WaterAid Bangladesh in collaboration with Rain Forum, IWM, Centre for Science and Environment, India, ITN-BUET organized the first Bangladesh convention on rainwater harvesting on 15 June 2012 at Ruposhi Bangla hotel. The three day long convention ended on 17 June, 2012.
The inaugural ceremony took place on 15 June 2012. Ramesh Chandra Sen, Minister of Water Resources, Government of Bangladesh, Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Water supply and Drainage, Government of Sri Lanka were present as Special guest in the event. The event was chaired by Dr. Md. Khairul Islam, Country representative, WaterAid Bangladesh.
Dr Suresh Kumar Rohilla, Programme Director, Centre for Science and Environment, India delivered his speech on rainwater harvesting in the South Asian context. Speeches were also given by Syed Azizul Haq, President Rain Forum, Dr. M Monowar Hossain, Executive Director, IWM; Professor Mafizur Rahman, Director ITN-BUET.
RAiN Forum members: Syed Azizul Haq, President RAiN Forum, Mafizur Rahman, Vice President RAiN Forum, Maharam Dakua, Joint Secretary, Anika Tabassum and Shahnoor Hasan also participated in the thematic sessions and shared their views on how rainwater should be considered as a solution to water crisis and the potentiality of rainwater harvesting to address water scarcity as well as to enhance groundwater recharging in urban and rural context of Bangladesh. .
A glimpse of the three day long program is given below:
South Asian experience sharing on rainwater harvesting by India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Dhaka Declaration 2012
Thematic Session 01
Best practices in different hydro-geological contexts focusing recharge of ground water and reuse of rainwater.
Thematic Session 02
Rainwater Harvesting in Urban areas, coastal belts, drought prone hilly areas and water logged parts of the city.
Thematic Session 03
Rainwater harvesting for promoting artificial recharge to encounter the loss of water bodies due to encroachment.
Thematic Session 04
Rainwater harvesting in arsenic prone areas.
Thematic Session 05
Legal framework, policy, strategy and challenges related to rainwater harvesting.
Educational Session and Field Visits