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Water, Oceans and Wetlands


August 2014

World Water Week 2014

World Water Week 2014 will focus on the theme 'Energy and Water'. The World Water Week in Stockholm is arranged yearly by Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).  

dates: 31 August - 5 September 2014   location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden   www: http://www.worldwaterweek.org/  

September 2014

15th World Lake Conference

The 15th World Lake Conference, convened by the International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC), will take place on the theme “Lakes: The Mirrors of the Earths, Balancing Ecosystem Integrity and Human Wellbeing”. The conference will bring together representatives from international, national and state agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academic institutions, the private sector and other water stakeholders. Topics covered will include: ecology and biology of inland water; inland system processes and dynamics; inland system and global change, including climate change; informatics, mapping and monitoring; lake and human connection; lake basin management experiences and challenges; governance and management; and lake basin best management practices.  

dates: 1-5 September 2014   venue: University of Perugia, Piazza Università, 1   location: Perugia, Umbria, Italy   contact: WLC Organizing Committee   phone: +39 075 5014420   e-mail: info@wlc15perugia.com   www: http://www.wlc15perugia.com/
 http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/about-us/singl...  

Milankovitch Anniversary UNESCO Symposium on Water Management in Transition Countries

This meeting will address the theme “Water Management in Transition Countries as Impacted by Climate and Other Global Changes, Lessons from Paleoclimate and Regional Issues” with the intent to identify programme areas to address at the 7th World Water Forum, taking place in March 2015 in Daegu, Republic of Korea. This meeting is organized by the “Jaroslav Černi” Institute for Development of Water Resources, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and the Water for Sustainable Development and Adaptation to Climate Change Centre (WSDAC) and held under the auspices of the Serbian Government and UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  

dates: 3-5 September 2014   venue: Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences, Knez Mihajlova 35   location: Belgrade, Serbia   contact: Miodrag Milovanović   phone: +381 11 390 81 35   fax: +381 11 390 64 81   e-mail: miodrag.milovanovic@jcerni.co.rs   www: http://jcerni.org/en/activities/conferences/wmtccc.html
 http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/natural-sciences-...  

Seminar on Earth Observations in Support of Sustainable Water Management

Organized as part of the 2014 World Water Week of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), this seminar will present a collaborative programme to support the use of Earth Observation (EO) for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Capacity Development in Sustainable Water Management network (Cap-Net) and the European Space Agency's (ESA) TIGER initiative. The seminar will: showcase capacity-development activities in the areas of EO and IWRM in Africa, including an open source observation system and training material; assess the applicability of the programme to other regions; and discuss how EO can support energy-relevant aspects of IWRM.  

date: 4 September 2014     14:00-17:30   venue: Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Room K 11   location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden   contact: Adrian Puigarnau (Content & Programme)   phone: +46 8 121 360 56   e-mail: adrian.puigarnau@siwi.org   www: http://programme.worldwaterweek.org/event/earth-observations...  

2nd Meeting of the Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystem Nexus

The 2nd Meeting of the Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystem Nexus under the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) will bring together representatives to discuss the assessment of the nexus in selected transboundary basins, as provided for in the Convention's programme of work 2013-2015, and will: provide an overview of the status of preparations so far; review the approach to assessing the nexus; discuss the finding and the experience from the basin assessments so far; review the preparations for the forthcoming basin assessments; discuss the format and elements of the basin assessments; agree on next steps; and propose possible follow-up activities for the Convention's programme of work 2016-2018.  

dates: 8-9 September 2014   venue: Palais des Nations, Avenue de la Paix 14   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Camille Marcelo   phone: +41 22 917 1606   fax: +41 22 917 0621   e-mail: camille.marcelo@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/env/water/tfnexus_2014.html  

18th Meeting of the Ramsar Convention STRP

The 18th meeting of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands will take place from 8-10 September 2014.  

dates: 8-10 September 2014   location: Gland, Vaud, Switzerland   contact: Ramsar Secretariat   phone: +41 22 999 0170   fax: +41 22 999 0169   e-mail: ramsar@ramsar.org   www: http://www.ramsar.org/cda/en/ramsar-news-meetings/main/ramsa...  

