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The Third Steering Meeting and Workshop

 - Rice Paddy Now, Tomorrow and the Future -

Prepared by INWEPF Malaysia
Responsible Person: Mr. Abdul Nassir Bidin

The INWEPF 3rd Steering Meeting and Workshop was successfully held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from the 17th to the 19th September 2006. INWEPF Malaysia hosted these events. The theme for this meeting and workshop is "Rice Paddy: Now, Tomorrow and the Future". A total of 42 participants from member countries attended. 

INWEPF Workshop - Rice Paddy Now, Tomorrow and the Future

Day 1: 17 September 2006

The event began on 17th September 2006 with a Welcoming Ceremony and Opening Remarks by Datuk Ir. Hj. Keizrul bin Abdullah of The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), Chairman of INWEPF Steering Committee for this Meeting. This was followed by two keynote speeches. The first was by Dr. Thierry Facon of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the other by Dr. Ryota. Nakamura of Japan National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (JNCID).

Three Issue Papers followed the keynote speeches. These are Issue Paper No.1 entitled Current Status of Multifunctionality of Paddy Field in Member Countries/Region. This paper was presented by distribution only. The Issue Paper No.2 entitled "Efficient and sustainable water use to address poverty alleviation and food security" was presented by Dr. Kazumi Yamaoka of the National Institute for Rural Engineering, Japan.

Dr. David Groenfeldt then presented his summary of the virtual conference held from 21st August 2006 to 8th September 2006.

Members of the Meeting were then divided into two groups for the workshop sessions. The main objective of these sessions is to develop action plans for INWEPF. Group 1 came out with proposal for a long term action plan and Group 2 forwarded a series of proposals for action plans for immediate implementation.

Day 2: 18 September 2006

Members of the Meeting and the Workshop visited an irrigated paddy field in Malacca, 150km south of Kuala Lumpur. They also had a chance to visit Malaysia's new administrative capital, Putrajaya, on the return journey.

In the meantime, the proposals forwarded by the two workshop groups were synthesised by a team led by Mr. Mohd Azhari Bin Ghazalli of INWEPF Malaysia with members comprising Dr. Thierry Facon (FAO) and Mr. Mohd Abdul Nassir Bidin of INWEPF Malaysia. The output is the Kuala Lumpur INWEPF Action Plan (Draft).

Day 3: 19 September 2006

Day 3 began with Mr. Azhari (INWEPF Malaysia) presenting to the members, the draft of the Kuala Lumpur INWEPF Action Plan. The main features of this action plan are:

a.  A proposal to form five working groups to implement programs and projects in line with the objectives of INWEPF

b.  A list of proposed country programs volunteered by various member countries and for distribution via the INWEPF website.

After deliberations by members, it was proposed that the number of working groups be reduced to three and that the country programs be grouped under any one of these three groups. The session agreed that the details be discussed at the Steering Meeting and subsequently endorsed by the meeting for implementation.

The 3rd INWEPF Steering Meeting

Agenda No.1: Election of Chairperson and Vice Chairperson

The members unanimously elected Datuk Ir. Hj. Keizrul bin Abdullah (INWEPF Malaysia) to Chair the Meeting and Mr. Va-son Boonkird of INWEPF Thailand as the Co-Chairperson. Datuk Ir. Hj. Keizrul then called to meeting to order.

The Chairperson thanked members for their support in electing him the Vice Chairperson.

Agenda No.2: Adoption of the Agenda for the Meeting.

The proposed Agenda was adopted unanimously.

Agenda No.3: Report of INWEPF activities during the period 2005-2006

This report was presented by Mr. Bong-Hoon Lee of INWEPF Korea. The main items are the maintenance of an active website throughout the year for members and visitors, reports of events on this website and the use of this channel to encourage and monitor the Virtual Meeting facilitated by Dr. David Groenfeldt. The theme of this virtual meeting was "Efficient and Sustainable Water Use to Address Poverty Alleviation and Food Security".

Agenda No.4: Report on WWF 4

This was presented by Mr. Yasuro Nakajo of INWEPF Japan. The WWF 4 was held in Mexico from 16th to 22nd March 2006. Over 20,000 participants and delegations from 146 Governments attended the Forum. INWEPF managed to convene a topic session at this Forum and also gained impact from the exhibitions, open forum and panel discussions. INWEPF message to WWF4 was successfully inserted in the final document of the WWF4.

Agenda No.5: Presentation of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum

This is a special invitation by INWEPF and Ms Noriko Yamaguchi of The Japan Water Forum presented the coming Asia-Pacific Water Forum next year in 2007. APWF is an organization comprising members of countries along the Asia-Pacific rim and seeks to implement the understanding and agreement achieved at the WWF4.

Agenda No.6: Presentation of the International Initiative on Food, Water and the Environment.

This is a special presentation by the FAO Representative Dr. Thierry Facon. FAO congratulated the Japanese and Korean INWEPF committees for their achievements and also welcomed the APWF. He briefed the Meeting of the initiatives taken by FAO and other partners on its Water for Food and the Ecosystem Program. FAO will take into account on the multiple roles and ecosystem in their program and will approach INWEPF in the coming months when their program is being firmed up.

Agenda No.7: Output of the Workshop- The Kuala Lumpur Workshop Statement

The Meeting deliberated at length on the Kuala Lumpur Workshop Statement and finally accepted it as the Kuala Lumpur Action Plan . The main features of this action plan is the formation of three working groups, acceptance of the lead INWEPF country for each of this group and group members. These are as follows:

Working Group No.1: Multiple Roles of Paddy Fields

Lead: INWEPF Malaysia

Members:
Malaysia, Korea, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Japan, Egypt, India, Myanmar and FAO

Working Group No.2: Vision, Policy and Information Dissemination on INWEPF activities and programs

Lead: INWEPF Korea

Members:
Korea, Japan, Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh and FAO

Working Group No.3: Monetary Assessment and Value Adding in the Multifunctional Roles of Paddy Fields.

Lead: INWEPF Japan

Members:
Pakistan, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Bangladesh and FAO

A series of activities volunteered by member countries were also accepted at the meeting.

Agenda No.8: TOR Reviewing

Whilst the TOR were generally accepted, members discussed at length the identity and bona fide representative of the INWEPF from each member country. At the moment there is no clear definition as to the official point of contact in some member countries. Japan and Korea have already a formal INWEPF committee. Malaysia operates INWEPF as a sub-organization within the Malaysian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (MANCID). The meeting agreed that all countries to submit the formal organization and representation to the Secretariat before the next Meeting in Thailand .

Matters on financing INWEPF were discussed but the meeting agreed that this is not an issue at the moment but take note that financing will be important in the long run.

Agenda No.9: Any other business

Host 2007
Thailand agreed to host the 2007 4th INWEPF Meeting. This is expected to be in July 2007. It will be over three days. The Meeting also request Thailand to allow for some time for the Working Groups to have their formal meeting.

Host 2008
Indonesia offered to host the 5th INWEPF Meeting in 2008 and the Meeting accepted the offer unanimously. INWEPF indicated that this meeting could be held in Bali.

There being no other business, Datuk Keizrul thanked all members of the workshop and meeting for their contribution for a successful meeting. The Meeting also recorded its appreciation to all the paper presenters and INWEPF Malaysia for their effort in organising the Workshop and Meeting.

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