As per its annual activity, BWP organized Training of Trainers (ToT) Course on “Concept and Practices of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)” from 20 March to 24 March 2016 in association with Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS). The main purpose of the training program was to introduce the IWRM concept, its principle and to share application experience to district level as well as regional level water managers and experts, from different organizations so that they can use and share their knowledge and experience in their respective working area and can conduct similar training to others of his/her organization.
About 19 participants from different organizations such as Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), Department of Environment (DoE), Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), Department of Forest, Dhaka WASA, BWP, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC), Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB), Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) and many others from different discipline attended the training event.
A total of 25 lectures were delivered by internal and external resource persons. The training program was divided into two sessions, first session covered formal training session with lectures on IWRM and its practices for four days and the second part was a day long field visit to gain practical experience on IWRM application. The technical sessions were conducted on 20, 21 and 22 March and a field visit to significant Urban Water Management projects viz Dholaikhal Pump Station, Kallayanpur Pump Station and Goranchatbari Pump Station took place on 23 March. A training evaluation was held at the end of each day session to get ideas and opinions from both the trainer and the training regarding the ToT course.
In the inaugural session, Mr. H.S Mozaddad Faruque, Vice President of BWP was present as the Special Guest along with the Chief Guest Dr. Zafar Ahmed Khan, Senior Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR). Dr. Azharul Haq, President of BWP was present in the closing ceremony as the Guest of Honor. He also delivered a lecture titled “Water Supply and Security, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health in IWRM” before the certificate awarding in the closing session on 24 March 2016. Rector of Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BAPTC), Mr. A. L. M. Abdur Rahman was present as the chief guest of the closing session. Both the inaugural and closing sessions were presided over by Mr. Engr. Waji Ullah, Executive Director of CEGIS. After successful completion of the five days long training program, the participants were given Certificates of Completion and necessary training materials.
A detailed training report will be submitted to the regional office in April 2016.