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Presentation made by Minister Gilbert at the 6th High Level Session of GWP-C in Grenada in 2010.

Presentation made by Minister Gilbert at the 6th High Level Session of GWP-C in Grenada in 2010.

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Minister's Presentation at 6th HLS Minister's Presentation at 6th HLS Presentation Transcript

  • ADDRESS by Minister for Works and Public Utilities, Hon. Joseph Gilbert at the Opening of CWWA Conference and Exhibition on 4 th October, 2010, St. George’s, Grenada,
  • Water, Waste and Climate Change”
    • Your theme “Water, Waste and Climate Change” provides an excellent opportunity to specifically focus on the implicit challenges....to us as Small Island Developing States, as well as the opportunity to address mitigation and to adopt and initiate appropriate adaptation measures to deal with these challenges.
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  • SIDS- WATER PROBLEMS
    • Today SIDS are faced with water problems of multiple kinds.
    • Increasing water scarcity including reduced access to drinking water and sanitation.
    • Increasing incidences of flooding.
    • Increasing challenges of pollution, higher demands on water supply – infrastructure development and maintenance, resource protection, water services provision and climate change impact, etc.
  • CLIMATE CHANGE IS ONE OF THE MOST URGENT ISSUES FACING HUMANITY.
    • Left unchecked, the potential consequences would be catastrophic particularly for Small Island Developing States.
    • Over the past five decades, the planet has heated up and that ninety three percent of this warming impacts our oceans.
    • The region is experiencing an ocean warming trend with significant coral reefs bleaching impacts.
    • The rise in sea level is already affecting us, especially the low lying countries in the Caribbean and beyond and is undermining small island economies
  • CLIMATE CHANGE –WATER CYCLE
    • Climate change is also having an impact on the global water cycle.
    • Rising Carbon Dioxide levels will increase river levels. 
    • Rising Carbon dioxide levels will cause plants to extract less water from soil leaving greater runoffs. 
    • Increasing frequency and intensity of hurricanes, cyclones and monsoons
  • CLIMATE CHANGE –WATER CYCLE cont’d
    • Global water resources will be significantly impacted with respect to the frequency and severity of extreme events of drought and flooding, e.g. in Pakistan, China, India and Bangladesh and more recently Mexico.
    • Right now our negotiators are engaged in battle in Tianjin, China in the lead up to the Cancun meeting. Next month right here in Grenada a major Ministerial meeting will be convened to address the key concerns and to agree on the desired outcome – in mitigation, in adaptation, in finance, in technology and in capacity building.   
    • In Grenada, the impacts of climate change are already being experienced.
    • This year we experienced the worst drought in decades. Earlier this year we had an 80 percent deficit in rainfall levels.
    CLIMATE CHANGE - GRENADA EXPERIENCE
  • Grenada Experience cont’d
    • Graveyards are disappearing in our sister-isle of Carriacou.
    • Loss of agricultural land and land productivity, reduction in fish catch and spawning, destruction of coral reefs and mangroves and our coastal areas are becoming more susceptible to flooding – all in a country that is highly dependent on agriculture and tourism.
    • Hurricane Ivan in 2004 destroyed 90 percent of our built infrastructure and natural ecosystems and amounted to damage estimated to the tune of 200 percent of the annual gross domestic product .
    • Hurricane Emily in 2005.
  • Grenada in its role as Chairman of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)
    • Will continue to lead the charge in the call for global average temperature increases to be limited to well below 1.5 degrees Celsius
    • And for the global community to fulfill its commitment and disburse the 30 billion US dollars Fast Start Climate Change Funding for the period 2010 to 2012
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  • I WISH YOU…………….
    • A successful conference and exhibition that will bring:
    • Firm commitments and resolutions
    • New knowledge and experience
    • Greater partnerships among all stakeholders
    • THANK YOU