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1 IW:LEARN The GEF International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network Dann Sklarew, Ph.D. Chief Technical Advisor February 28, 2006

2 GEF IW:LEARN Objective To strengthen Transboundary Waters Management (TWM) by facilitating learning and information sharing among stakeholders.

3 How? Bring isolated GEF IW projects & partners together through a “LEARNING PORTFOLIO”

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6 6 Vital Statistics After $2 Million Pilot Phase ( ), $6 Million Operational Phase ( ) After $2 Million Pilot Phase ( ), $6 Million Operational Phase ( ) GEF IW Task Force  Steering Committee GEF IW Task Force  Steering Committee Co-implemented by IBRD-WBI, UNDP & UNEP Co-implemented by IBRD-WBI, UNDP & UNEP Distributed PCU (Washington & Nairobi) Distributed PCU (Washington & Nairobi) Executed across ~20 partner organizations Executed across ~20 partner organizations

7 Project Support Services 1. Promote Access to IW Information 2. Foster Learning among IW Projects 3. Transfer Innovations & Practical Experience 4. Technical Assistance (PM, KM, IWM) 5. Outreach to greater IW community

8 1. Access to Information International Waters Resource Center International Waters Resource Center –IW Project Profiles, Contacts, News & Events –Project-related documents, models & templates (TDA, SAP, TORs, SIPs, M&E docs) –Distance learning materials (TDA/SAP course) Sub-Regional IW Web sites Sub-Regional IW Web sites –Southeast Asia and Southeastern Europe

9 IW:LEARN Resource Center

10 SEA-RLC

11 TWIEN-SEE

12 2. Structured Learning Needs-driven IW-support workshops, e.g., Needs-driven IW-support workshops, e.g., –Public Participation, LME Management, IWRM –Information Management, Web development –Economic Valuation, Environmental Flows Ongoing learning among similar projects Ongoing learning among similar projects –Aquifers/Groundwater, Rivers, Lakes, Large Marine Ecosystems & [soon] Coral Reefs –Periodic face-to-face facilitated learning –Ad hoc interactions and occasional “thematic sessions” via IW:LEARN co-sponsored e-forums

13 Public Participation and Info. Sharing Workshop June St. Petersburg, RF

14 Co-delivered w/UNECE, CTC and WBI Co-delivered w/UNECE, CTC and WBI 60 participants shared experiences among 6 projects, governments and NGOs in EECCA 60 participants shared experiences among 6 projects, governments and NGOs in EECCA 28 case studies and presentations 28 case studies and presentations 5 problem-solving working groups for 3 basins 5 problem-solving working groups for 3 basins Results: 50 relevant/measurable actions planned Results: 50 relevant/measurable actions planned Public Participation and Info. Sharing Workshop June St. Petersburg, RF

15 LME Learning 3 rd GEF IW Conference (June 2005): Face-to-face discourse, needs assessment 3 rd GEF IW Conference (June 2005): Face-to-face discourse, needs assessment Multi-week “Economic Valuation” E-forum session (4 th Quarter 2005) Multi-week “Economic Valuation” E-forum session (4 th Quarter 2005) LME Management Workshop (next week!) LME Management Workshop (next week!) Future workshops, discussions planned. Future workshops, discussions planned.

16 3. Transfer of Innovation Inter-Project Stakeholder Exchange Inter-Project Stakeholder Exchange –Project/Country-Driven Missions between or among GEF IW partners and beneficiaries –E.g., Benguela to South Pacific for fisheries treaty; Danube-hosted communications workshop 3 rd & 4 th Biennial GEF IW Conferences 3 rd & 4 th Biennial GEF IW Conferences –All GEF IW projects gather to share experiences –Salvador (2005) & Cape Town (2007) Publications for Innovation Transfer Publications for Innovation Transfer –IW Bridges newsletter –IW Experience Notes series

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18 Each issue also includes upcoming IW events and IW:LEARN activities!

19 4. Technical Assistance Helpdesk roles: Nairobi office ~ Developing network of projects’ Web sites (updated w/o techies) Nairobi office ~ Developing network of projects’ Web sites (updated w/o techies) Washington office ~ On call support for project management and IW management Washington office ~ On call support for project management and IW management or visit for assistance…

20 5. Outreach IWRM Roundtables IWRM Roundtables GEF Sessions at Big IW Events: GEF Sessions at Big IW Events: –Past: IUCN Congress, Inter-American Dialog on Water, Global Oceans Forum Future: World Water Forum, GPA IGR-2 Future: World Water Forum, GPA IGR-2 Gender and Water Traveling Exhibit Gender and Water Traveling Exhibit

21 IWRM Roundtables

22 Gender & Water Exhibit

23 Some IW:LEARN partners …

24 For more information Please visit… Please visit… –GEF IW:LEARN Web Site –GEF International Waters Resource Centre Or contact IW:LEARN Or contact IW:LEARN Tel: +1 (202)


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