On Wednesday, April 17, the Water Project Jamaica joined key stakeholders in the Water sector at a Knowledge sharing forum hosted by Red Stripe at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston. The event was hosted to heighten awareness around the importance of water in the productive sector and to emphasize the need for an integrated approach to water sustainability across industries.
Jacqueline Cameron, Project Manager for the JN Foundation implemented Water project Jamaica found the event to be quite useful for charting Water policy changes in Jamaica.
"The event was important in the sense that it captured the opinions of policy makers, leaders and organizations that have influence in the water sector to make policy changes for the country's water sector" She said.
"I definately believe that there are opportunities to follow up with Red Stripe in terms of getting the action points from the Knowledge sharing forum and the many discussions and presentations. I'd also recommend that all organizations that took part in the forum be brought on board to be a part of the proposed Management team responsible for working towards integrated Water approaches." she added.
Throughout the day, presentations focused on the importance of every drop of water, Jamaica and Water Resources Management, Sustaining sustainable access for Industry, good practices and lessons learnt.
Speakers included: Sen. The Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr, Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation; Evan Cayetano, Senior Water and Sanitation Expert, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Vernon Barnett, Vice president, Investment and Performance Monitoring for the National Water Commission among others.
The Water Project Jamaica, is a four-year project designed to address water management issues in the urban housing sector, primarily related to climate change. The project is a collaboration between the JN Foundation, JN Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Climate Investment Funds and the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience.
Shanoy Coombs| Communications Officer of The Water Project