What will GIWA accomplish?
Global International Waters Assessment is intended as an effective
means of developing well-targeted practical proposals for incremental
cost funding. GEF has based its decision to fund the assessment
on the fact that there is a necessity for a region-by-region assessment
of water systems which, taken together, would place these issues
within a global context.
objective is to produce a comprehensive and integrated global assessment
of international waters. It will encompass the ecological status,
and causes of environmental problems of international waters - marine,
coastal and freshwater areas; surface waters as well as groundwaters.
It will be a profoundly interdisciplinary study aiming at bridging
social and physical science and integrating seas, coastal areas and
associated land catchment areas.
overall objective is to develop a comprehensive strategic assessment
that may be used by GEF and its partners to identify priorities for
remedial and mitigatory actions in international and transboundary
shared water bodies, designed to achieve significant environmental
benefits at national, regional and global levels.
Global International Waters Assessment will address the scientific
gap by assessing the key issues
and problems facing the aquatic environment. The assessment will focus
on the problems of shared waters. Causal chain analyses will be an
essential tool used to identify and better understand the links between
perceived problems and their societal root causes.
Global International Waters Assessment is designed not merely to analyze
the current problems but to develop scenarios of the future condition
of the world's water resources and analyze policy options.
the aim is to provide sound scientific advice to decision-makers and
managers concerned with water resources and dealing with global environmental
problems and threats to transboundary water bodies.
assessment will be undertaken from the perspectives of water quality
and quantity; associated biodiversity and habitats, and their use
by society; the societal causes of the regionally identified issues
and problems; and scenarios of future conditions based on projections
of demographic, economic and social changes associated with the process
of human development.
should make a major contribution to policies and actions that
will lead to protection and more sustainable use of international
waters. The GIWA products are expected
to represent the most objective comprehensive assessment of
transboundary water issues, and their societal root causes,
conducted so far:
assessments of ecological status of transboundary waters
for the use of the GEF and co-operating donors at a programmatic
level through the provision of an assessment of ecological
priorities at the regional and global scales concerning
issues and problems in the focal area of international waters.
Provision of a framework for GEF projects to decide upon
appropriate management interventions, including remedial
and mitigatory actions in international waters, of value
to GEF, regional international organisations, and governments
participating in the GEF.
of more sustainable approaches to the use of water and its
associated resources, at national, regional and local levels.
for making causal chain and transboundary diagnostic analyses
for use in GEF International Waters Projects by the implementing
considerable increase in leveraged co-financing as a result
of improved focusing and credibility of future interventions
information at the regional and sub-regional level which
will facilitate the regional task of preparing transboundary
diagnostic analyses within new projects and improve the
capacity to evaluate projects underway or within the GEF
efforts will be made to communicate effectively both with the global
water community and with the general public. Throughout the work period,
information and analyses will be produced in a variety of forms, and
disseminated widely by various means such as the Internet, CD-ROMs
and when deemed necessary in print.
the work of GIWA, basic and currently unavailable information will
be provided and made available to the general public, as a means to
help foster a greater understanding of the severity of environmental
problems in international waters, their societal causes and the options
available for solving them.
material generated will be of great potential use to public education
programmes, including formal education. Special care will be taken
to present the results of GIWA in a manner which is readily accessible
and understandable to the public, as well as through the strictly
technical formal reports.
will rely heavily on the use of modern state-of-the-art technologies
for continuous dissemination of information about the various activities
and for communicating the results.
GIWA web site, will possibly, be the most important tool in this respect.
It will make enable a wide audience to follow the progress of work,
to access the GIWA documents, to get the most recent information from
GIWA subregions, and to communicate with the GIWA
Core Team, Thematic Task Teams, Megaregional Task Teams, and Focal
Points for the subregions.
the many different target groups and stakeholders concerned, the various
and sometimes complex GIWA products need to be tailored to the specific
needs of each recipient - the scientific community, policy-makers
and decision-makers, the private sector, the public and the media,
products will include:
Global International Waters Assessment,
a comprehensible and illustrated report, comparable to the assessments
already made for biodiversity, climate and stratospheric ozone.
at the scientific-technical level
comprehensive bibliography and meta-data catalogue of already
completed global and regional programmes related to international
Assessment Protocol, including an agreed methodology for
making causal chain analyses to examine societal causes
of water-related environmental problems.
agreed methodology for making transboundary diagnostic analyses
at regional scales.
subregional and 9 megaregional reviews of the ecological status
of transboundary waters and major water-related issues, including
analyses of their societal causes.
and subregional scenarios for the future state of international
waters based on planning boundaries, trends and rates of change
in industrialisation, population growth and development.
global analysis of the societal causes of identified major water-related
concerns and principal issues; and a global overview of the
relative importance of the various major concerns and principal
issues by region.
reports, databases and information sources available on the
Internet and on CD-ROM.
for the educational sector and the public
information, plain-language technical reports.
educational and information materials specific to the megaregions
contribution to the UNDP/IW-Learn Project web site.