The FEISCA Regional Seminar on the theme “Sustainable Development in Water Sector to Ensure Potable Water and Water for Food Security despite Climate Change – Challenges and Solutions’ was held by IESL in association with Federation of Engineering Institutions of South and Central Asia at the Mihilaka Medura, BMICH on Saturday – October 15, 2016 commencing at 09.00 a.m. Country presentations from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal were interspersed with presentations by the Irrigation Department, Greater Kandy Water Supply Project and Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka. It is noteworthy that Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda who was inducted as President of IESL at the inauguration of its 110th sessions the previous day now also concurrently holds the Presidency of the FEISCA, to which post he was unanimously elected at the 14th General Assembly of the FEISCA held on 18th February, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The lighting of the traditional oil lamp and national anthem was followed by the Welcome address by Eng. Wimalasena Gamage, President of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka.
The Keynote address on ‘Sustainable development in water sector despite climate challenge’ was delivered by Dr. Kalanidi Vairmoorthy, Applied Research and Knowledge Transfer, International Water Management Institute (IWMI).
The Guest Speech on ‘History of Japanese Water Works and Lessons for South Region’ was jointly presented by Mr. Ken-Ichi TOGARI, Mr. Jun MATSUI, Mr. Makoto MATSUSHITA and Mr. Takahiro YAMAGUCHI, Japanese Experts from JICA.
The presentation on ‘Irrigation Water Management to Ensure Food Security by Irrigation Department despite to the Climate’ was by Eng. S S L Weerasinghe, Director General of Irrigation.
The presentation on ‘Water Conservation through Regulatory Measures and Proper Plumbing Practice’ was by Eng. P H Sarath Gamini, Project Director, Greater Kandy Water Supply Project.
Presentation on ‘Water Management in Mahaweli Area’ by Eng. Sadun Galappaththi, Civil Engineer, Water Management Secretariat, Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka
The country presentation by Er. G.P. Gorkhaly, the Institution of Engineers, Nepal was on ‘Sustainable Development In Water Sector To Ensure Potable Water And Food Security Despite Of Climate Change’.
The country presentation on Sustainable Development in Water Sector to Ensure Water & Food Security, Challenges & Solutions’ was by Dr. Izharul Haq, Institution of Engineers, Pakistan.
Country presentation on ‘Water Use and Scarcity for Ensuring Food Security in the Context of Climate Change’ by Prof. Dr. Engr. M. Habibur Rahman, Engineering Institution of Bangladesh.
The Morning Session was chaired by Eng. (Prof.) D.A.R. Dolage. The afternoon sessions which commenced after Lunch Break was chaired by Eng. (Prof.) Niranjanie Ratnayake, President Elect of the IESL.
The seminar ended with Vote of thanks proposed by Eng Neil Abeysekera, Director (Membership) IESL.