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Sample Project Newsletter

The latest IW:LEARN newsletter is also available online at

The GEF IW:LEARN e-bulletin is a regular circular of information including upcoming meetings, project specific news, interesting tools and applications of relevance to the GEF International Waters community (and projects in particular).

Contribute news and highlights about your project for future e-bulletins and share them with over 1300 water practitioners. Also, please let us know what you would like to see in future IWLEARN e-bulletins.

In This Issue

Lead Stories
Visitor statistics from previous E-Bulletin #16
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Project News
Most Popular Documents on IW:LEARN (June 2009)
Calendar of Events from August to October 2009
Vacancies and Requests for Proposals

Lead Stories

Website Archiving Service from IW:LEARN
IW:LEARN wishes to highlight its website archiving service to GEF IW projects. This service ensures that when a GEF IW project comes to completion, the entire project website, including all data and information, its layout and design, are captured and made accessible for the long-term through IW:LEARN's Website Archive. To date over 30 sites have been archived and are browsable at

Together with the archiving of of key documents into IW:LEARN's Project Database and geographic data into IW:LEARN's WebGIS, both designed to ease discovery of useful content, this additional service ensures that all content generated from projects is not lost after project termination but maintained online as a static website duplicate and readily accessible to future projects.

To add your website to this list, or provide us with your comments on the service, please contact us via our feedback form (message directed to Mr. Sean Khan and Dr. Richard Cooper).

Tuna decision making processes explained: WCPFC Factsheets
Written for non-governmental organisations and fishing industry association as well as high schools, universities, government department staff, media and others interested in fishing issues, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Factsheets are presented with photos, diagrams and easy-to-read explanations of the technical and political decisions made at the WCPFC.

New Global Digital Elevation Model (GDEM) available at no charge to users worldwide
The ASTER GDEM is available at no charge to users worldwide via electronic download from the Earth Remote Sensing Data Analysis Center (ERSDAC) of Japan and from NASA’s Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC). METI and NASA acknowledge that Version 1 of the ASTER GDEM should be viewed as “experimental” or “research grade.”  Nevertheless, they are confident that the ASTER GDEM represents an important contribution to the global earth observation community.

Map of marine managed areas in the Pacific
This map illustrates linkages between coastal communities and livelihoods, critical habitats and biodiversity, and MMAs of Pacific Island Countries and Territories, and summarizes data published in the CRISP Study Report - Status and potential of locally-managed marine areas in the South Pacific (2009).

Mapping the Effects of Climate Change on Human Migration and Displacement
This report explores how environmental shocks and stresses, especially those related to climate change, can push people to leave their homes in search of “greener pastures” … or just to survive. In order to make informed decisions, policymakers and development actors need a better understanding of the linkages between environmental change, displacement and migration.

Project News

FAO video: Managing bycatch and reducing discards
This FAO training video, filmed on location in Mexico, the Philippines and FAO Rome's headquarters, explores the issues and solutions to better manage bycatch and reduce discards in tropical shrimp fisheries.

UNDP talk on Ballast Water Management

A recording of a talk given by Principal Technical Adviser for UNDP, Mr Andy Hudson, has been made available along with a news story on ballast water treatment.

A new agreement for protecting the Western Indian Ocean
Government delegates from countries sharing the Western Indian Ocean agreed on a new Protocol for the protection of the coastal and marine environment from land-based sources and activities in Eastern and Southern Africa (LBSA Protocol), as a supplement to the Nairobi Convention.

ReefBase releases new Google Earth layers of destructive fishing information

Two KMZ layers identify areas where dynamite/blast fishing or poison fishing occurs worldwide, and the third is based on 2003 UNEP-WCMC 1km coral data. Easy to download and view in Google Earth.

Research Update: New frontiers of remote sensing for reef management

The Remote Sensing Working Group of the Coral Reef Targeted Research & Capacity Building for Management (CRTR) Program has been working to enhance remote sensing tools to better enable coral reef management.

