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INWEPF Third Phase Strategy & The Annual Action Plan 2012-2013

Purpose and Background


About Third Phase

 This “Third Phase Strategy & The Annual Action Plan (2012-2013)” provides the direction of phase strategy and framework for the ninth stages of activities of the INWEPF.

The member structure, the mission statement and the mandate of each Working Groups are described as per separate paper “Terms of Reference for INWEPF Working Groups”.


1. The establishment of INWEPF

 The agricultural water produces not only 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 ratios of rice growing countries are not high, the general understanding 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 so that the establishment of international network has been proceeded to resolve the common problems among rice growing countries.


2. 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) jointly 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”.


3. The INWEPF was 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.


4. During 2004-2005, the first year of INWEPF activities, the Japanese INWEPF committee carried out the duties as the host country. The Japanese INWEPF committee held the INWEPF 1st Steering Meeting and Inaugural Symposium 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 INWEPF committee actively managed in preparing for INWEPF session at the 4th World Water Forum in 2006.


5. From 2005 to 2006 Korean INWEPF Committee took initiatives in the INWEPF activities as the chair-country. The Korean INWEPF Committee planned 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 highlight the status of the organization in the international relations during this second year of the establishment.


6. Three working groups (Multiple Roles of Paddy, Vision Policy and Information Dissemination of INWEPF activities and programs, Monetary Assessment and Value Adding in the Multifunctional Roles of Paddy Fields) were established in 2006-2007 INWEPF steering meeting that was hosted by Malaysian INWEPF Committee


7. From 2008 to 2009, INWEPF implemented the monetary assessment and value adding in the multifunctional roles of paddy fields regarding “1) Flood Control”, “2) Prevention of soil erosion” and “3) Recharge of groundwater” with data of paddy fields collected from member countries, to develop understanding of the multifunctional roles of paddy fields.

And INWEPF participated in WWF5, Istanbul, Turkey on March 2009 and held the session with FAO, the theme “Water multi-tasking: how to obtain more benefits per drop from multiple uses and functions”. In the session, INWEPF reported the result of monetary assessment and value adding in the multifunctional roles of paddy fields. And INWEPF released the message from INWEPF to international community in the session.


8. From 2009 to 2010, At the 6th Steering Meeting, it was approved to set the 2nd phase (from November,2009 to March,2012,the 6th World Water Forum (Marseille) ) and new member structure of each working groups.


New WG1; WG leader is Malaysia. WG1 works for the multiple roles of paddy farming.


New WG2; WG leader is Korea. WG2 work for Vision policy and information dissemination of INWEPF activities and programs or dissemination of INWEPF activities,

New WG3; WG leader is Japan. WG3 works for trial project of "South -South cooperation for PIM” for expanding of the Participatory Irrigation Management.


9. From 2010 to 2011, INWEPF Korean Committee held the 7th Steering Meeting, in Jeju, Korea. INWEPF joint symposium was opened to cooperate with International Society of Paddy and Water Environment Engineering (PAWEES).

At the 7th Steering Meeting, It was approved (1) the establishment of Task Force Team, (2) the message from the INWEPF to WWF6 and (3) the “Terms of Reference for INWEPF Working Groups” and the “INWEPF Strategic Action Plan in 2010 to 2011”.


10. From 2011 to 2012, INWEPF Malaysian Committee held the 8th Steering Meeting, in Malaysia. At the 8th Steering Meeting, Task Force members reported the result of Task Force meeting that was held in March and August, 2011.

It was approved to make presentation about (1) the dissemination of INWEPF activities and (2) the message from the INWEPF, at the 2nd Asia Pacific Water Summit (APWS2) and WWF6.

And INWEPF participated in WWF6, Marseille, France on March 2012 and participated in the Asia Pacific Region's session 2.1 which was organized by FAO and ESCAP, held the workshop with ICID Japanese national committee and opened a booth at Japanese pavilion in order to introduce INWEPF activities.

In the session and work shop, INWEPF made presentation (1) “Guidelines for monetary assessment of flood and sediment control in paddy field” from WG1, (2) “How to balance productivity and environmental protection?” from WG2, (3)”Guideline for PIM activities "Multifunction role of paddy, “ from WG3 with announcement of the message from the INWEPF to the WWF6.


Mission statement, vision, plan of third phase and expected outcomes

Mission statement

11. 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.




12. 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.

The shortage of water resources and climate change delays many agricultural development crops, it needs modification of cropping pattern, new tools of plant breeding and genetics research to meet the climatic changes and shortage of water in the future.

In this situation, INWEPF will enhance the exchange of data and new information comes from INWEPF activities between different authorities related to water management in paddy fields between countries and international organization.


Plan of third phase

13. INWEPF fix a phase in every 3 years for focus on the “World Water Forum as a scene of the worldwide discussion for water issue” that is held once in 3 years. And INWEPF settle the phase strategy and sets up the concrete target and roadmap of activities, utilization of the outcome , in the direction of the target to achieve three challenges of mission statement.

1) The activities toward the WWF7, treating as “Third phase” to accomplish the prioritization of four themes for realizing three challenges.

2) The purpose of the Third Phase Strategic Action Plan is succeeded to the 2nd Phase Strategic Action Plan “Promotion of sustainable paddy farming”.

