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World Water Forum in March 2003 in Kyoto, Japan, AsianDevelopment Bank(ADB), Asian Development Bank Institute(ADBI) , and WaterResources Development Public Corporation of Japan (at that time)recognized the need for networking and capacity building in the implementationof IWRM and decided to collaborate in launching a Network of Asian RiverBasin Organizations (NARBO).NARBO was formally established in February 2004 and the headquarters ofthe Secretariat is in Japan Water Agency. Japan Water Agency has played anactive role in implementing NARBO activities such as thematic workshop,IWRM training, etc. in cooperation with ADB and ADBI.Now, its Chairperson is Dr. Amron from First Advisor to Minister of PublicWorks, Indonesia and its Vice-Chairperson is Mr. Ivan de Silva from MahaveliAuthority of Sri Lanka.
IWRM, namely integrated water resources management, has beenrecognized as an effective method to develop and manage water resources andan effective process to challenge issues on water and sanitation, but mostcountries are still considerable challengers in implementing IWRM as shown at16
Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development in UnitedNations.The situation in implementing IWRM varies from country to country atpresent. Some differences between developed and developing countries, anddifferences in climate conditions have caused this situation. For example, thesepictures show scenes in Mongolia, which I visited last month. The climate in thiscountry is much different from the one here in Malaysia.The purpose of our activities is to make the world peace and improve thepeople’s living on this planet earth intending sustainability considering thedescendant of us.Meanwhile, we should recognize our circumstances are always changing.These changes might have social, economical or natural aspects.Implementation style of IWRM varies from past to future as well as fromplace to place according to the needs at the time such as urbanization,industrialization, etc., but I believe a basic concept of IWRM is almost common