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IWCAM Roadmap Toward Effective Mainstreaming of GIS for Watershed Management in the Caribbean
The watersheds and coastal areas of the Caribbean contain some of the world’s most diverse and productive habitats and encompass extensive areas of complex and unique ecosystems. The coastal areas include mangroves, coral reefs, sea grass beds and river deltas, which are an important source of food production; support for a variety of economic activities such as fisheries, tourism and the related uses of recreation and transportation.
GEF - IWCAM Project Communications Planning Guide
The recurrent issues of small size and the coastal focus of development together with their linked problems make Caribbean islands a priority area for the introduction of Integrated Watershed and Coastal Areas Management (IWCAM). The issues and problems facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS) of the Caribbean are characterized by small size and limited resources for development. An unsustainable sectoral approach to management of our watershed and coastal areas now dominates in the public and private sectors. Administrative responsibility tends to be fragmented and jurisdiction over the management of resource use is unclear.
The IWCAM Demonstration Projects
A major focus of this regional IWCAM project is to undertake specific demonstrations of targeted IWCAM activities in order to deliver actual achievements in mitigation and resolution of threats and root causes. As such, this represents a discrete Component of the overall project (Component 1 - The Demonstration, Capture And Transfer Of Best Practices). Within this Component, a number of Demonstration Projects have been developed at the national level.
Toolkit for Institutional Policy and Legislative Improvements in Support of the IWCAM Approach in Caribbean SIDS
Adequate laws and appropriate institutional arrangements are important instruments for integrating
watershed and coastal areas management to control marine pollution. The Global Program of Action
for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities (GPA) is a driver for marine
pollution issues in the Caribbean. As a policy instrument it is designed to be a source of conceptual
and practical guidance for national and/or regional authorities to devise and implement sustained
actions to prevent, reduce, control and/or eliminate marine degradation from land-based activities. On
November 5, 1995, the GPA was adopted at an intergovernmental meeting in Washington, DC.
IWCAM indicators mechanism and capacity assessment Report
Capacity Assessment of Geographic Information Systems Capabilities of the Caribbean Report
The Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI) and the Regional Coordination Unit of the
Caribbean Environment Programme of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEPCAR/
RCU) are co-executing a regional initiative known as the Project on Integrating Watershed
and Coastal Areas Management in Caribbean Small Island Developing States (IWCAM). The
overall objective of the project is to strengthen the commitment and capacity of the participating
countries to implement an integrated approach to the management of watersheds and coastal
National Report for Antigua & Barbuda
The islands of Antigua and Barbuda, located in the northern Leeward Islands, are characterised by
relatively low relief and upper watershed lands that were deforested and degraded through two
centuries of sugar cultivation. The low average rainfall and highly erratic distribution, as well as the
shortage of suitable surface or ground water storage areas, have combined to produce a situation
where the country is severely short of fresh water to supply even domestic needs in drought years.
National Report for Bahamas-IWCAM
The overall objective of this project is to integrate fresh water resources and coastal water
management through multi-sectoral planning and management of island ecosystems.
Specifically, the project will assist participating countries in improving watershed and
coastal zone management practices in support of sustainable development.
National Report for Cuba-IWCAM
National Report for Dominica-IWCAM
The risk for future generations of Dominicans lies in under-valuing the country’s
remarkable, common resource base and, by doing so, inadvertently allowing it to
deteriorate and devolve into a diminished habitat for Dominicans in the future.
National Report for Grenada-IWCAM
ProjectDocument:Report National Report
Integrating Management of Watersheds and Coastal Areas
National Report for Haiti-IWCAM
National Report for Jamaica-IWCAM
The management of watersheds areas has often been approached separately from the
management of coastal areas, primarily because of the significant difference in the
ecology of these areas; freshwater versus marine.
National Report for St. Kitts and Nevis-IWCAM
The island of St. Kitts is roughly oval in shape with a narrow neck of land extending like a
handle from the southeastern end. This handle like extension is usually referred to as the South
East Peninsular (SEP). Nevis on the other hand is just roughly circular.
National Report for St. Lucia-IWCAM
This National Report on Integrating the Management of Watersheds and
Coastal Areas in St. Lucia has been written as a result of the Regional
Inception Workshop, held in Kingston, Jamaica, March 30-31, 2000. This
workshop initiated the development of a major project on Integrating
Management of Watersheds and Coastal Areas in Small Island States in the
Caribbean. It is expected that the various national reports will be synthesized
into a joint brief for the further development and submission of a proposal to
the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for funding.
National Report for St.Vincent-IWCAM
While the issue of watershed management is well understood and reasonably well
established in St. Vincent, integrated management of watershed and coastal areas is
not a theme on the work programme for any executing agency on the island. Little
wonder that the Island Systems Management (ISM) propagated by the
Organisation of East Caribbean States Natural Resources Management Unit
(OECS-NRMU) has not gained meaningful acceptance.
National Report for Trinidad and Tobago
The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is an archipelagic state located at the
southern end of the Caribbean island chain. The islands have a tropical wet
climate of the monsoonal type. Rainfall that averages 2,200 millimetres, is
seasonal with a wet season from June to November and a dry season from
December to May.