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The 6th Steering Meeting and Symposium

The 6th Sd Symposium on "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)

"The 6th Steering Meeting of INWEPF and symposium were held at JICA Research Institute in Tokyo from November 16th to 18th, 2009 by INWEPF Japanese committee. The meetings with participants from 17 member countries and the concerned persons were successfully ended.
Over 130 people participated in the symposium held on 16th, and had a time for discussion and exchanged opinions with presenters.
The representatives from INWEPF member countries had a steering meeting and working group (WG) meetings on 17th. The target of this phase as 'Promotion of sustainable paddy farming' and concrete roadmap (ex. implementation of case studies, collection cases) toward World Water Forum 6 (WWF6) held in 2012 were decided.
The participants from INWEPF member countries visited to Ryoso Land Improvement District in Togane City, Chiba Prefecture and Oyama Senmaida Rice Terraces in Kamogawa City, Chiba Prefecture on 18th.They discussed and exchanged opinions with the concerned persons.

INWEPF Symposium
"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)"

Day 1: 16 November 2009
The symposium began with a Opening Remarks by Mr. Kaoru Yoshimura as a chairman of INWEPF Japanese committee, Director General of Rural Development of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF). And Dr. Harumi Saito as a Vice-Chairman of INWEPF Japanese committee, Deputy Director General of Rural Development of MAFF, explained the outline of INWEPF activities.

This was followed by two keynote speeches. The first was "European Approach to Multifunctional Agriculture" by Dr. David Groenfeldt, a former stuff of World Bank, and the other was "Extension of Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM) - Some Recommendations Based on Japan's International Cooperation Experiences" by Mr. Motofumi Kohara, Director General, Rural Development Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Discussion and exchange of opinions between keynote speakers and participants were implemented after the presentations.

Then seven presentations regarding these themes were given by representatives from member countries and Japanese researchers. (see below) The presenters had a time for active discussion and exchanged opinions with participants.

[Presentation List]

1) Economic Valuation of the Multiple Functions of Paddy Fields
(Dr. Kentaro Yoshida: Professor at Nagasaki University)

2) New Efforts to Preserve the Ifugao Rice Terraces, Philippines
(Mr. Dominador D. Pascua: Department Manager, National Irrigation Administration, the Philippines)

3) The measures to Conserve and Improve Land, Water and Environment
(Mr. Yasuo Ikeda: Director of Land, Water and Environment Conservation Office, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan)

4) WUAs as a Method of Irrigation Management for Paddy Farming in China
(Prof. Wang Xiaoling: Division Chief, Ministry of Water Resources, China ; Dr. Sun Minzhang: Senior Engineer, China Irrigation and Drainage Development Center, China)

5) Participatory Irrigation on Management
(Mr. Khammai Vongsathiene: Division Chief, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Laos)

6) Reinforcement Technology for Small Earth Dams and Paddy Levees
Adopted from Labor-Based-Technology (LBT) that Uses a Geosynthetic Soil Bag System
(Dr. Kenich Matsushima: Researcher, National Institute for Rural Engineering, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, Japan)

7) Developing Irrigation Skills for Paddy Farming Field to Support Efficient Water Use in Egypt
(Dr. Badawi A. Tantawi: Former President of Agriculture Research Center in Egypt, Egypt )

6th INWEPF Steering Meeting

Day 2: 17 November 2009
For activation of the future INWEPF activities, INWEPF had some issues such as no concrete roadmap for activities, activities are focused on multiple functions a little excessively, unclear target of outcome. Therefore, the member counties concretized and clarified the target, roadmap and output, and reorganized WGs in the steering meeting.

