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Water, Oceans and Wetlands

April 2015

First Global Methane Initiative Workshop and Exhibition in the Middle East

The Saudi Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources is hosting this Global Methane Initiative (GMI) workshop to disseminate technical information, present profit-generating technologies and share best practices that cost-effectively reduce methane emissions. Saudi Arabia is a member of the GMI, which is an international public-private initiative that advances cost-effective, near-term methane abatement and recovery and use of methane as a clean energy source in the agricultural, coal mine, municipal solid waste, oil and gas, and wastewater sectors. The event is being organized in cooperation with Saudi Aramco, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the UN Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC).  

dates: 27-28 April 2015   venue: Le Méridien Hotel, Prince Turkey Street/Corniche Blvd   location: Al Khobar, Ash Sharqiyah, Saudi Arabia   contact: Saeed Al-Alloush, Saudi Aramco, Steering Committee   e-mail: Saeed.Alloush@Aramco.com   www: http://www.ttemiprod.com/techtran/khobar/  

May 2015

68th Session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will hold its 68th session from 11-15 May 2015, in London, UK.  

dates: 11-15 May 2015   venue: IMO headquarters   location: London, England, UK   contact: IMO Secretariat   phone: +44-20-7735-7611   fax: +44-20-7587-3210   e-mail: info@imo.org   www: http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/MeetingSummaries/Pages/Defaul...  

5th Plenary Meeting of the Global Ocean Commission

The fifth plenary meeting of the Global Ocean Commission is expected to discuss the Commission report, 'From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean,' and to address proposals for action from the report, including on a Global Ocean Accountability Board.  

date: 17 May 2015   location: New York City, US   contact: Global Ocean Commission Secretariat   phone: +44 (0) 1865 280747   www: http://www.globaloceancommission.org

World Hydropower Congress 2015

Hosted by the International Hydropower Association (IHA), the 2015 World Hydropower Congress will take place in Beijing, China. The congress will focus on discussing and debating strategies for the hydropower sector over the next 35 years, and examining how sustainably developed hydropower can address climate change, and energy and water security. The congress is expected to attract 1,000 participants, including representatives of key organizations around the world involved in hydropower operation and development, as well as specialists from other areas, including politics, finance, the environment and technology.  

dates: 19-21 May 2015   location: Beijing, China   contact: IHA Central Office   phone: +44-20-8652-5290   fax: +44-20-8643-5600   www: http://www.hydropower.org/congress  

IWRA XVth World Water Congress

The IWRA XVth World Water Congress will take place from 25-29 May 2015, in Scotland. The XVth World Water Congress will provide a platform for open discussions and debates among scientists, practitioners and policy makers from developed and developing countries and from different disciplines and sectors. In collaboration with Scotland ?s Water, the IWRA Congress will promote in-depth discussions on the complexity of water policies, management, development and governance practices at the local, national, regional and global levels in a rapidly changing world as the fast evolving global landscape is driving decisions in the sectors ? policies, performance and prospects. Twitter: @WaterCongressXV .  

dates: 25-29 May 2015   location: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK   contact: IWRA Secretariat   fax: +33 (0)4 67522829   e-mail: office@iwra.org   www: http://worldwatercongress.com/  

AfDB Annual Meetings 2015

During its Annual Meetings 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB) will celebrate its 50th anniversary and elect its next president. The meetings will be held under the theme 'Africa and the New Global Landscape'. The agenda includes, inter alia: the launches of the African Economic Outlook (AEO 2015) and the Africa Ecological Futures Report; discussions on youth leaders, gender equality, Ebola, agribusiness, Africa's Power Challenge, local currency bond markets, stock exchanges, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); high-level events on the anticipated global climate change agreement and financing Africa's development post-2015; and meetings of the Board of Governors.  

dates: 25-29 May 2015   location: Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire   contact: Secretariat of the Annual Meetings   phone: +225 20 262 805   fax: +225 20 263 626   e-mail: annualmeetings@afdb.org   www: http://www.afdb.org/en/annual-meetings-2015/

