First meeting of the GIWA Steering Group
first GIWA Steering Group Meeting
was held in Kalmar, Sweden, on 27-28 September 1999.
was chaired by Mr. Dan Claasen, Acting Director, UNEP Division of Environmental
Assessment and Early Warning. Representatives from the following Steering
Group member organizations participated: UNDP/GEF; UNEP/GEF; GESAMP; NOAA
(USA); SCOPE; ACOPS; Sida; Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs; World
Water Council; Global Water Partnership; Kalmar University; Municipality
A wide range
of issues of importance to the smooth and effective operation of GIWA
were discussed and agreed on.
and testing of the GIWA methodology for making assessments and conducting
causal chain analysis of the societal root causes of environmental problems
threatening international waters will be a key task during the initial
face of GIWA. The Steering Group decided to set up a special Task Team
to be led by Prof. Lawrence Mee at the University of Plymouth to carry
out this work, using the Baltic Sea Region and the South China Sea as
pilot regions for the testing of the methodology. This work is expected
to be completed in late February 2000.
- The Steering
Group requested the GIWA Core Team to give highest priority to the establishment
of the various components of the GIWA
Network. This will include identification of Megaregional host institutions,
subregional Focal Points, and individual experts who could be come members
of the Task Teams.
issues discussed included data and database management; establishment
of communication systems for the GIWA network; a bibliography
of ongoing or completed assessments in all regions to be made available
on the GIWA web site; and the need for further efforts to secure the
additional co-funding necessary for the successful completion of GIWA.
- The Steering
Group made a number of proposals on how the GIWA web site could be developed
and expanded. It was also decided that a quarterly GIWA Newsletter should
be published, mainly to be distributed electronically. According to
plan, the first issue should be published in late 1999.
meeting of the GIWA Steering Group is scheduled for early February 2000.