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Atlantic and Indian Ocean SIDS - Integrated Water Resources and Wastewater Management
Partners
Global Environment Facility (GEF), UNEP, UNDP, UNOPS
Progress reports/updates
Deliverables
Resources
Objective & Description
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has funded a full sized project to support 6 participating Small Island Developing States (SIDS) of which 2 are located in the Atlantic Ocean (Cape Verde and Sao Tome & Principe) and 4 are located in the Indian Ocean (Comoros, Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles). The IWRM AIO SIDS project addresses issues related to the management of water resources, both freshwater and coastal marine areas in an integrated manner. Recognizing the urgent need for comprehensive Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and improved Water Use Efficiency (WUE), the project seeks to accelerate progress on IWRM and WUE plans and water supply and sanitation development goals for the protection and utilization of groundwater and surface water in the participating countries. It will specifically support the implementation of demonstration activities on IWRM and WUE to address priority issues at the national level with potential for replication across the region and in other SIDS regions.

The overall objective of the IWRM AIO SIDS project is to strengthen the commitment and capacity of the participating countries to implement an integrated approach to the management of freshwater resources, with a long-term goal of enhancement of the capacity of the countries to plan and manage their aquatic resources and ecosystems on a sustainable basis.
Governance & Coordination Mechanisms
Implementation Methodologies
The project ‘Implementing Integrated Water Resources and Wastewater Management in Atlantic and Indian Ocean Small Island Developing States, in short ‘IWRM AIO SIDS' project is a collective effort of the GEF, UNEP and UNDP and Small Island Developing States in the Atlantic and Incian Ocean towards sustainable and integrated water resources and wastewater management for the protection of the in-land island, coastal and marine environment of these two oceans. The IWRM AIO SIDS project is being led by UNEP and is financially supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and all participating countries.

The IWRM AIO SIDS' overarching goal is to strengthen the commitment and capacity of the participating countries to implement an integrated approach to the management of freshwater resources, with a long-term goal of enhancement of the capacity of the countries to plan and manage their aquatic resources and ecosystems on a sustainable basis.

The IWRM AIO SIDS project works through two lines of actions:

- technical and policy support led by UNEP (Regional Project); and
- co-financing of projects on the ground let by UNDP (National Demonstration Projects).

The project is being implemented in coordination with relevant regional and national initiatives and helps accelerate progress on World Summit on Sustainable Development targets (WSSD, 2002, Johannesburg, South Africa) and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and Water Use Efficiency (WUE) plans and water supply and sanitation Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for the protection and utilization of groundwater and surface water in the participating countries.

The project supports 6 participating SIDS of which 2 are located in the Atlantic Ocean (Cape Verde and Sao Tome & Principe) and 4 are located in the Indian Ocean (Comoros, Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles).
Arrangements for Capacity Building and Technology Transfer
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