Description/achievement of initiative
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has funded a full sized project to support 6 participating Small Island Developing States (SIDS) of which 2 are located in the Atlantic Ocean (Cape Verde and Sao Tome & Principe) and 4 are located in the Indian Ocean (Comoros, Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles). The IWRM AIO SIDS project addresses issues related to the management of water resources, both freshwater and coastal marine areas in an integrated manner. Recognizing the urgent need for comprehensive Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and improved Water Use Efficiency (WUE), the project seeks to accelerate progress on IWRM and WUE plans and water supply and sanitation development goals for the protection and utilization of groundwater and surface water in the participating countries. It will specifically support the implementation of demonstration activities on IWRM and WUE to address priority issues at the national level with potential for replication across the region and in other SIDS regions.The overall objective of the IWRM AIO SIDS project is to strengthen the commitment and capacity of the participating countries to implement an integrated approach to the management of freshwater resources, with a long-term goal of enhancement of the capacity of the countries to plan and manage their aquatic resources and ecosystems on a sustainable basis.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
Ministry of Agriculture and Environment of Cabo Verde; National Agency for Water and Sanitation for Cabo Verde; Municipality of Tarrafal in Cabo Verde; Association of Farmers and Breeder of Chao Bom Colonato in Cabo Verde; Ministry of Environment, Energy and Water of Maldives; Ministry of Production, Ministry of Production of Environment, Energy, Industry and Crafts of the Union of Comoros; Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities of Mauritius; Water Resource Unit of Mauritius; Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment of Sao Tome and Principe; Ministry of Environment and Energy of Seychelles; Cap-Net