GWP Caribbean and Caribbean WaterNet in collaboration with the Government of Grenada, the National Water and Sewerage Authority (NAWASA) and the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA), held a three-day workshop in Grenada on ‘Hydro-Climatic Hazards in Water Resources Management’, May 16-18, 2011.
The aim of the workshop was to build capacity of various stakeholders to address water resources management and disaster risk reduction needs especially with the context of climate change and the expected increase in hydro-climatic disasters.
The training workshop was the fourth of its kind in a series of workshops delivered by GWP Caribbean using material developed by Caribbean WaterNet. The previous workshops on ‘Hydro-Climatic Hazards in Water Resources Management’ were held in Guyana (2009), Trinidad and Tobago (2009) and St. Lucia (2011). This workshop was facilitated by Mrs. Joyce Thomas-Peters, a Disaster Risk Reduction Consultant and former National Disaster Coordinator in Grenada. The workshop participants were trained in several areas over the three day period.
The course included modules on:
• Water Related Disasters and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Concepts
• Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
• Impact of Climate Change and Climate Variability
• Drought Risk Management
• Flood Risk Management
• Policy, Legislation and Institutions for Disaster Management
• Economics of Disasters
• Emergency and Humanitarian Response
Group participation and interaction was encouraged through working sessions with discussion questions that focused on key threats, opportunities, weaknesses and strengths of Grenada in an attempt to reduce risks to hydro-climatic disaster management.