organized on 23-25 September in Budapest, Hungary. 
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Economic Growth=Water Resources

GWP Chair Dr Letitia A Obeng at Astana 2011“When we speak about the economy and economic growth we speak about water resources,” said GWP Chair Dr Letitia A Obeng at a GWP-convened side event at the Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference in Astana, Kazakhstan, in September.
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Transboundary Assessment Published

Second Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and GroundwatersThe Second Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters is a comprehensive overview of the status of transboundary waters in the European and Asian parts of UNECE region, covering more than 140 transboundary rivers, 25 transboundary lakes and about 200 transboundary groundwaters.
 
It is the result of more than two years of work under the UNECE Water Convention, involving about 250 experts. GWP Mediterranean and GWP Partners (IWAC, SHMU, Hungarian Ministry of Rural Development and Ministry of Environment Protection) contributed to the development process of the publication, available here in English and Russian.

Evaluating 10 years of IWRM in Southeast Asia

SEA evaluationGWP Southeast Asia recently organized country workshops to conduct a ten year (2000-2010) evaluation of IWRM implementation in Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam. The evaluations have provided platforms for Southeast Asian countries and stakeholders to exchange knowledge and experiences and to promote international cooperation for better water resources management. A report with all the Southeast Asian countries will be available shortly at www.gwpsea.org
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Asia-Africa Inter-regional Sharing

Asia-Africa meetingGWP knowledge and expertise was shared with an IUCN-Asia delegation that visited the Nile Basin Initiative Secretariat in Entebbe, Uganda, on 12 September 2011. GWP Eastern Africa presented its work on IWRM processes. The delegation also heard from GWP Technical Committee member Patricia Wouters on “Water Security: Global, regional and local challenges” and Technical Committee member Claudia Sadoff presented the South Asia Water Initiative and the Abu Dhabi Dialogues. Dr. Khondaker Azharul Haq, Executive Committee member from GWP Bangladesh, gave a perspective on transboundary issues with a history on shared waters between India and Pakistan.

“The potential for inter-regional partnerships are a hidden resource yet to be fully realized across the GWP network, to support learning between river basins especially in face of changing climate and demographic trends,” said Simon Thuo, GWP Eastern Africa Coordinator.

Towards Country Water Partnerships in Gambia and Sierra Leone

At the request of the countries, a mission from GWP West Africa visited Gambia and Sierra Leone 19-28 September 2011, to follow up on the development process of the IWRM roadmap, to set up GWP Country Water Partnerships. Exchanges on the importance of transboundary waters and their management mechanisms such as the UN Convention on International Water Courses were also discussed. 
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Preparing for Rio+20 in Asia

Mr. Naseer Ahmad Gillani, Chairman, GWP Pakistan participated as PanelistGWP Pakistan collaborated on a National Workshop on Pakistan’s Preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Islamabad on 12-13 September 2011. GWP Pakistan held a side event to promote IWRM and water saving/recycling and environmental conservation measures at ground level. The workshop was organized by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, UN One and the Rio+20 Secretariat.
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GWP Champion Appointed Director in Cameroon

Prof Mathias Fru FontehProf Mathias Fru Fonteh, Chair of GWP Cameroon, was appointed by the Prime Minister in September to be the Director in charge of hydraulics and hydrology in the Ministry of Energy and Water. Prof Fru Fonteh is one of the five founding champions of GWP Central Africa.
 
“I am sure Prof. Fonteh will need our support in facing the challenges that lie ahead. One of these is to draw the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) planning process to its logical end. Another would be to endow Cameroon with an integrated water policy document and a strategy for its implementation”, said GWP Central Africa Coordinator Chi Cristopher Tamu.

Meet Our Partners

GWP is a network of more than 2,400 institutional partners. Here is an interview with Camille F. Jepang Sandjong, who is in charge of IUCN’s Regional Programme on Wetlands and Water, West and Central Africa Programme.
 
 

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GWP Consulting Partners Meeting 2011 Summary Report

Summary Report GWP Network and Consulting Partners Meeting 2011 and appendices-1

The annual Global Water Partnership Consulting Partners Meeting was held in Stockholm on August 18–19, 2011. GWP celebrated 15 years and the theme was “Water Security as a Catalyst for Achieving Food Security”.

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GWP People

Prof. Torkil Jønch Clausen, former Chair of the GWP Technical Committee and currently a GWP Senior Advisor, has been appointed Chair of SIWI’s Scientific Programme Committee.
 

GWP in the News

 
GWP Thailand Chair about the floods in Thailand
Ayutthaya hospital patients airlifted (The Nation)
 
 
 
 

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Coming events

17-20 October 2011, 6th GEF Biennial International Waters Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia
 
19 and 20 October 2011, Task Force Meeting of UNECE/WHO on Protocol on Water and Health, in Tbilisi, Georgia, taskforce_tbilisi2011@yahoo.com

26-28 October 2011, International Environment Forum for Basin Organisations, Bangkok,Thailand

29 Oct-4 Nov 2011, International Water Week, Young Water Professionals Programme, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
 
Nominations for the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2012 are now open until 31 October 2011 www.siww.com.sg

4 November 2011, UEA Water Security and ICID seminar  "Water Security: Progress in theory & practice", ICID, UK
 
16-18 November 2011, Bonn 2011 Nexus Conference - Initiating integrated solutions for the Green Economy, Bonn, Germany
 
20-23 November 2011, 2nd Arab Water Forum, Cairo, Egypt

More events

Resources

Principles for Water and Development (Brookings Institution)

Resources about the Green Economy (UN-Water)
 
The Water-Climate-Infrastructure nexus

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2011

Water in the News

States to implement National Water Resources Policy(Malay Mail)
 
Beijing takes various measures to ensure water supply
 
Hundreds killed in Southeast Asia floods
 
The Green Economy
 
Uganda:Over 72, 000 Affected by Floods
 
Pakistan Struggles to Help Flood Victims
 
New push for water law reform in Costa Rica


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