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MAFF UPDATE NO.725 (Published on December 4, 2009)


Brief summary of the 6th INWEPF Steering Meeting and Symposium

The 6th steering meeting of ‘International Network for Water and Ecosystem in Paddy Fields (INWEPF)’ and symposium were held at JICA Research Institute in Tokyo from November 16th to 18th, 2009.


Date and Place

November 16th : Symposium
JICA Research Institute, Ichigaya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

November 17th : Steering meeting & Working group meeting
JICA Research Institute, Ichigaya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

November 18th : Field Trip
Ryoso Land Improvement District Office, Togane City, Chiba Prefecture
Oyama Senmaida Rice Terraces, Kamogawa City, Chiba Prefecture


Over 130 people participated in the symposium held on 16th, including 36 representatives from 16 INWEPF member countries. As for Japan, from Rural Development Bureau, Kaoru Yoshimura, Director General, Harumi Saito, Deputy Director General, Masamitsu Saito, Director General of Rural Infrastructure Department and the concerned persons attended the symposium.
36 representatives from INWEPF member countries and Japanese representatives attended INWEPF steering meeting on 17th and also attended field trip to Chiba Prefecture on 18th.


Brief Summary

1. Symposium
The symposium was held under two themes ‘The Value and Evaluation of the Multiple Functions in Paddy Fields’ and ‘The Method of Support due to the Spread of Irrigation Skills for Paddy Farming such as Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM) ’. Two keynote speeches were given in line with these two themes by Dr. David Groenfeldt, a former staff of World Bank, and Mr. Motofumi Kohara, Director General, Rural Development Department, JICA respectively.
Then seven presentations regarding these themes were given by representatives from member countries and Japanese researchers.
These presenters had a time for discussion and exchanged opinions with participants.
The discussion was very active and the symposium was implemented successfully.

2. Steering meeting and Working group (WG) meetings.
The representatives from INWEPF member countries had a steering meeting and WG meetings on 17th. And the representatives decided the target of this phase as ‘Promotion of sustainable paddy farming’ toward World Water Forum 6 (WWF6) held in 2012. Based on this target, three working groups shared the roles for activities such as ‘Multiple Role of paddy fields’, ’Vision, Policy, and Information Dissemination on INWEPF activities and Programs’ and ‘International cooperation and collaboration for sustainable paddy field’. And each WG decided action plan respectively.
In these meetings, the representatives had a fruitful discussion and exchanged their information and opinions frankly.

3. Field Trip
The representatives from INWEPF member countries visited to Ryoso Land Improvement District in Togane City, Chiba Prefecture and Oyama Senmaida Rrice Tterraces in Kamogawa City, Chiba Prefecture on 18th.
They had a time for exchanging opinions and information regarding PIM and preservation of rice terraces.
All of participants could get further information and knowledge regarding PIM and multifunctional roles of rice terraces.


(By Overseas Land Improvement Cooperation Office, Design Division, Rural Infrastructure Department, Rural Development Bureau)

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