JICA-ILEC Follow-up Program 2019

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As long term collaborators, Wetlands International South Asia (WISA) and International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC), Japan have been promoting integrated basin scale management of wetlands. ILEC has developed an Integrated Lake Basin Management Platform (ILBM), as a management and governance improvement process supporting design and implementation of basin-wide management plans.

JICA-ILEC meeting in progress

International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC), Japan and Wetlands International South Asia (WISA) with support from Japanese International cooperation Agency (JICA) held a three day workshop during 9 – 11 December, 2019 at New Delhi. The workshop aimed at enhancing integrated lake basin management and organising framework for management of wetlands of South Asia, by building capacity of wetland managers and stakeholders using the ESSVA (Ecosystem Services Shared Value Assessment) tool. Participants from Nepal, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan presented the current status of wetland sites, management issues, opportunities for collaboration and expressed need for knowledge partnership. Dr A.K. Pattnaik  (Vice-President, WISA) oriented the members on the NPCA guidelines and introduced the 100 wetlands program, along with presenting the Wetland rules, 2017 to the participants. Dr N. Nakamura (Professor, RCSE-SU and chair, ILEC) further provided insights on governance issues that can ensure proper management of wetlands. Technology oriented companies such as Hiyoshi India ecological services Pvt Ltd., Chennai; Horiba India Pvt Ltd., New Delhi and Mitsubishi, Gurugram also participated and showcased products for water quality monitoring and improvement.