Implementing Integrated Water Resource and Wastewater Management in Atlantic and Indian Ocean SIDS
The constraints to effective water resource management can be summarised generally as an absence of effective strategy and policy; the absence of workable and intersectoral legislative and institutional mechanisms, inadequate financial sustainability; absence of a strategy to deal with extreme or chronic events that threaten the resources (e.g. flooding, drought, saltwater intrusion); lack of access to or awareness of appropriate and cost-effective technologies and methodologies; inadequate capacity at the institutional and individual level; an imbalance between long-term planning for development and that for resource and environmental sustainability; short-term strategies for the prioritisation of water needs (tourism and agriculture); and inadequate information to support sustainable policy-making and management strategies.
If these constraints and barriers are not addressed, the long-term implications will be a deterioration in water quality, access and availability (along with reduced environmental quality); a failure of coastal and watershed ecosystem functions (including associated biodiversity and natural habitat losses); overall land degradation; increased LBS pollution to the IW environment; and an overall deterioration in human welfare within the SIDS. This Concept Paper proposes the development of a Full GEF Project in partnership between UNEP and UNDP to help African SIDS to:
As part of the achievement of its Objectives, the Project will identify and implement a series of IWRM demonstrations within each of the SIDS that will provide real, on-the-ground solutions to common problems, and which can be transferred and replicated throughout the 6 SIDS, and ideally throughout other SIDS on a global basis, as appropriate.
|Project Website URL:||http://aio-iwrm.iwlearn.org|
|Sub-Region:||Eastern Africa,Middle Africa,SIDS (Africa),Western Africa,SIDS (Asia),Southern Asia,Small island developing States|
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|Project Status||CEO Endorsed|
Dec 27, 2010 12:00 AM
Dec 29, 2014 12:00 AM
|Focal Area||International Waters|
|GEF Allocation to project||9.94M US$|
|Total Cost of the project:||26.04M US$|
|Countries:||Cape Verde, Comoros, Mauritius, Maldives, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles|
|Lead Implementing Agency||United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)|