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WaterAid organized an international training on Urban Rainwater Harvesting System in collaboration with Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), India at Brac CDM, Savar, Dhaka held on 17-19 June, 2013. A total of 32 participants attended in this training course from different corners e.g, GoB representatives, university professionals from different disciplines, NGO activist as well as WASH service providers from WASA and City Corporation. The prime objective of this training course were : addressing urban water challenges of Dhaka City in coming days; encourage sector professionals about the importance of urban rainwater harvesting as an alternative source to meet increased water demand; transfer the technical know-how of rainwater harvesting etc. The training programme was facilitated by CSE professionals. There were also some national professionals took part as guest speakers in this training course. RAiN Forum presented on “Water Crisis in Bangladesh and Potential of Rainwater Harvesting to Mitigate the Crisis” in the training program.

 

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A roundtable discussion on course curricula development on Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) and Decentralised Wastewater Treatment System (DWWTS) held on 16 June, 2013 at Platinum Suites at Banani, Dhaka. The prime objective of the roundtable was to share draft model course curricula on Rainwater Harvesting and DWWTs to the university professionals towards a way forward to adopt relevant contents of Rainwater Harvesting and DWWTs in existing course curricula of different disciplines of universities. A total of 21 participants from different Universities, WaterAid, RAiN Forum and Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), India attended in this roundtable.

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WaterAid Bangladesh in collaboration with Rain Forum, IWM, Centre for Science and Environment, India, ITN-BUET organized the first Bangladesh convention on rainwater harvesting on 15 June 2012 at Ruposhi Bangla hotel. The three day long convention ended on 17 June, 2012.
The inaugural ceremony took place on 15 June 2012. Ramesh Chandra Sen, Minister of Water Resources, Government of Bangladesh, Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Water supply and Drainage, Government of Sri Lanka were present as Special guest in the event. The event was chaired by Dr. Md. Khairul Islam, Country representative, WaterAid Bangladesh.
Dr Suresh Kumar Rohilla, Programme Director, Centre for Science and Environment, India delivered his speech on rainwater harvesting in the South Asian context. Speeches were also given by Syed Azizul Haq, President Rain Forum, Dr. M Monowar Hossain, Executive Director, IWM; Professor Mafizur Rahman, Director ITN-BUET.
RAiN Forum members: Syed Azizul Haq, President RAiN Forum, Mafizur Rahman, Vice President RAiN Forum, Maharam Dakua, Joint Secretary, Anika Tabassum and Shahnoor Hasan also participated in the thematic sessions and shared their views on how rainwater should be considered as a solution to water crisis and the potentiality of rainwater harvesting to address water scarcity as well as to enhance groundwater recharging in urban and rural context of Bangladesh. .
A glimpse of the three day long program is given below:

Day 01

Inaugural Ceremony

Day 02

Plenary Session

South Asian experience sharing on rainwater harvesting by India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Dhaka Declaration 2012

Thematic Session 01

Best practices in different hydro-geological contexts focusing recharge of ground water and reuse of rainwater.

Thematic Session 02

Rainwater Harvesting in Urban areas, coastal belts, drought prone hilly areas and water logged parts of the city.

Thematic Session 03

Rainwater harvesting for promoting artificial recharge to encounter the loss of water bodies due to encroachment.

Thematic Session 04

Rainwater harvesting in arsenic prone areas.

Thematic Session 05

Legal framework, policy, strategy and challenges related to rainwater harvesting.

Day 03

Educational Session and Field Visits