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IWMI responds to floods in Sri Lanka-hpt IWMI responds to floods in Sri Lanka (May 18, 2016) - New flood assessment bulletin and flood maps available.
Learning to live with the devil treer-hpt Learning to live with the devil tree (May 16, 2016) - Invasive species in Tamil Nadu threatens irrigation but could be a valuable resource.
sri-lankan-president-inspecting-iwmi-project-site-hpt Sri Lankan President visits IWMI project site (May 12, 2016) - Hon. Maithripala Sirisena studies options for recycling waste into fertilizer.
Yann Chemin and Lahiru Wijesinghe installing a weather station in the Nachchaduwa catchment Press Release: DIY weather stations will aid flood control efforts (May 4, 2016) - New mobile connected device can transform data collection say experts.
World Water Day dialogue stresses need for public and private sectors to work together for water-secure growth Sustainable job creation tops water agenda (March 24, 2016) - World Water Day dialogue stresses need for public and private sectors to work together for water-secure growth .
Wetlands Day 2016 Sustainable Livelihoods-hpt World Wetlands Day 2016: Sustainable Livelihoods (February 2, 2016) - One wetland, many uses: looking out on Anawilundawa lake
Fishing boats raise their sails in Negombo lagoon-hpt World Wetlands Day 2016 (February 2, 2016) - Fishing for the future? Conserving our wetlands in an urbanizing world.
Working group participants Satellite imaging and disaster management experts gather in Colombo (January 20, 2016) - Experts from across Asia will discuss how the next generation of satellite based technologies can help improve disaster preparedness and response
Jeremy-Bird-2016-Water resources and environment conference Water resources and environment conference (January 8, 2016) - Jeremy Bird highlights the importance of the water-food-energy nexus approach.
Jeremy Bird handed over the UAV data to Mr Palitha Udayakantha-hpt IWMI hands over UAV data to Survey Department of Sri Lanka (December 2, 2015) - IWMI UAV creates ultrahigh resolution aerial data capable of generating High-Resolution DEM of the Badulla town.
Winners all the way-hpt Winners all the way (November 27, 2015) - Two IWMI inspired entrepreneurs recently won awards for their product at the awards ceremony of Techno Sri Lanka 2015.
IWMI at INWEFP IWMI at the INWEPF Symposium 2015 (November 6, 2015) - The 12th Steering meeting and INWEPF Symposium 2015 was held in Negombo, Sri Lanka on November 3-5.
Gender Water and Big Data Workshop ‘Gender, Agricultural Water and Big Data’ on the table (November 4, 2015) - Some 30 attendees from 20 countries in Africa, South Asia, Europe, USA and South America discussed gender, water and data issues from a specific agricultural water management angle.
Anuruddha and Thilina with their mobile weather station IWMI lights up the path for two young entrepreneurs (October 14, 2015) - Inspired by a mobile weather station project led by IWMI’s Yann Chemin, two young research engineers from Sri Lanka have developed their own version of the device.
Flooding in Sri Lanka - 2015 Maps aid Sri Lankan flood relief (October 5, 2015) - Images show extent of inundation in real time
Dr Stephen Bygrave Can Sri Lanka be a zero emissions economy? The view from Down Under… (September 22, 2015) - An interview with Dr. Stephen Bygrave who is the CEO of Beyond Zero Emissions visiting Sri Lanka to speak at the forum on Combating Climate Change in Sri Lanka.
GIS specialist Ranjith Alankara with the IWMI drone for a test flight near Colombo, Sri Lanka-600 Elevated learning (September 2, 2015) - eBee UAV creates a buzz with IWMI scientists.
World Water Week 2015 World Water Week 2015 (August 21, 2015) - Join IWMI staff during world water week to discuss the latest issues surrounding water for development.
Kandy City Centre IWMI concludes public showing of ‘Water in Sri Lanka’ touring exhibition (July 28, 2015) - It was a successful two-month-long run in several key cities around the country.
Think we should make a wild guess at that? Ananda College wins IWMI World Environment Day gold trophy (June 18, 2015) - The IWMI - hosted ‘Water and the Environment’ junior quiz took place on 6th June 2015 at IWMI headquarters in Battaramulla.
LL-FAOWomen working in Pallaikulam Poonagari Kili FAO gives new lease of life to villagers in Killinochchi and Mullaitivu (June 13, 2015) - The new emphasis on water security is paying dividends.
Planting trees in Balana to mark World Environment Day SLWP celebrates World Environment Day with tree planting campaigns (June 10, 2015) - The Sri Lanka Water Partnership (SLWP) celebrated World Environment Day 2015 on Friday 5 June with a tree planting ceremony at the Biodiversity Study Park.
