Grenada gov’t invests in multi-million dollar water project to combat climate change

Grenada has launched a multi-million dollar climate-resilient water project that Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has described as “groundbreaking and transformational”.

The Grenada Climate Resilient Water Sector Project (G-CREWS), which has five components, seeks to improve resilience in the water sector and improve efficiency in the use and availability of water while guarding against climate-induced water shortages in the future.

The Republic of Korea-based Green Climate Fund (GCF) is providing Euro 38.4 million towards the project with Euro 4.2 million and Euro 2.5 million from the Grenada government and the German government respectively.

Mitchell said the Euro 45.2 million project is the largest investment ever in Grenada’s water sector, and it is expected to create hundreds of jobs, thereby facilitating positive impacts on multiple fronts.

Mitchell, noting that the project’s objective to build systemic climate change resilience, said, “in the context of a bold response to climate change and its impacts, this project is ground-breaking and timely for Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.”

The Prime Minister also used the occasion to reiterate his call for the reclassification of countries because per capita GDP is insufficient as a yardstick to determine eligibility for concessionary climate financing.

He pledged Grenada’s continued commitment to support climate-resilient development on multiple regional and international platforms such as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM); the Caribbean Development Bank, the Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator, the Alliance of Small States, World Bank Small States Forum, SIDS DOCK and the Global Commission on Adaptation.