CBD Expert Workshop on Practical Guidance for Marine Spatial Planning

Hosted by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this expert workshop aims to provide consolidated practical guidance and a toolkit for marine spatial planning. Aiming to respond to the request of the CBD Conference of the Parties (COP) for the development of a web-based information-sharing system linking existing information sources on marine spatial planning, the workshop will review submissions on scientific and technical information, case studies, tools and guidance, and relevant management plans related to marine spatial planning.  

dates: 9-11 September 2014   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1-514-288-2220   fax: +1-514-288-6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=MCBEM-2014-04  

Climate Change and the Post-2015 Development Framework: Developing Country Perspectives

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) will host a two-day event on environmental sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in London, UK. On 10 September, an event hosted by CDKN will share and discuss perspectives from the South on how climate change should be reflected in the SDGs. This will be followed, on 11 September, by a closer look at the food-water-energy nexus and how countries on three continents are managing the challenge of reducing poverty while developing sustainably. The event will be broadcast via webcast.  

dates: 10-11 September 2014   location: London, England, UK   www: http://www.odi.org/events/4001-climate-change-post-2015-deve...  

65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission

The 65th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the associated meetings of its Scientific Committee and other sub-groups will take place in 2014.  

dates: 11-18 September 2014   location: Slovenia   additional: Portoroz   contact: IWC Secretariat   phone: +44 (0) 1223 233 971   fax: +44 (0) 1223 232 876   e-mail: secretariat@iwcoffice.org   www: http://iwcoffice.org/
 https://events.iwc.int/index.php/commission/IWC65  

37th WEDC International Conference

The 37th Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) International Conference will take place under the theme, ‘Sustainable Water and Sanitation Services for All in a Fast Changing World'. The conference will provide a platform for debate, exchange and reflection on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). The conference will include three days of presentations and discussions on peer-reviewed papers, followed by two days of capacity development, which will include field visits. Side events throughout the week will showcase best practices. WEDC welcomes papers on any aspect of WASH relevant to low and middle income countries, particularly papers related to: delivery of sustainable WASH services at scale, urban sanitation investment; mainstreaming equity and inclusion within institutions; disaster risk management; and the impact of climate change on WASH systems and services.  

dates: 15-19 September 2014   venue: National University of Civil Engineering (NUCE), Central Hanoi   location: Hanoi, Ha Noi, Viet Nam   contact: Martine Morton   phone: +44 (0)1509 222885   fax: +44 (0)1509 211079   e-mail: wedc.conf@lboro.ac.uk   www: http://www.wedcconference.co.uk/  

17th International River Symposium

The 17th International River Symposium will convene under the theme 'Large River Basins' and address issues including: large river basin management; science and knowledge for river policy and management; rivers for industries; rivers and communities; and river restoration and management. The conference will also discuss case studies, including on the Rhine River, the Murray-Darling Basin and the Mekong River.  

dates: 15-18 September 2014   location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia   contact: Ozaccom + Conference Services   phone: +61 07 3854 1611   fax: +61 07 3854 1507   e-mail: riversymposium@ozaccom.com.au   www: http://riversymposium.com/  

6th International Conference on Flood Management

The 6th International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM6) will bring together participants to exchange ideas and experiences around the theme 'floods in a change environment'. Sub-themes to be addressed include: urban floods; floods in a changing climate; flood risk management in mega cities; impact of climate change on flood risk; land use and floods, landslides and erosion; flood forecasting and early warning systems; and flood resilient societies through community preparedness.  

dates: 16-18 September 2014   location: Sao Paulo, Brazil   contact: Brazilian Water Resource Association   phone: +51 3308 6652   fax: +51 3493 2233   e-mail: abrh@abrh.org.br   www: http://www.abrh.org.br/icfm6/  

IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition

The International Water Association (IWA) World Water Congress and Exhibition will provide participants with the opportunity to engage on a variety of thematic tracks, including: cities, utilities and industries leading change; re-charting the course of water resources; enabling progress with good governance, sustainable finance and information and communication technologies (ICT); water quality, safety and human health; and water and wastewater processes and treatments.  

dates: 21-26 September 2014   location: Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal   contact: IWA   phone: +31 70 315 0792   fax: +31 70 347 7005   e-mail: 2014lisbon@iwahq.org   www: http://www.iwa2014lisbon.org/  

26th Conference of the Danubian Countries on Hydrological Forecasting and Hydrological Bases of Water Management

