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Global International Waters Assessment (GIWA)
The Global International Waters Assessment (GIWA) project, a major UNEP-led, GEF-financed, initiative over the next four years (1999-2003), aims provide Governments, decision-makers and funding agencies with a quantitative, scientifically accurate identification and assessment of water related issues for transboundary water bodies (marine or freshwater areas shared by two or more countries) in various sub-regions, worldwide. The project will assess the key issues and problems facing the aquatic environment, and will prepare an integrated, strategic, global assessment of international waters. The assessment will focus on the problems of shared, transboundary waters and is designed not merely to analyse the current problems but to develop scenarios of the future condition of the world's water resources and analyse policy options with a view to providing sound scientific advice to decision makers and managers concerned with water resources.
AGENDA 21 CHAPTERS AND PROGRAMME AREAS OF PARTICULAR FOCUS OR INTEREST:
assessment of water systems
GIWA aims to produce a fully comprehensive and integrated global assessment of international waters encompassing the ecological status of and causes of environmental problems of transboundary freshwater basins and their associated coastal and ocean systems. The assessment will be undertaken from the perspectives of: water quality and quantity; associated biodiversity and habitats; 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.
The users are
Governments and intergovernmental bodies, including GEF. The aim is
to develop an intergovernmental consensus on priorities for action.
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ORGANIZATION:UNEP Global International Waters Assessment (GIWA)