For World Water Day (WWD) 2016 several programmes are being held island wide by SLWP. A farmer programme for promoting water productivity, adoption of best practices to cope with climate change is being arranged in collaboration with the Irrigation Department in Monaragala at which the Hon Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources will be chief guest.
Sri Lanka Water Partnership together with Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and Sampath Bank Plc organized a Stakeholder Consultative Seminar on Conservation of Bolgoda Wetland, the largest natural freshwater body in the island on 29.02.2016. The participants, following interactive discussions, came up with practical suggestions to protect Bolgoda wetland.
On the request of Secretary General/CEO of Chamber of Construction Industry (CCI), Chair/SLWP has contributed an article on Alternatives for River sand, which was published in the Monthly bulletin of Sri Lanka Chamber of Construction Industry, circulated with Daily News Paper, countrywide.
World Wetlands Day National Celebrations organized by the Central Environment Authority (CEA) and Wild Life Department (WLD) was held on 2nd February at a wetland site in Chilaw in the North Western Province under the Patronage of HE the President. A main feature was the award of Prizes by the HE to the best artists (Schools and Open) from the national art competition held in schools island wide.
SLWP held its 3rd collaborative activity with CIDA on River sand alternatives on 29th January this time focusing on Vocational Training School trainers and assessors. The programme with 35 participants from the Western Province was extremely well received. Resource persons were Prof. S.M.A. Nanayakkara from the University of Moratuwa and Dr Missaka Hettiarachchi from the Wild Life Fund.
World Wetland Day National Celebrations organized by the Central Environment Authority (CEA) and Wild Life Department (WLD) will be held on 2nd February at Puttalam under the Patronage of HE the President. A main feature is the award of Prizes by the HE to the best artists (Schools and Open) from the national art competition held in schools island wide. The final competition for artists was held at Bolgoda Lake Moratuwa on 7th January and awardees selected with 130 students and 15 artists under the open category participating. SLWP with Hatton National Bank are the main collaborators of this national event organized by CEA and WLD.
The Annual SLWP Partners Forum was held on 21st December 2015 at Galadari Hotel with 40 partners and collaborating agency representatives participating of a total of 49 including special invitees. Heads of several agencies including Secretary Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources were present.
SLWP Chair, Ms Badra Kamaladasa was invited to participate the on consultative forum “National Plan as the Framework for city of tomorrow” held on 29th October 2015, at OPA auditorium, Colombo 7 organized by National Physical Planning Department (NPPD).
SLWP Chair participated in Gender, Agricultural Water and ‘Big Data’: Practical Steps and Forward Thinking under the SDGs organized jointly by NetWwater, IWMI and WfWp, held on 12th Oct 2015 at Club Palm Bay Hotel, Marawila, representing Sri Lanka Water Partnership. The objective of the workshop was to assess and respond to the global (and local) challenge of data, gender equality and agricultural water development as the global community moves forward with implementation of the SDGs.
SLWP Chair Eng. Badra Kamaladasa participated in CEO forum and second annual meeting of members of SL B &B Platform held on 6th Oct 2015 at Ramada Hotel on invitation by Sri Lanka Business and Biodiversity Platform. The event started by 5.00 pm with the participation of CEO and other senior officials from 55 members of Bio diversity Platform, donors, Patron organizations and implementation organizations such as SLWP. Launching ceremony of “Biodiversity platform Sri Lanka” was also taken place at the forum. Four projects have been selected to facilitate through SLB & B after formation of “Biodiversity Sri Lanka” . The project proposed by SLWP, titled “Wetworking and conserving the Bolgoda wetland Complex” has been selected by Sampath Bank to provide funding. The MOU between the facilitator and the donor for this project was interchanged as a symbolic gesture to launch the programs at the ceremony.