Core Activities 2015

Accelerating WASH Programme in South Asia

SLWP Snr Adviser Ms Kusum Athukorala attended the meeting to develop the CSO Advocacy Plan of the above held from 25th to 27th November in Yatiyana . Workshop was facilitated by Water Aid.

Wetland Activity with Ceylon Chamber of Commerce

Several activities connected with the Bio diversity Survey in Bolgoda were conducted in November starting with the South lake . This is part of the activity undertaken under the SLWP/ Chamber of Commerce activity with sponsorship of Sampath Bank.

Contract Agreement between SLWP and COC to be signed by IWMI as legal representative being processed by IWMI. Sampath Bank is main sponsor. Inception Report due by 31st December.

SLWP Steering Committee Meeting was held on 13th November at IWMI.

Wetland Activity on Bolgoda Wetlands

As series of programmes continuing from 2013 SLWP in collaboration of Kesbeva Divisional Secretariat and University of Colombo organized another interactive seminar on Bolgoda Wetlands. Focus group of the programme were the This time the focus group was Grama Niladharis (GS), Developmental Officers and citizens  groups in Bolgoda area.  As the earlier programmes this was also focused on raising the awareness highlighting the services, the value of urban wetlands and the impact it has on the bio diversity. As the Bolgoda wetland is the largest freshwater wetland in Sri Lanka, SLWP raised the importance of integrated actions of all stakeholders to conserve Bolgoda wetlands. Total of 45 participated the programme.

SLWP Public- Private / Partner Collaborative Activities

SLWP Chair, Senior Advisor and Country Coordinator participated in the INWEPF Symposium organized by the Ministry of Irrigation on 3rd November at Negambo. SLWP was a co- organizer. Many rice cultivating countries from Asia and the Middle East  were represented at this symposium. Prof Deepthi Wickremasinghe made a presentation and Chair participated in the INWEPF SC meeting on 4th November.

SLWP Programme Committee Meeting was held on 23rd October at IWMI.

A Tree planting and climate change awareness programme

This programme was organized by the SLWP partner The Lions Club of Pilimathalawa. The programme was oraganized celebrating the National Tree Planting week on 16th October at Maligatenna Junior School. 86 Students 13 Teachers and 2 Lions members participated in the programme.

SLWP Public, Private / Partner Collaborative Activities

  • SLWP Chair Mrs. Badra Kamaladasa participated in the 5th INWEPF ((International Network For Water& Ecosystems in Paddy Fields) preparatory meeting at the Ministry of Irrigation on 1st October . SLWP is collaborating as a core organizer and the symposium is scheduled to be held in November 3rd to 5th
  • SLWP Chair Mrs. Badra Kamaladasa participated in the 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 was carried out 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.
  • SLWP Chair participated in the programme 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. Nearly 50 participants participated representing IWMI, member organizations of WfWp, Sri Lankan government organizations, INGO and NGO operating in Sri Lanka. Dr. Alan Nicol Principal researcher and Theme Leader, Governance, Gender and Poverty of IWMI and Ms Kusum Atukorale Chair, Network of Women Water Professionals and Snr. Advisor Sri Lanka Water Partnership introduced the objectives and agenda of the meeting.    Lesha Witmer and Dr Alan made presentations giving background on gender, agricultural water, Big data and SDG’s.  A plenary discussion was held in the morning following the presentations. Five working groups discussed about the following questions paused to them.

2nd follow up activity of the RSM  programme “Alternative for River Sand in Construction” was held on 28th September at CIDA auditorium, Colombo. The programme was carried out as a brainstorm session for gathering ideas, views on alternatives for river sand and problems facing in manufacturing, marketing and promoting. 39 participated in the programme including oraganisations in government like University of Moratuwa, Geological Survey and Mines Bureau and private sector also. Task forces to address aspects to to taken up will be set up with CIDA being the focal Agency. SLWP will support aware mess and capacity building efforts and a public campaign.

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SLWP Senior Advisor Ms. Kusum Athukorala participated in Annual General Meeting of Girl Guides Association on 26th September.

SLWP Programme Committee Meeting held on 23rd September at SLWP.

