Riparian States Address Green Growth in Aral Sea Basin [viewed]

iowc-gwp23 April 2013: Riparian States from the Aral Sea basin recently convened to discuss: development of national master-plans for green growth and regional strategies to support their implementation; water saving; integrated water resources management (IWRM); and risk management.

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IDB Provides $72 Million for Sustainable Forestry and Poverty Reduction in Brazil [viewed]

lac_countries_approve22 April 2013: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is providing a US$72 million loan to the Brazilian state of Acre to promote sustainable forestry and agroforestry to keep deforestation in check while contributing to economic growth and poverty reduction.

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Peruvian Dialogue Addresses Water Security and Climate Change [viewed]

Global Water Partnership22 April 2013: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) held the First Dialogue on National Development and Water Security in the context of Climate Change Adaptation to consider the linkages among water management, climate change adaptation and sustainable economic growth in Peru.

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WSP Launches Handwashing with Soap Toolkit [viewed]

Water and Sanitation Program19 April 2013: The Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) of the World Bank has launched a handwashing with soap toolkit to assist development practitioners in improving public health by promoting behavioral change.

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UNESCO-backed Water for Peace or Conflict Seminar Highlights Transboundary Cooperation [viewed]

UNESCO16 April 2013: The Permanent Delegation of Sweden, with the in-kind collaboration of the Water Sciences Division of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has organized a seminar titled "Water for Peace or Conflict: Prospects for improved water cooperation."

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Post-2015 Water Consultation Draft Report Available for Comment [viewed]

The World We WantApril 2013: The draft Water Thematic Consultation report is available for comment on the World We Want 2015 Platform. The report features an introduction that situates the global thematic consultation on water within the UN processes and includes sections on each substantive dialogue. The report states water must be a standalone goal in the post-2015 framework, with clear targets and measurable indicators, and should also be recognized in goals on energy, food and health.

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CIF Calls for Proposals that Involve the Private Sector in REDD+ and Climate Resilience [viewed]

cif_logoApril 2013: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) is calling for proposals to enhance the involvement of the private sector under the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) and the Forest Investment Program (FIP).

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Event: Regional Conference on Drivers of Deforestation in the Congo Basin [viewed]

This two-day regional conference will discuss findings from the World Bank Program on Forests (PROFOR) study on Deforestation Trends in the Congo Basin, including proposed recommendations and potential tradeoffs between protecting forest ecosystems and economic growth. The Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC) requested the study to increase understanding of deforestation dynamics in the Central African region. The World Bank and COMIFAC are organizing the conference.  

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Event: Joining Forces to Develop Smart, Cost-Effective Urban Water Utilities [viewed]

This international conference on water will consider the theme “Joining Forces to Develop Smart, Cost-Effective Urban Water Utilities: Policy, Economics, Environment, Regulation and Technologies”. It is co-organized by the Government of Israel and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Participants will discuss lessons learned from Israel's water industry and its water-related technologies, as well as their applicability to other countries. The conference also aims to contribute to discussions on the OECD's “Water policies for future cities” project. Following the one-day conference, participants will be offered to take part in a tour to visit water sites.  

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Event: WHO-UNICEF Workshop on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage [viewed]

Hosted by the Government of Ghana with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), this workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss national policies, strategies and targets around household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS), share lessons learned in HWTS implementation, and explore synergies and approaches to integrate HWTS within broader public health efforts. Workshop participants will include representatives from Gambia, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, as well as other key stakeholders from international and local organizations, academia and the private sector.  

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