Press Release: Sustainable job creation tops water agenda

World Water Day dialogue stresses need for public and private sectors to work together for water-secure growth.

(Colombo, 23 March 2016). Scientists, policymakers and civil society organizations, together with representatives from some of Sri Lanka’s biggest companies, gathered for a lively dialogue on the future of the island’s water at the headquarters of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Pelawatte, Battaramulla, to mark this year’s World Water Day.

Guest of honor at the discussion, entitled Water, jobs and prosperity in Sri Lanka: Partnerships for sustainability, was the Hon. Rauff Hakeem, Minister of City Planning and Water Supply.

Welcoming the guests, Herath Manthrithilake, Head, Sri Lanka Development Initiative, IWMI, stated that the country’s water resources were ample, but varied dramatically by season and geography. Managing this variability is likely to become more challenging with climate change.

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