A Brainstorming session for Youth a programme on “Youth Engagement in Water” was organized collaboratively with Verite Research on 16th September in Colombo. 18 participants representing youth interests participated . Action plan being prepared. Will be linked to GWP youth Strategy activities.

SLWP Chair participated in 4th INWEPF ( International Network For Water& Ecosystems in Paddy Fields) preparatory programme at Ministry of Irrigation, Colombo on 10th September. SLWP is core organizer of an international workshop to be held in November.

SLWP in Collaboration with the Construction Industry Development Authority (CIDA formerly ICTAD)  of the Ministry of Housing and Construction organized a programme on “Alternative to River Sand in construction”. The programme was held on 2nd September at CDIA auditorium. Total of 35 participated representing various government institutions , Industry and private organisations. Presentations were made by specialists including from the University of Moratuwa. Options and magnitude of problem and solutions have been identified and need to be implemented. A follow up workshop will look at Supply and demand side issues including for specifications, quality control, standards and vocational/professional training g in use of alternatives. This programme complements SLWP programme on RSM with Police/Regulators and communities being undertaken since 2003.

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Special PC meeting was held on 28th August to discuss and plan for implementation of WACREP Media activity based on discussions held with Department Of Agriculture ( Director Extension) on 21st September.    

SLWP 7th Programme Committee Meeting for 2015 was held on 7th August at IWMI.

Impact of Climate Change on outbreaks of water borne diseases In Nilwala basin and remedial measures.

Sri Lanka Water Partnership in collaboration with University of Ruhuna (Nilwala AWP) organized a programme  on 30th June  on the above topic as part of its water and Health/RBO activity at the auditorium of Department of Agric. Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna. The  60 participants of the programme were mainly Public Health Inspectors and Community Health Workers (52). The Director of Health Services thanked organizers on an timely event. Prof. Chamapa Navaratne delivered a speech on Climate change and the how it effects the health condition of people. She also discussed about the greenhouse effect. Whether patterns, impacts of whether on Nilawala basin, purification of drinking water were other topics among discussion. An analysis of local rainfall data showed clearly  a  relationship between dengue and dysentery with rainfall.

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SLWP 6th Programme Committee Meeting for 2015 was held on 26th June at IWMI.

Citizen Scientists for Digital Water Monitoring Across South Asia a Joint activity of Nepal Water Conservation Foundation , Nepal and Net Water, Sri Lanka with Technical support from State Department United States of America.

90 students and 12 teachers from 6 Schools in Denuwara Educational Zone participated the above programme in two stages and students from Lagamuwa Maha Vidyalaya who were trained during this event held an exhibition commemorating the World Environment Day on 26th June. These students carried out water quality testing and according to the training they obtained from above programme. Total of 250 students and 26 teachers participated at this exhibition.

The field trip for investigating the deterioration of “Digili Oya” basin and discussion

A field trip and a discussion was organized for investigating the deterioration of Digili Oya on 18th June as part of our catchment conservation nod RBO activity. The field trip was organized by the Nilwala AWP and University of Rhuhuna with support of the with Departments of Irrigation and the Agricultural Engineering of the university.

110 persons from Department of Irrigation, National Water Supply and Drainage Board ,Sri Lanka Army, Police,  Department of Wild Life Conservation, Department of  Forest Conservation, Central Environmental Authority, Divisional Secretary Akuressa, Agrarian Services, Agriculture Department  officers of the area and the Gramasewaka participated in the field trip and the discussion.

The participants were divided in to two groups and discuss about the procedure and the protocols that should be attained relating to the River Reserve. The main points of the discussions were woven around the steps to be taken for the conservation of the existing Forest alongside the river, the steps to be taken to prevent mixing chemicals directly in to the river water, the way of preventing the exploitation the lands alongside the river, the prevention of mixing debris in to the river water, given space for the officers to examine the condition of the river with regard to its composition and the steps to be taken for the conservation of bio diversity and water quality. An action plan is to be developed and followed up for implementation.

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World Water Day – School Programme

A World Environment Day Programme was organized by Lions Club of Pilimathalawa in collaboration with Net Wwater and Sri Lanka Water Partnership on 12th June at Kadugannava Maha Vidyalaya. The theme of the programme was “ A Day with Water” and this included many discussions and presentation on water and water related matters. A special item “Wathura Kathura” was oraganized by Gadaladeniya Maha Vidyalaya at this event.

