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Water Demand Management Programme for Pacific Island Countries

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Many water utilities in Pacific Island Countries (PICs) have problems meeting the continuously increasing demand for water in part because more water is lost through leakage and wastage than is actually delivered. With more pressure on limited and vulnerable water resources influenced by an increasingly variable climate regime, many PICs have realised that the key towards sustainability lies not in costly infrastructure extension but in sound management of existing water supplies. 

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Finland programme supporting water and sanitation improvement in EECCA Countries under the Wider Europe Initiative (WEI)

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FinWater WEI is a flagship programme under the Wider Europe Initiative that strengthens Finland’s development policy through a comprehensive approach to Finland’s development cooperation in the EECCA area (Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia). It aims to promote regional stability and prosperity in the partner countries of the initiative as well as in the wider European region. The themes of the initiative are security, trade and development, information society development, energy and the environment, and social sustainability.
The FinWater WEI programme works to ensure sustainable water management in the EECCA area. Along with the needs of the partner countries, the programme is based on Finland’s Development Policy Programme, UN¬ECE legal instruments on water, the EU Water Initiative, and the UN Millennium Development Goals on water. The Strategic Cooperation Programme for Finland’s Water Sector Support to the EECCA countries 2009 – 2013 (FinWaterWEI) approved in December 2009 defines five focal areas:  water and health; transboundary waters; dam safety; monitoring, reporting and assessment; climate change.

The programme contains three different types of activities: 1. Activities or processes led by international institutions. 2. Bilateral activities as either stand alone or as components of some larger programme involving one or more additional financier. 3. Institutional capacity building activities between organizations in Finland and in the EECCA countries.
Country specific activities regarding Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) -aimed at improving coverage and quality of water sector services, are initiated through National Policy Dialogues. This National Policy Dialogues involve high level representatives of all key partners in the country in question, including representatives of relevant international organisations and civil society (NGOs).

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