Under implementation: CARIB-HYCOS (CIC)
In consideration of the different hydrological conditions and national priorities, CARIB-HYCOS is being developed in the form of two components; one covering the continental countries and the other the Islands States. The proposals were presented to and endorsed by the tenth session of the Caribbean Meteorological Council in December 2000.
A joint mission from WMO and Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) has been carried out in March 2002 to promote the project in the region. On the basis of the outcome of this mission and further consultations WMO in cooperation with IRD prepared a project document for the Caribbean Islands Component (Carib-HYCOS/CIC). A workshop to discuss this proposal among representative of the eight countries concerned (Barbados, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Hait, Jamaica, Martinique, Trinidad and Tobago) was held in Martinique in December 2004, funded by the Regional Government of Martinique, IRD and WMO.
The meeting reviewed the project proposal and made recommendation on the way forward regarding the project implementation. It agreed that the PRC will be located in Martinique and that the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) would provide it support in the English speaking countries. An institution playing a similar role shall be identified for Spanish speaking countries. The Participants also agreed on the proposed budget totaling € 3,000,000 (€ 1,800,000 cash and € 1,200,000 in kind from IRD).
The Regional Government of Martinique cooperated with IRD and WMO in order to secure funds for the project implementation. There has been a delay on arranging the required fund and signing the necessary agreements and fixing time schedule for funding. In 2006/2007 IRD signed funding agreements with the Regional Council, General Council and the Préfecture (FEDER fund). The total cash secured from the above authorities is € 1,317,000 (General Council 540,000 -for three years, Regional Council 250,000 -for 2006‑2007 and FEDER fund 527,000 for 2006‑2007).
The project objectives are the reinforcement of national capabilities in water resources assessment and the promotion on international cooperation (exchange of data, technology and expertise). On June 2007 WMO signed an agreement with IRD for supervising the project. The preparatory phase started by country consultation and is expected to be completed by October 2007. The first Steering Committee meeting is expected before the end of 2007.