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  Environmental Focal Area: International Waters

The GEF international waters focal area targets transboundary water systems, such as river basins with water flowing from one country to another, groundwater resources shared by several countries, or marine ecosystems bounded by more than one nation. Some of the issues addressed are:

  • transboundary water pollution
  • over-extraction of groundwater resources
  • unsustainable exploitation of fisheries
  • protection of fisheries habitats
  • invasive species
  • balancing competing uses of water resources

Because water does not respect national boundaries, multicountry actions are necessary to foster sustainable development of these large systems which cover most of the earth. The GEF helps countries to collaborate with their neighbors to modify human activities that place stress on these transboundary water systems and interfere with downstream uses of those resources. In this way, water use conflicts can be prevented, security improved, and sustainable resource use fostered in support of global goals.

GEF international waters projects help countries to deal with concerns in all types of transboundary water systems, ranging from river basins, lake basins, and groundwater systems, to coasts and large marine ecosystems where most fisheries are harvested, to the open ocean.

The focal area supports projects that help countries:

  • Learn to work together on their key transboundary concerns
  • Set priorities for joint action
  • Implement those actions if a political commitment to sustainability is shown

The GEF plays a catalytic role in helping nations making full use of policy, legal, and institutional reforms and investments necessary to address these complex concerns about transboundary water resources.

International Waters and International Conventions

Although GEF’s international waters focal area does not serve as a financial mechanism for a specific convention, it is associated with many global and regional conventions that are involved with transboundary water systems, mostly at a regional level. GEF interventions are often associated with adopting regional conventions as a show of the government’s commitment to sustainability after the GEF project ends. For example, the Convention on the Sustainable Management of Lake Tanganyika and the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention have resulted from GEF international waters projects.

Learning among International Waters Projects

To stimulate and facilitate exchange of experiences and lessons learned among different international waters projects, GEF initiated a specific project — IW:LEARN. The project organizes staff exchanges between projects that face similar challenges (e.g., large marine ecosystem projects), forums to stimulate collaboration between international waters projects in a particular region (e.g., the Caribbean), and structured learning events on particular themes. To further increase the South-to-South exchange of experiences, an international waters conference is organized every two years to bring together country representatives from all GEF international waters projects. 

>> read more from the GEF website at http://www.GEFweb.org on INTERNATIONAL WATERS

Members in Focal Area: International Waters
Total = 212
Africa Central
ACTION JEUNESSE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT
Amigos de la Naturaleza y del Desarrollo de Guinea Ecuatorial (ANDEGE)
Animal Husbandry and Research Institute Alliance (AHAIRA)
ASSOCIATION DES TRADIPRATICIENS DU KASAÏ OCCIDENTAL (ATRAKOC)
Association for the Management of Natural Resources Talents, Agriculture and Health Development (AMANARTAH)
Association pour l'Integration et le Developpement Durable au Burundi (AIDB)
Aube Nouvelle Pour La Femme Et Le Developpement (ANFD)/ New Dawn for Women and Development (NDWD)
Bonombe Multipurpose Farmers Common Initiative Group
Ecologistes Du Monde
Federation of Environmental and Ecological Diversity for Agricultural Revampment and Human Rights (FEEDAR & HR)
GROUPE D’ACTION POUR L’ASSAINISSEMENT DES CENTRES URBAINS DU CONGO en sigle GAACUC
Groupe D'Action Aux Necessiteux - GAN
Hard Working Farmers Common Initiative Group
HOPE IN AFRICA
Maison Pierre Angulaire Sacree (MPAS)
organisation des laics engagés du sacré coeur pour le developpement de kimbondo (OLESDK)
Redemption Health Foundation for Sustainable rural Development and Conservation (RHFSRD & C)
Reseau Communautaire pour le Pauvre (RCP-Network)
Synergie d’Aides Prioritaires-Aides d’Urgences (SAP-AU)
The South West Multipurpose Farmers Common Initiative Group (SOWEMUFCIG)
TOUS EN ACTION POUR LE PROGRES (TAP)
UNIVERSAL UNION FOR CONSUMER PROTECTION AND CIVIL ABUSE
 
