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Workshop on Governance and Sanitation carded for next week Featured

The Global Environment Facility-funded-Caribbean Regional Fund for Wastewater Management (GEF-CReW) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will collaborate with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Caribbean Water and Sewerage Association Inc. (CAWASA) to convene a one-week workshop on Governance and Sanitation in Antigua and Barbuda.

This Workshop which is a  follow-up to an eight-week online course in Governance and Urban Sanitation will be held at the Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort from 23rd – 27th February, 2015.

The 8 week course was  run by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and successfully completed by thirty-eight professionals from water and sewerage companies and health ministries, from 17 of the CDB’s borrowing member countries. Their participation was funded by the CDB in keeping with its poverty reduction goal and its Climate Resilience Strategy.

The online course focused on enhancing the capacity of sanitation professionals in relation to decision-making and investments in the area of urban sanitation. It provided analytical tools to help participants understand the financial and institutional frameworks of the sanitation sector, taking into account the needs of urban poor communities.

Next week’s workshop aims to build additional capacity in areas such as gender; climate change; use of wastewater as a resource; and monitoring and evaluation. Presenters will include experienced wastewater sector specialists who have worked in the areas of gender mainstreaming, climate change, financing, and technology development.

The issue of sanitation and wastewater management in the Caribbean is a very neglected one. The CDB, CAWASA, UNEP and the GEF CReW Project in organizing this workshop, place up front the need to deal with the institutional and financial challenges, gender and climate change issues that affect the sector.

Sanitation professionals will be provided with a current overview of the state of the sector in their respective countries as well as with information on the skills and tools used for planning investments and decision-making to help them to identify actions that could contribute to improvements in the sector.

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