Description/achievement of initiative
The UNESCO Category 2 Centre for the Sustainable Management of Water Resources in the Caribbean Island States aims to generate and transfer scientific and technical knowledge related to sustainable water management in the Caribbean Island States, so as to improve the capacities for a more efficient use of water resources in the region. During 2013, the research activities of El centro para la gestiÃ³n sostenible de los recursos hÃdricos en los estados insulares del Caribe (CEHICA) have included: the simulation of climate variability effects on water balance and adaptation strategies on water use in the Yaque del Norte river basin, the conclusion of a 3 year project on watershed erosion and sedimentation of reservoirs, water quality monitoring and studies in several river basins in the Dominican Republic for INDRHI, and a 5-day training course on rainwater harvesting, followed by a period of 30 days dedicated to practical work by 30 participants from Dominica and the Dominican Republic. In partnership with the IHP the centre will:- Organise and implement activities for knowledge and information transfer, upgrading the human resource base, deliver consulting and technical advice for sustainable management of water resources in the Caribbean Island States.- Promote and perform scientific research on water management in the region and hydrologic aspects, facilitate applications of technology towards better practical use of water.CEHICA has also been strongly involved as a contributing partner for the UNESCO Chair on Water, Gender and Governance, established in 2014 at the Instituto Global de Altos Estudios en Ciencias Sociales (IGlobal).Both CEHICA and the Chair operate under agreements with UNESCO to contribute to the implementation of the eight phase of the International Hydrological Programme in the Caribbean and have an ample set of partnership agreements with institutions in the region.
The agreement is implemented through the establishment of a centre in the Dominican Republic., with a focus on the Caribbean Island States. The Government of the Dominican Republic provides the financial and in-kind resources needed for the administration and proper operation of the Center.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
CEHICA promotes and performs scientific research on water, facilitates applications of technology towards better use of water, coordinates research activities in cooperation with various international and Caribbean entities, implements activities for knowledge and information transfer, including training and education at different levels.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
CEHICA is guided and supervised by a Governing Board that is renewed every three years and is composed of the Executive director of the INDRHI, a representative of Member States of the region, a representative of the Director-General of UNESCO, and a representative of an intergovernmental organization or international NGO.
1) Instituto Nacional de Recursos Hidráulicos (INDRHI), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
2) UNESCO Chair on Water, Gender and Governance, Instituto Global de Altos Estudios en Ciencias Sociales (IGlobal), Dominican Republic.
3) UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP)