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International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP2010)
Planning Meeting on the Regional Water KnowledgeHub for Groundwater Management of Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF)
During ISAP2010 held by IGES (12-13 July, 2010, Yokohama, Japan), the Freshwater sub-group organised a two day planning meeting on KnowledgeHub for groundwater management and invited groundwater experts, potential partners and clients from different countries to discuss and identify priority issues, research topics on groundwater management, knowledge sharing and capacity development needs, and fostering networking with clients and partners in future. The planning meeting had the following specific objectives:

Identify and discuss priority issues on groundwater management in Asia, prioritise areas of possible joint research collaboration, and identify potential sites for comparative studies
Identify potential areas of capacity development for the improvement of groundwater management

Discuss potential knowledge sharing services to be provided by KnowledgeHub for groundwater management
In addition, an open session on "Coping Strategies for Groundwater under Threats" was held during the main ISAP event.
>> Summary of open session (32KB)
12-13 July, 2010
Yokohama, Japan
A total of 21 participants from Japan and other countries in Asia joined the meeting.
>> Agenda (48KB)
>> List of Participants (84KB)
>> Summary Report (142KB)

IGES as the APWF regional water KnowledgeHub for groundwater management should play a leading role in the region by creating knowledge based products, implementing joint research with partners and clients, and also through capacity development activities

Number of groundwater problems such as aquifer depletion, contamination (such as Arsenic, Fluoride and other anthropogenic contaminants), salt water intrusion, land subsidence, climate change impacts are becoming serious, while there are several groundwater management issues such as governance, regulation, rural-urban conflict, awareness that also need to be addressed for the sustainable groundwater management

There is an immediate need to focus on output oriented activities such as baseline information collection, comparative case studies, and development of groundwater database for the region, all of which are crucial for policy and decision-making

Lack of awareness is still a major issue in groundwater management, and capacity development activities should focus on all levels from general users, managers, to policy and decision makers

IGES outreach strategies should focus on how to effectively reach to the clients and partners by providing necessary groundwater knowledge in a useful form. Making stakeholders aware about the existence of KnowledgeHub and its services is crucial to boost the profile of KnowledgeHub in the region

Collaboration with partners and clients to identify priority research issues, conduct joint research, organise capacity development programmes, and sharing of knowledge are important strategies to enhance networking
| Session 1 | Session 2 | Session 3 | Session 4 | Session 5 |
Opening address
Mr. Hideyuki Mori, President, IGES
Thank you very much for joining this meeting. Almost one year ago IGES was approved as regional water KnowledgeHub for groundwater management. IGES has been working very hard on strategic groundwater management issues, both quantity and quality, in Asia for more than 6 years. IGES is still a young organisation, so approval as regional water KnowledgeHub for groundwater management is based on not only past works but also on the expectation from IGES, so we are very grateful to APWF for approval of IGES as a KnowledgeHub. We would like to meet expectations from all our stakeholders as much as possible and that is why we have organised this meeting taking the opportunity of ISAP event. I hope good discussion will take place and the meeting will be very fruitful and successful.

Mr. Hideyuki Mori
Mr. Ramon Alikpala, APWF KnowledgeHub Secretariat, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
So much needs to be learnt about the water sector in Asia. KnowledgeHubs should try to expand the knowledge throughout the Asia-Pacific region. That is also the beauty of KnowledgeHubs and perhaps IGES as the KnowledgeHub for groundwater management. The issues related to groundwater range across the entire region. The idea for IGES is to share its knowledge with all these countries. Imagine all KnowledgeHubs, specialising in different aspects of water such as disaster, water quality, erosion, start sharing their knowledge with all the countries in the region, and even better all these KnowledgeHubs and their networks start working and collaborating with each other. For example, much discussion is ongoing in Orissa state, India about disaster risk, river basin management, climate change, so now we are looking at KnowledgeHub organisations such as ICHARM, CRBOM, and TERI and all working together. Solutions to all the problems in the region can be easily found within the region, so we do not need to look somewhere outside seeking for solutions. We have many problems related to water and it is a pleasure to learn that a lot of solutions are available within these water institutions in the region.
As a centre for excellence, a KnowledgeHub mission must create to deliver state of the art knowledge based products and services to meet the practical needs of water organisations. KnowledgeHubs might not have all the answers but they should know who might have the answers, so the strength of KnowledgeHubs lies on networking. KnowledgeHubs should not only try to come up with practical solutions, they should also consider how the created knowledge products reach the hands of those who need it the most. KnowledgeHubs may need to look at comparative studies in countries and develop database, which could be single most reliable database. There are a lot of solutions we already have but the problem is that people are still not aware that KnowledgeHubs really exist, and we have to find ways to increase the profile of KnowledgeHubs. Developing database of experts, networks, clients, and partners is very critical in that respect. Similarly recent KnowledgeHub launches by ICIMOD, IWC, and TERI and today's' KnowledgeHub planning meeting by IGES are very important for boosting the profile of KnowledgeHubs. I want to thank IGES for having me here and look forward to build network with IGES.

Mr. Ramon Alikpala

Session 1: Sharing Groundwater Issues in Asian Countries
Cambodia: issues of Arsenic contamination and mitigation measures
Mr. Mao Saray, Director, Department of Rural Water Supply, Ministry of Rural Development, Cambodia
Nepal: groundwater depletion in Kathmandu Valley (KV)
Mr. Hari Prasad Dhakal, Executive Director, Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Management Board, Nepal
PR China: groundwater problems and management challenges
Mr. Juanquing Yang, Vice Director, Centre for Groundwater Monitoring, Ministry of Water Resources, PR China
Vietnam: groundwater situation and emerging challenges
Ms. Tran Thi Hue, Head of Division for Water Resources Planning and Exploitation Management, Department of Water Resource and Management, Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment, Viet Nam
>> Session1 Report

Session 2: Actions for Better Groundwater Management in Asia
IUCN experiences in groundwater management in the Asian region
Mr. Ganesh Pangare, Coordinator, Regional Water and Wetlands program, Asia, The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
TERI experiences in groundwater management research in India
Mr. Devesh Sharma, Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Resources, TERI University
AIT experiences in capacity development and research activities on groundwater management
Mr. Sangam Shrestha, Assistant Professor, Water Engineering and Management, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)
Kyoto University experiences on Asian water environment research and human resources networking
Mr. Shigeo Fujii, Professor, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University
>> Session2 Report

Session 3: Potential Priority Areas for Future Research
Moderator: Mr. Satoshi Takizawa, Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo / IGES Senior Research Fellow
Groundwater contamination
Groundwater depletion
Climate change impacts on groundwater resources
Groundwater governance
>> Session3 Report

Session 4: Identification of Capacity Development Needs on Groundwater
Major areas
What topics
Targets clients/partners (to whom)
>> Session4 Report

Session 5: Outreach Strategies of KnowledgeHub for Groundwater Management
General information and announcements
Word of the month
Groundwater KnowledgeHub Policy Brief
>> Session5 Report

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