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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

Ten years of research has culminated in the Banaban Report, a detailed study of phosphate mining on the Kiribati atoll island of Banaba (Ocean Island).The report, produced by SOPAC and commissioned by the Kiribati government, was presented to its President Anote Tong in a special ceremony in Suva recently. SOPAC is a division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

In presenting the report, SOPAC’s Director, Dr. Russell Howorth said that the contents were a milestone of achievement. “The challenges of sustaining such work over the long period of time is an endorsement of both Kiribati and SOPAC’s partnership commitment to the project,” said Dr. Howorth.

Joining Dr. Howorth at the presentation was SPC’s Deputy Director General, Mrs. Fekita ‘Utoikamanu, who said that SPC would investigate the use of its wider resources to further develop the resources on Banaba Island as an extension of the report.

President Tong accepted the report on behalf of the Kiribati government and thanked SOPAC for all the support it has given “to his country over the years.”

Caption: Kiribati President Anote Tong (left) receives the Banaban Report from SOPAC Director Dr. Russell Howorth (right), while SPC Deputy Director General (centre)  Mrs. Fekita ‘Utoikamanu looks on.