Climate Change and the Water Sector in the Caribbean

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Caribbean countries and other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are among the most vulnerable to the effects of Global Climate Change. While contributing the least to the causes, small island states and low-lying countries have been the first to experience the impacts and will suffer the greatest consequences of this existential threat. The short documentary below highlights that these most affected countries are literally "running out of time and water." Action has to be taken immediately to increase resilience of the infrastructure and the population to avert the most severe impacts to local communities caused by climate change. https://youtu.be/Tp9Yd9_p3Gg This film was produced by the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), UN Environment, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and formed part of the Caribbean Region's presentation at the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia, Brazil, March 2018. The lead consultant on the project was Dr. J. Fletcher (St. Lucia), who also led the production of a ‘White Paper’ titled ‘Governance and Building Climate Resilience in the Water Sector in the Caribbean’ that was adopted by the Ministers in charge of Water in the Caribbean at the ‘26th CWWA Conference and Exhibition’ in Guyana in October 2017. This authoritative paper has subsequently been upgraded to the ‘Regional Strategic Action Plan (RSAP) for Governance and Building Climate Resilience in the Water Sector in the Caribbean’ that was endorsed on the occasion of the ‘27th CWWA Conference and Exhibition’ and the ‘14th Annual High Level Forum for Caribbean Ministers of Water’ resp. that took place in Jamaica, October 9-10, 2018. The CATS program published the film with the kind permission of CWWA.

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