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Water Governance

National Integrated Water Resources Management Planning
“Water is Everybody’s Business, from Cabinet to Community”

Water bodies span large geographic areas and connect many different sectors of society. An overarching national planning process for agreeing how a country’s water resources should be managed, and how to coordinate management initiatives is a vital to ensure water gets to those who need it.

The IWRM planning programme supports member countries develop governance structures that ensure that water management is inclusive and takes into account of the needs of all users. This includes the development, promotion and implementation of appropriate policy, planning, regulatory frameworks and community awareness.

The Regional IWRM Resource Centre manages information and facilitates knowledge exchange between national and regional stakeholders, partner organisations, and other international water programmes. The Centre collects and provides resources to assist government and other actors with the information they need to implement IWRM processes and develop partnerships with other interested actors.

Pacific Partnership Initiative on Sustainable Water Management Coordination Unit
“From Vision to Action”

The Pacific Partnership Initiative on Sustainable Water Management is a voluntary partnership of water and wastewater stakeholders with a common goal of achieving sustainable water and wastewater management in Pacific Island Countries. The Coordination Unit of the Pacific Partnership Initiative on Sustainable Water Management core functions are to:

a) Produce quarterly newsletters that cover Pacific News; Actions; Publications; Multimedia; Websites; and Water Agendas;

b) Develop and maintain the Pacific Water Action Matrix; and

c) Develop and maintain a database of member partners contact details.

The use of the partnership is a unique model for regional project implementation and members of the partnership are playing active roles either through participation in national activities or regional support programmes.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 09:34  


Newsflash

Friday 9 May 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Suva, Fiji - Deep sea minerals have the potential to be a game changer for the Pacific. Whether they will bring a change for the good or the bad will be determined by the financial management of governments and their ability to adopt and enforce sensible environmental safeguards.

If revenue is managed transparently and prudently while protecting the environment, deep sea minerals could greatly improve the economies and livelihoods of the Pacific Islands countries.

To address these issues, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is holding a regional workshop, the fifth in its technical training series. This workshop will be held in Cook Islands on 13–16 May and will centre on the ‘Financial Aspects’ of the upcoming deep sea minerals industry.

The workshop will bring together more than 60 Pacific Island government minerals and finance officials and experts from around the globe for the first regional event of its kind on managing the potential wealth generated from the extraction of deep sea minerals. Although deep sea mining is yet to occur world-wide, there is much commercial interest in mineral formations, such as nodules, crusts and seafloor massive sulphides that have been discovered on the seabed, thousands of metres below sea-level, particularly in the Pacific Ocean.