LL-DEtrophy IWMI to host junior quiz to mark World Environment Day 2015 (May 29, 2015) - The program aims at promoting awareness among schoolchildren, of the importance of water and the environment for sustaining life.
Paul - drip Achieving water sustainability in Jaffna (May 15, 2015) - Several strategies are proposed to ensure the sustainability of Jaffna’s vital groundwater resources, the peninsula's only reliable source of fresh water.
Hamish John Appleby/IWMI Boosting Water Management in Sri Lanka (May 7, 2015) - Hi-tech system aims to enhance monitoring of the country’s water resources.
Yoshiaki Inada Yoshi… Learning to research at IWMI (April 23, 2015) - Yoshiaki Inada (Yoshi) was seconded to the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) by the Government of Japan, where he worked as a researcher from July 2012. He returned to Japan in early April 2015, at the conclusion of his three-year tenure. Yoshi has ten years of administrative experience in the irrigation department of the Japanese […]
LL-30 featured image IWMI celebrates 30 Years with ‘Water in Sri Lanka’ exhibition launched in Colombo (April 16, 2015) - IWMI marks 30 years with the launch in Colombo of the 'Water in Sri Lanka' exhibition.
The IWMI greenhouse grows cabbage and spinach using different compositions of compost and pellets. Addressing the challenge of solid waste (March 24, 2015) - Channeling biodegradable waste into compost to reduce environmental pollution.
LL-WWD205Neil Palmer_IWMI Happy World Water Day 2015! (March 22, 2015) - See how IWMI is marking World Water Day this year.
World-Water-Day-2015-fb World Water Day 2015 (March 20, 2015) - Celebrate World Water Day with IWMI's success stories in an interactive map to reflect on 30 years of work across Africa and Asia.
LL- Yann1 New weather stations could help Sri Lanka predict and prepare for weather extremes (March 18, 2015) - Extreme and sudden weather variations in Sri Lanka make it difficult to accurately predict natural hazards like floods and landslides. But a low-cost and portable weather station, recently designed by IWMI, could raise the alarm before these events occur, significantly reducing the destruction and loss of life. This new device, known simply as a Mobile […]
LL-pumping groundwater for irrigation in Jaffna Good groundwater management is key to Jaffna’s social and economic revival (February 27, 2015) - A mix of options could provide Jaffna communities with a year-long supply of all the clean water they need.
  Getting the better of bad weather (February 23, 2015) - Why new devices could set alarm bells ringing in the rain.
NP_ThalangamaBull World Wetlands Day 2015 on 2 February focuses on the importance of wetlands (February 2, 2015) - Thalangama wetland is a rich resource for people, fauna and flora alike.
Group IWMI and partners train Sri Lanka’s flood managers to meet future disasters (January 9, 2015) - (Colombo, 17 November 2014) – Disaster management agencies in Sri Lanka can now assess the likelihood of future floods with up-to-the-minute data from space. This will enable them to plan relief and rehabilitation efforts in advance, and reduce the impact on lives and property. The workshop and capacity building program, Earth observation technologies for flood-risk […]
Picture 023 IWMI hydrologist recognized with President’s Award (January 8, 2015) - Lal Muthuwatta, hydrologist and mathematical modeler at IWMI, received the President's award for a journal article on his research in a river basin in Iran.
13 Is reverse osmosis (RO) treatment the answer to solving the CKDu riddle? (October 31, 2014) - In conversation with Harsha Kumar Suriyarachchi, former Vice Chairman, National Water Supply and Drainage Board by Renuka Jeya Raj Most experts agree that the presence of chemicals in groundwater has contributed to the prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Origin (CKDu) in parts of Sri Lanka, although the exact combination of factors remains a […]
The prolonged drought dries up Sri Lanka's fourth largest river, Deduru Oya in the North Western Province
Photo: Arosha Ranasighe/ IWMI IWMI-developed tool to give Sri Lanka advance warning of drought (October 30, 2014) - Sri Lanka is only just emerging from a year-long drought that has wreaked havoc on the lives of around 10% of the population (link DMC situational report, 25 Sep). It destroyed over 80,000 hectares of paddy, accounting for about 15% of the paddy production forecasted for the entire year (2014) Rice production directly affects the […]
on-target-for-people-and-planet-feature2 Sustainable Development Goals Offer Unique Opportunity to Transform Management of Critical Water Resources (October 20, 2014) - Targets that promote efficient, nationally and locally appropriate water use will be key to achieving the SDGs.
