Ranjan Ghose via web
The Daily Samakal published full-page supplementary on 'WASH in IWRM, Citizen’s Participation, and Way Forward' both its online and print version. Based on the discussion titled, Integrated Water Resource Management: Citizen’s Participation and Way Forward held on 27th December 2017 at Daily Samakal published this supplementary. Daily Samakal and WaterAid Bangladesh jointly organized this Roundtable discussion with the support of international development organization 'Simavi'.
Referring the speakers, discussed in the roundtable, the supplementary highlighted on reducing water pollution, inter-ministry coordination, use of rainwater, allocation of more budget for integrated water management, ensuring people's participation in the planning and decision-making process and so on. The discussion highlighted on the importance of grassroots people and local public representatives participation in the process of formulation and implementation of policies and plans at all levels. Followings are some points also highlighted on the supplement:
To solve the problems in relation to WASH and IWRM, sufferings of the people needed to take into account. Involving citizens from different segments of the society, need to work together to solve the problems. To proceed further we need to utilize both the government and private initiative at a time. Also, to accelerate the progress further, it is very important to involve media for creating awareness about this.
For the proper management of water, we need to think who is using water and how. It is also necessary to ensure effective coordination among all the organizations and departments for this. Before that, need to build massive awareness to make everyone aware on the importance of water resource management.
Preserving rainwater in the canal and use it in the irrigation season is helpful to reduce over-extraction of groundwater. In this regard, it is important to discuss, formulate and implement local level plans in consultation with grassroots people. We need to focus more on different marginalized communities, disabled people, and women.
It is to be noted that, water resource management is more of a technical issue. Around 13 different ministries are involved with this in Bangladesh and there are various committees for decision making and undertaking actions. So the inter-ministry and inter-department coordination need to be enhanced. Good results can only be generated if all the committees become public centered and considered the real need of the citizens’. A number of Government departments including the Department of Public Health Engineering, on behalf of the government, is working to ensure safe drinking water for all the citizens’ in line with SDG targets. Hence cooperation from all levels can be helpful in achieving the desired goal of the government
Senior representatives from Water Resources Planning Organization (WARPO), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE), Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (D-WASA), Blue Gold Programme, BRAC University, B-SCAN, NDBUS, BEJA, SWA, DORP, FAN-SA, WSSCC-B, Practical Action, Max Foundation, WSUP, WAI-SIMAVI, Daily Somokal and WaterAid joined this discussion. Link is here: http://samakal.com/todays-print-edition/tp-special-feature/article/1802316/; http://epaper.samakal.com/uploads/epaper/2018/02/03/images/page5a7484686d405-5a748863b6890.jpg; http://epaper.samakal.com/nogor-edition/2018-02-03/12