River Ecosystems

A critical component of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is the protection of our aquatic ecosystems, not only for anthropogenic benefits but also recognising the needs of the plants and animals that depend on these natural resources.

Ecosystem management is one of the focal areas for the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean’s (GWP-C’s) Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP) for 2016 - 2017, recognising in particular the impacts of climate change and climate variability on aquatic ecosystems. In the Caribbean, expected climate impacts include reduced rainfall which in turn will result in reduced river flow. Not only will this mean less water available for abstraction for human use, but also for example, reduced habitat and food for aquatic organisms.

From the month of September 2016 and onwards, the GWP-C will be executing and supporting a number of activities as well as sharing knowledge and resources on aquatic ecosystems, in particular, Caribbean riverine ecosystems. It is hoped that these efforts will redound to better management and protection of Caribbean rivers. 

Stay abreast of all these upcoming activities below:

GWP-C Collaborates with Partners WASA and WRA for First Ever World Rivers Day Festival in Trinidad and Tobago

World Rivers Day is observed each year on the last Sunday of September and it is a celebration of the world's waterways. It highlights the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness and encourages the improved stewardship of rivers around the world. Rivers in virtually every country face an array of threats, and only through our active involvement can we ensure their health in the years ahead.

For the first time ever in Trinidad and Tobago, the Water Resources Agency (WRA) and the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) will be commemorating World Rivers Day with communities across the country. The Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWPC-C) will be collaboration with its Partners, the WRA and WASA to support these activities.

Below is an overview of the events leading-up to the World Rivers Festival to be held on Sunday, September 25th, 2016: