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Meeting Report
A dialogue in Sri Lanka

Central Environment Authority of Sri Lanka (CEA), Ministry of the Environment, Japan and Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) held a dialogue on water environment on 27 August 2012 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The officers from CEA and other related agencies in Sri Lanka participated in the dialogue. The meeting aimed to exchange views and experiences between Sri Lanka and Japan on water environmental management and identify areas in need of policy intervention. Experiences of Japan's pollution control was shared and the challenges currently faced by Sri Lanka on industrial wastewater management and their possible solutions were actively discussed during the programme among the participants.

27 August 2012 (On 28th a site visit was conducted for the Japanese participants)
Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka
40 participants (35 participants from Sri Lanka and 5 from Japan)
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Dialogue Programme

Inaugural Session
9:00 -9:30 Registration
9:30 -9:45 Opening Ceremony Lightning of Oil Lamp
National Anthem
9:45 -9:55 Welcome Remark Charitha Hearth, Chairman
Central Environmental Authority, Sri Lanka
9:55 -10:05 Welcome Remark Ministry of Environment, Japan
10:05 -10:15 Address by the Secretary Ministry of Environment, Sri Lanka
10:15 -10:45 Keynote Address
The State of Water Environment and its Management in Asian Countries and WEPA

PDF (678KB)
Dr. Mitsumasa Okada, Professor, Open University of Japan;
Chair of WEPA Advisory Board
10:45 -11:30 Coffee Break and Group Photo
Session 1: The State of Water Environment and its Management
11:30 -12:00 Water Environment Management in Sri Lanka and Role of the Central Environmental Authority
PDF (736KB)
Mrs. Ramani Ellepola, Director General, CEA
12:00 -12:30 Domestic Wastewater Management in Sri Lanka
PDF (3,230KB)
Mr. G.A. Kumararathna, Additional General Manager (Sewerage) National Water Supply & Drainage Board
12:30 -13:00 Water Environment Management in Japan
PDF (1,351KB)
Mr. Tadashi Kitamura, Director, Water Environment Division, Environmental Management Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
13:30 -14:00 Lunch Break
Session 2: Industrial Wastewater Management
14:00 -14:30 Industrial Wastewater Management in Japan
PDF (735KB)
Mr. Takatoshi Wako, Deputy Director, Water Environment Division, Environmental Management Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
14:30 -15:00 Role of the CEA in Industrial Wastewater Management
PDF (5,711KB)
Mr. K H Muthukuda Arachchi, Deputy Director General, CEA
15:00 -15:30 Environmental Responsibility and Constrains in Pollution Control for Industrial Sector
PDF (411KB)
Mr. W.T.H. Ruchira Withana, Director, Ministry of Industrial Development
15:30 -16:00 Reviewing of effluent discharge standards in Sri Lanka
PDF (322KB)
Dr. Mahesh Jayaweera, Senior Lecturer, University of Moratuwa
16:00 -16:15 Coffee Break
Discussion Session
16:15 -17:30 How Industrial Wastewater Management should be strengthened in Sri Lanka
17:30 -17:35 Closing Remarks
18:00 -On wards Dinner