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UNDP-GEF International Waters Portfolio

UNDP-GEF facilitating regional and national governance reforms towards sustainable, integrated management of multi-country freshwater and marine systems.  


Acrobats of the ocean

Synchronizing tourism and wildlife protection in Panama  


Niue to create large-scale marine protected area

The tiny Pacific island country of Niue is now in the global big leagues of marine conservation. At the Our Ocean Conference in Malta on October 5, the government of Niue announced its decision to…  


Global treaty to halt invasive aquatic species enters into force

A key international measure for environmental protection that aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species in ships’ ballast water enters into force today, 8 September 2017.  


Water and ocean governance


Global Industry Alliance launched to support low carbon shipping

Leading ship owners and operators, classification societies, engine and technology builders and suppliers, big data providers, and oil companies have signed up to a new Global Industry Alliance (GIA)…  


One ocean

Three individual stories and a global effort to save our oceans.  


UNDP and Cousteau Society join hands to protect and restore the oceans for sustainable development

Following the historic Ocean Conference (June 5-9), held to achieve the targets set for the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, ‘Life Below Water’, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the…  


The Call for Action to address the key ocean challenges provides a robust, forward-looking framework for action

The Ocean Conference (5-9 June) co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden brought an unprecedented show of global unity around the need to tackle the crisis in the oceans. In addition to…  


Waves of action

Over-fishing, pollution, the loss of habitat, the invasion of exotic species, and ocean acidification are endangering our oceans' health. The cost is at once economic, social and environmental.  

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