Africa East
Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS)
DONET - Dodoma Environmental Network
Earthsavers Movement Uganda Chapter
Environment Liaison Centre International (ELCI)
Environmental Protection and Conservation Organization (EPCO)
ENVIRONMENTAL WOMEN IN ACTION FOR DEVELOPMENT (EWAD) (formerly known as Entebbe Women Association, EWA)
INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT SOCIAL AND POLICY STUDIES (ICESPS)
KENYA NETWORK OF GRASSROOTS ORGANISATIONS (KENGO)
Lake Victoria Environmental Education and Management (LEM)
MABIRA FOREST INTEGRATED COMMMUNITY ORGANISATION (MAFICO)
Mahemo(Mahanga Environment Management Organisation)
Mauritius Marine Conservation Society
Mutukula Community Development Association (MUCODA)
Nature Palace Foundation
NatureUganda - the East Africa Natural History Society (EANHS)
Networks and Information Exchange (NETINFEX)
OSIENALA - Friends of Lake Victoria
SSESE Health Effort for Development
Uganda Association for Social Economic Progress
WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY OF TANZANIA (WCST)
WWF Madagascar Country Office
 
Africa North
Algerian Ecological Movement
Arab Network for Environment & Development (RAED)
Arab Office for Youth and Environment (AOYE)
Association of Continuity Generations
Association Nationale De Volontariat
Association Tunisienne pour la Protection de la Nature et de l'Environnement, ATPNE
Ong Agir En Faveur De L' environnement (ONG AFE)
Protection de l'énvironnement et de l'écosysteme Mauritania (PEECO)
 
Africa South
ADPP Mozambique
BirdLife Botswana
Dialogue International
Environmental Justice and Advocacy Centre [ LEJAC ]
Environmental Monitoring Group (EMG)
Geography and Environmental Movement (GEM)
GHETTO ARTISTS
Human Settlements of Zambia (HUZA)
JEA - The Ecological Youth of Angola
PANOS SOUTHERN AFRICA
Save Environment and People Agency (SEPA)
 
Africa West
African Youth Movement [AYM]
CENTRE FOR WATER AND ENVIRONMENT (CWED)
Community Research and Development Centre (CREDC)
Conservation Society of Sierra Leone
Defence Against Aids, Poverty and Underdevelopment (DAAPU)
Drama Network
ECO-ECOLO
Foundation for Future Christian Workers International (FFCWI)
GENERATION DEVELOPMENT LINK
GLOBAL GREEN ENVIRONMENTAL NETWORK
Green Earth Organization
Gunjur Environmental Protection and Development Group (GEPADG)
HATOF Foundation
HOPE BUILDERS FOUNDATION
Kanuri Development Association
Nature Tropicale
NESDA Secretariat
Network for Promotion of Agriculture And Environmental Studies
REHABILITATION INTERNATIONAL GHANA
SAVE AFRICA ORGANIZATION
Take Care Africa Foundation (TCAF)
Tetrem Rural Community Agricultural Farmers and Craft Development Association
 
Asia North East
Environmental Education Society of Heilongjiang Province (Green Longjiang)
Green Asia Network
Green Education Center (GEC)
Green Initiatives
Hangzhou Eco-Culture Association
Japan Council for Sustainable Development
Organization for Industrial and Spiritual and Cultural Advancement (OISCA- International)
Sustainable Development and Environmental Law Institute
Wuhu Ecology Center
 
Asia South
AKSHAYA Rehabilitation Trust
Bangladesh Association For Community Education (BACE)
Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies
CARAVAN
Centre For Eco-cultural Studies (CES)
Community Development Library (CDL)
Institute of Sustainable Development (ISDESR)
LEAD Pakistan
National Women's Welfare Society
New World Hope Organization
Resources Center for Sustainable Development (RCSD)
Rural Area Development Programme (RADP)
Shri Jagdamba Samiti
Society for Urban Environmental Protection (SUEP)
Socio Economic Unit Foundation
SOUTH ASIAN FORUM FOR ENVIRONMENT (SAFE)
The Energy and Resources Institute-TERI
World Wide Fund for Nature India (WWF-India)
WWF-Pakistan
 
Asia South East
Centre for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (CRES)
Lao Institute for Renewable Energy
Malaysian Society of Marine Sciences (MSMS)
The Rufino M. Reyes Memorial Foundation, Inc.
 
