A top Official in the Ministry of Water Resource Management is hopeful that an on going three-day workshop on a National Policy for Integrated Water Resource Management will provide the means for the process of a draft water policy for Dominica.
The workshop got underway in Dominica on Tuesday and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Lands, Housing Settlements and Water Resource Management, Davis Letang, said it is relevant since Dominica is reviewing a draft policy on water resource management.
“I see this as very relevant since we are in the process of reviewing the draft national policy on integrated water resource management which was prepared with the assistance of the Caribbean National Health Institute (CNHI) and the Organization of American States(OAS) and the integrated water and coastal Areas Management,” he said. “This policy we hope will serve as a framework for guiding activities in the sector and will seek to define more clearly for all relevant stakeholders in water resource Management.” he remarked.
Letang also said that the final draft of the integrated water resource management policy will be submitted to cabinet soon.
“It is my hope therefore that this workshop will serve as a further catalyst to moving the policy process forward that the Ministry is currently engaged in and shortly that the final draft policy document can be submitted to the Hon. Minister for consideration by the cabinet,” he said.
He noted that managing water is not just for DOWASCO or the Ministry of Water Resource Management but for all Dominicans.
The workshop is facilitated by a four-member team from Columbia.
Earlier this year, a team from Columbia visited Dominica on a fact finding mission on Dominica’s water resources and a team from Dominica also visited Columbia to study how water is managed in that country.