October 27 @ 15:00 - 16:30
WHAT POLICIES CAN UNLOCK FINANCE TO ENHANCE WATER SECURITY IN THE CARIBBEAN?
Islands increasingly need wiser and more efficient water management to address water scarcity but the methods of supplying water to the islands are of central importance both from an economic and an environmental point of view. The current global energy crisis has exacerbated the costs islands have to bear in order to produce desalinated water with diesel. Sustainable solutions must be put in place to guarantee adequate high-quality freshwater supply to their inhabitants. Providing islands with the most innovative desalination plants – today also available in small sizes – coupled with renewable and hybrid power systems is a choice of primary importance to promote their self-sufficiency and lower their servicing costs, with huge positive impacts on their communities.
Other strategic areas are the establishment of innovative rainwater collection and wastewater treatment systems to exploit the vast synergies available with other sectors like agriculture, as well as the improvement of island water grids, extending them and minimizing their losses.
Hence, it is critical that private and public finance flow into such a strategic sector, to help islands mitigate the effects of climate change. Furthermore, savings generated through innovative solutions can be invested in new adaptation projects. This webinar will analyze the particular challenges of the Caribbean islands, common also to many other islands worldwide. Good practices will be presented with a focus on optimal policies and financing mechanisms to unlock projects in the region and around the globe.
15.00 Introduction & Welcome greetings
- Representative GTI
- Representative Overseas Countries & Territories Association (OCTA)
- O’Reilly Lewis – Division Chief Economic Infrastructure Division, Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)
- Midori Makino – Lead Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist for the Water Global Practice, Latin America and Caribbean Region, World Bank
- Case study from Aruba island:
- Minister Ursell Arends – Ministry of Transport, Integrity, Nature and Elderly Affairs
- Alfredo A Koolman – CEO WEB Aruba
15.50 Round Table with the following:
Moderated by: Shawn Meyer-Steele – Caribbean Desalination Association’s (CaribDA)
- Colin Young – Executive Director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC); and representatives from the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)
- Vincent Sweeney – Head of Caribbean, United Nations Environment Programme
- Trevor Thompson – Steering committee member, Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C)
16.25 Wrap up and conclusions
16.30 End of the workshop