Sixth Global Environment Facility Biennial International Waters Conference

© Gari.baldi
Old town of Dubrovnik

The Sixth Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Biennial International Waters Conference, as with prior Innternational Waters (IW) Conferences, will be a signature learning event for the GEF IW focal area. It will be a training and experience-sharing event during which the participants will not only sum up the progress achieved but will also look into the future of programming within and beyond the focal area.
The general objective of the Conference is to facilitate cross-sectoral and portfolio-wide learning & experience sharing. It is also to solicit advice from the existing IW portfolio on burning issues and assist in building participant capacity in key management and technical areas.
The Conference will be organized under the slogan "Raising the Bar: 20 Years of GEF Transboundary Water Results", and will focus on knowledge sharing on water management issues and results after 20 years of interventions. The Conference also has the objective to promote public-private partnerships in support of better water management and identification of modalities for their development.

This year’s Conference will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the GEF’s establishment. As such, the IWC6 will focus on the transboundary results & impacts of the GEF International Waters portfolio after 20 years and how they inform programming for the future. There will be sub-themes focusing on environmental finance (featuring, for the first time, a corporate and social responsibility roundtable with private sector companies), as well as considerations of institutional and sectoral transformation.

Who are its participants?
The IWC6 will convene at least 300 participants, including GEF IW project managers, representatives of beneficiary countries, non-governmental organizations, transboundary management institutions, UN agencies and the private sector. Collectively they will represent about 70 active GEF IW projects, 80 countries and the various GEF Agencies. Participants are invited by the GEF Agencies implementing IW projects.

What is the conference structure and when will the 20 Years of GEF IW be celebrated?
The IWC6 will feature an innovation marketplace (exhibit area), extensive opportunities for focused learning on scientific and technical innovations, interactive training for IW project managers and country representatives, interaction with the GEF Secretariat, GEF agencies and several partner institutions working on International Waters projects.
The Conference will also feature participant-directed workshops and roundtable discussions, and offer the unique and unprecedented option of technical site visits to multiple GEF IW projects in a transboundary context around Dubrovnik, in some cases to the neighboring countries of Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro. While visiting the sites the participants will be able to discuss and share their experiences in the context of actual projects. Participants will be able to visit sites where IW projects are being implemented and have an opportunity to discuss and share their experiences.
Part of the Conference will be dedicated to the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of GEF IW focal area. Although the main focus of this event will be on the future of the GEF and identification of the path forward, participants will also be able showcase achievements and results from the IW project portfolio since the creation of GEF in 1991. This will culminate in a Gala dinner celebrating the 20th anniversary of GEF IW on 19 October 2011. Senior management and representatives from the private sector will participate.


Type of Event Category 4- International Congress
Start 17.10.2011 08:00 local time
End 20.10.2011 17:00 local time
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Focal point Aureli, Alice
Country Croatia
City Dubrovnik
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Language of Event English
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