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IWRM Planning

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Presentation by Dr. Christopher Cox, Programme Director of the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI) at the 5th Annual High Level Session of the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C).

Presentation by Dr. Christopher Cox, Programme Director of the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI) at the 5th Annual High Level Session of the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C).

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  • 1. Integrated Water Resource Management Planning – Lessons and Future Directions Christopher Cox, PhD Programme Director Caribbean Environmental Health Institute Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association High Level Session St. Thomas, USVI 5th October 2009
  • 2. Support to process
    • GEF-IWCAM providing financing to develop “IWRM Roadmaps in countries
    • Technical and logistical support by CEHI
    • The Roadmap
      • How do we prepare the plan; guidance document – lever resources, support to develop national IWRM Plan
      • NOTE: each tailored depending on needs
  • 3. National approach – IWRM initial steps
    • Visioning
      • National awareness workshop(s)
      • Identify key issues; major strategic directions
      • Key policy drivers
    • Decide on approach
      • Who takes lead? How to organize work. Most relevant stakeholders
    • Develop Roadmap
      • Defines why, what, who in context of IWRM Plan
      • IWRM roadmap is really a leverage document to seek specific support for development of main IWRM Plan
    • IWRM Plan
  • 4. IWRM Roadmap: Plan for the process Vision Assessment Strategy IWRM Plan ” Roadmap ” The process: - from Vision to IWRM ” Plan ”
  • 5. Where are we?
    • Antigua and Barbuda
      • WR Policy and Roadmap – under development
    • Barbados
      • Roadmap prepared
      • To be presented at policy high-level Grenada
      • Roadmap prepared by CEHI; reviewed locally to make relevant to current needs
    • Bahamas
      • Commencement 2010
    • Cuba, Dominican Republic
      • Governance workshops (to be determined)
    • Dominica
      • Existing institutional review – prepared main elements of IWRM roadmap
      • Policy developed; never adopted
      • Project to support policy ratification; other needs identified in prior studies
  • 6. Where are we?
    • Haiti
      • Support the HSDA initiative & watershed planning effort; environmental flows
    • Jamaica
      • National symposium (Jan 2010) – id needs
    • Haiti
      • Support the HSDA initiative & watershed planning effort; environmental flows
    • Jamaica
      • National symposium (Jan 2010) – id needs
    • St. Kitts and Nevis
      • National IWRM awareness and visioning
  • 7. Where are we?
    • St. Lucia
      • Roadmap under preparation; initial draft submitted
      • Technical reviews to take place
    • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
      • National awareness seminars – directions for targeted assistance (IWRM planning roadmap)
      • Union Island
        • IWRM roadmap (costed) prepared by CEHI
        • Who will drive from this point?
        • On-ground activity being undertaken; rehabilitation of community RWH catchment – pressing need by stakeholders
    • Trinidad and Tobago
      • To be determined (already working on a master plan)
  • 8. IWRM – relationship to LBS Protocol
    • IWRM for SIDS is inclusive of both fresh and coastal water resources
    • Context of coastal waters – pollution abatement
    • LBS Protocol (Cartagena Convention) provides good framework
  • 9. Challenges…lessons being learned
    • Selling IWRM; concept is vague to most
      • Perceived to be rather academic; tangibles not readily apparent
      • IWRM remains in realm of water and natural resource professionals
    • One size does not fit all
      • Varying circumstances between countries
        • Geography (water regime), demographics, biodiversity
    • How does it fit in day-to-day?
      • How does it affect a business bottom-line, what does it matter to communities?
    • What are the costs to implement?
      • Current national circumstances; can we afford dedicated resources?
      • Resource constraints – limits implementation
    • How realistic is the approach?
      • IWRM too ambitious to be understood?
      • Maybe drive small but critical elements
    • Water-land management
      • Land management and administration creates dysfunction re: resource supply side
  • 10. Challenges…lessons being learned
    • Needs skewed toward to service provision
      • WRM perceived to deal mainly with water in the tap
    • Ecological aspects not well integrated
      • Poorly understood or appreciated
    • Mobilization needed at all levels
      • Private sector: water use efficiency; pollution control
      • Civil society: pollution control; water conservation
      • Institutional: crafting policy; incentives; awareness raising
      • Utilities: service provision; awareness raising
    • Climate change provides a good entry point
      • Anticipate to be dramatic consequences for water availability
      • Force drive toward water security measures
  • 11. Where to next
    • Solicit buy-in at highest levels
    • CWWA Ministerial HLS
      • Awareness-raising; creating champions
    • CARICOM
      • Consortium on water; Integrate work among CARICOM agencies
      • Streamlining work programmes
      • Need to interface with non-CARICOM agencies
      • Key COTED decision: Regional assessment
        • Water availability
        • Constraints
        • Institutional and legislative aspects
        • Clearinghouse mechanism
  • 12. Elements of a Caribbean Common Water Framework (or Regional Action Plan)
    • CARICOM Consortium and allied agencies
      • Planning meeting in 2008; recent follow-up
    • Key thematic areas (existing work focus):
      • Capacity building:
        • water resources and waste water management; operations (technical and business); policy formulation; monitoring & evaluation; applied research
      • Outreach and education
        • National awareness seminars; special events; publications (incl. web based); advocacy
      • Technical assistance and studies
        • Applied research (many areas), water info systems; water safety planning; utility operations support; water augmentation; policy formulation
      • Advocacy and networking
        • Meetings and technical exchanges
  • 13. Elements of a Caribbean Common Water Framework (or Regional Action Plan)
    • Gaps and opportunities
      • Sanitation
      • Coastal waters management
      • Water utility management
      • Water augmentation
      • Land use planning
      • Participatory approaches to engage special interest groups in WRM
      • Risk management approaches
  • 14. Thank You…Questions Caribbean Environmental Health Institute P.O. Box 1111, The Morne Castries, St. Lucia Tel: 758 452-2501 Fax: 758 453-2721 E-mail: [email_address] Web: www.cehi.org.lc