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SADC WD / River Basin Organisations
This page links to the SADC Water Division, and lists the River Basin Organisations (RBOs) in the SADC region. Click on the name of an RBO to access more information. There may be more than one RBO per river basin.
Network of Asian River Basin Organizations
The goal of NARBO is to help achieve IWRM in river basins throughout Asia. The objective of NARBO is to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of RBOs in promoting IWRM and improving water governance, through training and exchange of information and experiences among RBOs and their associated water sector agencies and knowledge partner organizations
Great Mekong Sub-Region (GMS) - Core Environment Programme
Since 1992, Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries have embarked on a program of economic cooperation that aims to promote development through closer economic linkages. Cooperation on environmental issues is an important part of the GMS Economic Cooperation Program.
The Core Environment Program (CEP) has been developed as a joint initiative of GMS member countries and was endorsed by the Second GMS Summit of Leaders held in Kunming, People's Republic of China (PRC), in July 2005.
The GMS comprises six countries sharing the Mekong River - Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, and Yunnan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China. Home to more than 300 million people, its vast wealth of human and natural resources makes it a new frontier for economic growth in Asia. However, unsustainable exploitation of resources and population pressures threaten fragile ecosystems and biodiversity.
Center for River Basin Organizations and Management (CRBOM)
Center for River Basin Organizations and Management (CRBOM) has recently been established by Ministry of Public Works, Indonesia, as a member of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF) network of regional knowledge hubs. The Centre is located in Solo, Central Java, together with several agencies involved in river basin management and river engineering. Building on the comprehensive expertise of river basin Organizations in Indonesia and elsewhere in Asia, the Centre will compile, produce and share expertise within IWRM-based, development-oriented river basin management. By its own capacity, or jointly with partners, the Centre will undertake research and development, produce documentation, and provide advisory services and education.
STRIVER develop methodologies for Integrated water resources management (IWRM) in an Asian-European context. The project has strong emphasis on local stakeholder involvement, enabling and supporting local capacity development and uptake. The Sesan River Basin is one of the focused river basin.
United Nations Environment Programme
Environmental Governance UNEP has a rich history assisting governments in obtaining environmental information for decision-making, enhancing global and regional environmental cooperation, developing and applying national and international environmental law, advancing national and regional implementation of environmental objectives, and bridging major groups and governments in policy development and implementation processes.
Regional Network of Water Knowledge Hubs
KnowledgeHubs is the Asian Pacific Water Forum’s network of regional water knowledge hubs. KnowledgeHubs was launched on 26 June 2008 at PUB Singapore's WaterHub during Singapore International Water Week. Each hub is a center of excellence committed to improving water security in the Asia-Pacific region by promoting knowledge sharing and championing feasible solutions for its priority water topic. Together, the hubs collaborate to generate and share knowledge and develop capacity in more than a dozen water knowledge domains.
Promoting Twinning of River Basins for Developing Integrated Water Resources Management Practices
The International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) and the Global Water Partnership (GWP) have initiated an "Associated Program" (AP) relative to the creation and development of basin organizations. This "Associated Program" should contribute to achieving the objective of "Integrated Water Resource Management". The GWP fosters its promotion in all the regions of the world relying on the network of its "Regional Technical Advisory Councils" (RTACs) for this purpose.
TwinBasin is one of the 4 outputs included in the associated program. This project has been selected within the framework of the "Global Change and Ecosystems" priority of the 6th Framework Program for European Research, and now aims at faciliting direct twinning arrangements between BOs, by defining a framework for action, by enabling the move of staffs between twin agencies and by capitalizing the knowledge thus acquired.
International Network of Basin Organisations
The website of Basin Managemnt in the World
Mediterranean Network of Basin Organisations
MENBO is a Regional Network within INBO (International Network of Basin Organisations) that promotes an integrated water resources management at the river basin level, as an essential tool for sustainable development. This organisation seeks to improve relationships among organisations in charge of water management in the Mediterranean region.
The website includes information, events and documents from other organisations and agencies related to water management, and promotes the exchange of knowledge among these. Most of the events announced, are thus from other sources, and include links to their websites.
The Regional Network was established in 2003, and is currently adding international members from the Mediterranean region. We hope this network will grow stronger with the support and collaboration from most of the Mediterranean countries that deal with river basin management.
Transboundary River Basins in the SADC Region
A map of SADC Region allows the user to click on transboundary river basins and get access to the information on this basin
World Lakes Network
This website was developed by a global network of more than 2000 people and organizations in 100+ countries working for the conservation and sustainable management of lakes. From 1998-2008, the network was supported by the LakeNet Secretariat (formerly Monitor International), a U.S.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing together people and solutions to protect and restore the health of the world's lakes. At the end of 2008, the LakeNet Trustees dissolved the nonprofit organization and transferred the website to private management by the network's co-founders.
