Core Activities 2014

SLWP Activity Reports

SLWP Annual Partners Forum held on 18th December 2014 at Hotel Galadari Colombo. 47 Partners/ Collaborating Institutions were represented. Chief Guest was Prof. Gamini Senanayake, Vice Chancellor University of Ruhuna while the Deputy Conservator Mr. Nishantha Edirisinghe presented the keynote address on behalf of Mr. Anura Sathurusinghe, Conservator of Forests. A presentation on Nilwala was made by Mr. Chumley De Silva, Deputy Chairman, Kotapola Pradeshiya Sabha. In addition to presentation of Annual Accounts and Audit report of 2013, Expenditure versus Budget in 2014 and Programme and Budget for 2015, the nomination of SLWP chair for the next three years followed. A three member search committee set up by SLWP Steering Committee had recommended the nomination of Ms. Badra Kamaladasa presently Director General, Irrigation Department as being suitable for this post. This was approved by the Programme Committee and Steering Committee of SLWP on 9th December 2014. The Forum unanimously endorsed the nomination of Ms. Badra Kamaladasa as the new Chair of SLWP. She would be retiring from public service in January 2015 and be accepting the position formally in February 2015. Present Chair SLWP Ms. Kusum Athukorala will continue as SLWP Chair (Pro tem) till the new Chair takes over.

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Interactive Seminar on Wetlands Conservation for Youth was organized by SLWP in collaboration with the University of Colombo, CEA and SL Land Reclamation and Development Authority was held on 23rd December at the Auditorium of the Dept. of Community water Supply Threats to wetland and required immediate steps to conserve were discussed. Selected youth from the Universities, local authorities and agencies participated in this seminar. In all 38 participants attended this seminar.

Interactive Seminar on Wetlands and Urban Development arranged in collaboration with the University of Colombo, CEA, University of Ruhuna, UDA and SLLRDA was held on the 17th of December at the Yellow River Auditorium. This was follow up to the local level workshops held on Bolgoda. The development of Policy Brief was agreed to in 2015 to highlight issues to the authorities and strengthen the local institutional arrangements set up in Bolgoda.

Steering Committee Meeting of SLWP fixed for 9th December at IWMI.

SLWP Programme Committee Meeting held on 21st November at SLWP Office.

The Chair SLWP was invited to a meeting of leading environmentalists to meet HE the President at Temple trees by the CEA and the Presidential Secretariat. The purpose of the meeting was to brainstorm on current status of the environmental and natural resources leading to policy implementation and necessary changes . The Chair raised the issues related to water pollution and degradation of ecosystems due to catchment degradation, river sand . mining, ground water depletion and industrial effluents related to the AWPs.

Wetland programme on 21st October. First Meeting of the newly formed wetland protection societies for Bolgoda Wetland Complex was held in collaboration with the CEA at the Kesbewa Divisional Secretariat. Local Authority and State agencies with other stakeholders have set up this institutional arrangement for monitoring health of wetlands.

SLWP 10th Programme Committee Meeting was held on 17th of October at SLWP Office.

Chair SLWP and Country Coordinator participated in GWP SAS RC Meeting on 10th & 11th and General Assembly on October 12th October at IWMI. Dinner for GWP South Asia General Assembly delegates was held in Water’s Edge on 12th October.

The Chair SLWP was also invited to be present on October 2nd at the Launch of the CSR Lanka an activity bringing together a consortium of private sector companies with a budget of SLRs 4 billion supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands and USAID.

Chair SLWP attended the Water Professionals Day conducted by the Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture with whom SLWP has many contacts for programs including WACREP on October 1st.

Chair SLWP attended the Water Professionals Day conducted by the Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture with whom SLWP has many contacts for programs including WACREP on October 1st.

The Chair was requested to head the session on women and environmental decision making in the International Conference on the Role of Communities in Environmental Decision-making held by the Centre of Environmental Justice and the Friend of the Earth International in Kandy on the 30th September.

SLWP Chair participated in monthly National Disaster Management Committee meeting on 19th September.

SLWP 9th Programme Committee Meeting was held on 12th of September at SLWP Office.

Janashakthi Insurance and Sri Lanka Water Partnership organized a programme “A Dialogue on Sri Lanka’s Water Security” aimed at supporting the to safeguarding of Sri Lanka’s fresh water sources. Sri Lanka Water Partnership, has partnered with Janshakthi and carried our several activities including in schools and with community groups in past aiming to improve water quality in Maha Oya area in collaboration with the Maha Oya AWP, NWSDB and University Of Colombo . This Programmeat which the Hon Minister of Water Supply and Drainage was Chief Guest was held on 27th August at the Jaic Hiton Colombo.

SLWP Steering Committee Meeting was held on 26th August at SLWP Office premises.

Sri Lanka Water Partnership operated two stalls in connection with the International Community Water Conference in Pallekele on 22nd and 23rd of August. The Exhibition stalls were at Kandy City Center where the two stalls presented Sri Lanka Water Partnership’s active Core programme activities and of the WACREP Programme. It displayed banners on core activities such as School Sanitation, STF, Wetland and WACREP programmes. Also school children from Schools from Denuwara organized with assistance from the Lions Club of area presented a drama and “Viridu” on both days which captured attention and interest of many who attended the exhibition. Over 200 SLWP Books and several Flyers/Hand outs were also disseminated during the two days.

