Water experts talk solutions in the Cook Islands

17 August 2011 | News story

Solutions for water efficiency and wastewater management in the Pacific were core topics at the annual GEF IWRM Steering Committee Meeting, which took place from 25-29 July 2011 in the Cook Islands.

The 3rd Meeting of the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Pacific Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) Programme brought together more than 70 water experts from Pacific Island Countries to review progress and discuss solutions in achieving the Programme's objective. Improving water resources management and efficiency in order to balance overuse and conflicting use through policy and legislative reform is the main objective of the GEF IWRM Project in the Pacific.

The annual GEF IWRM meeting has been attended by the IUCN Oceania Water Programme for the past two years. It has been very useful in developing our work programme further and in establishing and strengthening our collaboration with partners and water networks in the Oceania region”, said IUCN Oceania Water and Wetlands Coordinator Dr. Milika Sobey.

The meeting, organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s Applied GeoScience and Technology Division (SOPAC), brought together project managers, focal points, implementing agencies and donor partners to review progress and discuss steps ahead.

Co-funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the European Union (EU), the project aims to build capacity of Pacific Island countries to manage water resources more sustainably. More than 14 demonstration projects have been implemented in over 13 Pacific countries to show the practical benefits of integrated sustainable water resources and wastewater management.

The Nadi Basin in Fiji is the IWRM Demonstration site supported by IUCN's Water and Nature Initiative (WANI), together with SOPAC, to improve flood preparedness and integrate land and water management planning.
 

For more information, please contact Dr Milika Sobey, IUCN Oceania Water Coordinator: milika.sobey@iucn.org