Explore this site and our global lake database to learn more about what is being done to protect and manage lakes, and how you can help.
Global Environment Facility
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) unites 182 member governments — in partnership with international institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector — to address global environmental issues.
An independent financial organization, the GEF provides grants to developing countries and countries with economies in transition for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants. These projects benefit the global environment, linking local, national, and global environmental challenges and promoting sustainable livelihoods.
Established in 1991, the GEF is today the largest funder of projects to improve the global environment. The GEF has allocated $9.2 billion, supplemented by more than $40 billion in cofinancing, for more than 2,700 projects in more than 165 developing countries and countries with economies in transition. Through its Small Grants Programme (SGP), the GEF has also made more than 12,000 small grants directly to nongovernmental and community organizations, totalling $495 million.
The GEF partnership includes 10 agencies: the UN Development Programme; the UN Environment Programme; the World Bank; the UN Food and Agriculture Organization; the UN Industrial Development Organization; the African Development Bank; the Asian Development Bank; the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; the Inter-American Development Bank; and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel provides technical and scientific advice on the GEF’s policies and projects.
Euro-Mediterranean Information System on know-how in the Water sector
EMWIS is an initiative of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. It provides a strategic tool for exchanging information and knowledge in the water sector between and within the Euro Mediterranean partnership countries
All the countries involved in the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership are concerned:
The 27 EU member states
The 10 Mediterranean Partner Countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey)
At the conference of the Euro-Med Water Directors (Rome, Nov. 2005), it was decided to open EMWIS to the Mediterranean countries not signatories of the Barcelona Declaration, i.e. Balkan countries and Libya.
African Water Facility
The African Water Facility (AWF) is an initiative led by the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) to mobilize resources to finance water resources development activities in Africa. The African Development Bank (AfDB) hosts the Facility on the request of AMCOW.
The AWF was legally established by the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank, at its Annual Meetings in Kampala on 25 May 2004 by approving the Instrument for the establishment of the African Water Facility Special Fund.
The AWF’s operations are guided by its Governing Council and implemented according to the rules of its host agency, the African Development Bank. Procurement and disbursement are conducted by applying fast-track procedures.
The AWF Governing Council approves the operational focus of the Facility and the proposed areas of intervention; the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has the mandate to approve operational procedures and the financing of projects and programmes.
AWF applies fast-approval and flexible procedures and can provide support to communities as well as to national and multinational institutions.
World Water Council
The World Water Council was established in 1996 in response to increasing concern from the global community about world water issues. Its mission is to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, including the highest decision-making level, to facilitate the efficient management and use of water in all its dimensions and on an environmentally sustainable basis. The WWC has been granted special consultative status by UNESCO and ECOSOC
Pacific Water SOFAC
The water sector under the SOPAC’s Community Lifelines Programme (CLP), has a structure consisting of Resources Management, Asset Management and Governance. For the water sector these translate into water resources management (CLP1), which includes rainwater, surface water and groundwater resources assessment, development, management and protection, with a particular emphasis on water resources management in climatic extremes. This component includes climate adaptation with regard to water resources issues. Main programme results are the Pacific Hydrological Cycle Observing System (HYCOS), the Pacific Island Climate Update (ICU) and the Pacific Water and Climate Resource Centre. The focus is on capacity building and wise practice promotion.
Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone
LOICZ is a core project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP).
LOICZ aims to provide science that contributes towards understanding the Earth system in order to inform, educate and contribute to the sustainability of the world’s coastal zone. Therefore LOICZ seeks to inform the scientific community, policymakers, managers and stakeholders on the relevance of global environmental change in the coastal zone.
Delta Alliance is an international knowledge-driven network organization with the mission of improving the resilience of the world’s deltas. With increasing pressure from population growth, industrialization and a changing climate, it is more important than ever that these valuable and vulnerable locations increase their resilience to changing conditions. Delta Alliance brings people together who live and work in deltas. They can benefit from each other’s experience and expertise and as such contribute to an increased resilience of their delta region.
International UN-Water Conference. Water in the Green Economy in Practice: Towards Rio+20
Water contributes to the green economy. It is important for people and for the planet. Building on the results and conclusions of the Official Side Event at the 2nd UNCSD Preparatory Committee (Prepcom 2) "How the Green Economy depends on water", organized by UN-Water and UNSGAB, where a call was made to develop a UN Green Economy Road Map (A/CONF.216/PC/8) and a toolbox or a best practices guide of actions for transforming into a green economy, in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, the Conference will support the process of moving to action in preparation for Rio+20.
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