Freshwater

UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy Prepares for 2011 Ministerial Conference [viewed]

15 November 2010: The Committee on Environmental Policy of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) met for its seventeenth session in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2-5 November 2010, to advance the preparations for the seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference, scheduled from 21-23 September 2011 in Astana, Kazakhstan, with two themes: “Sustainable management of water and water-related ecosystems” and “Greening the economy: mainstreaming the environment into economic development.”

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EU Funds Drought Response in Bolivia [viewed]

4 November 2010: The European Commission has allocated €1.5 million to provide humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people affected by droughts in the Bolivian region of Chaco, as well as measures reducing vulnerability in future droughts and enhancing the resilience of communities.

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UNEP Releases Papers on Bioenergy Sustainability [viewed]

25 October 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a series of four Issue Papers on bioenergy sustainability, aiming to inform decision makers on debates and emerging issues in this policy area, as well as options for improving the sustainability of the production and consumption of bioenergy.

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UNEP Report Highlights Ecosystem Services of Inland Fisheries [viewed]

22 October 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Fish Centre have released a report titled "Blue Harvest: Inland Fisheries as an Ecosystem Service," on the sidelines of the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), taking place in Nagoya, Japan.

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Event: Second Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health [viewed]

This session is organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO). Delegates are scheduled to discuss, inter alia: ratification and implementation of the Protocol; development of national strategies on water and health by setting targets and target dates; surveillance of and response to water-related disease; how to ensure water supply and sanitation in extreme weather events; the specific challenges of small-scale water supply systems; equitable access to drinking water; and access to information and public participation under the Protocol. In addition, MOP 2 to the Protocol is expected to adopt the Guidance on Water Supply and Sanitation in Extreme Weather Events, which were elaborated by the parties to the Protocol under the leadership of Italy.  

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Event: EGM on the "Development of a Vulnerability Assessment for the Arab Region to Assess Climate Change Impacts on the Water Resources Sector" [viewed]

This Expert Group Meeting (EGM) is organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). It aims to take stock and exchange experiences of Arab countries, as well as that of regional and international organizations, on climate change modeling methodologies, tools, model projections, downscaling techniques and knowledge gaps, as well as ways in which vulnerability can be assessed in view of better understanding the effects of climate change on sustainable development in the Arab region.  

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UNEP Completes GEO-5 Regional Consultations [viewed]

5 October 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has completed its scheduled regional consultations for GEO-5. The consultations were convened in Washington DC, US (September 2), Panama City, Panama (September 6-7), Ottawa, Canada (September 9), Bangkok, Thailand (September 16-17), Nairobi, Kenya (September 20-21), Geneva, Switzerland (September 23-24) and Bahrain (October 4-5).

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Event: Regional Forum to Update the Strategic Action Programme on Lake Tanganyika [viewed]

The forum is organized by the Secretariat of the Lake Tanganyika Authority (LTA), and attended by experts in environmental management and fisheries, government officials of the riparian countries Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, and Zambia, as well as professionals from a range of local, regional and international research institutes and NGOs, including ICRAF, IUCN, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the WWF. Participants will update the Strategic Action Programme in recognition of new threats, such as climate change and biological invasions, that have emerged since its adoption.  

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GEO-5 Geneva Consultations Identify European Priorities [viewed]

25 September 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Environment Outlook (GEO) Regional Consultation for Europe took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 23-24 September 2010, bringing together 53 participants representing a range of stakeholders, including UN agencies, government departments, research and academic institutions, the private sector and press from Europe.

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UNESCO Releases GHG Measurement Guidelines for Freshwater Reservoirs [viewed]

September 2010: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)/International Hydropower Association (IHA) has released Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Measurement Guidelines for Freshwater Reservoirs.

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