The 26th Danube Conference, part of a series of biennial conferences hosted alternately by the countries of the river Danube, is being hosted by Germany, in Deggendorf. The Conference aims to share methodologies and case studies on hydrological basic information, hydrological forecasting and parameters, disaster management, the role of hydrological and biotic processes in aquatic systems, and linking different fields of science. Conference topics include: basis of hydrology; hydrological data management; hydrological modeling and forecasting; disaster events; administrative structures for water management; river basin and water management; and ecohydrology. The Conference is co-organized by: the German National Committee for the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and of the Hydrology and Water Resources Programme (HWRP) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO); the Bavarian Environment Agency; and the Deggendorf Institute of Technology.  

dates: 22-24 September 2014   venue: Deggendorf Institute of Technology, Edlmaierstrasse 6 + 8, 94469 Deggendorf   location: Bavaria (Freistaat Bayern) {greater region}, Germany   contact: Ulrich Schröder, IHP/HWRP-Secretariat, Federal Institute of Hydrology   phone: +49 261 1306 5440   fax: +49 261 1306 5422   e-mail: schroeder@bafg.de   www: http://www.danubeconference.org/
 http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/about-us/singl...  

ASCOBANS 21st Advisory Committee Meeting

The 21st meeting of the Advisory Committee of the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans in the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (ASCOBANS) will be held in Sweden.  

dates: 29 September - 1 October 2014   location: Gothenburg, Vastra Gotaland, Sweden   contact: CMS Secretariat   e-mail: HFrisch@cms.int   www: http://www.ascobans.org/en/meeting/AC21  

B4E Climate Summit 2014

The 2014 Business For the Environment (B4E) Climate Summit will be held under the theme 'Moving towards a Restorative Economy'. The day-long event will feature cross-sector working groups on energy, water and forestry, which will help delegates form recommendations for policymakers on supporting restorative and net positive business growth that is good for society, encourages innovation and addresses climate change. The agenda also includes sessions on: crowd-sourcing big ideas on restoration and climate change; financing a restorative future: the long-term global impacts of restoring the world's forests; and restorative and net positive innovation in small businesses. The event is expected to attract business leaders, decision makers and civil society representatives from around the world. This is the fourth Climate Summit organized by B4E.  

date: 29 September 2014   venue: Chartered Accountants' Hall, 1 Moorgate Pl, EC2R 6EA   location: London, England, UK   contact: Global Initiatives   phone: +65 6411 6610   e-mail: info@globalinitiatives.com   www: http://b4esummit.com/b4e-climate-summit-2014/  

October 2014

XXIV IUFRO World Congress - Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People

The 24th World Congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will be convened under the theme, 'Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role of Research'. Topics to be considered during the Congress include: forests for people; biodiversity and ecosystem services; climate change; forests and water; biomass and bioenergy; forest health; and forests in a green future.  

dates: 5-10 October 2014   venue: The Salt Palace Convention Center   location: Salt Lake City, UT, US   www: http://iufro2014.com/  

4th AfricaSan Conference

The 4th AfricaSan Conference, hosted by the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) and the Government of Senegal, will address water supply and sanitation issues in Africa.  

dates: 8-10 October 2014   location: Dakar, Kaolack, Senegal   contact: AMCOW Secretariat   e-mail: info@amcow-online.org   www: http://www.africasan.com/  

Fostering Transatlantic Growth of Marine Renewables: United States - Portugal

The Annual Seminar and International Business-to-Business (B2B) Meetings of WavEC - Offshore Renewables will be organized from 9-10 October 2014, in collaboration with the US Embassy and American Chamber of Commerce in Portugal, and under the patronage of the President of Portugal. The seminar, on 9 October, will include panel sessions on: challenges and solutions to harnessing marine energy; logistical requirements for marine energy development; partnering with the private sector and co‐financing; and US-Portugal technical cooperation. The B2B meetings, on 10 October, are expected to bring together around 200 companies, clusters, research institutions and funding stakeholders from Europe and the US. Topics of the networking event will include offshore wind power, tidal and wave energy, marine biomass, ocean thermal energy conversion, logistics and funding.  

dates: 9-10 October 2014   venue: Gulbenkian Foundation and Luso-American Foundation   location: Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal   contact: Janete Gonçalves, WavEC Portugal   phone: +351-218-482-655   e-mail: janete.goncalves@wavec.org   www: http://www.wavec.org/en/events/wavec_seminar_2014#.U-05I2PbE...  

