The Guiana Shield Facility (GSF) is collaborating with Directorate for Environment, Development and Housing (DEAL) of French Guiana, and the water Basin Committee of French Guiana to organize the first meeting on freshwater management in the Guiana Shield in Cayenne, French Guiana.
During the opening of the Water Views and Information Network (WAVINGS) Workshop on October 23, 2013, high level representatives of the Prefecture, Regional Council and Basin Committee, all of French Guiana, praised the collaboration with the GSF to organize the important workshop to highlight the importance of the Guiana Shield as a freshwater creditor ecoregion and to identify opportunities for technical and scientific networking towards the integrated management of freshwater of the Guiana Shield.
Representatives of all six countries (Brazil, Columbia, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela) presented country reports covering five topics:
- Hydrographic basin key information
- Water policy
- Actors of water management
- Water issues and management tools
- Interests for international cooperation on water
These were followed by a presentation on potential tools for cooperation for transnational and cross border water management by Mr. Pierre Roussel, President of the International office for Water (www.oieau.org). He called for a cessation to sectorial usage based management of fresh water and the adoption of integrated management.
The day’s activity continued with participants endorsing the call of the Mr. Serge Bafau, President of the Basin Committee to use the GSF for a web-based portal to store and share information on freshwater management in the Guiana Shield.
The Workshop continues until Friday, October 25, 2013 when the discussion will shift from country level diagnostics and regional tools for cooperation to round table discussions on water resources, tools for knowledge and monitoring of freshwater, and a proposal for a future WAVINGS network.