work structure and organization|
info and links to groups and teams will gradually be included here and
in the section "Meeting Points". For more details about the
work programme and responsibility of different groups and teams, see
the UNEP Project Document.
overall co-ordination of the work of the participating individuals
and institutions will take place through Focal Points for
each of the 66 subregions.
will participate in the work of 9 Megaregional Task Teams,
supported and assisted by a Core Team of full-time specialists covering
both regional and thematic concerns.
Core Team, based in Kalmar, will be advised by and report
to a Steering Group of senior scientists and representatives
of the major co-sponsoring organizations.
the primary task of the Core Team will be to establish the major
components of the GIWA Network for consideration by the Steering
composition of the Megaregional Task Teams, and the links to regional
organizations hosting them, will then be decided. In order to provide
for an open, democratic and transparent process, the network is
intended to be open-ended.
next step will be to complete a preliminary GIWA Assessment Protocol
in close co-operation with the Megaregional Task Teams. An approved
methodology for making causal chain analyses to examine societal
root causes of water-related environmental problems, and guidelines
for the making of transboundary diagnostic analyses, will be designed
and offered as a primary GIWA product applicable to GEF International
this phase Thematic Task Teams will also be established to
identify needs for case studies, particularly in the socio-economic
experts and institutions (assisted by the Mega-regional Task Teams,
the Core Team and the Thematic Task Teams) will gather and analyze
the information necessary for applying the GIWA Assessment Protocol
at the subregional level. As far as possible, this will lead to
the completion of regional assessments based on the products of
the subregional assessments. Based on existing information, there
will be differences in the approach required in each region.
this phase, the Thematic Task Teams in collaboration with the Core
Team, will also begin the elaboration of a series of global reviews
- integrating information from the regional studies and historical
information - based on the outcomes of the work of the UN Commission
for Sustainable Development.
this stage, GIWA will concentrate on scenario development and policy
options analyses, and focus upon the evaluation of alternative scenarios.
The analyses will incorporate a number of scenarios developed on
the basis of projected actions taken to address the identified societal
causes of environmental degradation. The initial starting point
for these scenarios will be "current trends". In effect, from an
economic perspective, these analyses will consider the implications
of measures to internalize environmental externalities. Different
alternative approaches will be considered in order to reach a given
objective. From a social perspective, the analyses will consider
the incremental cost of measures to encourage the modification of
unsustainable social and economic development trends. The uncertainties
in the scenarios must also be identified and clearly stated.
predictive phase of the Global International Waters Assessment will
build on the studies and analyses undertaken over the entire GIWA
final phase of GIWA will be dedicated to the preparation and dissemination
of the global and regional GIWA products. Emphasis will be placed
on the preparation of reviews that are easily comprehensible to
various sectors of society. It is essential that the Global International
Waters Assessment does not remain a desk exercise but is made available
to the public in general, to educational institutions and to national
and regional authorities. The GIWA meta-database and regional reports
should be freely available through electronic communications, on
CD-ROM and, where strictly necessary, in hard copy.
Global International Waters Assessment, GIWA
SE- 391 82 Kalmar, Sweden
Phone: +46- 480 44 60 00. Fax: +46- 480 44 73 55.
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