Second Blue Planet Symposium

This Symposium will aim to “bring ocean observations to users”. It will coordinate ocean-related tasks within the Group on Earth Observations (GEO); discuss implementation of ocean observation systems; and raise awareness of the societal benefits of ocean observations to the broader community, particularly donors and policymakers. The symposium will be organized according to the Blue Planet Components: Sustained Ocean Observations; Sustained Ecosystems and Food Security; Ocean Forecasting and Services; Services for the Coastal Zone; Ocean Climate and Carbon; and Developing Capacity and Social Awareness. It will include a particular focus on observations in the Asia-Pacific region, linking observations to societal benefits, such as for small island developing States (SIDS) and coastal environments and the blue economy. GEO coordinates Blue Planet's work and is composed of 90 member nations, the European Commission (EC) and over 70 participating organizations.  

dates: 27-29 May 2015   venue: Hilton Cairns Hotel, 34 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland   location: Cairns, Queensland, Australia   e-mail: info@blueplanetsymposium.com   www: http://www.blueplanetsymposium.com/  

June 2015

Ramsar COP 12

The 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP 12) will take place in June 2015, in Punta del Este, Uruguay. The theme of the conference is 'Wetlands for our Future.'  

dates: 1-9 June 2015   venue: Conrad Resort and Casino   location: Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay   contact: Ramsar Secretariat   phone: +41-22-999-0170   fax: +41-22-999-0169   e-mail: ramsar@ramsar.org   www: http://www.ramsar.org/about/cop12-punta-del-este-uruguay-1-9...  

48th Meeting of the GEF Council: Consultation with Civil Society Organizations

A Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation with civil society organizations will be held on 1 June 2015, in Washington D.C., US, preceding the 48th meeting of the GEF Council, taking place from 2-4 June at the same location.  

date: 1 June 2015   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   phone: +1-202-473-0508   fax: +1-202-522-3240/3245   e-mail: secretariat@thegef.org   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/node/10937  

48th Meeting of the GEF Council

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas, and to provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies.  

dates: 2-4 June 2015   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: Secretariat   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/node/10108  

G7 Summit

In addition to standing agenda items on the global economy and foreign, security and development policy, the heads of state and government of the Group of Seven (G7) will consider: protection of the marine environment, marine governance and resource efficiency; antibiotic resistance, neglected and poverty-related diseases, and Ebola; retail and supply chain standards; and empowering self-employed women and women in vocational training. On development policy, the G7 will address in particular the post-2015 development agenda, as well as other conferences taking place in 2015, such as the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. The Group will also continue its work on the Rome G7 Energy Initiative for Energy Security. On the second day of the Summit, G7 leaders will hold a dialogue with leaders from African nations. The G7 members are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US.  

dates: 7-8 June 2015   venue: Schloss Elmau   location: Germany   additional: Garmisch-Partenkirchen   contact: G7 Presidency   www: http://www.bundesregierung.de/Webs/Breg/EN/Issues/G8/_node.h...

World Oceans Day 2015

World Oceans Day has been celebrated annually, on 8 June, since the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 63/111 in December 2008. The Day seeks to: remind everyone of the major part the Ocean has in everyday life; inform the public on the impact of the human actions on the Ocean; develop a worldwide movement of citizen, towards the Ocean; and mobilize and unite the world's population on a project for the sustainable management of the World Ocean.  

date: 8 June 2015   location: worldwide   www: http://www.un.org/en/events/oceansday/  

High-Level International Conference on the Implementation of the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life'

This conference will address the implementation of the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life' (2005-2015), including progress achieved and lessons learned for further action after 2015, including for the development and implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to water. Participants also will discuss: mainstreaming water and sanitation in national developments strategies; integrating water, climate change, energy and food; water scarcity; sustainable consumption and use of water resources; and water cooperation at international, regional, national and local levels to achieve water and sanitation goals. The event will include plenary and thematic sessions, sessions on regional water issues, side events and field trips. Results of the conference are expected to be presented at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The Government of Tajikistan is organizing the conference with UN Water and other UN agencies.  