DSCN8971 Cleaning up a community canal (October 3, 2014) - Waste management is big challenge for waterside communities, but new innovations can deliver a cleaner environment. Huts and small brick houses huddle cheek by jowl on either side of the 40-foot (12.19-meter) Taladuwa canal in Negombo, Sri Lanka. Mounds of rotting vegetation, and piles of plastic bottles and bags compete for space with canoes tethered […]
rainwater-table Increasing Sri Lanka’s rainwater storage will help protect people from floods and droughts (October 3, 2014) - The symposium helped to reinforce the need to make better use of the country’s erratic rainfall by storing it and using it during times of water scarcity.
mullativu-kids IWMI helps improve livelihoods of resettled community in Mullaitivu (September 1, 2014) - IWMI partners IOM (International Organization for Migration) to provide water resource for rehabilitated Ponnagar community in the North Central province.
IWMI-CEA signing ceremony IWMI to give pellet-making equipment to Kurunegala MC (July 31, 2014) - KMC to be a model plant under the Pilisaru Project IWMI will provide pellet-making equipment to the Kurunegala Municipal Council (KMC) as part of its efforts to produce compost from municipal waste.
Women inspecting the catch-feat A visit from the lagoon squad (May 22, 2014) - This year’s theme for International Day for Biological Diversity is the biodiversity of islands. A new report seeks to highlight their importance and improve steps towards sustainable management.
IWMI-strategy-2014-2018-large IWMI commits to a water-secure world (May 20, 2014) - New strategy expands research agenda to tackle growing global challenges The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has announced a new five-year strategy aimed at boosting the center’s research and its influence in tackling global water challenges.
'Yay! we nailed that one!' Lyceum International wins IWMI World Water Day 2014 Junior Quiz (April 30, 2014) - Pupils from the Lyceum International School won the World Water Day 2014 Junior Quiz hosted by IWMI in Battaramulla, recently.
Jeremy-Bird-2014-world-water-day-22 World Water Day 2014: Water and Energy (March 22, 2014) - Water and Energy For World Water Day 2014, IWMI Director General Jeremy Bird reflects on the interconnectedness of water and energy and how IWMI’s research can help policymakers sustainably manage supplies of both.   Should we build more large dams? A new report on the effectiveness of large dams has prompted the Agriculture and Ecosystems […]
World Water Day 2014 Junior Quiz organized to celebrate World Water Day 2014 (March 22, 2014) - by Renuka Jeya Raj IWMI is organizing a schools quiz to celebrate World Water Day. The program aims at promoting awareness among schoolchildren, of the importance of fresh water in sustaining life – for the environment, agriculture, health and trade. Quiz topics will be based on ‘water and the environment’ in Sri Lanka as well […]
Kusum Athukorala Lindha Langa marks International Women’s Day 2014 (March 7, 2014) - To mark International Women's Day we spoke to two leading lights in the water sector on Women and Water.
Ranjith Alankara IWMI staff among winners of President’s Award (February 18, 2014) - Two IWMI staff have received a top national award for their work in mapping wetlands in Sri Lanka. Alankara Ranjith and Sarath Gunasinghe of IWMI’s GIS (Geographic Information System), Remote Sensing (RS) and Data Management unit received the ‘President’s Award for Scientific Publications 2007, 2008, 2009’, for co-authoring the research paper, ‘Semi‐automated methods for mapping […]
Small-scale sustainable fishing by canoe Wetlands and People launched today, World Wetlands Day (February 2, 2014) - IWMI’s new publication Wetlands and People was released to coincide with World Wetlands Day today, Sunday 2 February. In this report, researchers give many examples of the value of wetlands to rural poor communities in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and discuss ways to manage them sustainably. Several wetlands in Sri Lanka – Negombo, Kalametiya, […]
Lindha Langa Home Page IWMI launches new online discussion space on water issues in Sri Lanka (January 22, 2014) - Hosted on the website of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Lindha Langa – which means Around the well in Sinhala – will bring the latest news on water issues in the country, and encourages readers to join in the discussion.
