Male, Maldives – The Republique of Maldives has hosted the third Regional Steering Committee of the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Atlantic and Indian Ocean (AIO) Small Islands Developing State (SIDS) project, from 25 to 27 October 2015, on the island of Lankanfinolhu, in North Male’ Atoll.
The meeting gathered high-level government officials from the six participating countries, national stakeholders, demonstration project managers and representatives from the UN agencies involved in the project. Important items of business discussed and approved by the Committee included: an extension of the project, the annual budget and workplan, stress reduction objectives, outcomes of the national IWRM demonstration projects and operational and financial modalities for the project implementation.
Because of their small size and limited landmass, many SIDS do not have large watersheds and catchment areas that allow for extensive surface water-bodies or large underground sources of water.
Pressure on water supplies also comes from economic activities, such as tourism, urbanization, coastal area development, agriculture, and mining. The impact of growing demands for water combined with decreasing availabilities of water resources poses a great challenge to the sustainable development of SIDS.
In response, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has funded a full sized project to support six Small Island Developing States (SIDS) of which two are located in the Atlantic Ocean (Cape Verde and Sao Tome & Principe) and four are located in the Indian Ocean (Comoros, Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles).
The SID AIO IWRM project aims to implement integrated cross sectorial water resource management initiatives and to contribute to sustainable development in the Indian and Atlantic Ocean SIDS through improvements in natural resource and environmental management.
It is implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the United Nations Office for Project Services UNOPS.
For more information, contact:
The SID AIO IWRM Regional Coordination Unit: GeraldineD@unops.org