Regional and transboundary cooperation WP1 GWPCAR case study_avril alexander_28 aug


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Regional and transboundary cooperation WP1 GWPCAR case study_avril alexander_28 aug

  1. 1. Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C): Regional and Transboundary Cooperation Under the Water and Climate Change Programme Presented by Avril Alexander – Regional Coordinator
  2. 2. The Caribbean • GWP-Caribbean partners from approx. 20 Caribbean states • Caribbean region made up mostly of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and coastal countries • Small size geographically • Population and economic centres located in coastal areas • Limited natural resources base
  3. 3. Projected Climate Change Impacts • Water is medium through which many CC impacts will be felt • Sea level rise/ saline intrusion, extreme weather events (tropical storms, floods, droughts) • Change in total amount and variability of rainfall patterns and streamflow; increased aridity • Competition among sectors for water (agric., tourism, domestic etc) • Increasing cost to provide water (esp. energy- related)
  4. 4. GWP-C Water Climate and Development Programme Overall Objective: To support adaptation to Caribbean states to climate variability and change through the implementation of better water policies, strategies, programmes and water related adaptation actions defined in the CARICOM Regional Implementation Plan for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change.
  5. 5. Regional Climate Change Context July 2009 in Guyana: Approval of the “Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change” March 2012 in Suriname: Approval the “Implementation Plan for the Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change” Strategic approach for coping with climate change for the period 2011-2021
  6. 6. Key Sectors Identified in the Regional Framework Water Coastal and marine Energy Forest Agriculture and food security Health Tourism
  7. 7. The Implementation Plan for the Regional Framework Element 2, Goal 1: Promote the Adoption of Measures and Disseminate Information that would make Water Supply Systems Resilient to Climate-Induced Damage
  8. 8. Actions Identified IP Strategic Element 2, Goal 1 Assess, quantify and map surface and ground water resources in CARICOM States (2012- 2017) Undertake vulnerability and capacity assessment of the impacts of climate change on water (2011- 2017) Assess, quantify and evaluate water demand and consumption patterns (2011-2015)
  9. 9. Actions identified in the IP Implement water sector adaptation strategies for all CARICOM countries (2013-2021) Develop climate resilient IWRM strategies in all CARICOM countries (2011-2016) Establish water resources management agencies where necessary and provide additional support where agencies exist (2012-2017)
  10. 10. Objective of Work Package 1 To support CARICOM, the CCCCC and other regional entities such as the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to advance regional cooperation in climate change adaptation and water security in the context of regional and economic development.
  11. 11. Key output Enhanced regional cooperation in water management for regional and national economic development resilient to climate change.
  12. 12. Indicators Agreements & commitments on enhanced water security (CARICOM / OECS MOU’s) High Level Forum endorsement Setting up of a CARICOM Standing Committee on Water and Water Security; Funding and Capacity Support (eg CDB, IDB)
  13. 13. Highlights thus far • Introduction of WACDEP to the network • Regional Consultation workshop November 2012 with government agencies/ technicians (climate change, water resources, planning) and regional development partners
  14. 14. Outcomes of Regional Consultation Workshop • Stakeholder input into programme development • Stakeholder support and commitment • Input into WACDEP Implementation Plan
  15. 15. Highlights thus far Political level advocacy through High Level Session (HLS) Ministerial Forum since 2005 - Focus on key water resources issues in the region - Aim of political support at national and regional level
  16. 16. Political Endorsement of WACDEP by Ministers of Water
  17. 17. July 2013 - MoU singed with CARICOM Secretariat for technical cooperation in water resources management GWP-Caribbean to support follow-up on regional water mandate of the CARICOM COTED and the HLS
  18. 18. Regional Frameworks for Water Security and Climate Resilience Support leveraged from CDKN through HR Wallingford (£400,000 Asia & C’bean) Application of the CCCCC Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation Tool (CCORAL) to the Water sector (CCORAL-Water) CCORAL – online support system for climate resilient decision making
  19. 19. Objectives of CCORAL-Water To develop and disseminate practical and user friendly tools for climate resilient decision making focused on the water sector. CCORAL-Water tool focus on considering and addressing risks which threaten the provision of services to the sector. Regional consultations in September 2013
  20. 20. Recommendations Continued engagement with organisations with Regional mandate through CARICOM Establishment of alliances for project activities Utilise and build upon existing mechanisms and initiatives
  21. 21. For more information on GWP-C, please visit our website at: