About Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C)
The vision of the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C) is for a water secure Caribbean and its mission is to support Caribbean countries in the sustainable development and management of their water resources at the community, national and regional level.
Launched in June 2004, GWP-C is 1 of 13 Regional Water Partnerships of the Global Water Partnership (GWP) which was founded in 1996 by the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) to foster Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).
What is IWRM?
Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is a process which promotes the coordinated development and management of water, land and related resources in order to maximise economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems and the environment. IWRM therefore takes into consideration that different uses of water are dependent on each other.
GWP-C’s Key Objectives
- To promote Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) as the approach to water resources management in the Caribbean region and to obtain national commitment towards IWRM implementation.
- To improve water governance in the Caribbean through the promotion, enhancement and effective implementation of legislation, policies and programmes on IWRM.
- To align the Caribbean region with global water initiatives in order to capitalise on international experiences and opportunities for regional capacity building in IWRM.
- To promote public participation in the management of water resources through capacity building and information sharing at the regional, national, and particularly the community level.
- To establish proactive alliances in water resources management, that are representative, gender sensitive, and participatory at the community, country, and regional level.
The Partnership Network
Partners are the basis on which the GWP-C network is constructed and operates. GWP-C therefore works with its partners to promote and strengthen interaction and cooperation at all levels and across different sectors to sustain IWRM in the Caribbean region.
To do this, GWP-C works through its Partners which include government ministries; public and private water management or water services agencies; private sector companies; water user associations; non-governmental organisations (NGOs); community-based organisations (CBOs); research and educational institutions; training organisations; youth organisations; consultancy organisations; funding organisations; among other entities.
Becoming a GWP-C Partner is an invaluable opportunity and membership is open to any organisation that has an interest in water sustainability.
Since 2005, GWP-C and its partner, the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) co-convene an Annual High Level Session (HLS) for Caribbean Water Ministers in order to build political support for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) at the national and regional level. To date, the HLS is an unmatched regional event, being the only meeting of Caribbean Water Ministers.
GWP-C engages in and develops activities aimed at building awareness on the implementation of IWRM in the Caribbean.
GWP-C provides training and technical expertise in some of the following areas:
- Water and Climate Change
- Water and Sanitation Policies
- Water-Use Efficiency in the Agriculture and Tourism Sectors
- Development of IWRM Policies and Roadmaps