General Background information on the Project
Project Title: Implementing Integrated Water Resource and Wastewater Management in Atlantic and Indian Ocean SIDS
The geographic scope of this regional project covers the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, focusing on six Small Island Developing States (SIDS), with Cabo Verde and São Tomé y Princípe in the Atlantic Ocean and Comoros, Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. The Goal of the project is to contribute to sustainable development in the Indian and Atlantic Ocean SIDS through improvements in natural resource and environmental management. The overall Objective is to accelerate progress on WSSD targets and IWRM and WUE plans and water supply and sanitation MDGs for the protection and utilization of groundwater and surface water in the participating countries. This will be based on best practices and demonstrations of IWRM approaches.
The project is consistent with the GEF IV strategic objective for International Waters: ‘to play a catalytic role in addressing trans-boundary water concerns by assisting countries to utilize the full range of technical assistance, economic, financial, regulatory and institutional reforms that are needed’. It will do so through supporting and building on existing political commitments and through promoting sustainable water use and improved water management, making it easier to address the challenges of the future as climatic variability and change affects water resources further. More specifically, the project will deliver outcomes under GEF IV Strategic Programme III (SP-3) through working with communities to address their needs for safe drinking water and other socio-economic benefits of sustainable and safe water resources, including balancing environmental requirements with livelihood needs.
UNEP and UNDP jointly function as Implementing Agencies and respectively oversee their own components. UNDP component focuses on site-based IWRM demonstration activities while UNEP components primarily focus on national and regional interventions. UNDP component is implemented through UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Water and Energy Cluster while UNEP components are executed by UNOPS East Africa Hub. The following are the Project components;
Component 1: Targeted site based IWRM demonstration activities in all six participating countries (UNDP Implemented)
Component C2: Focusing on development of IWRM and WUE Regional Indicator Framework based on improved collection of gender disaggregated data and indicator feedback and action for improved national and regional sustainable development using water as an entry point b (UNEP Implemented).
Component C3: Focusing on Policy, Legislative, and Institutional Reform for IWRM and WUE through supporting institutional change and re-alignment to enact National IWRM Plans and WUE strategies, including appropriate financing mechanisms and supporting and building further political will to endorse IWRM policies and plans (UNEP Implemented).
Component C4: Focusing on Capacity Building and Sustainability Program for IWRM and WUE, including Knowledge Exchange and Learning and Replication (UNEP Implemented).
As part of the IWRM implementation support, the project supports any of the six participating SIDS in their efforts to mobilize resources, when such opportunity arises, to implement IWRM practices further in the country.
General Background on Consultancy:
The project is providing support to the Government of Cabo Verde in preparation of a Concept Note and a Request for Project Preparatory Facility for submission to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The Government of Cabo Verde requested UNDP’s support to formulate a Concept Note and a Request for Project Preparatory Facility (PPF) that meet GCF submission criteria/ requirement. The Project Steering Committee agreed for the project to provide financial support to the effort of the Government of Cabo Verde, in partnership with UNDP, to develop the Concept Note and the PPF Request.
Subsequently, UNDP is mobilizing a team of experts to support the Government to prepare for those two documents for UNDP’s internal review by March 2018 and for submission to GCF once they are internally cleared.