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International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network

The operational phase of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network (IW:LEARN) project includes “Structured Learning” activities for aquifers, lake basins, river basins and large marine ecosystems. LakeNet will serve as the Partnership Activity Leader (PAL) for Structured Learning related to lake basins. This initiative is intended to enhance transboundary waters management of planned and ongoing lake basin projects through sharing experiences among partners within the GEF International Waters portfolio. To achieve this, LakeNet is coordinating a series of topic-based learning activities through face-to-face meetings and an electronic forum between GEF lake basin projects around the world.

Face-to-face meetings – Focused lake basin discussions will take place during sessions of at least two IW Conferences over the four-year period of the project. The first meeting will be held this coming 20-25 June in Salvador, Brazil, where LakeNet will be facilitating the respective “Lake Basin Working Group” sessions.

e-Forum – The e-Forum dialogue will complement and increase the impact of the conference outcomes, and thereby of the learning initiative as a whole. It will focus on an exchange of practical experiences related to a specific topic within a small group of project managers working on the same thematic issue in different lake basins. Consecutive topics for discussion will be determined by the needs of the participating group.

3rd GEF International Waters Conference

The invitation-only 3rd International Waters Conference aims to (1) foster learning, knowledge sharing and collaboration among GEF International Waters projects, GEF agencies, participating governments, and others, and (2) identify and disseminate lessons and experiences to improve IW management world-wide. The conference will also serve as a launch phase for three years of peer-to-peer structured learning within various subsets of the IW community: groundwater, rivers, lake basins, coastal, and marine areas. Specific sessions of the conference will help to (1) refine indicators for IW management’s impact, (2) explore approaches for promoting integration across GEF focal areas, and (3) examine sustainable financing mechanisms to support continuing progress when GEF projects end. The IW:LEARN Project is organizing the conference, and LakeNet will facilitate the Lake Basins Working Group.



9/8/2012 - Celebration of Lake Tanganyika National Day 2012
Lake Tanganyika National Day is celebrated in Burundi on July 22nd each year.

9/8/2012 - "Clean Ice of Baikal" Shoreline and ice cleanup public event held
The UNDP/GEF project "Integrated Natural Resource Management in the Baikal Basin Transboundary Ecosystem" has supported shoreline and ice cleanup public event “Clean Ice of Baikal” on 14 April 2012 in Yartsy township. This event was organized by International volunteer project “Save Baikal”, and is a part of international garbage collection campaign “Let’s Do It World Clean Up 2012!” and “All-Russian Cleaning 2012”. 40 volunteers from Russia (Ulan-Ude, Moscow), France and Polland took part in this event. During 6 hours of work 90 garbage bags, 120 liters each, were filled with garbage from Baikal ice and shoreline by the volunteers.

6/19/2008 - Regional Dialogue and Twinning to Improve Transboundary Water Resources Governance in Africa
As part of a larger GEF project “Regional Dialogue to Improve Transboundary Water Resources Governance in Africa”, UNU-INWEH is undertaking a comparative study of management approaches by lake commissions in the African Great Lakes and Laurentian Great Lakes in North America. For more information, visit the project website: www.inweh.unu.edu/INWEH/RIVER/LAKETWINNING.HTM.

3/22/2005 - e-Forum for Global Environment Facility IW:LEARN project launched on World Water Day
As part of the operational phase of the GEF International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network (IW:LEARN), Partnership Activity Leaders, including LakeNet, launched e-Forum dialogues in recognition of World Water Day 2005.



Managing Lake Basins for Sustainable Use - Lake Basin Management Initiative Final Report (PDF)  Project Report. Final. English. 2/27/2006.

Program Study on International Waters  Project Report. Final. Global Environment Facility Office of Monitoring and Evaluation.


Participating Lakes

Peipsi (Chudskoe, Peipus, Pskovsko-Chudskaya)
Shkodra (Skadar)
Titicaca (Lago Titicaca)


Participating Organizations

The following organizations are participating in this program:

Global Environment Facility (GEF)
International Waters Learning and Exchange Network (IW:Learn)
LakeNet Secretariat


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