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WEPA Sessions in
11th International Symposium on Southeast Asian Water Environment (SEAWE11)

The University of Tokyo and Asian Institute of Technology jointly organized the 11th International Symposium on Southeast Asian Water Environment (SEAWE11) on the 27th and 28th of November in Bangkok, Thailand. WEPA participated in this symposium together with Chuo University as Co-organizers. Participants numbered over 100 and were mainly from the field of academia. WEPA organized sessions at the symposium to provide an opportunity for dialogue and mutual understanding among policy makers and researchers with the aim of improving water environmental governance in Asia. In the first WEPA session, presentations by policy makers and a panel discussion were held in order to discuss a required collaborative framework among policy makers and researchers. On the second day, researchers made presentations and there were discussions and significant exchange of opinions among researches and policy makers. In both sessions, researchers and policy makers held active discussions on how to improve water environment in Asia.

27th/28th November 2014
Conference Centre of the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand
More than 100 participants (total participants for the symposium)
Approximately 30 participants (for WEPA sessions)
The University of Tokyo (Japan), Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand)
WEPA, Chuo University (Japan)
Meeting Memo

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Symposium Programme
27th November 2014
9:00 - 10:00 Opening Ceremony
  • Opening remarks: Prof. Hiroaki FURUMAI The University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Welcome remarks: Prof. Chettiyappan VISVANATHAN Asian Institute of Technology,The Kingdom of Thailand
    Mr. Soichiro SEKI Vice-Minister for Global Environment, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
  • Keynote lecture1“Tropical Technologies for Water Environment in South East Asia”: Prof. Kazuo YAMAMOTO Vice-President for Resource Development Asian Institute of Technology , the Kingdom of Thailand
  • Keynote lecture 2“Water Environmental Management in Thailand”: Dr. Wijarn SIMACHAYA Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, The Kingdom of ThailandPDF (9.3MB)
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:15 Parallel Session
  • A1 Monitoring of Water Environment
  • B1 Wastewater Treatment (1)
  • C1 KURITA Session: Climate Change and Water Environment Management
12:15 - 13:30 Lunch
13:00 - 14:45 Parallel Session
  • A2 Emerging Contaminants and Environment Technology
  • B2 Wastewater Treatment (2)
  • C2 WEPA Session
14:45 - 16:00 Poster Session
16:00 - 17:40 Parallel Session
  • A3 Challenge in Water Management in Monsoon Asia
  • B3 Membrane Technology for Emerging Countries
  • C3 WEPA Session

28th November 2014
Morning lecture
9:00 - 10:00 “From Climate Change to Sustainability Science ”
Prof. Akimasa SUMI, President , The National Institute of Environmental Studies, Japan
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 - 12:10 Parallel Session
  • A4 Water Sanitation and Health
  • B4 Wastewater Treatment (3)
  • C4 WEPA Session
  • D4 Biomass Management and Groundwater
12:10 - 13:30 Lunch
13:00 - 14:45 Closing ceremony
  • Award ceremony
  • Announcement of the next symposium
  • Closing remarks

WEPA Session Programme
27th November 2014
Moderator : Mr. Tetsuo KUYAMA, IGES,(WEPA Secretariat)
13:30 - 13:45 “Introduction of the session“
Mr. Tetsuo KUYAMA
Manager (Water Resource Management)/NRE
Institute of Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) (WEPA Secretariat) PDF (1.8MB)
13:45 - 14:15 Kick off presentation 1
“Role of scientists in policy making process for water environment in Japan”
Prof. Mitsumasa OKADA, Open University (WEPA Advisor), Japan PDF (2.6MB)
14:15 - 14:45 Kick off presentation 2
“Prioritized policy agenda in water environmental management and role of water experts for policy making process in Thailand”
by Dr. Wijarn SIMACHAYA, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, The Kingdom of Thailand PDF (4.4MB)
14:45 - 16:00 Coffee Break (Poster Sessions)
16:00 - 17:40

Panel Discussion

Facilitator: Prof. Mitsumasa OKADA Open University (WEPA Advisor), Japan
Dr. Wijiarn SIMACHAYA Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, The Kingdom of Thailand
Dr. Nguyen The DONG Deputy General Director, Vietnam Environment Administration, Socialist Republic of Vietnam PDF (816KB)
Dr. Budi KURUNIAWAN Head of Infrastructure and Services, Ministry of Environment, Republic of Indonesia PDF (3.4MB)
Dr. Vincente B. Tuddao Jr. Director for Government and Enforcement, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Republic of the Philippines PDF (2.4MB)

Topics for Discussion

  • Issues of Water environment management
  • Example of the Policy Oriented research
  • Role of experts/researchers in policy making process

28th November 2014
Chairpersons: Dr. Pham NGOC BAO, IGES (WEPA Secretariat)
Mr. Masahiro YASUDA, Deputy Director, Water Environment Division, Environmental Management Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
10:30 - 10:55 “Wastewater Management in Bangkok”
Lecturer and Deputy Programme Director
Master of Engineering, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Mahidol University, The Kingdom of Thailand PDF (2.7MB)
10:55 - 11:20 “Wastewater characterisation and its impacts to the performance of Water treatment plant in Hanoi, Socialist Republic of Vietnam”
Dr. Tran Viet NGA, Lecturer , National University of Civil Engineering, Socialist Republic of Vietnam PDF (1.9MB)
11:20 - 11:45 “Water Quality Management Policy: Current situation and Issues”
Dr. G.B.B. Herath Senior Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering University of Peradeniya, the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka PDF (1.9MB)
11:45 - 12:10 “Coliform contamination of Indigenous clam, Batissa violacea (Lamarck,1818) (Bivalvia) in Cagayan River, Philippines: Implications to human health safety”
Dr. Rico C. ANCOG , Professor, School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM), University of the Philippines Los Baños, the Republic of the Philippines PDF (2.4MB)