Implementing Sustainable Integrated Water Resources and Wastewater Management in the Pacific Island Countries


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Implementing Sustainable Integrated Water Resources and Wastewater Management in the Pacific Island Countries


Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)

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Total: $7,273,000;

Sources of Financing: GEF


2008 - 2013



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The overall project goal is to improve the livelihoods (health, economic development and protection of ecosystem integrity and associated biodiversity) of participating Pacific Island Countries through the sustainable integrated management of their water resources.

Fourteen Pacific Island Countries working with SOPAC have successfully submitted the Project Identification Form (PIF) to the Global Environment Facility for the Sustainable Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) project. The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed an agreement with SOPAC to develop an innovative programme on Sustainable Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in the Pacific. The project has been developed by Pacific Island Countries, UNDP, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and SOPAC through the Pacific Water Partnership.

The aim of the regional project is to assist Pacific Island Countries to implement applicable and effective Integrated Water Resource Management and Water Use Efficiency (WUE) plans based on best practices and demonstrations. It will support the implementation of the Pacific Regional Action Plan on Sustainable Water Management that aims to improve the assessment and monitoring of water resources, reduce water pollution, improve access to technologies, strengthen institutional agreements, and leverage additional financial resources in supporting IWRM.

The Project Development Facility (PDF) -B phase of the process is nearing an end, which has lasted almost two years. Final consultations with countries on the design of their national Demonstration Projects, and completion of Regional Components is ongoing and project management documents for UNDP and UNEP are being prepared.

Complementing this GEF project is an EU Water Facility project which will support the Pacific Region in the development of national IWRM and Water Use Efficiency plans through establishing a regional IWRM Resource Centre and support in-country national consultations to improve Pacific Island water governance.

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