The National Water & Sewerage Authority (NAWASA) and Grenada Solid Waste Management Authority (GSWMA) in October brought experts from around the world to discuss the problems of water and sewerage provision in the Caribbean.
Working within the framework of the Caribbean Water Operators’ Partnership Platform (CariWOP), the Global Water Operators’ Alliance (GWOPA) supported two workshops at the 19th Annual Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) Conference and Exhibition earlier this month.
The main objective of the first "Workshop on Information Systems for Performance Indicators" for Caribbean utilities was to identify the data required for evaluating their performance, understand the strengths and limitations of alternative benchmarking methodologies, and develop systems for collecting and sharing information.
It also aimed to provide a means for supporting the design of capacity development actions for improving utilities performance, monitoring their progress, and promoting and facilitating Water Operators Partnerships (WOP) in the Caribbean.
The "Workshop on the EU Water Facility for CariWOP Platform" provided an overview of the main EU funding programmes available to the Caribbean Water and Sanitation Sector and presented the application for a grant under the ACP-EU Water Facility for the implementation of partnerships for capacity development in this field.
Feedback from participant water operators and other key stakeholders attending the workshop was received to enhance the application before submission to the EU. The main purpose of the project will be to improve water management governance and expand access to those who currently do not receive services, as well as the most vulnerable populations in the region.