iWaSP is an international water security programme which combines global best practices in water stewardship with local know-how. The innovative six-year programme (2013-2018) facilitates partnerships between the public sector, the private sector and civil society. It addresses shared water risks on a catchment scale, while improving stakeholders’ use and management of water and building their capacity to develop their own solutions.
In Grenada, the International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP) aims to improve water security for more than 60,000 people by 2018 by reducing water risks for the private sector and civil society, while strengthening public institutions. IWaSP is currently working on a number of activities under one umbrella partnership in the country, with a focus on agro-forestry, eco-tourism and civil society.
The overall goal of this initiative is to improve the management of the Grand Etang lake as a water reservoir for southern’ Grenada’s drinking water supply. An added benefit could be an eco-friendly use of the Grand Etang Lake for locals and managed tourism. This will strengthen the need to maintain the lake’s drinking water capacity by initiating a more planned management and protection of the lake and scheduled removal of the reed in the lake.
The objective of G-WaSP is to improve water security for the people of Grenada through multi-stakeholder partnerships. Due to Grenada’s situation as a small island, water risks need to be tackled by joint actions of private, public and community stakeholders with support from GIZ in order to ensure benefits for all.
The main goal of the Grand Anse Watershed Partnership (est. Dec 2016) is to decrease the impacts of the frequent flooding after heavy rainfall events through the implementation of a sustainable drainage system in this area. Ideally drains should be maintained several times a week. The key is a responsive system that has monitoring mechanism and is proactive rather than reactive.
The G-WaSP approach focuses on the lower basin of Pointzfield River, comprising private farmers and the River Antoine Estate, including the Distillery and aims at reducing potential conflict through measurement and improved communication among stakeholders.
The Richmond Hill Watershed is approximately 1,280 hectares and encompasses Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP), a rum distillery, industries and other businesses as well as residential areas. The Richmond Hill watershed partnership will apply a ridge-to-reef approach, looking at various pollution sources and stakeholders related to pollution and its effects.
The project will establish a rainwater harvesting system thorugh the construction of a 15,000 square feet rainwater catchment, along with that of a 50,000 gallons concrete storage tank. From the tank, a distribution network will be assembled to supply water to the individual homes.