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Building Together the Water and Sanitation Sector in the Caribbean through Communities of Practice

Tuesday, 23 May 2023
16:00 — 17:30
Caribbean Water Operators Partnerships (Cari-WOP): Caribbean Water and Sewerage Association (CAWASA), Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA), Dominica Water and Sewerage Company Limited (DOWASCO), Water and Sewerage Company Inc (WASCO) - Saint
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CariWOP is the regional platform for Water Operators’ Partnerships in the Caribbean which is embedded under the larger geographical WOP platform for Latin America and the Caribbean (WOP-LAC), under the auspices of the Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA) of the UN-Habitat.

The Caribbean is a region with among the highest exposure to natural hazards and impacts of climate change. We are replete with examples of these vulnerabilities and the increasing frequency and intensity of these events and their disastrous impacts on the lives, the natural environment, the economies, and livelihoods of Caribbean people.

While the region has made great strides towards achieving SDG 6, almost every year part or parts of the Region are setback by decades and must constantly be rebuilding at considerable cost. In the quest to build resilience and attain SDG 6, regional water utilities have adopted the WOPs model.

The topic of the discussion emanates from the Regional Strategic Action Plan for Governance and Building Climate Resilience in the Water Sector in the Caribbean (RSAP). The RSAP is a response to the myriad of common challenges facing the Caribbean Water and Sanitation Sector, aiming to address the major challenges facing the sector exacerbated by the reality of climate change.

The RSAP sets out five pillars of action, namely (i) water sector governance, (ii) climate-informed decision support, (iii) climate-resilient water resources management, (iv) climate-resilient water service provision, and (v) capacity building and public sensitization to build climate resilience.

The panel will discuss the pillars of action and the contributions of the partners in the implementation of the RSAP.

— Session Programme

Building Together the Water and Sanitation Sector in the Caribbean through Communities of Practice (90 minutes) Tuesday 23 May, 2023, 16:00 hrs CEST/10:00 AST

1. Introduction and Overview of CariWOP – Ignatius Jean (CAWASA/CariWOP Secretariat) – Moderator