Asia West
Development for People and Nature Association
Iraqi Green Climate Organization (IGCO)
Jordan Society for Sustainable Development (JSSD)
Mountain Environment Protection Society (MEPS)
The Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem (ARIJ)
Women's Access to Entrepreneurship Development and Training (WAEDAT)
 
Caribbean
CARIBBEAN CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION (CCA)
Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversité Marine (FoProBiM)
Foundation for Development Planning, Inc. (FDPI)
Indigenous People (Bethechilokono) of Saint Lucia Governing Council (BGC)
Island Resources Foundation (Virgin Islands)
PROMOTION FOR DEVELOPMENT (PROMODEV)
St. Lucia National Trust
Stichting Institute for Environmental Technology and Information - SIETI
The Trust for Sustainable Livelihoods
 
East Europe & Central Asia
"For Healthy Life" Ecological Public Union
Aral Tenizi
Association for Farmers Rights Defence
Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN)
Climate Change Coordination Centre (CCCC)
Ecoforum of Uzbekistan
Ecological Fund of the Crimea
Ecological Innovation Center of Azerbaijan
Ecological Movement of Moldova
Ecological Society Ruzgar
Foundation to support civil initiatives (FSCI, Dastgirie-Center)
International Scientific Forum
National Center of Environment Forecasting (NCEG)/ECO-REAL
NGO "Local Agenda 21 for Kostolac-Municipality"
Public Association BIOS
Regional Environmental Centre Caucasus (REC Caucasus)
Socio - Ecological Fund
Terra-1530
Youth Ecological Movement “BIOM”
 
Europe
ASOCIACION CHELONIA
Baltic Environmental Forum (BEF Lithuania)
Birdlife International
Both Ends
Earth Council Geneva
Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI)
German NGO Forum Environment and Development
Green Peace International
International Council of Environmental Law
IUCN UK National Committee Secretariat
Naturschutzbund (NABU)
SAAMI Council
Tchad Agri Pour l' Environnement (TCHAPE)
The International Environmental Law Research Centre (IELRC)
Worldwide Organization for Sustainable Ports and Marinas
 
Mesoamerica
Cultural Association SEJEKTO of Costa Rica
Fundacion Hondurena de Ambiante y Desarrollo (Fundacion Vida)
Fundacion para la Defensa de la Naturaleza (FUDENA)
Union Internacional para la Conservacion de la Naturaleza- Oficina Regional para Mesoamerica UICN-ORMA
 
North America
Animal Welfare Institute
Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. (ASLF)
Center for Environmental Diplomacy
Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
Circumpolar Conservation Union (CCU)
Conservation International
Earth Island Institute
Environment Action Association
Environmental Health Fund
Forest Trends
Global Coral Reef Alliance
Global Greengrants Fund
International Fund for Animal Welfare
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
International START Secretariat
Island Resources Foundation (USA)
IUCN Washington D.C.
Natural Resources Defense Council
Nature Canada
RARE
Renewable Natural Resources Foundation
The Cousteau Society
The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment
The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Wildlife Conservation Society
 
Pacific
Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International (FSPI)
Ole Siosiomaga Society Incorporated (OLSSI)
Samoa Umbrella for Non-Government Organisations (SUNGO)
Te Ipukarea Society Inc
 
South America
ASOCIACION HOMBRE Y NATURALEZA SANTA CRUZ DE LA SIERRA
Asociacion Peruana para la Conservacion de la Naturaleza (APECO)
Associacao Brasileira de Engenharia Sanitaria e Ambiental (ABES)
Centro Mocovi
FUNDACION ECOS
Fundacion Ecuatoriana de Investigacion y Manejo Ambiental (FEDIMA)
FUNDACION PATAGONIA NATURAL
Fundacion Salvemos el medio Ambiente FUNAMBIENTE
Fundación Temaikén
Fundacion Vida Silvestre Argentina (FVSA)
Instituto Ipanema - Instituto de Pesquisas Avançadas em Economia e Meio Ambiente
Instituto Region y Desarrollo
NATIVA
Sobrevivencia, Friends of the Earth Paraguay
 


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