International Conference on Water Security Through Rainwater Harvesting 27th - 29th November ,2018 , Colombo , Sri Lanka


Lanka Rain Water harvesting Forum in collaboration with Ministry of City Planning and Water Supply Sri Lanka and International Water Management Institute with the support of  USAID invite you to participate in  3 day conference on Water Security through Rain water harvesting to be held from 27-29th November 2018, in Colombo Sri Lanka. The objective of this conference is to provide a multidisciplinary platform for practitioners and professionals to discuss the innovations, trends, and concerns to enhance water security through rain water harvesting  . The conference will also provide an opportunity to networking with international and national key players in rainwater harvesting. The conference includes a field visit to best practices of urban rain water harvesting, film festival and a walk for rain water.

The most devastating threat to humanity in the 21st century is the lack of safe drinking water. It is predicted that nearly 50 percent of the world’s population will be living in areas of high water stress by 2030. The combined effects of population pressure, pollution, and climate change impacts such as drought are contributing to this precarious ecological and health crisis.  Women, children, and the elderly in the developing world are the worst impacted. One solution that can be particularly cost effective is rainwater harvesting.

Collecting rainwater is an ancient, effective, and eco-friendly technique that has been utilized for household, livestock and agriculture use  over 3,500 years.  Today, Rainwater Harvesting is used in wet and dry countries, in poor and modern situations, for water supply and for sanitation in homes. It is utilized in addressing agricultural productivity and food security for poverty alleviation, even in places with less than 200 mm of rain. Rainwater Harvesting is employed in flood mitigation in rain-drenched countries, and in solving infiltration problems of sealed surfaces in urban areas and industrial complexes, or in avoiding polluted water and toxic ground water. Today, some 1.3% of the world’s population uses rainwater as its main source of domestic water. In developing countries, this may be up to 2.4% of the rural population (Joint Monitoring Programme, 2017).

Key Note Speakers 






Dr. Herath Manthrithilake
Head, Sri Lanka Development Initiative,
IWMI, Sri Lanka


Photo of Dr. Frank Rijsberman

Dr. Frank Rijsberman,

Director General,
Global Green Growth Institute, South Korea

Call for Papers/Posters on the following topics

Session Topics:

  • Rainwater Harvesting for Water Supply    (Domestic/ Industrial / Commercial)
  • Rainwater Quality and Health
  • Disaster Risk Reduction with Rainwater Harvesting
  • Rainwater Harvesting for Food Production
  • Rainwater Harvesting and Eco Systems
  • Policy Institutions and Financing Rainwater Harvesting
  • Rainwater Harvesting and Community Participation

Tentative program: Symposium of LRWHF tentative Program 

Conference News 

Conference  received 35 abstracts India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, United Kingdom, Australia and Sri Lanka. Out of which 32 abstract have been accepted by the editorial committee.

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