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International conference on water cooperation in Anuradhapura

2013 Jul 31

Ministry of Water Supply & Drainage, National Community Water Trust, National Water supply & Drainage Board and Lanka Rain Water Harvesting Forum has jointly organized the 2nd International Conference on “Water Cooperation for Community Development”. It is to be held from 16-18th August 2013 in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.
The Conference is convened to mark this year’s the UN declared theme ‘International Year of Water Cooperation’ and to follow up on the 1st International Conference on Community & Water Services held in Kandy, Sri Lanka in 2011.
Water is one of the important natural resources which has a great impact on the lives and activities of the people. In the last decade issues related to water has caused immense problems around the world. Among these are droughts and floods impacting on food security, health related problems, poverty, pollution, power generation, land degradation etc. As the quality and quantity of water has degraded so has competition among societies, and communities needing access to clean water has increased.
Water is a shared resource and its management needs to take into account a wide variety of conflicting interests. Hence, cooperation among the stakeholders is important. There are two key water management issues. One is the protection of water both in terms of quantity and quality. Second is making access to water easier for the communities. Cooperationamong various stakeholders is crucial in these issues.
This three day conference is aimed at providing a platform for sharing knowledge, strategies and best practices and to promote dialogue, mutual understanding and cooperation among communities   managing their water schemes. The inauguration and  technical sessions are scheduled for 16th and 17th August  followed by a field visit on 18th August 2013.

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