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NEWS

  IWRM Guidelines at River Basin Level launched at the 5th World Water Forum
  NARBO Members' Activities at the 5the World Water Forum
  Study Meeting on Water-Related Disaster in Hoi An, Viet Nam, February 17-21, 2009
  NARBO Meeting held in Istanbul, 17th March, 2009

Members Initiative

  Translation of IWRM Principles into Practical Application
    - IWRM Guidelines at River Basin Level

The 5th IWRM Training in Hoi An, Viet Nam,February 18-25,2009

Announcement

  NARBO New Members: ICIMOD and CERI

From Secretariat

  Submission Deadline of Member's Annual Report 2008
  New Members of NARBO Secretariat
  NARBO seeks your Articles!!

NEWS

IWRM Guidelines at River Basin Level launched

Japan Water Agency, NARBO Secretariat

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Dawn of New Era in implementing IWRM for NARBO members

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched IWRM Guidelines at River Basin Level at the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul, 16th March, 2009.
HIH the Crowne Prince of Japan, Honorary President of United Nations Secretary General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) attended the launching ceremony and was handed over the Guidelines by Mr. Koichiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO.
The Guidelines provide for necessary information to help practitioners implement IWRM under their own circumstances. They consist of the fundamental concepts of IWRM as well as perspectives of various stakeholders with regard to water issues, key for success for overcoming problems, and good examples where such keys for success were applied. (>>See more)


NARBO Members' Activities at the 5th World Water Forum

Japan Water Agency, NARBO Secretariat

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NARBO members acitively participated in the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul. Dr. Mochammad Amron, chairparson of NARBO attended a lot of events at the Forum such as IWRM Guidelines at River Basin Level Launching Ceremony and session 3.1.2.
Other members also contributed to the events at the Forum. K-water and JWA held an exhibition at the World Water Expo from 16-22 March, 2009 in the venue of the Forum. NARBO member organizations visited the booths and exchanged information about their activities and so on. (>>See more)


Study Meeting on Water-Related Disaster in Hoi An, Viet Nam, February 17-21, 2009

Michio Ota, Japan Water Agency, Vice Secretary General of NARBO

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Natural disasters (e.g. floods, droughts, landslides, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, cyclones and other extreme weather phenomena) often hit Monsoon Asia. These disasters have inflicted catastrophic losses of human lives and the economies of countries which NARBO member organizations belong to. Conducting thematic workshops was considered at the 2nd NARBO General Meeting in Indonesia in February 2006 as one of the important activities of NARBO. Based on the NARBO Action Plan 2006-2007, NARBO has carried out a series of workshops on the theme of Water-Related Disaster and its Management in Asian Countries since 2007. This activity was incorporated in the subsequent the NARBO Action Plan 2008-2009 and has been continued. (>>See more)


NARBO Meeting held in Istanbul, 17th March, 2009

Toshiyuki Yoshioka, Japan Water Agency, NARBO Secretariat

NARBO meeting was held on 17th March 2009, at the 5th World Water Forum venue. Dr. Mochammad Amron, NARBO chairperson participated in the meeting. Participants from member organization were Mekong River Commission, K-water and World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) International. Mr. Masaru Kubota, Secretary General of NARBO, Mr. Wouter Lincklaen Arriens, Vice Secretary General also attended the meeting. So did NARBO Secretariat staffs from ADB and JWA. (>>See more)

Insight

Translation of IWRM Principles into Practical Application
- IWRM Guidelines at River Basin Level

Koichi Takano, Japan Water Agency, NARBO Secretariat

IWRM Guidelines at River Basin Level Project started in November 2007, based on the recognition that there was a need for a mechanism to translate the IWRM principles into practical application. The principles of concepts of IWRM have been widely recognized, but the implementation of IWRM is not satisfactorily progressing in many basins. This is, perhaps, because the practitioners responsible for water resources management at the basin level encounter difficulties in understanding where and how to begin, or advantages of applying IWRM with respect to their actual situation may not be apparent enough. Therefore, it is desired that practitoners absorb the ideas and needs of IWRM and understand the effectiveness of applying these within a basin-wide approach. These Guidelines for IWRM at River Bain Level are intended to be used for that purpose, as a tool to fill that 'gap'.(>>See more)


The 5th IWRM Training in Hoi An, Viet Nam,February 18-25,2009

Tadaaki Kawasaki, Asian Development Bank Institute, NARBO Secretariat

NARBO secretariat (ADB, ADBI and JWA) conducted the 5th Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Training in Hoi An, Quang Nam Province, Viet Nam from 18th to 25th of February. This training was held as a major part of NARBO activities based on the NARBO Action Plan 2008-2009. This training was hosted by the Vu Gia - Thu Bon (VGTB) river basin committee which consists of Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DONRE) of Quang Nam Province and Da Nang City. 24 participants from 6 countries attended. At the same time, JWA conducted the study meeting on Water-Related Disaster Management and 5 participants who attended the study meeting also participated in this training as observers. (>>See more)

Announcement


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NARBO Member Organization Map [PDF]

NARBO New Members

Japan Water Agency, NARBO Secretariat

We are very pleased to announce that new members have joined to NARBO as interregional knolwedge partners!
The new NARBO members are as follows;
-The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is a regional knowledge development and learning centre based in Katmandu, Nepal, serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas. ICIMOD aims to assist local residents to cope with changes by globalization and climate change while addressing upstream-downstream issues.
-Civil Engineering Research Institute for Cold Region, PWRI (CERI), together with Tsukuba central research institute and ICHARM, is one of the three components of Incorporated Administrative Agency Public Works Research Institute Japan (PWRI). CERI makes surveys, experiments and studies on civil engineering technologies, shows technical guidance and disseminates the results.
We expect that NARBO will be enhanced with the new members.

gogogoNARBO Member Organization Map including new members are now available. (>>See the map)

From the secretariat

Submission deadline of Member's Annual Report 2008

The final deadline for the submission of the NARBO member's Annual Report 2008 is Apr 30. Every RBO member has an obligation to submit the report according to NARBO Charter.

The Secretariat has prepared the simple form of the annual report 2008 on NARBO website. Please kindly find the format from the website and submit the annual report no later than Apr 30.


New Members of NARBO Secretariat

NARBO secretariat is glad to introduce new secretariat staffs, Koichi Takano, Susumu Fujioka and Machiko Higa. They are staffs of JWA and they would like to keep close relationship with NARBO members more than ever. (>>See more)


NARBO seeks your Articles!!

NARBO Newsletter aims to be a tool for sharing good practices, lessons learned from IWRM-related activities, etc. Therefore, we highly welcome reports about your activities relevant to IWRM. Such articles as voices from young staff members and essays on IWRM activites are also appreciated.
Your actions will conribute to enhancement of IWRM as well as strenghthen networking in NARBO members!
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.
For comment/information/inquiry, please contact
info@narbo.org Thank you for your cooperation!