Water Sector Resilience Nexus for Sustainability in Barbados (WSRN S-Barbados)

Water Sector Resilience Nexus for Sustainability in Barbados (WSRN S-Barbados)

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 01 Mar 2018 at B.19
  • Est. completion 16 Apr 2024
  • ESS Category Category B

Creating sustainable, resilient water supply for Barbados by implementing renewable energy solutions, increasing water capacity through rainwater harvesting and water storage, supporting adaptation funding, and raising awareness about climate change and the water cycle.

Climate change is expected to affect Barbados through an increasing severity of tropical storms and hurricanes, leading to serious impact on water supply from groundwater resources. WSRN S-Barbados will increase water security via the installation of photovoltaic solar and backup natural gas power for pumping stations, while implementing climate resilience actions in the water sector, including through a water sector master plan, enhancing infiltration, and by reducing non-revenue water and improving overall water management.

An adaptation fund, set up with operational cost savings from implementing the renewable energy activities, will provide credit lines to implement water conservation actions, whilst other activities will build public awareness to achieve more sustainable water usage.

The project has an estimated lifespan of 30 years.

Total project value


Tonnes of emissions avoided






Result areas

Project timeline


19 Apr 2016 - 682 days

Concept note received

19 Apr 2016

Funding proposal received

28 Aug 2017

Cleared by iTAP

06 Feb 2018


01 Mar 2018 - 322 days

Approved by GCF Board

01 Mar 2018

FAA executed

01 Nov 2018

Under implementation

16 Jan 2019 - 1,357 days so far

FAA effective

16 Jan 2019

Disbursement - USD 5,000,000

22 Mar 2019

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

07 May 2019

Disbursement - USD 12,927,000

14 Sep 2020


16 Apr 2024 - 561 days to go

One region

  • Latin America and the Caribbean

One country

One priority group

  • Small Island Developing States
  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing65% disbursed

GrantUSD 27,605,010
Total GCF Financing
USD 27,605,010


Co-FinancingGrantUSD 17,600,000
Total Co-Financing
USD 17,600,000

GCF Contacts

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GCF Independent Integrity Unity (IIU)
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Accredited Entity

Caribbean Community Climate Change Center
Mr. Keith Nichols

Head – Project Development and Management Unit
2nd Floor, Lawrence Nicholas Building, Ring Road, Belmopan, Belize
Dr. Donneil Cain

Senior Programme Development Specialist
2nd Floor, Lawrence Nicholas Building, Ring Road, Belmopan, Belize
Phone +501 822-1094
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National Designated Authority

Economic Affairs and Investment Division Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs and Investment
The Hon. Mr. Ryan Straughn M.P. Primary
Minister in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs
Government Headquarters Bay Street, St. Michael, Barbados
Phone 535-5441/535-5359
Mrs. Annette Weekes Secondary
Permanent Secretary (Ag.) Economic Affairs and Investment
3rd Floor East, Warrens Office Complex Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados
Phone 535-1304/535-1326

News + Stories

Water conservation in Barbados: How GCF is enhancing water security

26 Oct 2021 / GCF is supporting water conservation efforts on the climate-vulnerable Caribbean island of Barbados. This is enhancing water security in the face of climate impacts.

From steam age to solar power: How GCF is creating a clean-energy, climate-resilient water sector in Barbados

06 Oct 2021 / Read how an innovative GCF project in Barbados is transforming the water sector, safeguarding water supplies and introducing green, efficient solar power for pumping stations.

Barbados launches first Caribbean climate resilience project

13 May 2019 / A launch event at the Bowmanston water pumping station has marked the start of the Water Sector Resilience Nexus for Sustainability in Barbados (WSRN S-Barbados) project, the first GCF-funded project in the Caribbean to move to implementation.