World Water Day on 22 March every year is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today there are over 663 million people living without safe water supply close to their homes, spending countless hours queueing or trekking to distant sources and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water. This year’s theme “why waste water” is in support of SDG 6.3 on improving water quality and reducing, treating and reusing waste water.
To mark this day, Biodiversity Sri Lanka in association with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and Dilmah Conservation held a learning event on 21st March 2017, to disseminate technical perspectives on improving water quality and availability in the plantation sector through integrated soil and water resources management. The event held at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), was attended by over 50 participants most of whom represented Regional Plantation Companies. A key element of this learning event was to discuss practical experiences in integrating biodiversity, soil and water resource management into the plantation sector by highlighting case studies from the field.
Today, BSL will join hands with its Patron Member, Standard Chartered Bank in marking the occasion with a presentation by Prof Devaka Weerakoon of the University of Colombo on the theme for the year “There is no such thing as Waste Water”.