IWRM Planning Process -The Bahamas Experience


Title: IWRM Planning Process -The Bahamas Experience

Author(s): Global Water Partnership -Caribbean (GWP-C)

Publication Date: 2011

Type of Document : Case Studies

Category: IWRM Implementation

Geographic area:

  • Central America and the Caribbean




The Bahamas, like most of its Caribbean counterparts, practices a single sector approach to water whereby matters related to water remain within the sole remit of the Corporation. Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) as a strategy provided the opportunity to secure the involvement of all stakeholders and achieve the level of integration for effective water resources management. The decision of the Corporation to take concrete steps to adopt and implement an IWRM Plan for the Bahamas was born out of the strong realisation that the way business was being undertaken in the water resources sector was in need of remedy. Efforts to establish an IWRM Plan began in 2002 with a national stakeholder meeting and later a workshop organised by The Bahamas Environment Science and Technology Commission (BEST) in 2004. However, the process languished until WSC underwent institutional reform and at its completion, there was a renewed interest in IWRM. In September 2007, the WSC retained a consultant to assist in the planning process.

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