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Water Crisis in the Caribbean: The IWRM Response


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Water Crisis in the Caribbean: The IWRM Response

  1. 1. 6 th High Level Session (HLS) Ministerial Forum for Ministers of Water with Responsibility for Water Water Crisis in the Caribbean: The Integrated Water Resource Management Response October 3 & 4, 2010 Avril Alexander Regional Coordinator Global Water Partnership- Caribbean
  2. 2. GWP-C’s Mission GWP-C is dedicated to supporting Caribbean countries in the sustainable management of their water resources through the establishment of strategic alliances and the implementation of the appropriate actions. GWP-C is fully committed to promoting and applying the concept of an Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach at the community, national and regional level. GWP-C was established in 2004 and has over sixty(60) partners in 20 countries
  3. 3. GWP-C Key Objectives <ul><li>1. To promote IWRM as the approach to water resources management in the Caribbean region and to obtain national commitment towards IWRM implementation </li></ul><ul><li>2. To establish proactive alliances in water resource management that are representative, gender sensitive and participatory at the community, national, regional and international levels </li></ul><ul><li>3. To improve water governance in the Caribbean through the promotion, enhancement and effective implementation of legislation, policies and programmes on IWRM </li></ul><ul><li>4. To align the Caribbean region with global water initiatives in order to capitalize on international experiences and opportunities for regional capacity building in IWRM </li></ul>
  4. 4. Water Crisis in the Caribbean: The Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) Response <ul><li>Drought of late 2009/ April 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>National experiences: Challenges, Actions taken, Lessons learnt, Future Plans </li></ul><ul><li>Drought Management Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Development Impact </li></ul>
  5. 5. Outcomes <ul><li>The Meeting recognised the need for: </li></ul><ul><li>Drought Management Planning (within the context of IWRM Planning) </li></ul><ul><li>Precipitation monitoring and data gathering for forecasting </li></ul><ul><li>Demand management </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative sources of water(RWH, desalination, wastewater) </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusion of water resource considerations in urban/development planning </li></ul><ul><li>Human Resource Capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Resources </li></ul>
  6. 6. Outcomes (continued) <ul><li>Water Resources Assessments </li></ul><ul><li>IWRM Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Legislative frameworks (new, revised) </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional arrangements (water utility, resource manager, regulator) </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-sectoral approach </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholder involvement (NGO’s, government, public etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Political Leadership and Will </li></ul>
  7. 7. Moving Forward <ul><li>Ministerial support for national and regional actions </li></ul><ul><li>Reporting to COTED via CARICOM </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with the CARICOM Consortium on Water </li></ul>
  8. 8. Thank You