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Integrated Water and Wastewater Resource Management in Atlantic and Indian Ocean SIDS
Description/achievement of initiative

Cabo Verde, Comoros, Maldives, Mauritius, São Tomé & Príncipe and Seychelles may seem like they have little in common, but as small islands, they face very similar challenges. The countries − located in the Atlantic and Indian oceans − all share problems relating to the scarcity and contamination of freshwater supplies; lack of solid waste management facilities, over-exploitation and poor management of groundwater resources; increasing pressure on agricultural production; and disappearing biodiversity. Therefore, the Global Environment Facility has funded a full-sized project to strengthen their capacity to manage their aquatic resources and ecosystems on a more sustainable basis.

Implementation methodologies

This project is a Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded full-sized project. It is implemented by two agencies, UNEP and UNDP. UNOPS (East African Hub and Water and Energy Clusters) is the executing agency for respective components and works in partnerships with the Governments of Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Comoros, Sao Tome and Principe and Cabo Verde. In each countries, a national focal point from the government has been designated to oversee the implementation of the project in partnership with the executing agency.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

The component 4 of the project is dedicated to Capacity-Building and therefore a lot of activities are planned in all 6 countries and at the regional level.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The project has a regional coordination unit in charge of overseeing the implementation of the project at regional level. All decisions proposed by the regional coordination unit have to be validated by a regional steering committee. This regional steering committee is composed of representatives of all UN agencies involved in the implementation/execution of the project, as well as national focal points from the governments of the beneficiary countries.In each country there is a national steering committee in charge of piloting activities at national level. Through the national focal point, the discussions of the national steering committee are also considered at the regional steering committee.


UNEP; UNDP; UNOPS; GEF; Governments of Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Comoros, Sao Tome and Principe and Cabo Verde
Progress reports
Goal 5
Goal 6
Goal 13
Goal 14
Goal 17
June 2016
Demonstrate the added value of IWRM and WUE based approaches through the implementation of demonstration project at local level in each of the 6 participating countries.
September 2017
Developing national and regional IWRM and WUE Indicator Framework and Monitoring.
September 2017
Policy, legislative and institutional reform for IWRM and WUE.
September 2017
Capacity Building, Learning, Knowledge, exchange, & replication.
Financing (in USD)
9,700,000 USD

Basic information
Time-frame: 2012 - 09/2017
UNEP; UNDP; UNOPS; GEF; Governments of Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Comoros, Sao Tome and Principe and Cabo Verde
Contact information
Geraldine Deblon, Communication Specialist, GeraldineD@unop.org
United Nations