SLWP 8th Programme Committee Meeting was held on 15th of August at SLWP Office.

SLWP Chair participated in The Disaster Management Committee Meeting on 17th July at The Ministry of Disaster Management.

11 Sanitation Awareness Programmes were held Denuwara Education Zone in Kandy during the month of July. This is Joint Activity with Private Sector Partner the National Development Bank which sponsored a Health Support and Toilet Rehabilitation Programme in association with the Lions Club Pillimatalawe and SLWP in 2013.

At the request of the Forest Department SLWP held an IWRM/CCA programme in the remote village of Meemure and Kaikawela situated in (Knuckles which is a UNESCO Heritage site) on 22nd July in collaboration and with Resource Persons with the Forest Dept, NWSDB, Provincial Heath Dept. Central Province/ The programme was to create awareness on IWRM and Water Resources Conservation and catchment conservation, CC adaptation measures including traditional practices. The mini hide in place supplies water during the day for agriculture and electricity during the night.

A programme on CCA and RSM was held in Bingiriya at the Bingiriya Divisional Secretariat on 19th July. A total of 70 AWP and CBO members’ including 2 resource persons and 2 media representatives attended the programme. The resurgence of illicit RSM in Deduru oya and its tributaries including Kolamuna Oya was highlighted. This exacerbated the impacts of CC and prevailing drought on water supplies for drinking and livelihoods. It was noted that even the police were not in position to effectively control the activities of the sand mafia that seemed to have political backing for its operations. SLWP will take this up the STF which was given special training in RSM issues in 2013.

For the eighth successive year SLWP supported the Menik Ganga AWP Clean River Programme activities that include a week long activity implemented during the Kataragama Festival where extensive pollution of the river takes place in close proximity to the Kataragama township and the NWSDB water intake by visiting pilgrims who camp out during the week of the Festival.

The 2nd meeting of this activity aimed at a survey of water resources and water quality, socio economic mapping and conducting of awareness on water quality health and sanitation in the estate sector organized by the Nilwala AWP, University of Rhuhuna and ALAF Alumni (Beneficiaries of the Australian leadership programee supported by SLWP and NetwWater), Kotapola Pradeshiya Sabha and the NWSDB. The objective is to develop a resource inventory, identify issues related to drinking water, health and sanitation especially in the estate sector and build capacity of the local government authority to address the above was held on 28th July at the Deniyaya Cooperative Hall.

Follow up activity on the Bolgoda wetlands complex was held on 11th July at Kesbewa Urban Council office. This follow up meeting including the local authorities and community organizations helped link the state agencies such as the CEA and Divisional Secretariat to the local authorities and community organizations. 3 volunteer community groups were formed to represent the 3 administrative divisions. CEA will work towards registering these organizations who will help monitor the status of the wetland and represent matters to the CEA and authorities.

SLWP Chair participated in the Disaster Management Coordination Committee Meeting on 19th June 2014 at the Ministry of Disaster Management, Colombo.

SLWP Chair participated in the programme “Project for Preservation and Management of Kelani River Bank” held on 17th July at Kelani Raja Maha Viharaya.

SLWP Chair participated the programme “Consultation Workshop to Develop a National Frame Work for Safe Water (Water Safety Plan)” on 6th June held at Sri Lanka Foundation Institute. The National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB), organized the programme.

School Programme on Climate Change Adaptation was held at Kegalu Vidayalaya on 24th July. The programme was organized by Ma Oya AWP in collaboration with SLWP. Mr. Victor Rajakaruna Chair Maya Oya AWP welcomed the Principal, Teachers, Students and the Resource Persons.

SLWP 6th Programme Committee Meeting was held on 13th of June at SLWP Office.

The School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, the University of Queensland – Australia organized a policy discussion on urban environmental planning in Colombo, Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Water Partnership, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute on the 10th of June, 2014

As a part of an integrated wetland programme of Sri Lanka Water Partnership an interactive seminar on Bolgoda Wetland complex was held on 6th June at the Kesbewa Urban Council. The programme was jointly organized by Sri Lanka Water Partnership , Kesebewa Urban Council and University of Colombo.

Catchment Management Programme for school children were held in two schools on 29th May. The two schools were Rambukpitiya Maha Vidyalaya and Muslim Vidyalaya Balantota. A senior sociologist, senior chemist, an Engineer and a Geologist from National Water Supply and Drainage Board were among the resource persons. School children were made aware the importance of IWRM and School Sanitation along with the importance of preservation of catchments. 205 students participated in both programmes.

Studies have shown that poor MHM practices are a major cause for blockages in school sanitation systems. Sri Lanka Water Partnership and Net Wwater have been in the forefront of School sanitation advocacy. We have partnered with CSR projects of Brandix Lanka and National Development Bank (NDB) with the support of education authorities to improve the school health through sustainable sanitation. A Programme on “Menstrual Hygiene Management for Schools” was held in Girgama Training Center in Kandy on 26th May for school counselors to commemorate World Menstrual Day 2014. The prpgramme also highlighted the need for a menstrual hygiene management programme to support improvement health for girl children reduce absenteeism among adolescence girls. 61 school counselors and 9 other resource persons attended the activity.

