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.
Brainstorming session on “Alternatives for River sand” jointly organized by CIDA and SLWP was held on 28th Sep 2015 at CIDA auditorium.
This is the second forum organized under the proposed series of consultative and awareness workshops and brainstorming sessions planned to promote alternatives to river sand.
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Eng. Badra Kamaladasa, Chair, Sri Lanka Water Partnership, former Director-General of Sri Lanka’s Irrigation Department, talks about her role as a female leader in Sri Lanka’s irrigation sector. read full story here.
Workshop on “Revision of Construction Industry Specifications on River sand and Introduction of Alternatives” jointly organized by CIDA and SLWP and held on 2nd Sep 2015 at CIDA auditorium was successfully.
This workshop was organized to get the opinions from the users, specifiers and suppliers of alternatives sand, on alternative materials for river sand for construction activities. There were nearly 35 participants representing various government and private organizations attended the workshop. At the outset Chairman of CIDA Eng. C H de Tissera elaborated the Current activities undertaken by Construction Industry Development Authority on alternatives for river sand. Eng. Badra Kamaladasa briefed the past involvement of SLWP in river sand mining and the objective of developing partnership with CIDA to continue advocating alternatives for river sand.
A workshop on Agronomic Practices in Paddy Cultivation to cope with Climate Change held at Bathalagoda Rice Research and Development Institute on 31st August for Resident Project Managers of the Irrigation Ministry and staff of the Departments of Irrigation and Agrarian Development in the North Western Province. 40 officers participated in this programme which is complimentary CCA activity to the field crops and rain water harvesting adoption programmes held during 2013-2014.
SLWP with support from the NDB bank initiated a Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Program on MHM day 2015 for the 86 schools in Denuwara education zone Kandy. Throughout the year there has been a succession of advocacy and awareness programs emphasizing MHM and the importance of school sanitation to support education for girl children. On May 28th 70 schools carried out activities in celebration of MHM day in Denuwara education zone, they ranged from round tables, professional lectures on MHM , special school assemblies, art exhibitions to school toilet cleansing campaigns ; the picture shows the parents and children working on toilet repairs and a roundtable discussion on MHM in Vimaladarmasooriya MV.