The above workshop was held in Grindlays Regency Hotel in Alawwa on 30th and 31st August 2018, with the participation of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB), Department of National Community Water Supply (DNCWS), CRIWMP project staff, Civil society organizations and other sector partners. Mr. Mahinda Gunarathna, Director, Planning & Monitoring, Ministry of Mahaweli Development & Environment (MMD&E); Mr. Herath Jayathilaka , Director General, DNCWS, Mr. I.V.W Ediriweera ,Deputy General Manager, NWSDB , Dr. Buddika Hapuarachi, Deputy Project Director, CRIWMP were also present at the event.
The objective of the workshop was to intensify coordination and cooperation between MMD&E, CRIWMP, NWSDB and DNCWS to implement Output 2 on drinking water supply; and to review the progress of the project by sharing experiences. At present, the NWSDB is smoothly handling the rural water supply component, coordinating and communicating with relevant parties.
Climate Resilient Integrated Water Management Project (CRIWMP) is a seven-year project (2017-2024) aimed at strengthening the resilience of Smallholder Farmers in Sri Lanka’s Dry Zone to climate variability and extreme events. The project targets poor and vulnerable households in three river basins -the Malwathu, Mi, and Yan (rivers)- which flow through the northern part of the Dry Zone.
The project will work on the following three key areas:
(a) Improve irrigation by introducing climate-resilient agricultural practices
(b) Improve access to potable water by enhancing community-managed drinking water infrastructure
(c) Protect farmers and other vulnerable groups from climate related impacts by strengthening early warning systems and climate advisories