The water sector – contributing to the implementation of Grenada’s NDCs

Like all small island states in the Caribbean region, Grenada faces the risk of water scarcity, exacerbated by climate change, and has high potential for the introduction of renewable energy and energy efficiency. The government has identified the resilience of the water sector as a priority in all national climate strategy documents and successfully submitted a large-scale project to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), which in its compontents 1-3 aims to improve the resilience of the water sector. The components 4 and 5 of this GCF project are co-funded through this IKI Project, which is developing the first carbon-neutral water utility in the Caribbean and disseminating this approach in the region. In this context, it is advising the Grenada National Water and Sanitation Authority to improve its water and energy efficiency. To this end, it promotes the introduction of renewable energy and supports the implementation of the water loss reduction strategy.

Project data

IKI funding
2,563,000.00 €
08/2019 till 07/2025
Implementing organisation
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Political Partner
  • Ministry of Infrastructure and Physical Development, Public Utilities, Civil Aviation and Transport
Implementing Partner
  • Ministry of Finance, Planning, Economic Development, Trade, Energy and Cooperatives - Grenada
  • National Water and Sewage Authority (NAWASA) - Grenada

State of implementation/results

    Integration of Water Sector in the NDC
    • In 2021, the project has started updating Grenada’s National Climate Strategy and its National Adaptation Plan (NAP). The process takes place in close coordination with the NDC process.
    • A climate-proofing workshop was held in July 2021 with all key stakeholders involved in the implementation of the infrastructure measures.
    • The project cooperates with the NAP Global Network to produce a progress report of the NAP which will serve as the basis for the 2022 update.
    Renewable Energies in the Water Sector
    • 2022, potential sites for installing microturbines in water pipes to generate electricity were assessed. The pilot project is financed through a funding contract with the National Water and Sewage Authority NAWASA
    Energy Efficiency in the water sector
    • 2022, a work plan to reduce water losses on the water systems (pipes, tanks) at the NAWASA water company was developed and is now being implemented. The aim is to reduce losses from the current 29 % to 25 %.
    Replication of the approach in the Caribbean
    • The G-CREWS project was presented at the 2nd NDC Investment Forum (NDCFI) in St. Lucia in July 2022. The neighbouring island of St. Lucia is now planning a GCF-funded project with very similar objectives and content.
    Awareness Raising and Knowledgemanagement
    • 2022 Interactive stand at the Grenada Chocolat Festival on water saving, water saving appliances.
    • 2022 Launch of short videos on water saving at home
    • 2022 Poster competition with St. George's Lions Club on World Water Day Facebook
    • 2022 Creation of short videos for teachers on climate change and the water cycle with students from the St. George's University International Professional Team Course.
    • in 2022 a video on youth development in the water sector and three awareness-raising short films on rainwater harvesting were produced and broadcast on all national TV stations (see Youtube links on the bottom).
    • A radio jingle about the Challenge Fund for Agriculture was broadcast on several radio stations.
    • On the occasion of World Water Day (WWD), various awareness raising activities were organised
    • In 2021, training was conducted for staff of various ministries and climate projects active in Grenada to use the digital project platform for joint virtual exchange and knowledge management and to expand it as an information hub.
    • In 2021, a detailed gender action plan for the project was prepared.
    • In December 2020, a youth writing competition on sustainable water use was held in collaboration with the Grenada chapter of the 'Caribbean Youth Environmental Network (CYEN)'.
  • At the beginning of July 2020, project content, objectives and safeguards measures were presented and discussed in a virtual inception workshop with key stakeholders from government, civil society, business and academia.
  • The project was successfully launched on 25 February 2020 in the presence of the Prime Minister of Grenada.

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