‘A Day without Water: Managing Sri Lanka’s Water Resource’
Posted on April 17th, 2013

Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies, Colombo. April 30, 2013, 2.00 “”…” 6.00 p.m.

Water security has acquired a prominent place in the global political, economic and security discourse given its indispensability to life on earth, development, energy and sanitation. Increasing demand for water with rapid water pollution on one hand and consequences of the climate change on the other is going to be one of the greatest challenges faced by us in the coming decade. Rapid economic growth in the developing countries has very high environmental costs. Unsustainable practices to spur economic growth have deteriorated “ƒ”¹…”water security’ in these regions.  Prevailing gender gaps have further complicated the situation given the policy making bodies are yet to recognize the importance in addressing gender issues in water management.

Even though Sri Lanka is not categorized as a region highly stressed for water, we are beginning to be affected negatively by drastic impacts of climate change, poor water management, and pollution. Apart from the changes in the monsoon cycles and resultant droughts Sri Lanka has being facing a number of water related issues. According to the Asian Water Development Outlook 2013, Sri Lanka fares badly in terms of overall piped water access (29%) and urban waste water treatment (32%). Furthermore, Sri Lanka is ranked “ƒ”¹…”hazardous’ in terms of “ƒ”¹…”environment water security’ and “ƒ”¹…”urban water security’. In addition, there is a lot to be done regarding improving resilience to water related disasters. For a country which depends on external supplies of fossil fuels to meet its energy requirements, Sri Lanka has not fully utilized its potential in generating hydroelectricity.  

Understanding and recognizing the importance of adopting a constructive approach to water for a better Sri Lanka, Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies will hold “ƒ”¹…”A Day without Water: Managing Sri Lanka’s Water Resource’, a seminar on April 30, 2013. This event is also organized in the backdrop of the International Water Day which fell on March 22 and to mark the International Year of Water Cooperation “”…” 2013. The seminar with the involvement of academics, practitioners and policy makers will provide a forum to share information on Sri Lanka’s water table, dangers it faces and nexus between water, food, gender and energy. It will contribute to engage in a critical evaluation of Sri Lanka’s efforts to ensure right to water and debate and discuss various water related problems.

One Response to “‘A Day without Water: Managing Sri Lanka’s Water Resource’”

  1. Ben Silva Says:

    20000 PERSONS HAVE DIED AND 400000 have been affected by CKD in the NCP of Sri Lanka. Agro chemicals could be the problem. I wonder what is being done by GOSL and citizens to help the victims ?

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