67th Session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will meet for its 67th session in London, UK, from 13-17 October 2014.  

dates: 13-17 October 2014   venue: IMO Headquarters, 4 Albert Embankment   location: London, England, UK   contact: IMO Secretariat   phone: +44 (0)20 7735 7611   fax: +44 (0)20 7587 3210   e-mail: info@imo.org   www: http://www.imo.org/
 http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/MeetingSummaries/Pages/Defaul...  

7th Meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate

The 7th Meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate under the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) will convene on 13 October.  

date: 13 October 2014   venue: Palais des Nations, Avenue de la Paix 14   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Camille Marcelo   phone: +41 22 917 1606   fax: +41 22 917 0621   e-mail: camille.marcelo@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/env/water/7th_meeting_task_force_water_...  

5th Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins

The 5th Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins under the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) will take place from 14-15 October 2014.  

dates: 14-15 October 2014   venue: Palais des Nations, Avenue de la Paix 14   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Camille Marcelo   phone: +41 22 917 1606   fax: +41 22 917 0621   e-mail: camille.marcelo@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/env/water/tranboundary_adaptation_works...  

Ramsar Convention Regional Pre-COP Meeting – Europe

The Regional Pre-Conference of the Parties (COP) under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands for the Europe region will take place from 20-24 October 2014.  

dates: 20-24 October 2014   location: Austria   contact: Ramsar Secretariat   phone: +41 22 999 0170   fax: +41 22 999 0169   e-mail: ramsar@ramsar.org   www: http://www.ramsar.org/cda/en/ramsar-news-meetings/main/ramsa...  

First Africa Regional Mountain Meeting

The First African Mountains Regional Forum will take place under the theme, ‘Towards a Shared Mountain Agenda for Africa'. The Forum aims to frame a regional agenda for sustainable mountain development in African mountains as well as to enhance collaboration among African government institutions, academia, civil society and the private sector. The Forum's objectives are to: identify strategic actions to address major emerging regional issues, such as climate change; and provide an opportunity for stakeholders to enhance understanding of common regional conservation and development issues, including challenges related to climate change, energy, food security and water in African mountain regions. The Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) and the African Mountain Partnerships Champions Committee are organizing the forum in partnership with the East African Community (EAC), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).  

dates: 22-24 October 2014   location: Arusha, Tanzania   contact: Sam Kanyamibwa, Executive Director, Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS)   phone: +250 785 751 900   e-mail: skanyamibwa@arcosnetwork.org   www: http://www.mountainpartnership.org/events/event-detail/en/c/...  

Africa Conference on Land Grabs 2014

The first Africa Conference on Land Grabs will explore the theme 'Governance, Beneficiation and Sustainability: Beyond Rhetoric' through interactive, peer-reviewed parallel sessions. The conference will provide a platform for government officials, writers, academics, businesses, funders and other stakeholders to exchange views in five tracks: Understanding Land Grabs: What implications for Africa?; Community Involvement, Accountability and Beneficiation; Water Access, Food Security and the Future of Commons; Private Sector, Foreign Ownership and Sustainable Development; and Strengthening Land Governance (local, national and continental) and Cadastral Capacity. Scholarships are available for participants, with priority for individuals who will bring knowledge and skills gained at the conference to work in their communities.  

dates: 27-30 October 2014   venue: Pan-African Parliament, Gallagher Estate, Private Bag X16   location: Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa   phone: +27 11 056 8079   e-mail: info@africalandgrabs.co.za   www: http://www.africalandgrabs.co.za/  

Ramsar Convention Regional Pre-COP Meeting – Americas

The Regional Pre-Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands for the Americas region will take place from 27-31 October.  

dates: 27-31 October 2014   location: Colombia   contact: Ramsar Secretariat   phone: +41 22 999 0170   fax: +41 22 999 0169   e-mail: ramsar@ramsar.org   www: http://www.ramsar.org/cda/en/ramsar-news-meetings/main/ramsa...  

47th 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: 28-30 October 2014   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: Secretariat   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/node/10107  

November 2014

CMS COP 11

Ecuador will host the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) in November 2014, marking the first time that a CMS COP is held in Latin America. The decision was taken during the 41st Meeting of the Standing Committee, on 28 November 2013, in Bonn, Germany. The COP will be preceded by a High Level Ministerial meeting on 3 November. Another Standing Committee meeting will be held 9 November upon closure of the COP.  

dates: 3-9 November 2014   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador   contact: Veronika Lenarz   e-mail: vlenarz@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/news/PRESS/nwPR2013/12_dec/nw_021213_ecua...  