news-lk-sl-water-info-system Sri Lanka Water Resources Information System launched (January 20, 2014) - The tool is available free online and is the first of its kind for helping scientists and policymakers in Sri Lanka to accurately monitor the dynamics of the country’s water resources. It also provides a secure platform for cooperation among all the agencies involved in water management to share their data. Read more…
daily-news-new-info-system New IWMI information system to enhance water management in SriLanka (January 20, 2014) - President Mahinda Rajapaksa launched a new hi-tech information system developed by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), that promises to enhance water management in Sri Lanka. The new Sri Lanka Water Resources Information System, as the new initiative is called was launched by the President at the Institute’s head office at Battaramulla. The new system […]
The President unveils the plaque President Rajapaksa launches new water information system during visit to IWMI (January 17, 2014) - His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, has officially launched a new, hi-tech information system that promises to enhance water management in the South Asian country.   The Sri Lanka Water Resources Information System, developed by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), provides facts, figures and maps on trends […]
Photo: Nana Kofi Acquah Harvesting cities: tapping the potential of urban agriculture (January 16, 2014) - Historically, many governments have either ignored urban agriculture or limited it for health and safety reasons.   But despite the lack of support, the sector has quietly gained traction – with an estimated 800 million people now involved in urban farming globally, generating as much as 20% of the world’s food production. Crop-raising in home […]
CEA partners with IWMI CEA partners with IWMI to improve Colombo’s municipal waste management and farmers’ access to organic fertilizers (December 11, 2013) - Colombo, December 10, 2013. At the request of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC), the Central Environmental Authority (CEA), in collaboration with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), organized a stakeholder meeting to discuss improvements that can be made to the management of municipal waste in the City of Colombo. The meeting was held at the […]
CEA partners with IWMI to turn organic waste into high-quality fertilizer (July 31, 2013) - Colombo.25 July 2013. At the request of the Central Environmental Authority (CEA), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) signed an agreement to collaborate towards Resource Recovery and Reuse in Sri Lanka. IWMI and CEA join hands in targeting two main challenges that Sri Lanka is currently facing: Urban waste management; and the need to increase […]
CRI to address climate change impacts in Sri Lanka (July 23, 2013) - The Coconut Research Institute is organizing an “International Conference on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations for Food and Environmental Security” in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy, and the Regional Office of the World Agroforestry Centre, New Delhi, India, from 30th to 31st July 2013. In this conference authoritative statements on the […]
IWMI at the heart of science (July 3, 2013) - IWMI will go to the heart of science in July as we partner with Alliance Française Sri Lanka in the ‘Water at the heart of science’ exhibition to be held in Colombo from the 5th – 15th July. The science exhibition is organized in honor of the 2013 UN international Year of Water Cooperation and […]
Sri Lankan water history informs global climate change study (June 14, 2013) - Modern farming practice of rainwater storage in ancient tanks lauded as best practice adaptation strategy Bonn, Germany. 14 JUNE 2013 —Whether it’s bracing for drought in Sri Lanka with a return to ancient water storage systems or swapping coffee for cocoa in Central America, findings from a new report from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate […]
Wise about Water: New research program for Sri Lanka seeks to better understand water use, agriculture and the environment (June 11, 2013) - On World Environment Day, Dharshani Weerasekera , reflects on how Sri Lanka’s water resources will need careful husbandry to ensure high quality supplies are available to all. For most of us, especially in Colombo, the torrential rains of December 2012 and January this year were just an inconvenience. But their consequences elsewhere in the island […]
Water Cycle poster for SL Schools launched for World Environment Day (June 5, 2013) - Colombo. 5 June 2013 – The Colombo based International Water Management Institute (IWMI), together with partner organization Lanka Jalani, launched a poster for schools to mark world environment day and 2013, the UN Year of Water Cooperation. Depicting the water cycle in Sri Lanka, the poster (23.5cm x 30 cm) is a colourful illustration of […]
New partnership will explore how SL can avoid pollution from human waste (May 10, 2013) - IWMI/Ministry of Water Supply and Drainage research project will look at how human waste from septic tanks can be turned into valuable fertilizer rather than an environmental concern. Download full media release IWMI ready to help Sri Lanka tackle the spread of chronic kidney decease (April 4, 2013) - International Water Management Institute (IWMI) says the issue of chronic kidney decease of unknown etiology that has afflicted a significant number of people in the North Central Province and elsewhere in Sri Lanka, is more complex than a similar case occurred in Thailand. Read More Source: Water management: Preserving our heritage and moving with the times (April 2, 2013) - A new programme of research led by the Colombo-based International Water Management Institute (IWMI) will provide vital information to help address water and food security issues in Sri Lanka. Published last week, Cooperation for a water-secure future: A new research strategy for Sri Lanka, outlines an ambitious programme of investigations that will help fill vital […] New research project to help Sri Lanka achieve water security (March 28, 2013) - A new program of researchled by the Colombo-based International Water Management Institute (IWMI) will provide vital information to help address water and food security issues in Sri Lanka. Read More Source: Sri Lanka should act on efficient water use early: IWMI (March 25, 2013) - “With population, urbanization and increasing industrial growth, there are competing demands on water, it is not only agriculture,” Jeremy Bird, director general of the International Water Management Institute, which is headquartered in Colombo. Read More Source:
New research project will help Sri Lanka achieve water security (March 20, 2013) - Colombo (20 March 2013) – A new program of research led by the Colombo-based International Water Management Institute (IWMI) will provide vital information to help address water and food security issues in Sri Lanka. Read More Source: