Atlantic and Indian Ocean SIDS Integrated Water Resources Management Project
Status of initiative: Completed
Description/achievement of initiative

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.

Implementation methodologies

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


Ministry of Agriculture and Environment of Cabo Verde; National Agency for Water and Sanitation for Cabo Verde; Municipality of Tarrafal in Cabo Verde; Association of Farmers and Breeder of Chao Bom Colonato in Cabo Verde; Ministry of Environment, Energy and Water of Maldives; Ministry of Production, Ministry of Production of Environment, Energy, Industry and Crafts of the Union of Comoros; Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities of Mauritius; Water Resource Unit of Mauritius; Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment of Sao Tome and Principe; Ministry of Environment and Energy of Seychelles; Cap-Net
December 2017
Develop national IWRM and WUE indicator and monitoring framework in all 6 countries
December 2017
Policy, legislative institutional reforms for IWRM and WUE in all countries
December 2017
Capacity building, learning, knowledge exchange & replication of best practices from pilot projects
May 2016
Implementing demonstration projects at local level to demonstrate the tangible benefits of IWRM approches in all 6 participating counties
May 2016
Implementing demonstration projects at local level to demonstrate the tangible benefits of IWRM approches in all 6 participating countries
Resources devoted to implementation
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Location: Cape Verde and Sao Tome & Principe, Comoros, Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles
Date of completion: December 2017
Contact information/focal point(s)
Regional Project Coordination Team, GeraldineD@unops.org

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