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BWA signs subsidiary water, climate agreement at COP27

November 18, 2022
From left, Green Climate Fund executive director, Dr. Yannick Glemarec, Barbados Water Authority executive director and general manager, Keithroy Halliday and Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre executive director, Dr. Colin Young. (CMC)

CMC – The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) Friday signed a subsidiary agreement in relation to the US$50 million Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle for Climate Resilience Wastewater systems (3R-CReWS) project recently approved by the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

The 3R-CReWS project will be implemented over five and a half years and will help improve water resilience and health, well-being, and productivity using low carbon, climate resilience, and energy management technologies and strategies.

The CCCCC said this will ensure that water is protected, managed, recycled, reused, and conserved for the direct benefit of 155 farmers for irrigation and 225 households.

It said the subsidiary agreement governs the implementation arrangements between the CCCCC, as the accredited entity to the GCF and delivery partner for the 3R-CReWS project, at the BWA.

CCCCC executive director, Dr. Colin Young, speaking at the signing ceremony said, “Signing this subsidiary agreement at COP27, only 27 days after the signing of the Funding Activity Agreement with the GCF, is a remarkable achievement and reflects the commitment of both the CCCCC and the BWA to fast track the first disbursement of funds from the GCF.

“The government of Barbados is intent on ensuring that the activities of this project are rapidly deployed so as to positively impact the lives of its citizens and build resilience to climate change. Today’s signing is also a testament to the strong partnership between the CCCCC and BWA,” he added.

BWA executive director, Keithroy Halliday, praised the unprecedented pace at which the signing had followed the project’s approval.

“This has come quickly and is important that we are able to action the climate change agenda and not just talk. As a Small Island Developing State (SID), Barbados likes to lead by example, and by extension, we hope all SIDS in the Caribbean and around the world follow suit, however small, we must find methods to exert the right to influence.”

GCF executive director, Dr. Yannick Glemarec, who was also present during the signing, reiterated the strong relationship between the GCF and the Belize-based CCCCC adding the GCF has made significant improvements in decreasing the amount of time between the approval of projects and the disbursement of funds.

“This project will unlock investments to build climate resilience in vulnerable communities in Barbados. I am delighted to see that we are moving to implementation so quickly with this agreement being signed just one month after our Board approved the funding.

“Our partnership with Barbados and the CCCCC shows that we can deliver climate support very quickly to where it is most needed,” Glemarec added.

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