UNESCO’s Participation Programme is designed to provide direct assistance to initiatives undertaken by Member States in the Organization’s fields of competence, in line with priorities determined by the countries themselves.
Proposals are submitted via UNESCO National Commissions. The funds are modest -- up to a maximum of US$26,000 granted for national project requests, with about six projects per country in each biennium, and up to US$46,000 for regional submissions. But UNESCO is not a funding agency. And support at these sorts of level may often be easier to assimilate than higher orders of financial contribution.
As an ensemble, Participation Programme projects touch on many of the technical fields and areas of concern addressed in the Mauritius Strategy, including Freshwater Resources, as reflected in the following projects approved or being carried out from January 2005 onwards.
- Dominica. Youth mobilization in disaster management and water security.
- Niue. Groundwater assessment of Niue water systems. For further information, see SOPAC’s Newsletter V (dated March 2005) of the Pacific Partnership Initiative on Sustainable Water Management
- Palau. Research and development of education materials on Palau watersheds.
- Solomon Islands. Water resources assessment for water supply, sanitation and renewable energy development.
- Trinidad & Tobago. Assessing the human watershed aquifer through the establishment of an experimental catchment. Integrated water resources management planning for Tobago and small tropical islands.