Sri Lanka Water Partnership which strongly supports catchment and river bank conservation, celebrated World Environment Day 2015 with tree planting campaigns in the various  locations where their partner organizations are active on 5th June.

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Chair SLWP, Eng. Badra Kamaladasa and Executive Secretary SLWP, Dr. Deepthi Wickramasinghe had a meeting with Director General – Institute for Construction Training and Development (ICTAD) and his team to brief  SLWP’s involvement in  awareness raising, lobbying and research in illegal river sand mining issues and to discuss possible collaborative activities. The outcomes are summarized below:

  • Both parties agreed to initiate collaborative activities and as a first step a high level meeting will be organized with stakeholders (policy and decision makers)
  • ICTAD will support to introduce alternatives for river sand since they have already done some preliminary work and discussed about a possible mechanism to give publicity
  • Further discussions are needed to develop an agenda/ work plan which will be scheduled in the due course.

Chair-Lanka Jalani participated the 63rd NDMCC meeting held on 29th May at NDMC. The meeting was chaired by Mr W M Bandusena, Secretary of Ministry of Disaster Management.  Booklet on National Policy on Disaster Management was distributed among the participants. Mr Bandusena welcoming the participants said he need support of all the agencies/ organisations to build a safer Sri Lanka, specially on developing policy matters. Whether update was presented by Meterological Department and follow up discussion was focused on reservoir operations and accurate weather prediction need for fishermen. S/ DM instructed relevant officers to present concrete proposals for such a mechanism. Three presentations were made as follows.

SLWP 5th Programme committee Meeting was held on 22nd May at IWMI.

 World Water Day School Programme

A speech competition and a workshop were held on 14th May in Rajapakse Central College Deniyaya to commemorate World Water Day. The focus of the programme was to highlight the “Impacts of the Climate Change on Water Quality”. The programme was organized in collaboration with University of Ruhuna and Kotapola Provincial Council. Discussions were carried out on Effects of Climate Change on Water Resources and Issues caused by pollution of water resources. Also a lecture and a practical demonstration on how to examine water quality. Total of 124 students, 10 Teachers  three Kotapola Pradesheeya Sabha officers and eight final year students representing the University of Ruhuna for event management participated the programme.

Menstrual Hygiene Programme – Yatinuwara

A workshop (planning activity) was held on 11th May to understand the challenges and   define the type of activities to be carried out on 28th May 2015 in all the 86 schools in Denuwara Education zone, Central Province , Kandy.

SLWP 1st Steering Committee Meeting was held on 8th May at IWMI.

Menstrual Hygiene Programme for School Children

Above programme of SLWP is also linked to a 100 Day programme of government which started on January 2015 and continuing on schedule to end in April. The programme is   collaboratively organized by The Sri Lanka Water Partnership and Lions Club of Pilimathalawa.

The first stage started in January 2015 with an awareness programme for school teachers on Hygiene Management. The component programmes for schools were scheduled to be carried out in the 100 day period in Udunuwara and Yatinuwara with permission from Provincial Director Education.

In February programmes were carried out for School Principals and training teachers as instructors for training students for future programmes. 7 programmes have been undertaken in the Udu Nuwara and Yati Nuwara Education Zones. A review meeting was held on 24th April at IWMI to move forward based on the survey on MH that was carried out . The next programme scheduled for 30th April has been rescheduled for 11th May at Yatinuwara.

SLWP 4th Programme Committee Meeting was held on 24th April at IWMI.

World Water Day Urban Wetlands Programme

A WWD programme rescheduled due to term tests and school holidays on Urban Wetlands was held in April 2nd at Thalwathugoda Eco Park organized with The Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (SLRDC) with support from the Colombo and Ruhuna Universities for students and teachers from 3 schools and their parents (60) participated at this event. A school newsletter “Teth Bim Thathu” was also launched with first copy being handed over to Chairman SLRDC at this event. A seminar followed with 3 presentations being made on Water Cycle and Wetlands by Dr Deepthi Wickremasinghe, Climate Change and Impacts on Wetlands by Prof Champa Navaratne and Why Conserve Urban Wetlands by Dr Missaka Hettiarachchi.

