Conference Announcement: International Conference on “Community and Water Services Challenges for Sustainability”

Conference Announcement: International Conference on “Community and Water Services Challenges for Sustainability”

Dates: 29th – 30th September, 1st October 2011
Venue: Kandy, Sri Lanka

Conference details:

Important Dates:

  • Registration begins: 27th July 2011
  • Submission of Abstracts: 15th August 2011
  • Selection of Abstracts: 30th August 2011
  • Submission of accepted papers: 15th September 2011
  • Last date for registration: 15th September 2011
  • Conference dates: Technical sessions- 29th-30th September 2011. Field Visits– 1st Oct. 2011

Organised by:

  • The Ministry of Water Supply and Drainage of Sri Lanka
  • Community Water Supply & Sanitation Project (CWSSP)
  • National Water Supply & Drainage Board (NWS&DB)
  • Lanka Rain Water Harvesting Forum (LRWHF)

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The Ministry of Water Supply and Drainage of Sri Lanka together with Community Water Supply & Sanitation Project (CWSSP), National Water Supply & Drainage Board (NWS&DB) and Lanka Rain Water Harvesting Forum (LRWHF) will organize a 3 day conference under the theme “Community and Water Services – Challenges for Sustainability”.

Millennium Development Goals (MDG) are set to halve the world’s population without access to safe water by 2015. Despite Asia’s fast growing market for consumer goods, technology and global investment, the stark fact is that out of the 1.1 billion global population without access to improved water, almost two thirds live in Asia. Many Asian countries are ill equipped to provide the needed safe water and sanitation to their growing population. Many of this un-served population also live in rural areas which are primarily agriculture based. Lack of access to water in an agriculture based rural economy, will inevitably impact adversely on the socio-economic well being of the community and lead to enhanced rural-urban migration. Asia also has fast burgeoning mega-cities with major resource constraints especially for the underprivileged communities.

There are economic, environmental, social and cultural constraints associated with the provision of safe water. Women are the most affected from lack of access to safe drinking water since in water scarce situations they spend a large part of their time in accessing water for domestic needs, thereby limiting their involvement on other, especially income generating activities.

Sri Lanka has over 15 years of experience promoting community organizations to provide their own water supply and sanitation facilities through community water supply & sanitation projects. Over 3500 community based organizations that were formed to implement the projects are now empowered to manage, operate and maintain these systems.

Our region has had extensive experience over the past three decades in promoting the role of communities and households in deciding, executing and maintaining their own water service systems through community based projects. These achievements greatly contribute to such success stories in water and sanitation in our region.

In view of the urgent need to provide water services for an ever burgeoning Asian population, it is useful to take stock of current status in planning future activities. This conference plans to provide a platform for sharing knowledge, strategies, experiences and best practices of the region’s communities with special reference to the role of women.

Objectives:

  1. To share and highlight experiences of actors and beneficiaries in community empowerment through water supply
  2. Promote Beneficiary participation including the role of women in community water projects

Themes:

  1. Water as a tool for community development, success stories & lessons learned.
  2. CBO concept and empowerment of communities
  3. Micro/Financing & self financing by CBO’s.
  4. Institutional, legal and social framework focusing on community
  5. Water Governance and Democratization
  6. Technology management at community level
  7. Environmental and climate vulnerability in community water supply schemes
  8. Water for community during disaster and conflict situation
  9. Health and water quality
  10. Gender issues related to community development and providing of water services

Target Groups: Water Practitioners, CBO members, Water Professionals, Academics, Donors, NGOs and Industries.

Venue: Plant Genetic Resource Centre ( PGRC), Gannoruwa, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Registration:

  • Overseas Participants US $ 100
  • Local participants: Rs. 5,000
  • Local CBO members. Rs. 2,500

Registration fee includes: Travel from the Bandaranaike International Airport to Kandy and back (only for overseas participants), Conference kit, Lunch and refreshments during Conference, Social dinner and field visits.

To register for the Conference please fill the form (Download, PDF file, 455kb) and send the to the Conference Secretariat by mail, fax or email.

Conference Secretariat

Community and Water Services Conference
Ministry of Water Supply and Drainage
35, ‘Lak Diya Medura”, Sunil Mawatha
Pellawatta
Battaramulla
SRI LANKA

Tel: +94-114-373851, +94-112-820851
Fax: +94-112-177222, +94-112-768520
Email: waterconf2011@gmail.com
Web: www.communitywater.lk

Accommodation: There are number of Hotels and Guest houses available in Kandy. More details and contact numbers are available in the web site (www.communitywater.lk) or contact the secretariat. Participants are advised to book early,

Important Dates

  • Registration begins: 27th July 2011
  • Submission of Abstracts: 15th August 2011
  • Selection of Abstracts: 30th August 2011
  • Submission of accepted papers: 15th September 2011
  • Last date for registration: 15th September 2011
  • Conference dates: Technical sessions – 29th-30th September 2011. Field Visits – 1st Oct. 2011

A. Abeygunasekara
Secretary, Ministry of Water Supply and Drainage, Sri Lanka

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