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5th Targeted Regional Workshop for GEF IW projects in Africa

28 – 31 May 2019 Gaborone, Botswana

The Global Environment Facility (GEF)  International Waters projects and partners in Africa will come together for the 5th Targeted Regional Workshop to be held in Gaborone, Botswana. The workshop is jointly organized by the GEF International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network (IW:LEARN) and the Southern African Development Community Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI). The GEF IW:LEARN project (www.iwlearn.net) is a GEF funded, United Nations Development Programme & United Nations Environment Program implemented, and Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO executed initiative whose latest phase became active in 2016 and runs until 2020. One of its primary activities is the organization of regional workshops for GEF IW projects in three GEF regions: Latin America & the Caribbean, Asia & the Pacific and Africa. The workshops are also about transferring management approaches, tools and best practices amongst GEF projects and partners. SADC-GMI is currently implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management in SADC Member States project, funded by Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Cooperation in International Waters in Africa Trust Fund (CIWA) through the World Bank.

The four day workshop is set to gather 47 participants from 20 countries across Africa and will be structured into the following themes/sessions:

  • Strengthening Transboundary Water Management (GEF IW:LEARN)
  • Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystem Nexus (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
  • Groundwater Governance coordinated (SADC-Groundwater Management Institute)
  • Legal and Institutional Frameworks (International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River)
  • Sustainable Financing and Creating Investable Projects (World Wildlife Fund and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe)
  • Economic Valuation (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) and
  • Water Funds (The Nature Conservancy)

The overall aim of the workshop is to raise capacity among GEF IW projects and partners on:

  • The challenges of water management for energy and food production, while sustaining environmental flows;
  • Legal and institutional aspects of a functioning international RBO;
  • Key challenges for establishing an international RBO and for sustaining transboundary cooperation among the participating countries;
  • Essential steps to make GEF IW projects a bankable, or investable, proposition and secure the participation of the private sector;
  • Economic valuation and how it can be integrated into the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis/Strategic Action Programme process to inform decision-making;
  • Water Funds and their application