- Context, Approach and Objectives
In Grenada, the International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP) aims to improve water security for more than 60,000 people by 2018 by reducing water risks for the private sector and civil society, while strengthening public institutions. IWaSP is currently working on a number of activities under one umbrella partnership in the country, with a focus on agro-forestry, eco-tourism and civil society.
- Achievements to Date
The local IWaSP office has been set up in July 2015 and as of February 2016 IWaSP has made contact with various stakeholders affected by water risks and has started raising awareness for the need for collective action around water stewardship in the region. Four potential partnerships have been identified so far, and are currently being assessed for feasibility. They mainly address the private sector and civil society water risks linked to flood risk reduction, pollution of coastal waters, water supply security and water loss reduction.
- Challenges and Outlook
IWaSP strives to gain local support for the establishment of partnerships for increased water security in the region.
- Country Set-up
In Grenada, IWaSP is anchored in the bilateral Integrated Climate Change Adaptation Strategies (ICCAS) programme, implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
IWaSP partners in this region include the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, the National Water and Sewerage Authority (NAWASA), the Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association (GHTA), the Inter Agency Group of Development Organisations (IAGDO) and St. George‘s University.
IWaSP is an international water security programme which combines global best practice in water stewardship with local know-how. Currently active in nine countries, the seven-year programme (2013-2019) facilitates partnerships between the public sector, the private sector and civil society to address shared water risks, while improving stakeholders’ use and management of water and building their capacity to develop their own solutions. GIZ manages IWaSP on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the UK Department for International Development (DfID).
- Further Information on Grenada’s Water Resources
Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique are the major inhabited islands of the multi-island state of Grenada. With a population of 104,000 and 344m2 of total surface area, the mainland of Grenada is divided into 71 watersheds and the island is largely dependent on its rivers, streams and small dams. Some ground water is also accessible from limestone areas along the south-east coast.
Grenada experienced two major droughts in 2010 and in 2012 which significantly affected the water and agricultural sectors. Forecasts of the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) indicate that rainfall across the island will decline over the coming seasons. Coupled with insufficient water storage capacities and pollution challenges, water shortages can cause severe socio-economic challenges for the islands. A warning of a potential drought during 2016 has already been issued by CIMH and the national authorities, which could have serious impacts on tourism and agriculture, as well as on the livelihoods of thousands of people.
Investments in the water sector are essential to enhance the country’s ability to prepare for the effects of climate change. These investments could address water shortages, lack of storage facilities for water, the pollution of groundwater, surface water and marine water bodies, and flooding as a result of heavy rains.
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