Strengthening Global Capacity To Sustain Transboundary Waters: The International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network (IW:LEARN)


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GEF ID 1893

Project Title

Strengthening Global Capacity To Sustain Transboundary Waters: The International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network (IW:LEARN)


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Total: $5,288,000;

Sources of Financing: Global Environment Facility (GEF)


2004 - 2008



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The IW:LEARN Operational Phase will actively involve all three IAs – as well as the GEF Secretariat, M&E Unit and STAP – in exchanging experiences and learning across 57 GEF-approved IW projects and 30 or more IW projects in preparation. IW:LEARN, with the support of its Steering Committee members and their agencies, will facilitate the incorporation of successful measures into current and new projects, so that the GEF can expeditiously replicate positive results. IW:LEARN technical assistance for appropriate use of ICT will also help to increase projects’ transparency and participation. This, in turn, will promote greater stakeholder ownership and sustainability of IW projects catalyzed by the GEF. Thus by partnering through IW:LEARN, the three IAs will improve their IW projects’ learning, replication efficiency, transparency, ownership and sustainability during and beyond the IW:LEARN Operational Phase project.

The overall objective of this project is to improve the management of transboundary water systems by increasing the capacity to identify, disseminate and replicate best practices and lessons learned across the GEF IW projects. This objective will be achieved through a suite of learning exchanges, knowledge sharing activities, joint demonstration activities, and related capacity building Information Communication Technologies (ICT) activities among GEF supported IW projects and their partners. In pursuit of its global objective, IW:LEARN will improve GEF IW projects’ information base, replication efficiency, transparency, stakeholder ownership and sustainability of benefits through:

  • A)Facilitation of access to information on transboundary water resources among GEF IW projects
  • B)Structured learning among GEF IW projects and cooperating partners
  • C)Biennial International Waters Conferences
  • D)Testing innovative approaches to strengthen implementation of the IW portfolio
  • E)Fostering partnerships to sustain benefits of IW:LEARN and associated technical support. The present proposal clearly builds on the results achieved during the experimental phase of IW LEARN, recently concluded, and incorporates the findings of its final indipendent evaluation. In view of the great interest raised by and successes of the experimental phase (implemented by UNDP), all three agencies have decided to jointly implement the the follow up project presently proposed.

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See also

  1. Water Governance for Sustainable Human Development Project
  2. Water Governance for Sustainable Human Development
  3. UNDP WatSan
  4. Transboundary River Basin Initiative (TRIB)
  5. Poverty-Environment Partnership - PEP
  6. Portfolio Learning in International Waters with a Focus on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands and Regional Asia/Pacific and Coral Triangle Learning Processes
  7. Pollution Reduction through Improved Municipal Wastewater Management in Coastal cities in ACP Countries with a Focus on SIDS
  8. Knowledge Sharing in International Waters - Train-Sea-Coast
  9. Key Performance Indicators of River Basin Organizations
  10. IWRM Info-Forum
  11. Global Human Rights Strengthening Programme
  12. Energy and Environment Group Global Cooperation Framework
  13. Communities of practice for development in the Middle East and North Africa
  14. Capacity Building for Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) (Cap-Net)
  15. Atlantic and Indian Ocean Small Island Developing States IWRM
  16. Applying an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management: focus on seamounts in the southern Indian Ocean
  17. 4th World Water Forum - Synthesis Report
  18. 4th World Water Forum - Final Report

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