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Water Resources Management

Pacific Hydrological Cycle Observing System
“You can’t manage what you don’t measure”

Good water resource management decisions must be based on measured data and good information. The Pacific Hydrological Cycle Observing System (HYCOS) supports national hydrological services in member countries monitor and asses their water resources. The programme’s ultimate aim is to promote and facilitate the collection, exchange, dissemination and use of water related information in order to protect and improve the management of freshwater resources. Climatic extremes and climatic variability is further increasing the need and usefulness of this type of information.

Pacific Water and Climate Resource Centre
“If our global energy habits are the focus for mitigation, the way we use and manage our water must become the focus for adaptation”

The Pacific Water and Climate Resource Centre provides further guidance to water managers on the use of climate information and the identification of appropriate coping and adaptation strategies for climate variability and change in the water sector.

Integrated Water Resources Management Demonstrations
“Managing freshwater from ridge to reef”

Water is a resource that is always in motion, and as such it affects and is impacted by many different environments and human activities. In spite of this, water resources management has traditionally been fragmented with related issues and sectors managed in isolation. Pacific island countries have recognised the need to move towards an integrated approach to water resources management, bringing together different sectors and stakeholders to plan and manage water resources. Integrated water resources management, or IWRM, has been highlighted as part of the Millennium Development Goals and the Pacific Regional Action Plan on Sustainable Water Management, which aims to improve the assessment and monitoring of water resources, reduce water pollution, improve access to technologies, strengthen institutional agreements, and leverage additional financial resources in supporting IWRM.

The Pacific IWRM demonstration programme is supporting water managers implement applicable and effective Integrated Water Resource Management and Water Use Efficiency (WUE) plans based on best practices and demonstrations that address national priority water issues.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 09:27  


Newsflash

The Government of Kiribati through the Office of the President requested SOPAC support to review of its National DRM governance arrangements this year. From 8th – 14th June, 2010 a SOPAC team comprising of Mosese Sikivou (Manager CRP), Tony Madigan (DRM Consultant) and Noa Tokavou (Disaster Management Adviser) visited Kiribati in order to establish a process for the review, undertake initial consultations with community and government representatives and collate relevant data and information. A meeting of the National Disaster Council was convened on 10th June at Tarawa expressly for the purpose of consultation in relation to the review.

The initial review mission revealed that there is a need to improve/strengthen the understanding of the links between disasters and development and to integrate disaster risk considerations more prominently within the development planning process across all levels – local (Islands Councils) sectoral and national level as well as to improve partnerships and coordination between Government ministries and non government organisations.  It is necessary to strengthen the institutional capacity of key technical agencies such as the Ministry of Works, NDMO, Met Office, Ministry of Finance (National Economic Planning Office) etc. to facilitate the increased performance of responsibilities in relation to a new DRM regime.

The second country engagement tentatively is scheduled for mid August and is expected to result in the presentation of revised DRM governance arrangements to the Kiribati Government.