Water Sector Resilience Nexus for Sustainability in Barbados (GCF-FP060)

  • Barbados
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • Green Climate Fund (GCF)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Stage of the project cycle. Stages vary by development bank and can include: pending, approval, implementation, and closed or completed.
Bank Risk Rating
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Voting Date
Feb 27, 2018
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre and The Barbados Water Authority (BWA)
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Climate and Environment
  • Water and Sanitation
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 27.61 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 45.20 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Currency conversion note:
Bank reported 45,205,010
Converted using 2018-06-27 exchange rate.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ GCF website

Updated in EWS Jul 29, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Feb 6, 2018

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Project Description
If provided by the financial institution, the Early Warning System Team writes a short summary describing the purported development objective of the project and project components. Review the complete project documentation for a detailed description.

According to the Green Climate Fund, the proposed project will cause a paradigm shift to make the Barbados society more aware of the water cycle and climate change impacts threatening the island's water supply. 

The main objectives of the projects are to:

  1. build greater resilience to extreme storm events and drought conditions by utilizing cleaner energy sources, decentralising water storage, promote rainwater harvesting at the household and community level, and improve the efficiency with which rainwater runoff replenish aquifers in Barbados. This will include the installation of a 2.0 MW Grid-tied solar plant. 
  2. further advance adaptation and mitigation initiatives in the water sector of Barbados by redirecting and mobilising local funds through a revolving adaptation fund. 
  3. reduce the greenhouse gas emissions intensity of water provision by integrating renewable energy with back-up natural gas turbines and sustainable Water Loss Reduction (WLR) initiatives. This includes the installing of 16 km of mains. 
  4. contribute to capacity building via knowledge sharing and lessons learnt platforms within communities, educational organizations, private sector, civil society, BWA and the Government of Barbados to manage and monitor water resources.
  5. support the review and development of a legislative framework to supports climate smart development and water sector resilience.
  6. collate and disseminate lessons learnt for use in developing further adaptation and mitigation initiatives and raising public awareness about climate change, water conservation, recycle and reuse, the revolving adaptation fund, Green Climate Fund and in general this project. 
People Affected By This Project
People Affected By This Project refers to the communities of people likely to be affected positively or negatively by a project.

According to the Green Climate Fund, the major beneficiaries are the population of Barbados, which in 2016 was estimated by World Bank to be 284,215 people.

The Green Climate Fund's documents say that the following points are potential impacts of the project:

  1. reduced greenhouse gas emissions and the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions in the provision of water.
  2. increased adaptation and mitigation actions by households and communities. 
  3. swift and immediate adaptation and mitigation actions by mobilising localised funds for climate action.
  4. more reliable availability of potable water to the public (improved water and food security).
  5. increased use of lessons learnt and climate information by communities, educational organizations, private sector, civil society, BWA and the Government of Barbados for sustainable solutions to climate change.
  6. improved legislative environment that supports climate smart development and water sector resilience.
  7. greater awareness about the effects of climate variability and change by the population of Barbados and the wider Caribbean.
  8. scalable and replicable in other Caribbean Countries.
Investment Description
Here you can find a list of individual development financial institutions that finance the project.

 The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) will provide US$17.6 million in co-financing. 

Contact Information
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Dr. Kenrick Leslie 

Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre

Email address k.leslie@sbcglobal.net

Telephone number (501)-822-1094 / (501)-822-1104

Mailing address 2nd Floor, Lawrence Nicholas Building, Ring Road, P.O. Box 563, Belmopan, Belize, Central America.



Requests for project information may be submitted using the IDP Request for Information by email to: disclosure@gcfund.org.

You can also submit an information request using this online form: https://www.greenclimate.fund/about/disclosure/form.  Additionally, if information requested is denied, an appeal can be filed to the Information Appeals Panel: iap@gcfund.org.  You can learn more about the Information Appeals Panel at: https://www.greenclimate.fund/about/disclosure/appeals.



The Independent Redress Mechanism (IRM) addresses complaints by people who believe they are negatively affected or may be affected by projects or programmes funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The complainant can raise issues related to any of GCF’s policies and procedures, including those relating to social and environmental issues, indigenous peoples, gender, and information disclosure, among others. If you submit a complaint to the IRM, it may seek to address the issues raised by facilitating problem solving or conducting a compliance process. You can learn more about the Independent Redress Mechanism and how to file a complaint at https://irm.greenclimate.fund/.

You can access a video about the IRM (English) at: https://youtu.be/1LanbriVhfs.

A brochure about the IRM can be accessed in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Mandarin, Mongolian, Vietnamese, Russian, Ukrainian, Korean, German, and Kiswahili at: https://irm.greenclimate.fund/.

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