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World Water Day 2018 organized by IESL Water Forum

26 Mar 2018 9:59 AM | IESL (Administrator)

IESL observed World Water Day 2018 with special programme of presentations by leadingl experts in the water sector making presentation to bring better understanding among people about importance of water. Organized by the IESL Water Forum its chairman, Dr. Kamal Laksiri welcoming the participants briefed  the audience about how the day came to be named by the United Nations as the world Water Day in the year 1993 and that that the water arm of the UN selects each year’s  theme which for this year is “ The Answer is in Nature”.

President of IESL, Eng. (Prof.) Niranjanie Ratnayake addressing the audience stressed on the need to be alert and not rest on one’s laurels as regards the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) of the United Nations by all countries of providing access to clean drinking water for all by year 2030. Fresh water resources being unequally spatially distributed,  time factor, pollution, climate change etc. pose serious challenge  and that solutions have to be sought based on nature to be sustainable she mentioned.

Presentations made by experts from the sector were as follows:

“Nature and Water” by Dr. Manthrithilaka, Head – Sri Lanka Development Initiative, International Water Management.

“ Balancing of Water Resources Development and Conservation of Ecosystem” by Eng. (Mrs.)Badra Kamaladasa – Former Director General – Irrigation, Irrigation Department

“Nature is the Teacher” by Eng. (Dr.) S.K. Weragoda, Project Director, China Sr Lanka Research Grant Project – Ministry of City Planning and Water Supply.

“ Ground Water, Isotopes & CK Du “ by Eng. Viraj Edirisinghe – Director, Industrial Applications, Atomic Energy Board.

“ Nature Based Solutions for Water from the perspective of Young Water Professionals “ by Eng. Chathura Sanjeewa – Civil and Environmental Engineer, National Water Supply and  Drainage Board


The experts’ presentations were followed by an Open Discussion and Question & Answer session.

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