The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) are currently implementing the Global Environment Facility (GEF)-funded CReW+ Project – an integrated approach to water and wastewater management in the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR). The GEF CReW+ Project aims to implement innovative, technical, and small-scale solutions in the WCR using an integrated water and wastewater management approach.
United Nations University Institute for Water Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH), as the CReW+ project implementation partner, will develop a Water Information Management System (WIMS) for water-related data and information that incorporates existing databases and other water sector stakeholders to inform national decision-making. UNU-INWEH will deploy WIMS in six Caribbean countries, i.e., Costa Rica, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.
WIMS is a web-based open data portal where water-related data and information can be discovered and analyzed – making it easier for the users to store, manage, find, access, and use spatial and non-spatial water-related data and information. WIMS will be deployed at the national level in each of the project countries, and it will incorporate existing databases and other water sector stakeholders to inform national decision-making. WIMS will also enable information sharing between national agencies to facilitate reporting on regional and global commitments. WIMS is designed using an open-source technology stack to ensure the data portals’ cost-effectiveness, ease of use, interoperability, and sustainability.