dates: 9-11 June 2015   venue: Dushanbe State Complex (Kohi Somon)   location: Dushanbe, Kuhistoni Badakhshon, Tajikistan   phone: (+992 37) 227-68-43   fax: (+992 37) 227-68-44   e-mail: secretariat@waterforlifeconf2015.org or info@waterforlifecon...   www: http://waterforlifeconf2015.org/  

Desertland II

Desertland, the Conference on Desertification and Land Degradation, will bring together academics, civil society, governments, scientists and other stakeholders to discuss challenges related to desertification and land degradation and develop appropriate solutions. The conference will consider management strategies for areas affected by drought and land degradation. Participants will focus on seven topics: land management and land degradation; water harvesting and water saving techniques in drylands; acidity and drought; soil hydrology; sediment transport and overland flow; GIS applications in wetlands and drylands; and soil and water management. Day one will address ‘Water Security: Responses to local, regional and global challenges.' The second day, which takes place on the World Day to Combat Desertification, will focus on the theme ‘Preventing and Combatting Land Degradation in Drylands'. The University of Ghent and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are organizing the conference.  

dates: 16-17 June 2015   venue: NH Hotel Gent Belfort, Hoogpoort 63. 9000 Ghent   location: Ghent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium   contact: University of Ghent   e-mail: info@desertland.eu   www: http://www.desertland.eu/index.asp  

Vienna Energy Forum 2015

The 4th biennial Vienna Energy Forum, which will take place from 18=20 June 2015, at the Hofburg Palace, will focus on the theme ‘Sustainable Energy for Inclusive Development'. The Vienna Energy Forum 2015 will emphasize the multiple benefits of the post-2015 development and climate agendas and showcase the best practices and actions on the ground that can contribute to both agendas. Energy practitioners, policymakers and thought leaders will discuss the interconnections of sustainable energy and inclusive development in the areas of partnerships, finance, policy, technology, capacity building and knowledge management. The event will also explore the consequences of trends such as population growth and urbanization, as well as addressing the resulting increase in energy demand. Other topics will include South-South cooperation, and energy, water, food and health linkages. The event is organized by UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization), IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis), SE4ALL (Sustainable Energy for All), BMEIA (Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs), and ADA (Austrian Development Agency).  

dates: 18-20 June 2015   venue: Hofburg Palace, Michaelerkuppel, 1010   location: Vienna, Wien, Austria   contact: UNIDO   phone: +43 (1) 26026-0   fax: +43 (1) 2692669   e-mail: vef2015@unido.org   www: http://www.viennaenergyforum.org/registration

Island Energy Transitions: Pathways for Accelerated Uptake of Renewables

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the French Government, with the regional Government of Martinique, will convene this meeting on accelerating the uptake of renewables on islands. Invited participants will discuss: renewable resource assessments as a prerequisite to investment; waste-to-energy systems, which can reduce waste disposal and electricity costs; and renewable-based desalination, which will provide islands with fresh water from the surrounding sea. Energy is a critical development challenge for islands, and most electricity is generated from imported diesel fuel at a high cost; thus, fuel import bills often exceed total export revenues. While many islands have identified the transition to renewable energy as a policy priority, realizing such a transition is often difficult due to the small size of island markets, high installation costs, shortages of skills and limited access to finance.  

dates: 22-25 June 2015   location: Martinique   contact: IRENA Secretariat   phone: +971 2 417 9000   www: http://www.irena.org/menu/index.aspx?mnu=cat&PriMenuID=3...  