Ramsar Convention Regional Pre-COP Meeting – Asia

The Regional Pre-Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands for the Asia region will take place from 3-7 November.  

dates: 3-7 November 2014   location: Siem Reap, Cambodia   contact: Ramsar Secretariat   phone: +41 22 999 0170   fax: +41 22 999 0169   e-mail: ramsar@ramsar.org   www: http://www.ramsar.org/cda/en/ramsar-news-meetings/main/ramsa...  

International Conference on Ecohydrology

The International Conference on Ecohydrology aims to synthesize information and knowledge gaps to address issues related to aquatic ecosystems; and to assess how ecohydrology and ecotechnology could provide low cost environmentally sound technology for sustainable water management, especially in the Asia Pacific region. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the 22nd meeting of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Hydrological Programme (IHP) Regional Steering Committee for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.  

dates: 10-12 November 2014   location: Yogyakarta (Java), Indonesia   contact: Ignasius Supata   phone: +62 21 875 7071   fax: +62 21 875 7076   e-mail: ignas.sutapa@ice2014.apce-unesco.or.id   www: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/all-events/?tx_br...
 http://ice2014.apce-unesco.or.id/  

IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

The sixth International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress will serve as a vital link to achieving IUCN's overall vision of a “just world that values and conserves nature” and deliver the IUCN Programme 2013-2106.  

dates: 12-19 November 2014   location: Sydney, Australia   contact: Trevor Sandwith   e-mail: trevor.sandwith@iucn.org   www: http://www.iucn.org/about/work/programmes/gpap_home/?11730/I...  

32nd Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Group on Earth Observations

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) will convene the 32nd meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCom) on 12 November 2014, in Libreville, Gabon. The ExCom guides the work of GEO and the activities of the GEO Secretariat. The 13 members of ExCom represent the regions of Africa, Americas, Asia/Oceania, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Europe.  

date: 12 November 2014   location: Libreville, Estuaire, Gabon   contact: GEO Secretariat   phone: +41 22 730 8505   fax: +41 22 730 8520   e-mail: secretariat@geosec.org   www: https://www.earthobservations.org/meet_excom.shtml
 https://www.earthobservations.org/ag_excom.shtml  

GEO-XI

The eleventh plenary session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-XI) will, among other things, review the draft of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) Implementation Plan for 2015-2025 that will guide GEO work for ten years.  

dates: 13-14 November 2014   location: Libreville, Estuaire, Gabon   contact: GEO Secretariat   phone: +41-22-730-8505   fax: +41-22-730-8520   e-mail: secretariat@geosec.org   www: http://www.earthobservations.org/index.shtml  

5th International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification

The International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification (DDD) will focus on the theme, 'Healthy Lands - Healthy People'. It will consider the interactions between drylands and the people around them. The conference will include plenary lectures and panels, parallel sessions, workshops and field trips on theoretical and practical issues related to addressing desertification and sustainable livelihoods in dryland areas. Sessions will also be held on, inter alia: the target of zero net rate of land degradation; soil and land restoration; urban planning in drylands; and water policy in drylands.  

dates: 17-20 November 2014   venue: Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Sede Boqer Campus, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev   location: Israel   contact: Dorit Korine, Conference Coordinator   phone: +972 (8) 659 6781   fax: +972 (8) 659 6772   e-mail: desertification@bgu.ac.il   www: http://eld-initiative.org/index.php?id=51&tx_ttnews%5Btt_new...
 http://in.bgu.ac.il/en/desertification/Pages/default.aspx  

Second International Ocean Research Conference (IORC)

The Second International Ocean Research Conference (IORC) will bring together the global scientific community to plan for the coming decade of international collaboration in marine science and technology. IORC will also focus on improving ocean governance. The event includes 16 thematic sessions that will focus on: building scientific knowledge; applying knowledge for societal benefit: achieving ecosystem management and sustainability; and improving governance and building capacity. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization\'s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) (UNESCO-IOC) and The Oceanographic Society are organizing the conference.  

dates: 17-21 November 2014   venue: Barcelona International Conference Center (CCIB), Plaça de Willy Brandt, 11-14 08019   location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain   contact: Technical Secretariat   phone: +34 932374988   e-mail: secretariatiorcbcn@fnob.org   www: http://www.fnob.org/en/international-ocean-research-conferen...
 http://www.calameo.com/read/000476034ce51383bbf7c  

Ramsar Convention Regional Pre-COP Meeting – Africa

The Regional Pre-Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands for the Africa region will take place from 17-21 November.  

dates: 17-21 November 2014   location: Hammamet, Nabeul, Tunisia   contact: Ramsar Secretariat   phone: +41 22 999 0170   fax: +41 22 999 0169   e-mail: ramsar@ramsar.org   www: http://www.ramsar.org/cda/en/ramsar-news-meetings/main/ramsa...  

