This training program in Thulhiriya, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka, was organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources Management, and Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka.
The objective of the training, which took place 2—9 November, was to develop the capacity of member staff of Network of Asian River Basin Organizations (NARBO) in understanding, implementing, and improving Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in their respective river basins. Twenty-six delegates from eight countries participated.
Participants studied such subjects from the IWRM Guidelines as the "Spiral Model," "Sector Perspectives," and "Key for Success." In addition, case studies were presented on Mahaweli River Basin water demand, irrigation, hydropower, and flood control, which allowed participants to learn effective river basin management. By visiting water-related facilities and by exchanging opinions among stakeholders, IWRM practitioners and participants learned how Sri Lankan has developed IWRM. The event also allowed participants to network among themselves.
Participants also explored the latest IWRM issues such as water security, climate change, water-food-energy nexus, and the 2011 flood in Thailand, among others. They recognized the importance of IWRM through practical and useful lectures by international specialists in water management.
At the end of the training, participants worked in groups to find the "Key for Success" for proper management of their respective river basins. By studying the Mahaweli River Basin, participants learned IWRM through an exchange of knowledge and experiences with IWRM practitioners in Sri Lanka.