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Strategic Action Plan 2005-2006

Purpose and Background

Purpose and Background

1. This Strategic Action Plan 2005-2006 provides the framework for the second stage of activities of the INWEPF. It outlines the directions of the works by the INWEPF from 2005 to 2006.

2. The agricultural water not only produces substantial provisions but also provides wide range of services related to community, culture and environment. Such multiple functions and the value of the agricultural water should be recognized and evaluated for the development and the management of the water resources. However, since the ratio of rice growing country is not high around the world, the general understandings for the rice growing, which requires considerable amount of water, is relatively low. Thus, there is a strong need to promote understandings for the rice growing and the establishment of international network has been proceeded to resolve the common problems among rice growing countries.

3. On the occasion of the 3rd World Water Forum, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) co-organized the Ministerial Meeting on Water for Food and Agriculture on March 21, 2003. The Ministerial Recommendation highlighted three challenges, “Food Security and Poverty Alleviation”, “Sustainable Water Use” and “Partnership” (see Annex 1).

4. The INWEPF is established to provide a forum to realize the three challenges by promoting dialogue, exchanging knowledge and experiences, creating synergy among existing forums and strengthening capacity building in agricultural water management in paddy fields with due consideration for environmental aspects.

5. During 2004-2005, the first year of INWEPF activities, the Japanese INWEPF committee carried out the duties of chair country. The Japanese INWEPF committee held the 1st Steering Meeting and the Inaugural in November 2004 and organized provisional working group in January 2005 to participate in “The Conference on Water, Food and Ecosystems” hosted by FAO/the Netherlands and spoke for the rice growing countries. Also, as the chair-country, Japanese INWPF committee actively managed in preparing for INWEPF session at the 4th World Water Forum in 2006.

6. From 2005 to 2006 Korean INWEPF Committee will take initiatives in the INWEPF activities as the chair-country. The Korean INWEPF Committee is planning to work enthusiastically in activities such as close interaction among the member countries, participating in the international meetings and forums to establish the roles of the INWEPF and to highlight the status of the organization in the international relations during this second year of the establishment.

Mission statement, vision and expected outcomes

Mission statement

7. The mission of the INWEPF is to realize the three challenges: “Food security and poverty alleviation”, “Sustainable water use” and “Partnership” by promoting good practice of water management in paddy fields with due consideration for conservation and sustenance of rice-based ecosystems by cooperating with all stakeholders.


8. The INWEPF will provide an open platform for promoting dialogue, exchanging information and experiences, creating synergy among existing forums, strengthening capacity building, developing good practices and formulating ideas for innovative policy and management options in the field of sustainable paddy water use, conservation of environment and better governance.

Expected outcomes 2005-2006

9. The 2005-2006 INWEPF activities will result in:

  • A better understanding of water management in various contexts, and of multiple roles of water in paddy fields including conservation of rice-based ecosystem. 
  • A better understanding of governance of water use in paddy fields including participatory irrigation management and multi-stakeholder involvement. 
  • Development of good practices and formulation of a common understanding in sustainable water use in paddy fields toward future international discussions on water including the 4th World Water Forum to be held in Mexico in March 2006.

Prioritized Themes: 2005-2006

Prioritization of themes for the INWEPF activities 2005-2006

10. The informal preparatory meeting for the establishment of the INWEPF, held in February 2004 in Tokyo, proposed 12 themes (see ANNEX 2) as possible scope of activities of the INWEPF. Since the proposed 12 themes cover too wide a range of issues and overlap each other to some extent, it was practical to prioritize and rearrange the themes to be focused on by the INWEPF for the period of 2004-2005. The Japan INWEPF Committee Secretariat performed a prioritization exercise by sending questionnaires to the registered members of the Virtual Meeting and Preparatory Team.

11. As a result of this prioritization exercise, the following 6 of the 12 themes attracted major support:

  • Efficient and sustainable water use (environmental, social, economic)
  • Equitable and optimal water allocation/ use to address poverty alleviation and food security at the global, regional and local levels (rain-fed, irrigation)
  • Multiple use and ecosystem functions of paddy fields, including social/cultural aspects
  • Governance, including Participatory Irrigation Management to increase capacity for integrated water resource management
  • Policies and strategies for good governance for improving sustainable management of rice based systems with specific attention to water, land and environment
  • Promoting farmers’ and other stakeholders’ participation in policy formulation, decision-making and project management (planning, construction, operation and maintenance)

12. Considering some overlapping between the themes, in order to focus and streamline the activities of the INWEPF, the following 3 themes are prioritized for the 2004-2005 activities of the INWEPF.

Theme 1: Efficient and sustainable water use to address poverty alleviation and food security from environmental, social and economic aspects
Theme 2: Multiple use and ecosystem functions of paddy fields
Theme 3: Better governance to improve sustainable water management, including participatory irrigation management and capacity building

13. The prioritized themes of the 2005-2006 INWEPF activities are selected by adding the sixth theme in the number 11 above to the three core themes of 2004-2005.
Theme 4: Promoting farmers’ and other stakeholders’ participation in policy formulation, decision-making and project management (planning, construction, operation and maintenance)


Steering Meeting

14. The Steering Meeting is the managing body of the INWEPF and decides on plans for activities. The Second Steering Meeting will be held in Seoul in November 2005. The third Steering Meeting is to be held in 2006.

15. The host for the Third Steering Meeting will be decided at the Second Steering Meeting.

Virtual Meeting

16. All the INWEPF members are recommended to cooperate actively with Japanese INWEPF committee, the host of the virtual meeting, for the successful session of the virtual meeting.


17. A workshop is needed to implement the action plan deduced from the virtual meeting and the 4th World Water Forum INWEPF session and to reinforce the capacity of the organization. The Korean INWEPF committee intends to organize a workshop after the WWF4.

Open Forum

18. In November 2005, a symposium will be held in the name of “Water and Environment in the Paddy Fields” to discuss the subjects including the integrated water management in the paddy fields and the contribution to conserving the environment.

Ad-hoc Working Group

19. It is proposed to set up an ad-hoc Working Groups to prepare inputs (papers, presentations) to international forums related to water and environment in paddy fields.

20. If it is necessary, an ad-hoc working group could be organized to prepare the submission documents to the 4th World Water Forum.

21. The ad-hoc Working Group consists of volunteers. The work of the working group will be conducted mainly by E-mail with in-kind working contribution.

Website and Newsletter

22. The newsletters will be distributed to the members by using the official website of the INWEPF operated by the Japanese INWEPF committee..