With the Caribbean experiencing extreme drought conditions as a result of climate change, the recently hosted Regional Strategic Action Plan for Governance and Building Climate Resilience in the Water Sector in the Caribbean (RSAP) was timely for the Barbados Water Authority (BWA).
The RSAP workshop, which was held in Jamaica, had as its primary focus the finalization of the Governance Position Paper.
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The BWA was represented by General Manager Keithroy Halliday, Director of Engineering Charles Leslie, and Senior Engineer Elvin Jordan.
Mr. Halliday explained that the information provided by each country was also discussed by the entire group, allowing for participants of the countries to expand on points of clarifications and providing additional information, as required.
During the workshop, “the breakout groups discussed issues such as governance, strategy and types of machinery needed to implement RSAP to bolster climate resilience in our various operations”, Mr. Halliday said.
Mr. Leslie added: “Our discussions went beyond the technical arena, and incorporated discussions on the importance of stakeholder communications, highlighting the importance of key messaging, audience knowledge and the correct channel usage for the effective sharing of information.”
In addition to Barbados, the workshop participants represented water utilities from Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.