Over 40 non-NAWASA water sources identified

Participants at training course

Participants at training course

Forty-five non-Nawasa resources were identified throughout a two-week training organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (ICCAS).

A closing ceremony was held at the Public Workers Union (PWU) Building on Friday to give certificates to the participants.

This training marks another in a series of activities that the integrated climate change adaptation strategy programme has been involved in with Grenada since 2013.

One of the key activities that was carried out last year was inspection of various NAWASA wells in addition to identification of key wells in the south which various communities depend upon.

The non-NAWASA resources were identified in the case of a shortage of water in the country.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Marina Jessamy said this initiative is very critical in a time like this.

“Sometimes we take a lot of things for granted because we have it everyday and then the knowledge from the local community is not important because we don’t feel that we really need it but in a time of climate change where things are not always as they used to be, we need to have a different approach to find the knowledge that is represented by those older than us,” she told the ceremony.

Jessamy urged the participants to put into practise what they have learnt.

“Although this is a closing ceremony, I don’t anticipate that you say ok it’s over and will go back to life as normal but that you will challenge yourself to continue the work, challenge yourself to speak with persons in the community to know more because when they are gone we cannot find that information anymore,” she said.

She stressed that the information obtained must be shared if they are to address climate changes in an appropriate manner.

“It’s not the Ministry of Agriculture role only or ICCAS only but it requires all of us to promote water resilience, to promote collaboration and to ensure that in times of natural disaster we are prepared,” she added.

The same exercise was done in Carriacou and Jessamy said the information must be combined to know the status of Carriacou as compared to Grenada.

According to her this is necessary in order to better deal with climate change.

Minister of Agriculture, Roland Bhola who also addressed the ceremony said it is difficult to tell the difference between the wet and dry season and the dry spells would get dryer and as such the initiative is timely.

“It is important to continue with the mapping process because it tells you where water can be found and who can use it, we should be well prepared for the next Hurricane or drought that will hit Grenada,” he said.

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