NARBO members actively participated in the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, France. Dr. Keizrul Bin Abdullah, the Chairperson of NARBO served as chair for “Strengthen River Basin Organizations in the Asia-Pacific to Accelerate IWRM”, and Mr. Sudharma Elakanda from Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka also participated in this as a speaker. (14 March, Session AP5-2)
With the word, “This session is intended to explore ‘How we can strengthen the governance of River Basin Organizations, and ‘How we can involve stakeholders’” spoken by the chair, the session started. Mr. Naoyoshi Sato, Vice-Minister for Engineering Affairs of Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan made his opening remarks. He expressed his expectation that the result of this session would accelerate the initiative of IWRM in Asia-Pacific region which plays a central role with its growing population and economy.
Mr. Elakanda made a presentation titled “IWRM Solutions with Spiral Model –Experience from NARBO & Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka”. At first, he introduced NARBO’s outline. Following this, he made a summarized report of the situation in Sri Lanka. For instance, the annual rainfall ranging from 900 to over 5500mm, the fact that the country has 103 river basins, and so on. He showed examples of the conflicts in Sri Lanka, and explained about how Mahaweli Authority has approached these conflicts. Using IWRM spiral model effectively, his explanation led participants to understand how Mahaweli Authority had gone up the spiral effectively.
The day before this session, “Launching of the Asia-Pacific Water Museum” was held at Japan Pavilion on March 13. Dr. Pichai Sonchaeng, President of National Science Museum, Thailand made an introduction of the Museum. Dr. Keizrul gave a speech and he emphasized the importance of sharing information and experience through such a museum.
Besides sessions, JWA set up a booth of NARBO at Japan Pavilion. As one of the secretariats of NARBO, JWA displayed presentation materials about NARBO on TV and distributed the latest leaflets.
The session, “Strengthen River Basin Organization
in the Asia-Pacificto Accelerate IWRM”