Since 2005, GWP Caribbean and one of its Partners, the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA), have brought together ministers and other senior government officials every year to discuss water issues and explain the benefits of IWRM. At the last high-level session, in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, in October, these efforts bore fruit.
Three ministers responsible for water signed an agreement endorsing water as a substantive regional portfolio. This agreement reinforces initiatives to prioritise water on the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) agenda and to develop a regional IWRM action plan. The agreement will also help embed IWRM firmly in national development processes in the Caribbean and will be a powerful tool for moving water issues forward politically.