Main Issue

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have been recognized as having unique vulnerabilities and characteristics. They are often geographically isolated, located in regions prone to natural disasters with high population densities and limited natural resources.

These characteristics make SIDS among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, with sea-level rise and extreme events threatening their very existence. Thus, for many small island states, climate change is an issue of the viability of their nations. Read more+

What We Do

With salt water inundation, sea water intrusion into freshwater lenses and changing weather patterns, agriculture will be negatively impacted. Many small island states are already experiencing and suffering the impacts of climate change and sea-level rise. SIDS have unique adaptation challenges, including due to their size and location. Read more+

Results

The GEF in Action: Sustaining the Water Supply in St. Kitts and Nevis

The Basseterre Valley aquifer in St Kitts and Nevis produces roughly 2.5 million gallons or 60 percent of the daily consumption of Basseterre City. The IWCAM project applied sound principles of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) to the catchment area. This led to the formulation of a Water Resource Management Plan, including appropriate legislation measures and management policies. A major milestone for the demonstration project occurred when the well-field area of the Basseterre Valley Aquifer (approximately 500 acres) was officially designated a National Park of St. Kitts-Nevis. These activities will all be essential in sustaining a future stable supply of drinking water to Basseterre City.