Prespa Lakes Basin: brochures highlighting key environmental management issues
The UNDP/GEF Prespa Regional Project has created a collection of informative brochures that succinctly address key issues for managing the Prespa Lakes Basin, including water, forests, agriculture, fisheries wetlands, biodiversity, governance, livelihoods, and tourism.

Most Popular Documents from Projects on IW:LEARN.NET (June 2009)

The top five documents in June 2009:

Capabilities and Limitations of Decision Support Systems in Facilitating Access to Information (Salewicz, Kazimierz) (455 kB) [246 Pages]

Lake Tanganyika Biodiversity - Resultats et constats tires de l'initiative de conservation du PNUD/GEF (RAF/92/G32) qui a eu lieu en Burundi, en Republique Democratique du Congo, en Tanzanie et en Zambie. (2.5 MB) [66 Pages]

Niger River Basin Project - Analyse Diagnostique du Bassin du Fleuve, Rapport Provisoire. 2001. (2.5 MB, French) [58 Pages]

Niger River Basin - PDF-B Background reports (375 kB) [46 Pages]

A Handbook on Governance and Socioeconomics of Large Marine Ecosystems (1 MB) [42 Pages]

Calendar of Events from August to October 2009

Events in August 2009:
Africa / Asia / Americas / Europe / Oceania / All regions

Events in September:
World Climate Conference-3 Geneva, Switzerland, 31 August, - 4 September 2009

River Basin Management 2009 Malta, 7-9 September, 2009

H209 Water Forum, Water Challenges for Coastal Cities, From the Dutch Delta to New York Harbor New Jersey, USA, 9-10 September 2009

The Second International Environmental Best Practises Conference Cracow, Poland, 14-18 September 2009

12th International River Symposium Brisbane, Australia, 21-24 September 2009

6th Symposium on River, Coastal, Estuarine Morphodynamics Santa Fe, Argentina, 21-25 September 2009

Milutin Milankovitch Anniversary Symposium: Climate Change at the Eve of the Second Decade of the Century Belgrade, Serbia, 22-25 September 2009

Regional Workshop on Groundwater Management and Protection Khartoum, Sudan, 26-28 September 2009

International Conference: The Water Framework Directive - Emerging Water Management Challenges Lille, France, 29-30 September 2009

5th Dubrovnik Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems
, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 29 September - 3 October 2009
National Tuna Data Coordinator
The National Tuna Data Coordinator (NTDC) is responsible for ensuring that every licensed vessel submits its tuna fishery data on time. (Application Deadline: 12th August 2009)

FELLOWS (United Nations-the Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship Programme)
The Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS) of the Office of Legal Affairs is now accepting applications for the 2010-2011 session of the United Nations - The Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship Programme. During the last five years, 55 awards have been made to nationals of 48 States. (Application Deadline: 15 August 2009)

Request for Proposal, Development of Prespa Watershed Management Plan (Macedonian part of the Prespa Basin)
The main objective of the assignment is to develop a Watershed Management Plan for the Macedonian part of the Prespa Basin. The Plan is expected to provide basis for identification of the main surface and groundwater bodies in the basin, assessment of the major anthropogenic impacts and their influence on the status of the water bodies, as well as establishing the environmental objectives. (Application deadline: 28 August 2009)

Call for Applications: Small Grants Programme 2009 (UNDP-GEF Prespa Project - Albania)
The National Component of the UNDP GEF Prespa project ' Integrated Ecosystem Management in the Prespa Lakes Basin of Albania, FYR Macedonia and Greece' is seeking proposals from the civil society organisations to support the environmental activities they are performing in Prespa area, related to the integrated management of the ecosystem. (Application deadline: 31 August 2009)

Positions in Open Climate Modelling, Marine and Data Processing
GATEWAYS invites applications for 15 Early-Stage Researchers (ESR) at the PhD student level 3 Experienced Researchers (ER) at the post-doctoral level The GATEWAYS project conducts interdisciplinary climate change research on the ocean circulation and its linking with climate processes on regional to global scales. (Application deadline 30th September 2009)

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