SARNET International Conf. Showcases Rainwater Harvesting as a Sustainable Solution for Climate Resilience

by Marc Sylvestre | 28 August 2023
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Image SARNET International Conf. Showcases Rainwater Harvesting as a Sustainable Solution for Climate Resilience

The 2nd SARNET International Conference on Rainwater Harvesting, a Sustainable Solution for Climate Change Resilience and Achieving SDGs, was successfully held on May 17th and 18th, 2023, at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The conference brought together 24 international participants and 27 presentations were done by the professionals, academics, researchers, government, and private sector officials from various countries, including Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Malawi, Uganda, and the Netherlands. The international conference was organized by the South Asia Rainwater Network (SARNET) in collaboration with Lanka Rain Water Harvesting forum (LRWHF) and International Water Management Institute (IWMI), with the support of USAID Sri Lanka.

The first day of the conference commenced with the inauguration ceremony, graced by esteemed guests, Mr. A.C.M. Nafeel, the Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Water Supply and State Infrastructure Development, and Mr. Kevin Dean, Director of the Office of Governance and Vulnerable Population at USAID Sri Lanka and Maldives. Dr. Mathew McCartney, Research Group Leader for Sustainable Water Infrastructure and Ecosystems at the International Water Management Institute, delivered an insightful keynote speech, while Mr. Ramveer Tanvar, popularly known as “The Pondman of India,” captivated the audience as the guest speaker.

The conference continued with Technical Sessions focusing on:

· “Rainwater Harvesting in Urban Areas: Operational Policies and Institutions.” : Diving into policies and institutions required for success

· Recap’ of the previous day’s events,

· “socioeconomic benefits and disaster risk reduction through Rainwater Harvesting (RWH)”. Presentations during this session shed light on the practical applications of RWH in various contexts.

The 2nd SARNET International Conference on Rainwater Harvesting was undoubtedly a significant event that highlighted the importance of rainwater harvesting as a sustainable solution for climate change resilience and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The presentations and discussions showcased innovative approaches, research findings, and success stories, inspiring participants to continue their efforts towards effective rainwater harvesting practices. With the collective expertise and dedication of international participants, it is hoped that rainwater harvesting will be further promoted and implemented worldwide, contributing to a more sustainable and resilient future for all.

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