Our Rainwater Harvesting Community of Practice: towards our 2nd anniversary and beyond

reblogged from http://www.rain4food.net by Hans Merton, RAIN/Akvo Mid 2013 we launched our Community of Practice on Rainwater Harvesting as a part of the Rainwater Harvesting for food Security programme, so with 1,5 year on the road it’s about time to look back and more important: where should we be heading to? Where are we? After … Continue reading Our Rainwater Harvesting Community of Practice: towards our 2nd anniversary and beyond

Social Dimension of Water Resource Management in Sri Lanka – Part 7

by Delgollage Senevirathne, Assistant General Manager (Sociologist) at the National Water Supply & Drainage Board (NWSDB), Sri Lanka. NWSDB is an RWSN Member Organisation. To find out more visit the RWSN main website.   (13) Community ownership and responsibilities for modern water resources management Community ownership of water resources is not envisaged. However, the water … Continue reading Social Dimension of Water Resource Management in Sri Lanka – Part 7

Social Dimension of Water Resource Management in Sri Lanka – Part 6

by Delgollage Senevirathne, Assistant General Manager (Sociologist) at the National Water Supply & Drainage Board (NWSDB), Sri Lanka. (10) Gender sensitive approach to and participation in water issues countering caste, political and religious discrimination in access to water Access to water is directly dependent on women participation in fetching water as they are held mainly … Continue reading Social Dimension of Water Resource Management in Sri Lanka – Part 6

Social Dimension of Water Resource Management in Sri Lanka – Part 5

by Delgollage Senevirathne, Assistant General Manager (Sociologist) at the National Water Supply & Drainage Board (NWSDB), Sri Lanka. (8) The social consequences of failure to control excessive ground water extraction There are many instances where excessive groundwater extraction affects the availability of groundwater for other users leading to social consequences. Over extraction of ground water … Continue reading Social Dimension of Water Resource Management in Sri Lanka – Part 5

Social Dimension of Water Resource Management in Sri Lanka – Part 4

by Delgollage Senevirathne, Assistant General Manager (Sociologist) at the National Water Supply & Drainage Board (NWSDB), Sri Lanka. (6) Awareness of aquifer as a finite resource Groundwater comes from two main sources. When it rains water seeps down through the soil until it reaches an aquifer. These aquifers may also be in contact with rivers … Continue reading Social Dimension of Water Resource Management in Sri Lanka – Part 4

Social Dimension of Water Resource Management in Sri Lanka – Part 3

by Delgollage Senevirathne, Assistant General Manager (Sociologist) at the National Water Supply & Drainage Board (NWSDB), Sri Lanka. (3) Grass roots and high level approach to resolution Community based approach to resolution of water issues relating to competition resulting in water shortages for some communities operating in downstream areas will need strategies for water allocation … Continue reading Social Dimension of Water Resource Management in Sri Lanka – Part 3

Social Dimension of Water Resource Management in Sri Lanka – Part 2

by Delgollage Senevirathne, Assistant General Manager (Sociologist) at the National Water Supply & Drainage Board (NWSDB), Sri Lanka. Awareness raising of the need for water conservation and pollution prevention and efficient use of water Water availability depends on rainwater and groundwater and constrained by two factors space and timely occurrence while it is being impacted … Continue reading Social Dimension of Water Resource Management in Sri Lanka – Part 2

Social Dimension of Water Resource Management in Sri Lanka – Part 1

by Delgollage Senevirathne, Assistant General Manager (Sociologist) at the National Water Supply & Drainage Board (NWSDB), Sri Lanka. NWSDB is an RWSN Member Organisation. To find out more visit the RWSN main website. Introduction Water in Sri Lanka, being an island, comes from precipitation and the average annual rainfall is 1900 mm that falls in … Continue reading Social Dimension of Water Resource Management in Sri Lanka – Part 1

Beyond the Borehole: what do ecosystem services have to do with rural water supply?

If there were no aquifers what would need to be built instead? That may seem an esoteric question given that groundwater is relied on every day by several billion people, but it is important to consider what useful things aquifers are, what we stand to lose if we mismanage them and what opportunities there are … Continue reading Beyond the Borehole: what do ecosystem services have to do with rural water supply?