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NARBO is the Network of Asian River Basin Organizations. Announced at the 3rd World Water Forum in March 2003, NARBO was officially established in February 2004 to promote integrated water resources management (IWRM) in monsoon areas of Asia. The goal of NARBO is to help achieve IWRM in river basins throughout Asia. The objective of NARBO is to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of RBOs in promoting IWRM and improving water governance, through training and exchange of information and experiences among RBOs and their associated water sector agencies and knowledge partner organizations. (See: NARBO Charter (Revised: May 2013) [PDF/146KB]pdfimg )

Scope of Activities

  • Advocacy, raising awareness, sharing information, good practices and lessons learned on IWRM through - the NARBO web site, publications, case studies, electronic newsletter, guidelines and sourcebooks, and media relations.
  • Capacity building of RBOs in implementing IWRM and improving water governance through - training courses, workshops, performance benchmarking activities, advisory visits, scholarship programs, RBO exchange visits, staff exchange programs, and Twinning Programs.
  • Technical advice on planning, conservation, development, and the proper and efficient operation and maintenance of water resources facilities.
  • Fostering regional cooperation for improved management of water resources in transboundary river basins.
  • Fostering regional cooperation for improved management of water resources in transboundary river basins.

(See: Action Program 2013-2015 [PDF/170KB]pdfimg )


86 organizations have already joined as members of NARBO. Membership is open to organizations which implement or promote IWRM, including river basin organizations, national and federal/ provincial/local governmental organizations, regional and inter-regional knowledge partners and bilateral and multilateral development cooperation agencies(As of 18 May 2013).

NARBO Constitutional body (as of February 24, 2017)
Chairperson Vice-Chairperson Secretary General
Mr. Imam Santoso,
Director General , Directorate of Water Resources ,
Ministry of Public Works and Housing ,
Republic of Indonesia
Mr. Udaya R Seneviratne ,
Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment
Sri Lanka

Dato’ Dr. Md. Nasir bin Md. Noh
Deputy Director General 1
(Business Sector) ,
Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID)
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment

Mr. Kei Kudo,
Vice President, Japan Water Agency
Senior Advisor
Senior Advisor
H.E.Basuki Hadimoeljono(Mr.)
Minister of Public Works and Housing, Republic of Indonesia.

Mr. Tjoek Walujo Subijanto, Indonesia
Mr. Mochammad Amron, Director General of Water Resources, Ministry of Public Works, Indonesia

Mr. Wouter Lincklaen Arriens, Netherland
Dr. Keizrul Bin Abdullah

Mr. Apichart Anukularmphai, President, Thailand Water Resources Association, Thailand
Vice Secretary General
Mr. Hideshi Sasahara, Director of International Affairs Division,
Water Resources Engineering Department,
Japan Water Agency

Mr. Ivan de Silva
Ms.Yasmin Siddiqi, Principal Water Resources Specialist, Sustainable Infrastructure Division, Regional Sustainable Development Department,
Asian Development Bank

Ms. Dolora Nepomuceno
Mr.Bokhwan Yu,
Deputy Dean
( CBT and Special Activities)
Asian Development Bank Institute

Mr. Herman Idrus
jwa Japan Water Agency (JWA)
Tel: +81-48-600-6553
Fax: +81-48-600-6509
e-mail: info@narbo.org

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adb Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Tel: +632-632-4444
Fax: +632-636-2444

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adbi Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)
Tel: +81-3-3593-5500
Fax: +81-3-3593-5587
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Center for River Basin Organizations and Management (CRBOM)

Tel: +62-271-719429
e-mail: info@crbom.org
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