Caribbean devel­op­ment play­ers ben­e­fit from 4th In­ter­na­tional Wa­ters meet­ing

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

REP­RE­SEN­TA­TIVES FROM academia, the public and NGO sec­tors, to­gether with United Na­tions (UN) agen­cies from Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean, gath­ered in Uruguay this week to dis­cuss pri­vate-sec­tor part­ner­ship build­ing and gen­der main­stream­ing within the wa­ter sec­tor.

The oc­ca­sion was the fourth tar­geted work­shop for the Global En­vi­ron­ment Fa­cil­ity’s (GEF) In­ter­na­tional Wa­ters (IW) projects in Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean.

Par­tic­i­pants – who num­bered more than 50 – had pos­i­tive feed­back for the meet­ing that also had on the agenda the com­bined use of sur­face and ground­wa­ter to op­ti­mise man­age­ment of the vi­tal re­source, also re­ferred to as con­junc­tive wa­ter man­age­ment.

“I thought that it would be dif­fer­ent, more tech­ni­cal prac­tice about wa­ter. But I like it be­cause it is dif­fer­ent,” said Rosa Fran­cisca Zavala Cor­rea,

direc­tor gen­eral of en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues and aqua­cul­ture at the Min­istry of Pro­duc­tion in Peru.

“I am happy that I can learn more

things about IW and about gen­der, also,” she added.

Adams Tous­saint, chief forestry of­fi­cer in the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Fish­eries, Phys­i­cal Plan­ning, Nat­u­ral Re­sources, and Co-op­er­a­tives in Saint Lu­cia, said the work­shop was good for him.

“I have found the work­shop to be very use­ful in pro­vid­ing tools for new and emerg­ing is­sues that will help in the more ef­fec­tive man­age­ment of my work pro­gramme at my GEF IWEco (In­te­grat­ing Wa­ter, Land and Ecosys­tem Man­age­ment in Caribbean Small-Is­land De­vel­op­ing State) pro­ject,” he said.


IWEco is a re­gional, multi-fo­cal area pro­ject fi­nanced un­der the GEF fo­cal ar­eas: IW, land degra­da­tion, bio­di­ver­sity, sus­tain­able for­est man­age­ment and the GEF Small Grants Pro­gramme.

Its an­tic­i­pated re­sults in­clude en­hanced ca­pac­ity among par­tic­i­pat­ing is­lands to deal with is­sues of cli­matic vari­abil­ity and change, and sur­face and ground­wa­ter man­age­ment.

“Two note­wor­thy tools that (emerged from the work­shop) dealt with wa­ter gov­er­nance and sex-dis­ag­gre­gated data for de­ci­sion-mak­ing based on gen­der is­sues,” Tous­saint told The Gleaner.

The work­shop was hosted by the GEF’s IW Learn­ing Ex­change and Re­source Net­work, a pro­ject im­ple­mented by the UN Devel­op­ment Pro­gramme (UNDP) and UN En­vi­ron­ment, and ex­e­cuted by the In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Oceanograhic Com­mis­sion of the UN Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­en­tific, and Cul­tural Or­gan­i­sa­tion and part­ners Cap-Net UNDP.

IW LEARN pro­motes ex­pe­ri­ence shar­ing, learn­ing, in­for­ma­tion man­age­ment and part­ner­ship build­ing among projects in the GEF IW fo­cal area, tar­get­ing trans­bound­ary wa­ter sys­tems, in­clud­ing shared river basins, lakes, ground­wa­ter and large marine ecosys­tems.

In­cluded in its of­fer­ings to stake­hold­ers is sup­port to par­tic­i­pate in global and re­gional di­a­logue and pol­icy meet­ings, such as the World Wa­ter Fo­rum, where they get a chance to share the re­sults of their projects while help­ing to fos­ter col­lab­o­ra­tion.


Par­tic­i­pants at an In­ter­na­tional Wa­ters work­shop.

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