The Grenada Climate Resilient Water Sector (G-CREWS) project is designed to increase climate change resilience in Grenada’s water sector. The project aims to achieve this by addressing resilience at the level of water governance, households, businesses and the water supply system.
The project is jointly financed by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) under its International Climate Initiative (IKI), and the Government of Grenada.
Over 6 years, the Government of Grenada, the Grenada Development Bank and the National Water and Sewerage Authority (NAWASA) in partnership with the German Development Corporation (GIZ) will implement the project’s five components which are as follows:
• Climate-Resilient Water Governance
• Climate-Resilient Water Users
• Climate-Resilient Water Supply System
• Additional Contributions of the Water Sector to Grenada’s NDC (financed by BMUB, Germany)
• Regional learning and replication (financed by BMUB, Germany).
The project responds to the challenges that climate change poses to Grenada’s water sector: that without decisive action to enhance the water sector’s climate resilience, the people and ecosystems of Grenada will face increasingly serious climate-induced water scarcity over the next three decades.
The Grenada Development Bank is implementing the Challenge Fund which is part of Component 2.1 -Climate Resilient Water Users. This promotes the adoption of water-efficient solutions in the agriculture and tourism sectors by using grants from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to facilitate water auditing, solution design and implementation and to incentivise significant private co-finance for the purchase of water-efficient equipment. The Challenge Fund is subdivided into two separate components, the Challenge Fund for Tourism and the Challenge Fund for Agriculture.
Challenge Fund for Agriculture: geared towards farmers and enables them to purchase efficient irrigation systems or upgrade irrigation technologies that are more efficient:
• Micro-sprinklers and drip irrigation
• Rainwater harvesting systems
• Shade-houses or hydroponics.
Challenge Fund for Tourism: targets hotels/guesthouses by providing 80% rebates subject to caps for:
• Water-efficient showers, toilets and faucets
• Rainwater harvesting equipment
• Greywater recycling systems.