The pressing food and water issues affecting the region will be discussed at a two day workshop in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on February 24-25, 2011, a joint initiative of the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). The workshop “Climate Change, food, and water security: Identifying critical issues and exploring cooperative strategies in an age of increased risk and uncertainty for South Asia” will bring together practitioners, policy-makers, and researchers from South Asia and abroad.
The workshop seeks to initiate an enduring collaboration among South Asian countries to to harness existing global and local knowledge and stimulate new knowledge on agricultural water resources management for greater food and water security.
The aims of the workshop are the following:
- To bring together professionals and experts specializing in regional, cross-sectoral work to identify the current state of knowledge;
- To distil lessons from existing knowledge to share with policy makers;
- To identify means of effective dissemination of knowledge, including the outcome of the workshop, to all stakeholders;
- To plan for the establishment of a long-term virtual platform of professionals that will comprise a South Asian Climate Change, Food and Water Security Platform as part of the GWP-South Asia network; and
- To support a five year work plan and fund raising strategy that will delineate areas for immediate action and further research.
Please await our official media release with more details on workshop results and recommendations, which will follow the event.
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(Photo: Ramon I Castillo, GWP Philippines)