10th Meeting of the Compliance Committee under the Protocol on Water and Health

The 10th meeting of the Compliance Committee under the Protocol on Water and Health to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) will take place from 24-25 November 2014.  

dates: 24-25 November 2014   venue: Palais des Nations, Avenue de la Paix 14   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Camille Marcelo   phone: +41 22 917 1606   fax: +41 22 917 0621   e-mail: camille.marcelo@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/env/water/10th_compliance_committee_201...  

First International Environment Forum for Basin Organizations

The expected outcomes of the Forum include: the establishment of a regular platform for basin organizations to debate and work towards improving the governance and management of transboundary freshwater resources; strengthened legal, policy, financial and institutional mechanisms to support basin organizations in meeting environmental challenges for both surface and groundwater resources; priority actions to strengthen the ecosystems in transboundary basins applicable to both surface and groundwater resources identified by stakeholders; and increased political and institutional support to international cooperative frameworks for the sustainable management of transboundary basins.  

dates: 26-28 November 2014   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: Lara Ognibene   phone: +254-20-762-3106   e-mail: lara.ognibene@unep.org   www: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2725&...  

7th Meeting of the Working Group on Water and Health

The Seventh Meeting of the Working Group on Water and Health under the Protocol on Water and Health to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) will take place from 26-27 November 2014.  

dates: 26-27 November 2014   venue: Palais des Nations, Avenue de la Paix 14   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Camille Marcelo   phone: +41 22 917 1606   fax: +41 22 917 0621   e-mail: camille.marcelo@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/env/water/7th_wgwh_2014.html  

13th Meeting of the Bureau of the Protocol on Water and Health

The 13th meeting of the Bureau of the Protocol on Water and Health to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) will take place on 28 November 2014.  

date: 28 November 2014   venue: Palais des Nations, Avenue de la Paix 14   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Camille Marcelo   phone: +41 22 917 1606   fax: +41 22 917 0621   e-mail: camille.marcelo@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/env/water/13th_meeting_protocol_bureau_...  

December 2014

Arctic Biodiversity Congress

Organized by the Arctic Council's Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group, this event will promote the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity through dialogue among scientists, policy-makers, government officials, industry, civil society and indigenous peoples. It is closely linked to the findings and recommendations of the first Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) released in May 2013.  

dates: 2-4 December 2014   location: Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norway   contact: Congress Secretariat   e-mail: caff@caff.is   www: http://www.arcticbiodiversity.is/index.php/congress?utm_sour...  

CBD Expert Workshop to Prepare Practical Guidance on Preventing and Mitigating the Significant Adverse Impacts of Marine Debris on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity and Habitats

This workshop is being organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) with the support from the European Commission. It will bring together nominated experts to discuss the impacts of marine debris on marine and coastal biodiversity and habitats.  

dates: 2-4 December 2014   location: Baltimore, MD, US   contact: CBD Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2014/ntf-2014-059-marin...  

4th Meeting of the Implementation Committee of the UNECE Water Convention

The fourth meeting of the Implementation Committee of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) will take place on 4 December 2014.  

date: 4 December 2014   venue: Palais des Nations, Avenue de la Paix 14   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Camille Marcelo   phone: +41 22 917 1606   fax: +41 22 917 0621   e-mail: camille.marcelo@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/env/water/4th_implementation_committee_...  

Global Landscapes Forum

The second Global Landscapes Forum will be convened on the margins of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Peru. The Forum will consider the landscape approach within the framework of climate change and development. Themes will include food, water and energy; climate change; the green economy; and sustainable development.  

dates: 6-7 December 2014   venue: The Westin Hotel and Convention Center   location: Lima, Peru   www: http://www.landscapes.org/glf-2014/about/?utm_source=July+20...  

