The Grenadines are a group of small islands that are a part of the nation of St. Vincent. Bequia is the second biggest island of the Grenadines, and has about 4,500 inhabitants.
Because it has no surface water and no known underground water source, the inhabitants are facing a big challenge when it comes to potable water for drinking and cooking.
Each household traditionally has its own water collection system, but local people need to be very conscious to share their treasure, called water. Because of notable changes in the climate seasons are not as reliable as once and it becomes harder to predict when the rain season will come. Droughts have become longer and stronger over the last years.
The World Bank, Global Environment Fund (GEF), and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) implemented a special program for adaptation to Climate Change in Bequia in 2012. The project contains several elements, such as for example the solar power installation on the rooftop of the airport.
One of the main aspects of the project is a desalination plant in Bequia and a water distribution system on the same small island. This development seeks to find a sustainable solution to the problem that Bequia faces to provide its’ inhabitants with drinkable water. The current plant provides the population of Paget Farm’s community – for about 1,000 inhabitants – with clean drinking water as of 2012.
Mr. Herman Belmar, the key person when it comes to the sustainable development of Bequia, has always offered his help to show, explain and teach about the project for anyone interested to learn more.
With the aim to understand better the problems occurring as a result of the changing climate, and looking into sustainable solutions, research has been made by Climate Activists into desalination systems. The plant in Bequia is a good example of how to creatively adapt to the lack of resources and the field trips to the plant have brought a lot of new learning to the Climate Compliance Conference.