July 2015

70th Annual Soil and Water Conservation Society Conference

Organized under the theme ‘Coming Home to Conservation: Putting Science into Practice,' the 70th edition of the Annual Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) Conference will provide a forum to celebrate past conservation accomplishments as well as share and promote science-based knowledge on critical, current issues facing soil, water, and environmental sustainability. The conference is organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015. Incorporating the former National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) National Water Conference, the conference aims to increase collaborative opportunities for land-grant based scientists and educators engaged in water issues.  

dates: 26-29 July 2015   location: Greensboro, NC, US   www: http://www.swcs.org/index.cfm?nodeID=79630&audienceID=1

August 2015

Second Wageningen Soil Conference on Soil Science in a Changing World

This is the second edition of the annual Wageningen Soil Conferences, which aim to explore the role of soil science in combating and mitigating global challenges, including food security, water resources, climate change, land functions and biodiversity conservation. The Conferences takes a thematic, interdisciplinary approach that seeks to provide a platform for: sharing knowledge of soils 'across the world and across science'; engaging in interdisciplinary exchanges of ideas, thoughts, and opinions; and "thinking out of the box". The 2015 conference is organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils. In addition to keynote presentations and interactive discussions, the conference will explore the core themes in workshops and master classes.  

dates: 23-27 August 2015   location: Wageningen, Gelderland, Netherlands   www: http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Research-Results/Projects-and-...

Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summits and Expo

The Asia Pacific Resilience Summits and Expo (APRISE2015) will feature: the seventh annual Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo; the Pacific Agriculture Innovation Summit and Showcase; the Pacific Defense Energy Summit and Showcase; and the Islands Innovation Summit and Showcase. All the events will bring together stakeholders from the business, government and technology sectors to focus on resilience. Participants will explore solutions across the "global resilience pillars of energy, agriculture, water and security" for the vanguard communities in the onset of climate change. Energy topics will include everything from microgrids, storage, grid security and defense, to bioenergy, waste and water innovations, transportation, carbon utilization and renewables. In addition to covering related energy topics, the Agriculture Summit will consider, inter alia, precision agriculture, crop and yield innovations, and aquaculture innovations. On islands, the programme will include an examination of islands' resilience needs, including disaster and resource management.  

dates: 24-26 August 2015   venue: Hawai‘i Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Avenue 96815   location: Honolulu, HI, US   contact: Sarah Wenning, Vice President, Operations   phone: +1 (512) 697-8849   e-mail: wenning@techconnect.org   www: http://resiliencesummit.com/  

September 2015

International Forests and Water Dialogue

At the margins of the XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC), this dialogue will convene under the theme, 'Forests USE water! And forest ecosystems PROVIDE water!' and focus on the links between water and forests including trade-offs and synergies between water yield and other forest ecosystem services. In addition, a five-year action plan will be launched to support and increase coordinated international and national action on forest-water linkages in science, policy, economics and forest practices. Participants will be able to actively contribute to the debate and to the five-year plan. The dialogue will be hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), which is calling for abstracts, videos and posters.  

dates: 8-9 September 2015   location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa   contact: Thomas Hofer   e-mail: thomas.hofer@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/world-forestry-congress/pr...

October 2015

49th Meeting of the GEF Council: Consultation with Civil Society Organizations

A Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation with civil society organizations will be held on 19 October 2015, in Washington D.C., US, preceding the 49th meeting of the GEF Council, taking place from 20-22 October at the same location.  

date: 19 October 2015   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   phone: +1-202-473-0508   fax: +1-202-522-3240/3245   e-mail: secretariat@thegef.org   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/node/10941  

49th Meeting of the GEF Council

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas. The Council also provides guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies.  

dates: 20-22 October 2015   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   phone: (202) 473-0508   fax: (202) 522-3240/3245   e-mail: secretariat@thegef.org   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/calendar-date

November 2015

Asian Irrigation Forum 2

This event, organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) 'Water For All' program, aims to improve the productivity and efficiency of irrigation and drainage services to farmers in Asia, following up on the first Asian Irrigation Forum held in 2012. The ADB's Water Financing Program has invested in several hundred irrigation projects in the region.  

dates: 16-20 November 2015   venue: Asian Development Bank, 6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines   location: Manila, Philippines   contact: ADB Water for All Program   phone: +63 2 632 4444   fax: +63 2 636 2444   www: http://www.adb.org/news/events/asian-irrigation-forum-2