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Water, Oceans and Wetlands


July 2014

17th Meeting of the Ocean Observations Panel for Climate

The 17th meeting of the Ocean Observations Panel for Climate (OOPC-17) of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) will convene to discuss: planning and reporting; implementation of the OOPC Work Plan, including consideration of the Tropical Pacific Observing System 2020 and Deep Ocean Observing Strategy; observing system requirements, design and evaluation; evaluating coastal observation requirements and implementation globally; and priorities and activities to progress in 2014-2016. The OOPC is a scientific advisory body of GOOS, which is sponsored by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and International Council for Science (ICSU).  

dates: 21-24 July 2014   venue: Institut de Ciències del Mar - Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Pg. Marítim de la Barceloneta 37-49 08003   location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain   contact: Katherine (Katy) Hill, GOOS/GCOS Programme Specialist   phone: +41 (0)22 730 80 83   fax: +41 (0)22 730 8052   e-mail: khill@wmo.int   www: http://www.ioc-goos.org/index.php?option=com_oe&task=viewEve...
 http://ioc-goos-oopc.org/meetings/index.php  

August 2014

CMS COP 11 Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for Latin America

This is a preparatory meeting for National Focal Points for the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP 11).  

dates: 11-13 August 2014   location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile   contact: Veronika Lenarz   e-mail: vlenarz@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/pre-cop11-lac  

WaterLinks Forum 2014

WaterLinks Forum 2014 will focus on urban water insecurity and wastewater efficiency in Asia and the Pacific through the lenses of climate change, disaster preparedness and water scarcity. Technical presentations will take place on water loss reduction, wastewater management and reuse, water quality monitoring and management, and climate change resilience. The Forum will also include a partnership matchmaking and networking session, and an innovation and knowledge fair. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) supports WaterLinks through the Water Operators Partnerships (WOPs) Program. WaterLinks is organizing the Forum with support from ADB, the International Water Association (IWA), the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Global Water Operators' Partnerships Alliance.  

dates: 11-13 August 2014   location: Manila, Philippines   contact: Anna Romelyn Almario   phone: +632 632 4444   fax: +632 636 2198   www: http://www.adb.org/news/events/waterlinks-forum-2014?ref=sec...  

GRID-Arendal's 25th Anniversary Celebration

GRID-Arendal will celebrate its 25th anniversary under the theme, ‘Cold regions – hot topics: Inputs from Arendal to the global finding of Sustainable Development Goals'. The celebration will include presentations by GRID-Arendal staff and guests, roundtable discussions and workshops.  

dates: 14-15 August 2014   location: Arendal, Aust-Agder, Norway   contact: Peter Prokosch   phone: + 47 90 254755   e-mail: Peter.Prokosch@grida.no   www: http://www.grida.no/marine/news.aspx?id=6014  

CMS COP 11 Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for the Pacific

This is a preparatory meeting for National Focal Points in advance of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). This meeting is co-organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP).  

dates: 18-20 August 2014   location: Nadi, Western, Fiji   contact: Veronika Lenarz   e-mail: vlenarz@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/pre-cop11-pac  

GRID-Arendal Marine Symposium

This GRID-Arendal Marine Symposium titled, 'Visioning our Ocean of Tomorrow,' will take place under the theme, ‘Sharing experience and transferring capacity along the Wadden Sea Flyway: Linking people in Norway, the Wadden Sea and West Africa to improve marine and coastal ecosystem management'.  

dates: 21-22 August 2014   location: Arendal, Aust-Agder, Norway   contact: Tanya Bryan or Morten Sorensen   e-mail: Tanya.Bryan@grida.no   www: http://www.grida.no/marine/news.aspx?id=6014  

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-...  

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  

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/  

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  

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/  

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...  

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/  

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...  

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  

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&...  

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...  

January 2015

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...  

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-news-cop-logo-news/main/...  

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
 http://www.thegef.org/gef/council_meetings