Management requires measurement (April 25, 2016) - IWMI installs open source hardware mobile weather stations in Nachchaduwa to increase rainfall data availability and improve tank management. 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. 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. 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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.
IWMI interviewed on World Day to Combat Desertification by SBS Australia’s Sinhala program (June 17, 2014) - Today is the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD). The theme is ecosystem-based adaptation. IWMI’s Water Resources Engineer Nishadi Eriyagama spoke to SBS Radio, Australia, on the link between drought, climate change and desertification. The interview was broadcast in Sinhala in Australia this morning and led the 11.00 – 12.00 a.m.(Australia time) segment. IWMI provides the Disaster Management Centre with flood information for relief efforts (June 10, 2014) - by Renuka Jeya Raj The onset of the Southwest monsoon brought incessant rains that lashed the Southwest part of Sri Lanka during the first two days of this month. Although it ended a five-month long drought, the rains took a heavy toll on the country. The unusually heavy monsoonal rains caused floods, landslides, high winds […] Digging for development: the hidden cost of sand (May 19, 2014) - by Dharshani Weerasekera Sand mining in Sri Lanka is not only undercutting riverbanks, it is also undermining water quality, ecosystems and land use, and, according to some, the country’s recent economic progress. In Sri Lanka, artisanal or manual sand mining from rivers has supplied the country’s construction industry for hundreds of years. Since 1990, the […] 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 […] Water tapped from feeder canal grew Sri Lanka’s largest wholesale market (February 28, 2014) - Text and photos by Renuka Jeya Raj Shouts echo through the vast hangars as burly men, their sarongs tucked over bulging bellies, scurry hither and thither, urging the long line of trucks to get a move on to unload their precious cargo. Sinewy youth position themselves alongside the trucks as they come to a standstill, […] 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 […] 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, […] President Rajapaksa launches new water information system (January 21, 2014) - Sri Lanka President H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa officially launched the country’s first-ever water information system, the Sri Lanka Water Resources Information System, during a courtesy visit to IWMI on Friday January 17, 2013. President Rajapaksa was received by IWMI’s Director General Jeremy Bird, the management team, ministers and other senior government officials. “It is a great […] Lagoons. Dynamic, productive and…vulnerable (October 25, 2013) - Sri Lanka’s post-conflict development drive has recently put the island’s many lagoons under its searchlight. For most of them, their status as biological, ecological and economic entities has remained largely unknown. Negombo Lagoon is one of the exceptions; a highly successful fisheries hub which has seen more research than most. But exploitation of its growing […] Lagoon aquaculture can be pro-poor and pro-women, but is it sustainable? (October 24, 2013) - Unique ephemeral ponds in a lagoon environment are sources of livelihoods for their communities. But how they impact the lagoon will spell how long they will last. by Dharshani Weerasekera Women in Negombo, Sri Lanka are running aquaculture farms as community based organisations (CBOs). The farms are in intertidal ponds near the Dandugam Oya freshwater […]
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