3) The three themes of the target for the activities as “Third Phase” are focused.

4) The three working groups are reorganized, leading of activities' theme.


Prioritization of themes for realizing the three challenges

14. The prioritizations of themes for INWEPF challenges are as follows:

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

Theme 4 : Promoting farmers' and other stakeholders' participation in policy formulation, decision-making and project management (planning, construction, operation and maintenance)


The target for the activities to accomplish the prioritization of four themes as “Third phase” toward the WWF7

15. The target for the activities to accomplish the prioritization of four themes as “Third Phase” toward the WWF7 is as follows:


“Promotion of sustainable paddy farming”


The themes of the target for the activities as “Third Phase”

16.The themes of the target for the activities as “Third Phase” are as follows:

I.   Functions and response of paddy farming of water, food and environmental problems

II.  Development of understanding of paddy farming of the international community

III. Building partnership with  international organizations which conduct technical cooperation projects


New WGs for the purpose of the achievement of activities' themes

17. Reorganization of working groups for the purpose of the achievement of activities' themes is as follows:

WG1 : Multiple Roles of Paddy Fields

WG2 (Additional theme):

Collecting the common Vision, Policy in Paddy agricultural counties and Information Dissemination on INWEPF activities and Programs

-WG2 will include the theme to focus on the agricultural heritage, in order to collect good examples of rural villages and good practice to promote sustainable paddy farming.-

WG3 : International cooperation and collaboration for sustainable paddy farming


Expected outcomes 

18. The outputs of each WG activities in 2012-2013 are as follows:

WG1: 1. Quantification or Evaluation of the value of multi-functionality at the model site

2. Dissemination of the result of the above, through HP

WG2: 1. Dissemination of INWEPF activities, translate of “PIM aguideline by WG3” and “Multifunction manual by WG1”.

2. Collection of good practice of agricultural heritage.

WG3: 1. Collection, arrangement and classification of cases of INWEPF related activities of PIM

2. Trial project of “South-South cooperation for PIM”.

3. Compilation of the result of the 2nd phase activities and dissemination it through homepage

The Annual Action Plan: 2012-2013

Steering Meeting

19. The Steering Meeting is the managing body of the INWEPF to decide action plan.

The Second Steering Meeting was held in Seoul in November 2005.

The Third Steering Meeting was held in Malaysia in September 2006.

The Fourth Steering Meeting is held in Bangkok, Thailand in July 2007.

The Fifth Steering Meeting was held in Bali, Indonesia in November 2008.

The sixth Steering Meeting was held in Tokyo, Japan in November 2009.

The seventh Steering Meeting was held in Jeju, Korea in October 2010.

The eighth Steering Meeting was held in Penang, Malaysia in November 2011 and the ninth Steering Meeting was held in Yangon, Myanmar in November 2012.


Host countries of upcoming steering meeting are selected in the 7th Steering meeting in Jeju as follows:

  • ·              The 11th Steering Meeting : Pakistan
  • ·              The 12th Steering Meeting : Indonesia
  • ·              The 13th Steering Meeting : China

Thailand was confirmed as the venue of the 10th Steering Meeting at the 9th Steering Meeting in Myanmar.


Virtual Meeting

20.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. It is organized as needed, but it has no plan to organize the virtual meeting at present.


21.It has no plan to organize the Workshop at present.

Working Group

22.Activities of each WG in 2012-2013 are as follows:


WG1; 1) Continuing the activity based on each country's activities on the designated functions.

2) Maintain and uploading more materials and information in the WG homepage.


WG2; 1) Translation of “PIM guideline by WG3” and “Multifunction manual by WG1” to share good practices and guideline at national level.

2) Holding seminars and collection sample projects on the agricultural heritages.



WG3; 1) Trial project of “South-South cooperation for PIM”.

2) Distribution of the guideline of PIM to international donors.

3) Provision of the expert list to international organizations.

4) Dispatch of INWEPF experts to “South-South cooperation”.


Open Forum

23. In November 2005, the symposium was 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 in 2006. In July, 2007, the symposium “Prosperity and Sustainability of Paddy Fields and Ecosystem” was held. In November, 2008, the symposium “Efficient and Sustainable Water Use to Address Poverty Alleviation and Food Security” was held in Bali, Indonesia. In November, 2009, the symposium “The Value and Evaluation of the Multiple Functions in Paddy Fields” and “The Method of Supporting due to the Spread of Irrigation Skills for Paddy Farming such as Participatory Irrigation Management” is held in Tokyo, Japan. In November, 2010, the symposium "Climate change and Food security with sustainable agriculture" and "Sustainable irrigation techniques" is held in Jeju, Korea. In November, 2011, the symposium “Sustainable Agriculture Water Use and Multifunction of Paddy Fields “ is held in Penang, Malaysia and in November, 2012, the symposium “Water Management for Paddy Field Irrigation and Impacts of Climate Change” is held in Yangon, Myanmar.

Website and Newsletter

24. The newsletters will be distributed to the members by using the official website of the INWEPF operated by the Japanese INWEPF committee. In addition, periodical newsletter will be started with coordination of INWEPF Pakistan committee. The issuing term is on semi yearly basis. The procedure for the newsletter circulation will be formulated by coordinating country.