The Adopt a River Structure

The Adopt A River Structure consists of three groups:

– The AAR Program Team (also referred to as the Secretariat)

– The Steering Committee

– The Adopters

AAR Structure

The Steering Committee

The primary purpose of the Steering Committee is to approve, monitor and advise on the projects under the Adopt A River Program.

The Adopt-a-River Steering Committee comprises representatives from the following organizations:

  • Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources
  • Council of Presidents of the Environment (COPE)
  • Ministry of Community Development
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs
  • Ministry of Food Production
  • Ministry of the People and Social Development
  • Ministry of Local Government
  • Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA)
  • Tobago House of Assembly (THA)


The Secretariat

The Adopt A River Secretariat consists of members of the Water Resources Agency who manage the Adopt a River Program under the guidance of the Adopt a River Steering Committee.

The Roles and Responsibilities of the Secretariat are to:

  1. Review the proposal submitted by the Adopter and prior to approval will make such recommendations or amendments as are required for the effective completion of the projects.
  2. Act as an adviser to the Adopter and will monitor the progress of the projects and performance of the Adopter by the following: –

(i)     Guiding the Adopter in order to ensure the success of the program;

(ii)    Providing background information on the watershed including safety literature; and

(iii)   Developing miscellaneous policies

(iv)  Recommending projects

(v)    Coordinating and managing the Adopt a River Program

(vi)  Communicating with all stakeholders

(vii) Facilitating meetings

(viii) Monitoring projects

(ix)  Collating documents and data

The Adopters

The Adopters are those communities, organisations and companies who register with the Programme and who facilitate projects for the improvement of watersheds across the country.