Steering Meeting (part 1): Selection of Chairman and Vice chairman of the steering meeting and discussion regarding direction of future INWEPF activities

INWEPF Japanese committee recommended Dr. Nobumasa Hatcho (Professor at Kinki University, Japan) as a Chairman and Dr. Yoon, Chun Gyeong (Professor at Konkuk University, Korea) as a Vice chairman. And this recommendation was approved by all of member countries.
The result of discussion about direction of INWEPF activities is as below:

  • INWEPF sets the duration toward the 6th World Water Forum (WWF6) as "2nd Phase".
  • The target for the activities of this 2nd phase is "Promotion of sustainable paddy farming".
  • The theme of target for the activities are:

1) Functions and response of paddy farming of water, food and environmental problems

2) Development of understanding of paddy farming of the international community

3) Building partnership with international organizations which conduct technical cooperation projects

  • Reorganization of WGs

WG1: Multiple Roles of Paddy Fields

WG2: Vision, Policy and Information Dissemination on INWEPF activities and Programs

WG3: International cooperation and collaboration for sustainable paddy farming

WG meetings

  • WG1 meeting (WG for Multiple Roles of Paddy Fields)

9 member countries attended WG1 meeting. The chairman of this meeting was Mr. Mohd Yazid Bin abdulah (Principle Assistant Director, Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry) from Malaysia, leader country of WG1.

As the report of activities from 2008 to 2009, Thai committee reported the situation of the study for flood prevention function and Philippine committee reported the situation of the study for bio-diversity conservation function.

The participants decided to focus on 6 functions (flood control, recharge of groundwater, prevention of soil erosion, water quality (purification), conservation of biodiversity, tourism resources) as the target of study during 2nd phase toward WWF6, and to select a model site of rice terrace for study and monetary assessment of multiple functions.

The participants agreed to continue the monitoring for the study underway.

  • WG2 meeting (WG for Vision, Policy and Information Dissemination on INWEPF activities and Programs)

8 member countries attended WG2 meeting. The chairman of this meeting was Dr. Yoon, Chun Gyeong (Professor at Konkuk University) from Korea, leader country of WG2.

As the report of activities from 2008 to 2009, Korean committee introduced presentations in the International Workshop on Non-point source management in Rural Area and Saemangeum Watershed

The participants decided to collect and compile cases as a guideline under the theme of "balance between productivity and environmental protection".

The Bangladeshi committee reported "Water Saving AWD Technology for Managing Scarce Water Resources for Paddy Production Ecosystem in Bangladesh" as a country report.

  • WG3 meeting (WG for International cooperation and collaboration for sustainable paddy farming)

9 member countries attended WG3 meeting. The chairman of this meeting was Dr. Kazumi Yamaoka (Professor at the University of Tokyo) from Japan, leader country of WG3.

The participants decided to collect and compile cases regarding PIM and to coordinate with international donor organizations so that the INWEPF human resources may contribute the cooperation project for sustainable paddy farming.

The Indian committee reported "Participatory Irrigation Management in Paddy Cultivation - Indian Experience-".

Steering Meeting (part 2): Reports from WGs

The chairmen of each WG meeting reported activities from 2008 to 2009 and action plan toward 2012 of each WG.

The participants reviewed TOR of each WG.

The participants agreed to submit country report regarding "the balance between productivity and environmental protection' from each country.

Steering Meeting (part 3): Reports of activities, action plan and WWF5 and decision of next host country of the steering meeting

Based on the result of discussion on part 1 and part 2 of steering meeting, Indonesian and Japanese committee reported and explained the items as below:

  • Confirmation of the TOR of WG
  • Report of activities of INWEPF from 2008-2009
    Indonesian committee explained activities of INWEPF from 2008-2009.
  • Explanation of action plan of INWEPF from 2009-2010
    Japanese committee explained action plan of INWEPF from 2009- 2010
  • Report of WWF5
    Dr. Riota Nakamura (former professor at the University of Tokyo)
  • Decision of the next host country
    All of participants approved Korea as the next host country.

Field Trip

Day 3: 18 November 2009
The participants visited to Ryoso Land Improvement District in Togane City, Chiba Prefecture and Oyama Senmaida Rice Terraces in Kamogawa City, Chiba Prefecture.
They had a time for exchange opinions and information regarding PIM with staffs and members of Ryoso LID and regarding conservation of rice terraces with staffs of Oyama Senmaida rice terraces conservation office.

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