3rd International Conference on Community and Water Services

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3rd International Conference on Community and Water Services

The 3rd International Conference on Community and Water Services titled " Water for Community Development and Prosperity " will be held from 29th - 31st August 2014, Kandy, Sri Lanka. The Conference is convened to support the dialogue on post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda and to follow up on the 2nd International Conference on Community & Water Services held in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka in 2013.

The conference is organized by the Ministry of Water Supply and Drainage of Sri Lanka together with National Community Water Trust (NCWT), National Water Supply & Drainage Board (NWSDB) and Lanka Rain Water Harvesting Forum (LRWHF) and supported by UNICEF is to provide a platform for sharing knowledge, strategies and best practices among all stakeholders which will support to improve community water schemes in Sri Lanka as well as around the world.

The outcome of this Conference will have a salutary effect on the beneficiaries of the conference namely; 4,000 Community Based Organizations covering approximately 600,000 families, formed under the Community Water Supply Projects implemented by the government; and also other stakeholders such as the provincial Councils, NGO's etc, who are participants at this Conference.

This Conference has direct relevance to the Development policy Framework of the government, "Mahinda Chinthana "Vision for the future which place emphasis on reducing rural - urban imbalance through regional focus on poor-growth development initiatives, which assigns high priority for the provisions of safe drinking water and proper sanitation to the rural communities.

Rural communities living in the areas where there is no pipe water system often have to undergo many hardships to obtain water. Women are most affected from lack of water since they have responsibility in ensuring household water supply . Sri Lankan's strategy is to involve the community in the decision making process from the planning, design and construction of water supply schemes up to the operation and maintenance. The conference emphasizes on the need to promote participatory approaches in the planning and implementation of rural water supply projects to ensure sustainability by proper recognition and backstopping in terms of legal, technical and management aspects among rural communities.