SLWP 5th Programme Committee Meeting Held on 23rd of May at SLWP Office.

SLWP Chair participated in the Disaster Management Coordination Committee Meeting on 22nd May 2014 at the Ministry of Disaster Management, Colombo.

“Drought and Preparation for Drought” programme held at University of Ruhuna on 13th May organized by Sri Lanka Water Partnership in collaboration with Dept. Of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Nilawala Area Water Partnership and Net Wwater. The objective of the programme was to aware the government officers on drought and preparation for drought, to disseminate the knowledge on proper usage of water in a drought period and to encourage the community to ensure the quality of water. The target group was Grama Niladhari Officers, Environmental Officers and Public Health Inspectors.

SLWP 4th Programme Committee Meeting and the 1st Steering Committee Meeting was held on 25th April. Discussion on progress of the activities carried out so far, budget and expenditure, new activities for the rest of the year and few other important points was recorded at these meetings. This included a resolution on the post of Vice Chair GWP SAS to be taken up at the next General Assembly in October.

SLWP Chair participated in the Disaster Management Coordination Committee Meeting on 20th March 2014 at the Ministry of Disaster Management, Colombo.

A WWD Programme was held at Baduriya MV, Mawanella on 7th April. The students of the schools were made aware of the Climate Change, IWRM and water quality. Handouts on “importance of water” were disseminated among the participated students. The presentations were carried out by Recourse Persons from NWSDB and Department of Health from Rahalla. 85 students participated in the event.

A World Water Day Seminar was held at International Training Institute (M/ Irrigation & Water Resources Management) Kotmale on 3rd April under the theme “Upper Mahaweli Catchment, Issues and Solutions”. In addition to the seminar an art exhibition on the theme “Value of Water” with a participation of 15 schools was held. Around 200 students participated in this event. An exhibition of water quality analyzing equipment and a drama on catchment conservation by the students of the International Irrigation Institute was also held at the seminar. Farmer Representatives, members from Community Based Organizations in Kotmale and Officers from Mahaweli Environment Unit Kotmale also participated this programme.

A World Water Day programme was held for school children on 28th March at Giragama Teacher Training Centre with theme “Climate change by 2025”. The seminar was followed by an art and essay competition where winner were awarded with prize money and a certificate. Divisional Educational Director, Denuwara was the chief guest. Total of 123 participated the progrmme which included Teachers, Resource persons from NWSDB, PHIs and Members from Lions Club of Pilimathalawa which is also an active partner of SLWP.

A World Water Day programme was held for School Children by Ma Oya AWP on 22nd March. The event was held in Walagamba Maha Vidyalaya, Kegalle. A seminar was followed by art and essay competition aiming World Water Day, the use of water and Integrated Water Resources Management. A Certificate was given to each participants followed by prizes for winners of the art and essay competitions. 150 students participated the event.

3rd Programme Committee Meeting of SLWP was held on 21st March 2014.

SLWP Chair participated in the Disaster Management Coordination Committee Meeting on 20th March 2014 at the Ministry of Disaster Management, Colombo.

A Dialogue on “Clean River and Catchment Management” of Upper Mahaweli was held on 04th March at Udapalatha Divisional Secretary Office, Gampola. The programme was organized by Upper Mahaweli Water Partnership and Nation Builders Association in collaboration with Sri Lanka Water Partnership. The objective of the programme was to make stakeholders involved in catchment management and waste management in the Gampola area on above subject. Two presentations were done, one by Mr. S.B. Niyangoda, Senior Advisor Sri Lanka Water Partnership. His presentation highlighted the issues in the catchment management and waste management. Other presentation was done by Mr. Wicramasinghe, Senior Sociologist of NWS&DB Kandy which pointed out the water quality issues faced by NWSDB around Gampola area. 55 Stakeholders participated this programme.

A Sisu Jala Hamuwa Schools programme was held 18th February 2014 at the MR Deniyaya Rajapakse MV on Health/ sanitation issues linked to water and need for IWRM and as pre World Water Day preparation activity. 125 students of the higher grades from the above school, St Mathews College Deniyaya and Deniyaya national School attended the programme organized by the Nilwala AWP in collaboration with Society for Environmental and Social Facilitation, Green Pulse Club and the Kotapola Pradehiya Sabha. Resource persons were from the University of Rajarata. The programme included afield visit.

2nd Programme Committee Meeting of SLWP was held on 21st February 2014.

Catchment Conservation Programme for Selected CBOs (Phase 4) in Balantota, Nawalapitiya on 25th January 2014. Target group was 40 CBOs and 36 participated. Collaborating partners were NWSDB, CEA . Provincial Director Health Services and catchment related agency representatives. This programme is the 4th such programme for Central Province CBO.

SLWP 1st Programme Committee Meeting in 2014 was held at IWMI on 20th January 2014.