Chair SLWP participated at the Workshop on Perpetration of Integrated Environment Solution Plans for 14 Local Authorities in the Kelani River Basin organized by the UNDP and the Central Environment Authority on 31st March.

SLWP 3rd Programme Committee Meeting 2015 was held on 27th March at SLWP Office premises.

Awareness on Improving Water Quality and Introduction to Environmental Friendly Bio Cell Septic Tanks.

The programme was organized by Sri Lanka Water Partnership in collaboration with Net Wwater, Lions Club of Pilimathalawa and the Kadugannawa Urban Council on 27th March. The programme focused on improving water quality and introduction to bio cell septic tanks. Department of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, National Water Supply and Drainage Board, Provincial Health Department and St. Anthony’s Ltd the Bio Cell Agents collaborated as resource persons. 81 participants participated including locals, business community and the government officers in the area. This was follow up activity and due to a resurgence of interest St Anthony’s Ltd has agreed to support a joint programme to be carried out.

Word Water Day Programme by Ma Oya AWP

A World Water Day Programme was organized by Ma Oya Mithuro on 22nd March at Ambulugala Maha Vidyalaya. The programme included presentations on Water Management, Water Security and Methods of protecting water resources. 80 School children participated in the programme. Also an essay competition was organized parallel to this event and essays from 10 Schools in the area are selected. They are planning to compile a booklet on best 10 essays.

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Chair Ms. Badra Kamaladasa was invited to the National Symposium on “Water and Development” organized by Irrigation Department on 20th This program was the major event of ID’s island wide program commemorating World Water Day 2015. The keynote address was delivered by Dr Herath Manthritilake of Inter National Water Management Institute, while the guest speech was delivered by Prof. Shanthi de Silva of Open University. The forum was attended by more than 250 participants including senior officials of Ministry of Irrigation and Agriculture, Irrigation Department and many retired senior officials of ID.

SLWP Senior Advisor Ms. Kusum Athukorala participated on the World Water Day Programme “Symposium on Dissemination of findings of Research and Development Studies, carried out by the staff of the NWSDB organized by the National Water Supply and Drainage Board on 19th March.

World Water Day, Media

Articles by Chair Ms. Badra Kamaldasa, Country Coordinator Mr. Ranjith Ratnayake, Senior Advisor Ms. Kusum Athukorala and Dr Deepthi Wickremasinghe Executive Secretary were published (Full Page) in and a special World Water Day Supplement in English in national newspapers “Sunday Island “ and “Sunday Observer”. An article by Chair SLWP on WWD was also published on 18th March in the “Dinamina” Sinhala newspaper. The SLWP articles in the Sunday Observer the largest circulation english Sunday paper were the only non- commercial articles included in the special supplement next to messages by the President, Prime Minister, Minister of Water Supply, Deputy Minister and Chair NWSDB.

SLWP Chair Ms. Badra Kamaladasa participated in the Disaster Management Coordination Committee Meeting on 27th February at the Ministry of Disaster Management, Colombo.

SLWP 2nd Programme Committee Meeting 2015 was held on 20th February at SLWP Office premises.

Theth Bim Mithuro (Friends of Wetland) Programme

Focusing on raising awareness of the wise use of water and wetlands among school children, a special event was organized to mark the World Wetlands Day (Which is celebrated 2nd of February each year) . The programme was organized in collaboration with the Wetland Unit of Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation which took place at the Wetland Center in Thalawathugoda on 6th February from 9.00 am – 1.00 pm. 40 School children from selected schools participated with 15 other invitees including media and teachers.

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SLWP Senior Advisor Ms. Kusum Athukorala was invited to the programme celebrating International World Wetland Day (Celebrated February 2nd every year) organized by Ministry of Wild Life Conservation and Central Environment Authority on 2nd This special even was located deep within the Wilpattu National Park which is also a Ramsar site. The program brought together agency staff, school children, civil society and community groups working with wetlands.

SLWP 1st Programme Committee Meeting  held on 16th January at SLWP.