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International Symposium on Community Activities for the Conservation of Water Environment - Lessons Learned from Community Activities

The Water Environment Partnership in Asia (WEPA) held an international symposium on "Community Activities for the Conservation of Water Environment" on 8 December 2006 in Bangkok, as a side event of " the 4th International Symposium on Southeast Asian Water Environment " organised by the University of Tokyo and Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) from December 6 to 8, 2006.

In this symposium, the participants shared the lessons learned from the conservation activities on water quality and aquatic ecology which have been carried out by the local citizens on a community basis.

Community Activities for the Conservation of Water Environment
Date & Time
8 December 2006 13:00 - 18:00
AIT Conference Center, Bangkok
Sponsors and Organisers
Secretariat of the Water Environment Partnership in Asia (WEPA)
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
The University of Tokyo
Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)
University of Yamanashi 21st Century COE program
Ministry of the Environment Japan
Chair: Dr. Futaba Kazama
Co-chairs: Dr. Kensuke Fukushi and Dr.Chettiyappan Visvanathan

Many countries in the Asian region are facing common problems such as severe deterioration of the water quality and shortage of usable water due to rapid economic and population growth. Although measures to solve the problems are being taken by the central and local governments of these countries, circumstances are being aggravated by the lack of human resources and funding. Against this background, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of local citizens who are involved in activities to conserve the water environment on a community basis. However, the experiences of stakeholders who have managed to overcome these problems have not been sufficiently conveyed to the entire Asian region. In order to enhance these voluntary water conservation activities, cooperation between various stakeholders should be strengthened to achieve sustainable development of the region.


This symposium is aiming to promote Asian community activities to share the experiences of various stakeholders in their endeavour to conserve water quality and aquatic ecology, and to strengthen the linkage among stakeholders and make their conservation activities better known.

Papers and Presentation Materials
Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt
State and the Community in Water Management Case of the DamodarValley  Corporation, India
PDF Paper (62KB)
PDF Presentation(1.0MB)

Rudy Harto Widodo, S. Suyanto et. al.
Rewarding Communities for Keeping Rivers Clean? : First Steps in a River Care Program in West Lampung-Indonesia
PDF Paper (219KB)
PDF Presentation(3.4MB)

Loga Sunthri Veeraiah
Consumers Education, Representation and Participation in Integrated Water Resource Management and Conservation-Malaysia
PDF Paper (35KB)
PDF Presentation(3.8MB)

Densiri Thongnopphakun
We Love Thachin Club

Pravin Agrawal IFS
Sustainable Conservation of Water Environment Through Community Driven Sanitation Campaign: A Case Study of South Tripura District
PDF Paper (115KB)
PDF Presentation(3.8MB)

Phan Van Hai
Brief of the Issue of Drinking Water Supply in Hue City, Vietnam
PDF Paper (347KB)
PDF Presentation(1.1MB)

Himalaya Gautam
Successful Implementation of Public Private Partnership Model for Water Supply and Sanitation in Nepal
PDF Paper (57KB)
PDF Presentation(429KB)

Lufiandi, Diah Endah Triastutiningrum, Setiawan Wangsaathmaja
Community-Based Sewerage System to Improve Water Environment in Kelurahan Batununggal, Bandung City, Indonesia
PDF Paper (25KB)
PDF Presentation(822KB)

Md.Mafizur Rahman, Fatima Jahra
Challenges for Implementation of Rain Water Harvesting Project in Arsenic  Affected Areas of Bangladesh
PDF Paper (44KB)
PDF Presentation(1.4MB)

Agustin Mercado, Jr. Patricia Ann J. Sanchez
Community-based Agroforestry Practices for Watershed Management in the Philippine Uplands: Lessons Learned from the Landcare Experience
PDF Paper (59KB)
PDF Presentation(3.8MB)

Chan Ngai Weng
River Catchment Awareness and Monitoring Programme for PinangRiver, Penang State, Malaysia: Role of Water Watch Penang, Private Sector and Local Community
PDF Paper (81KB)
PDF Presentation(3.0MB)

Olga M. Nuneza
Academi-Community Initiatives in Mindanao, Philippines to Conserve Water Resources
PDF Paper (25KB)
PDF Presentation(5.6MB)

Takahiro Ishizaki

Community Activities Contributing to Water Environment Conservation
PDF Paper (252KB)
PDF Presentation(745KB)