January 2015

Arab Water Week 2015

Arab Water Week 2015 will convene under the theme 'innovations and sustainable solutions for the water sector in the Arab region'. The meeting will address a variety of sub-themes, including, inter alia: the energy efficiency dilemma in water and wastewater utilities; social responsibility and water for marginalized people; water utilities adaptation to climate change, current status and future perspectives; integrated water resources management (IWRM) and good water governance in the Arab region; the Millennium Development Goal (MDG)+ initiative towards sustainable water resources management within the sustainable development goals (SDGs); benchmarking as a tool for optimizing water and wastewater operations; and water public action and awareness in a fast, changing world.  

dates: 11-15 January 2015   location: Dead Sea {greater region}, Jordan   contact: Mustafa Nasereddin   phone: +962 6 516 1700   fax: +962 6 516 1800   e-mail: Mustafa_Nasereddin@acwua.org  

2015 Zaragoza Conference

The UN-Water International Zaragoza Conference in January 2015 will consider the theme "Water and Sustainable Development" and will focus on how to bring the post-2015 international agenda on water and sanitation into action. More than 300 participants from UN agencies and programmes, experts, representatives of the business community, governmental and non-governmental organizations will participate in the 15-17 January 2015 event in Zaragoza, Spain, to draw conclusions based on existing practice and the exchange of views between governments and stakeholders. This event will take place during the final year of the International Decade for Action 'Water for Life,' and participants will contribute to efforts to take stock of and learn from achievements as well as planning the next steps. This invitation-only event also will help UN-Water to prepare for World Water Day, which will focus on “water and sustainable development” in 2015.  

dates: 15-17 January 2015   location: Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain   contact: UN-Water   phone: +34 976 72 42 00   fax: +34 976 72 42 00 42 33   e-mail: water-decade@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/waterandsustainabledeve...  

International Water Summit 2015

This event is part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, hosted by Masdar. The International Water Summit will bring participants together to address a variety of themes including: water governance and policy; water conservation and future water sustainability; Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) strategic water sector forecasting and project investment; energy efficient and clean technology desalination; integrated water resources management (IWRM); and the nexus of water and energy in food.  

dates: 19-22 January 2015   location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates   contact: Sarah Williams   phone: +971 4 456 0059   e-mail: Sarah.phillips@theevent-hub.com   www: http://iwsabudhabi.com/  

Ninth Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to Study Issues Relating to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine BBNJ

This meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) is the third of three meetings (April 2014, June 2014 and January 2015) that the UN General Assembly (UNGA) requested be convened. The meetings aim to make recommendations to the UNGA on the scope, parameters and feasibility of an international instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). These three meetings are expected to result in a summary of discussions that will be submitted to the President of the UNGA, and are anticipated to contribute to a decision to be taken at the 69th Session of the UNGA on the development of a new international instrument under UNCLOS.  

dates: 20-23 January 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs   e-mail: doalos@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/Depts/los/biodiversityworkinggroup/biodive...  

48th Meeting of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands Standing Committee

The 48th meeting of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands Standing Committee will take place from 26-30 January.  

dates: 26-30 January 2015   location: Gland, Vaud, Switzerland   contact: Ramsar Secretariat   phone: +41 22 999 0170   fax: +41 22 999 0169   e-mail: ramsar@ramsar.org   www: http://www.ramsar.org/cda/en/ramsar-news-meetings/main/ramsa...  

April 2015

3rd Global Soil Week

The 3rd Global Soil Week will provide a platform for discussions on issues related to soils and land, and facilitate the emergence of new initiatives and strengthen existing ones. The Week will be composed of workshops on topics that have emerged since the 1st Global Soil Week: carbon land management; soils and water; land rehabilitation; cities; land governance; economics of land and land degradation; land degradation neutral world (LDNW); soil and biomass for non-food purposes; and soils and food security. In addition, the agenda will include dialogues organized by various stakeholders, and lunch break dialogues with presentations on activities, ideas, research and experiences relating to soils and land. The event is hosted by the Global Soil Forum at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), in partnership with several UN agencies, intergovernmental and international organizations and German government agencies.  

dates: 19-23 April 2015   location: Berlin, Germany   contact: IASS Potsdam   phone: +49-331-28822-374   e-mail: globalsoilweek@iass-potsdam.de   www: http://globalsoilweek.org/  

May 2015

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/  

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.  

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/cda/en/ramsar-documents-cops-cop12/mai...  

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  

October 2015

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
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