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The 2nd International WEPA Forum
International Forum on Water Environmental Governance
in Asia

The Water Environment Partnership in Asia (WEPA) will hold the 2nd International Forum on 3-4 December 2007 in Beppu City, Oita Prefecture, Japan.

This forum is to be organised as part of the WEPA, which is an initiative that was launched by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment on the occasion of the 3rd Water Forum, 2003. The 2nd International WEPA Forum will be held as an open event of the 1st Asia-Pacific Water Summit.

Asia-Pacific Water Summit

The 1st Asia-Pacific Water Summit is a ministerial meeting which is organised every 2 or3 years by the Asia-Pacific Water Forum as a part of its activities. The 1st Asia-Pacific Water Summit will be held in Beppu, Oita. There are expected to be many participants, such as heads of state, and representatives from companies, local government, academia and media.

3-4 December 2007 (Monday and Tuesday for two days)
Day One: 9:30-18:00, Day Two: 9:15-16:00
Oita New Life plaza, Beppu, Oita, Japan
Ministry of the Environment Japan
Oita Prefecture, Beppu City, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Water Environment Partnership in Asia (WEPA)
c/o Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
English (no translation)

The water environment in Asia is facing severe, worsening problems such as poor water quality, mainly in urban areas, and a shortage of usable water. However, the stakeholders involved in these issues are not sharing their experience and expertise and thus there has been a distinct lack of action to make use of the knowledge gained so far. It is important to take action towards water environment conservation for the purpose of pursing sustainable management in the region based on the experience and expertise of various stakeholders.


This forum aims to promote water environment governance by promoting dialogue among various stakeholders in Southeast Asia and East Asia, developing human resources and strengthening ties for the future amongst people responsible for improving water environment governance in this region.

Tentative Programme
Day One: Monday, 3 December 2007
9:00 Registration
9:30 Opening Ceremony
Opening Remarks
9:45 - 10:45 Keynote Speech by Dr. Naoyuki FUNAMIZU
“Development of sustainable sanitation system: how can we contribute to achieving Millennium Development Goals?”
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 13:00 Parallel Session
Session 1: Strategic Management of Water Resources
Session 2: Pollution Control Case Studies
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 16:30 Parallel Session
Session 3: Water Resource Management Policy
Session 4: Wastewater Treatment Processes for Asian Countries
16:30 - 18:00 Parallel Session
Session 5: Regional Water Environmental Management
Session 6: Review of Water Management System
Day Two: Tuesday, 4 December 2007
9:15 -11:15 Parallel Session
Session 7: Water Environmental Management Policy and Tools
Session 8: Community Activities I
11:15 - 12:45 Parallel Session
Session 9: Mekong Watershed Management
Session 10: Community Activities II
12:45 - 14:15 Lunch
14:15 - 15:45 Parallel Session
Session 11: Watershed Management Case Studies
Session 12: Sanitation
15:50 - 16:00 Closing Session