International Waters learning Exchange & Resource Network

Implementing Integrated Water Resource and Wastewater Management in Atlantic and Indian Ocean SIDS

Project Objective: 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:

  • (a) address water-related surface and groundwater supply constraints that the SIDS face;
  • (b) remove barriers to progress through development of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) mechanisms and Water Use Efficiency strategies consistent with WSSD;
  • (c) support policy and legislative reforms as well as institutional and human resource capacity building;
  • (d) adopt an integrated and participatory management approach;
  • (e) adopt strategies to deal with extreme and chronic events and to consider more appropriate resource valuation and pricing policies.

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.

Other (not set)

Indian Ocean , South Atlantic Ocean , North Atlantic Ocean

Africa , SIDS (Africa)

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General information
GEF ID 2706
Project type Full-Size Project
Status closed (Project Completed)
Start Date 28 Dec 2010
End Date 31 Dec 2017
GEF characteristic:
Focal Area International Waters
GEF Allocation to project 9,700,000 USD
Total Cost of the project: 49,412,535.00 USD
YES - See results data (2706)
Cape Verde , Comoros , Maldives , Mauritius , Sao Tome and Principe , Seychelles , Regional

UN Environment (UNEP)

Project contacts
Ivan Zavadsky Executive Secretary
Daniel Nzyuko Results and Knowledge Management Specialist