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Second WEPA International Workshop

The WEPA Workshop was organized by the Ministry of the Environment, Japan, and took place on 23 February 2011 at Shiba-Park Hotel, Tokyo, Japan. The aims of the Workshop were to enhance the body of knowledge related to climate change impact on the water environment among WEPA countries and discuss how WEPA countries should address the associated issues.

Date & Venue
23 February 2010, Shiba-Park Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
47 persons from 14 countries
- Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao P.D.R, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, U.S. A, Viet Nam
Ministry of the Environment, Japan
Secretariat of Water Environment Partnership in Asia (WEPA)
c/o Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
photophoto photo

9:30 Opening Session
Chaired by Kensuke Fukushi, Associate Professor, University of Tokyo: WEPA Advisor
9:30 Welcome address Soichiro Seki
Director General for Water Environment,
Ministry of the Environment (MOE), Japan
9:40 Keynote Speech “Climate Change Adaptation in Water Sector – focusing on water environment”
PDF Presentation(5,3MB)
Taikan Oki
Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo, Japan
10:10 Technical Session I
10:10 How can we save lakes affected by Climate Change?
PDF Presentation(10,5MB)
Michio Kumagai
Research and Information Director, Lake Biwa Environment Research Institute, Japan
10:30 Effects of Climate Change on Lake Tahoe (CA-NV), USA and what this might mean for lakes and reservoirs in Asia
PDF Presentation(4,6MB)
S. Geoffrey Schladow
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Director of Tahoe Environmental Research Center, University of California,Davis, USA
10:50 Questions and Answers
11:05 Coffee Break
11:20 Climate Change: Are Small Islands ‘Drowning’?
PDF Presentation(13MB)
Ahmad Zaharin Aris
Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Environmental Studies, University Putra Malaysia
11:40 Risk of infectious diseases during flood and drought
PDF Presentation(6,0MB)
Toru Watanabe
Associate Professor, Dept of Food, Life and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture Yamagata University, Japan
12:00 Questions and Answers
12:15 Lunch Break
13:30 Technical Session II
13:30 Climate Change Impacts to the Water Environment
PDF Presentation(7,1MB)
Takatoshi Wako
Deputy Director
Water Environment Division, Environmental Management Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
13:50 Climate Change, Water Environment and Freshwater Ecosystems in Korea
PDF Presentation(771KB)
Research Fellow
Water Quality Control Center, National Institute of Environmental Research, Republic of Korea
14:05 Progress of Water Environment. Governance /Management and Challenges in Sri Lanka
PDF Presentation(2,2MB)
R.W.S.M.Nimal Manorathne
Assistant Director,
Central Environmental Authority, Sri Lanka
14:20 Climate Change Impacts on Water Environment: Thailand’s Preliminary Study
PDF Presentation(3,4MB)
Wijarn Simachaya
Deputy Director-General, Pollution Control Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand
14:35 Questions and Answers
14:50 Coffee Break
15:00 Discussion Session
Chaired by So Kazama, Professor, Tohoku University: WEPA Advisor.
Presentation: Results of WEPA Questionnaire on Climate Change and Water Environment
PDF Presentation(150KB)
Yatsuka Kataoka
Director, Freshwater Sub-group, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Topic 1: Potential impacts of climate change to different water bodies
Topic 2: Necessary adaptation actions (areas need policy intervention to cope with potential climate change impacts to water environment)
16:45 Closure of the day