Who will do the work,|
and how will it be carried out?
The Global International Waters Assessment
is a partnership project. It will be implemented in collaboration
between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),
Kalmar University, and a wide
range of partners within the international water community.
The anticipated work period is four
years, starting in July 1999. Resources have, so far (October 1999),
been committed by the Global Environment
Facility (GEF), UNEP, Sida,
Finland, the City of Kalmar, Kalmar University, and the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The work will be carried out in different
teams and at different geographical levels - see GIWA
work structure and organization.
In the making of the Global International
Waters Assessment, full use will be made of existing assessments
and all other available information about the 66
subregions. Only data required for a step-by-step, iterative
analysis of transboundary water-related problems and their causes
will be gathered. The findings of past water-related programmes
will be incorporated in GIWA, and the assessment work will be carried
out in close partnership with ongoing programmes to maximize the
overall benefit. Duplication of work will be avoided.
GIWA will depend on access to data
and other information from a network of stakeholders in the water
sphere, but will in turn provide scientific and other information
that may be used by other international, regional and global bodies
and activities in the field of international waters.
The GIWA causal chain analyses will
cluster into five major problem
areas of concern, initially divided into 23 issues.
established to accomplish the work of GIWA will consist of national
experts and institutions, regional and global collaborating bodies
organized around the geographic units of assessment and grouped
into nine major regions. The work
will be divided into well defined phases and the output will be
specific products from each phase.
The initial phase will include the
establishment of the GIWA Core Team, as well as a global network
of collaborating institutions/ organizations and individuals in
governmental and non-governmental organizations within the public
and private sectors, as well as in the scientific community. During
this first phase, the GIWA Assessment Protocol will also be developed,
including an approved methodology for making causal chain analyses.
During the following analytical phase,
information will be gathered and analyzed. After that, there will
be a predictive/policy options analysis phase dedicated to scenario
development and policy options analyses and evaluation.
The final phase will comprise preparation
and dissemination of the GIWA products, including an illustrated
Global International Waters Assessment. 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.