Global water partnership caribbean. an introduction to our work by avril alexander
Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C):An Introduction To Our WorkPresented by Avril Alexander – Regional Coordinator
Our MissionThe mission of GWP-C is to support Caribbean countries in the sustainablemanagement of their water resources and to fully promote and apply anIntegrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach at thecommunity, national and regional level.
Who is GWP-C?Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C) is a working partnership amongall stakeholders in water management in the Caribbean and was launched inTobago in June 2004.GWP-C is the Caribbean arm of the Global Water Partnership (GWP)Organisation. This makes it 1 of 13 Regional Water Partnerships of GWP, whichis a global network of partners who believe that an integrated approach tomanaging water is the best way forward in working toward a water secure world.
What is IWRM?Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is:A process of managing water, land and related resources in a way thatmeets society’s long-term need for water while ensuring that economicand social welfare is not compromised and that there is no harm to theenvironment.IWRM is about: Managing water resources at the lowest possible level. Managing demand for water and optimising the supply. Providing equitable access to water resources by a participatory approach. Establishing policies to help manage water resources. Engaging all sectors of the economy in the IWRM process.
GWP-C is guided by an IWRM philosophy.Its core objectives are: To promote IWRM as the approach to water resources management in theCaribbean and to gain national commitment towards IWRM implementation. To establish partnerships in water resources management that endorse anintegrated approach to water resources management. To improve water governance in the Caribbean through the promotion ofIWRM and to implement IWRM policies and programmes.Key Objectives of GWP-C
The Global Network’s 4 Strategic ObjectivesTo achieve its mission, GWP-C operates within the framework of theglobal network’s four (4) Strategic Goals:Goal 1: Promote Water as a key part of sustainable national development.Goal 2: Address critical development challenges.Goal 3: Reinforce knowledge sharing and communications.Goal 4: Build a more effective network.
Our PartnersGWP-C currently has over 70 partners spanning 20 Caribbean territories whichencompass the English, Spanish, French and Dutch Caribbean and 2 partnersin North America.These countries include:Anguilla, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Dominica,Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, PuertoRico, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago,The United States of America and Canada.GWP-C’s partners include some of the following types of organisations:Public Water Management; Government Agency; Water User Association;Private Water Management; Non-Governmental Organisation; Consultancy Organisation;Youth Environmental Organisations; Research / Education / Training Organisations;Professional Association among others.
Governance StructureGeneral AssemblyMeeting of Partners at the Annual General Meeting, decisions onworkplan and other business, voting on resolutions, election ofpartners to Steering Committee.Steering CommitteeChairman, Deputy Chairman, seven other partners and the NetworkOfficer from GWPO in Sweden.SecretariatRegional Coordinator, Communications Officer, Administration Officer,housed by Host Institution (NIHERST).
Our Work, Our NicheFour (4) key areas highlight the focus of GWP-C’s work: Advocacy - GWP-C advocates the implementation of IWRM as the best wayto achieving water security. Convening Power - GWP-C has partners from various sectors and providesplatforms at various levels to facilitate the development of IWRM policies andlaws. Technical Expertise and Knowledge Sharing - As a regional arm of theGWP Organisation, GWP-C has the support of a global network and canprovide technical expertise on IWRM and has access to various tools forknowledge sharing on IWRM. Capacity Building - GWP-C is committed to awareness building on IWRMat the community, national and regional levels targeting all demographics.
Specific Activities Awareness building on water conservation and IWRM in the CaribbeanCapacity building and training in the following areas:- Climate change and its effects on water resources- Climate change and disaster management- Water and sanitation- Rainwater Harvesting- Economic and financial instruments for IWRM (Water Financing)- Water use efficiency in the Agriculture and Tourism sectors- Impacts and policy implications for water resources managementInformation dissemination and collation
Annual High Level Session (HLS) for Caribbean Ministers of Water, held since2005, to discuss critical areas in water resources management and the approach tocreating and implementing IWRM policies in the region.
Water Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP)Overall Objective:To support adaptation of Caribbean states to climatevariability and change through the implementation ofbetter water policies, strategies, programmes andwater related adaptation actions defined in theCARICOM Regional Implementation Plan forAchieving Development Resilient to ClimateChange.
GWP-C Rain Water Harvesting Demonstration Model
GWP Information Support GWP Toolbox - A knowledge sharing tool created by the global organisationwhich can best be described as on “Online IWRM Library.”The tool box is: FreeComprises of IWRM case studies from across the globeReference that can be used by water experts, decision makers andanyone interested in learning about the management of water resources
GWP Information SupportIWRM Publications and Promotional MaterialGWP-C is committed to knowledge sharing on water resources managementand other environmental topics such as climate change.Here are some of the GWP-C resources available to you: GWP-C brochures and leaflets GWP-C water videos IWRM leaflets IWRM books CDs with information on “How to Manage the World’s Water Resources” Other publications on IWRM, climate change, water and sanitation, amongother areas.
IWRM Publications and Promotional MaterialGWP-C Water Videos - GWP-C currently has 3 video productions on waterscarcity and the flood risk management in the Caribbean. These videos areavailable by request to the GWP-C Secretariat.The videos include:Flood Risk Management and the CaribbeanWater Scarcity and Population in the CaribbeanWater: Is there enough for tomorrow?
For more information on GWP-C, please visit our website at:www.gwp-caribbean.orgThank You!