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Core Activities

  2nd Thematic Workshop on Water-Related Disaster and Its Management in Asian Countries
   Twinning Program (1) -The 1st Staff exchange between MARD of Viet Nam and JWA

Members Initiative

  Salinity Intrusion Modeling for Sungai Selangor

Related Activities

  Regional Meeting on Hydro-informatics and Developing Knowledge Hub Networks
  Seminar "Key for Success in Implementing IWRM at River Basin Level"

From Secretariat

  Work for "IWRM Guidelines at River Basin Level"
  Message from New Secretariat Members
  NARBO Activity Plan
  NARBO Seeks Your Articles!

Core Activities

2nd Thematic Workshop on Water-Related Disaster and Its Management in Asian Countries, Philippines, 7-10 October, 2008



Conducting thematic workshops was considered at The 3rd NARBO General Meeting in Indonesia in February 2008 as one of the important activities of NARBO. Based on the updated NARBO Action Plan of 2008-2009, NARBO will carry out a series of workshops on the theme of Water-Related Disaster and its Management in Asian Countries, which have been continued since last year.
In addition, governments around the world have committed to take action to reduce disaster risk, and have adopted a guideline to reduce vulnerabilities to natural hazards, called the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (HFA). The HFA assists the efforts of nations and communities to become more resilient to, and cope better with the hazards that threaten their development gains. (>>See more)

The 1st Staff exchange between MARD of Viet Nam and JWA

Masahiro SUGIURA


Between Viet Nam NARBO and Japan Water Agency (JWA), MOU and agreement were concluded on 15th March 2008. Then, the provision of exchange of personnel on Twinning Program between Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) of Viet Nam and JWA was also agreed and signed.

The Program aims at sharing information to solve problems as well as contributes toward an improvement of IWRM. Developing good relationship between Viet Nam NARBO and JWA is also an important objective. (>>See more)

Members Initiative

Salinity Intrusion Modeling for Sungai Selangor

Norbaya HASHIM



Salinity intrusion into estuary of the Sungai Selangor has been carried out on a hydrodynamic numerical modeling to access the parameter that governed the amount of salt in the river. Issues such as water pollution and extraction of water from Sungai Selangor system has been said to be the cause of ?'fading fireflies.' The berembang trees on the river bank that become the fireflies?' habitat need some amount of salt for proper growth. Living at the lower reaches of Sungai Selangor, the fireflies are affected not only by the activities in their vicinity, but by activities in the entire river basin. (>>See more)

Related Activities

Regional Meeting on Hydro-informatics and Developing Knowledge Hub Networks, China, 15-17 October, 2008

Hirohisa MIURA


NARBO Secretariat attended the Regional Meeting on Hydro-informatics and Developing Knowledge Hub Networks held in Zhengzhou, China with the representatives of many NARBO member organizations.
The purpose of this Regional Meeting was to share YRCC's experience among the participants and to demonstrate how the decision support systems can be introduced or improved in river basins. The meeting also marked the launch of the Center for Hydro-Informatics in River Basins (CHIRB) which is hosted by YRCC. (>>See more)

Seminar "Key for Success in Implementing IWRM at River Basin Level," Japan, 11 November, 2008

koichi TAKANO


Seminar "Key for Success in implementing IWRM at River Basin Level" was held as a pre-event of 2nd Steering Committee of "Integrated Water Resources Management Guidelines at river basin level." The Guidelines here refer to the ones which the United Nations has worked on and proceeded with the formulation through UNESCO as a secretariat. Formulation of IWRM Guidelines is set as one of NARBO Action Plan activities in 2008-2009. Dr. Mochammad Amron, Chairperson of NARBO, included a Steering Committee member, made a presentation on Challenges of Brantas River Basin in the seminar. (>>See more)

From the secretariat

Work for "IWRM Guidelines at River Basin Level"


Dr. Mochammad Amron, chairperson of NABO, nominated a member of Steering Committee (SC) for the IWRM Guidelines at River Basin Level*, has been taking part in activities in several countries.

As an SC member, Dr. Amron participated in the 1st SC held in Stockholm, Sweden in August 2008 and the 2nd SC held in Saitama, Japan in November 2008. He introduced IWRM in Brantas River Basin to the other Committee members and proposed to take the case in the Guideline. The 3rd SC will be held in Bangkok, Thailand in January 2009.

* The IWRM Guidelines at River Basin Level
UNESCO is now launching "IWRM Guidelines at River Basin Level," with a view to make them available as important relevant publication of the World Water Development Report, a flagship project of UN-Water to be launched at the 5th World Water Forum. Also, MLIT and JWA intend to contribute to the preparation of the Guideline.

Hello! Message from New Secretariat Members

Mr. Toshiyuki YOSHIOKA
Director of International Affairs Division of JWA

I was assigned as the Director of International Affairs Division of Japan Water Agency and have joined NARBO secretariat since October 2008.
I had an experience to have worked as a JICA expert to strengthen irrigators' associations in the Philippines from 2000 to 2003. I'm willing to support NARBO activities by putting my experience to good use. Thank you very much.

Mr. Hirohisa MIURA

I have joined NARBO secretariat and become a staff member of International Affairs Division of JWA since October 2008.
It's my first time to engage in international business, and I see this as an exciting opportunity for me to work together with other colleagues and learn a number of things that are new to me.
I am looking forward to gaining diverse experience through my work, and would like to obtain as much knowledge and expertise as possible in the international field of work. Thank you.

NARBO Activity Plan

Year Activity Contents Date Venue
Feb 2009 The 3rd Thematic Workshop on Water-Related Disaster and Its Management in Asian Countries February 2009 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The 5th IWRM Training 18-25 February 2009 Hoi An, Viet Nam
Mar 2009 NARBO will join WWF5 (The 5th World Water Forum) for NARBO Promotion 16-22 March 2009 Istanbul,Turkey

NARBO seeks your Articles!

NARBO Newsletter aims to be a tool for sharing good practices, lessons learned from practice and IWRM-related activities, etc. Therefore, we highly welcome articles from you, about good practices, lessons from practice, activities relevant to IWRM. In addition, the article such as topic providing, and fresh voice, etc is also very welcomed. The articles you will contribute to NARBO Secretariat will be put in newsletters to share experience and lessons and so on.

NARBO Newsletter is produced by the Narbo Secretariat to provide current information about NARBO activities to readers who are interested in IWRM issues specifically in Monsoon ASIA.
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