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1 UMCSAWM UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Centre for South Asia Water Management Presentation by chairman of the Center Prof Sohan Wijesekera At the Opening of the New Building Donated by Late Shri Madanjeet Singh 22 April 2013 Presentation by chairman of the Center Prof Sohan Wijesekera At the Opening of the New Building Donated by Late Shri Madanjeet Singh 22 April 2013

2 Water on Earth Fresh Water 3% 97 % Saline

3 Fresh Water 3% Saline (Oceans) 97% Ice Cap Glaciers Ground water Rivers Swamps Fresh Water Lakes Fresh Surface Water Fresh Water Fresh Surface Water

4 Diminished Supplies of Fresh water might prove a far more serious problem than slowly rising seas New York Times of October 21, 2007 Professor Steven Chu, Co-winner of Nobel Prize for Physics (1997) and Incumbent United States Secretary of Energy Water is Important

5 Emphasis on the Urgent need to Manage our water resources Population increase, Prolonged Life on Earth Resources Utilisation Climate change Disasters Food Shortages

6 1.Emerging culture of independent states 2.Desires for accelerated economic development, and 3.Tendency towards urbanisation Lead to Water Transfer issues either Storage or Drainage

7 Water Projects are becomingPolitically and Environmentally Contentious in most parts of the world

8 Better Water Conservation, Better Control, Better Demand Management, Better Quality Assurance, Better Utilisation of Alternatives Better Source Area protection etc. Therefore it is a Dire Necessity

9 Canal and Reservoir Safety Unknown Reservoir Capacities Poor River Gauging Lack of Source Area Protection Reservoir Safety and Design Criteria Culvert and Bride Design Limitations Biodiversity and Food Chain Issues Soil and Water Pollution Land cover removal issues Urban Flooding Water is usually taken for Granted

10 Irrigation and Water Resources - Irrigation and Mahaweli Hydropower, Thermal – Power and Energy Source area and water quality, waste disposal – Water Supply and Drainage Flooding of Cultivations, Dwellings, Roads – Urban Authorities, Housing and Road Building Canals and Rivers, Fisheries and Cargo – Transport, Coast Conservation, Ports, Fishery Harbours Environmental Impacts, Mitigation, Bio Diversity – Environmental Authorities, Economic Development Soil Erosion, Land Slides, Siltation – Disaster Mitigation Water Management is Multi Sectoral

11 For the sake of Peace, Harmony and Good Health Focused Research Agenda and Strong Capacity Building Effort We Require a

12 The MCSAWM is intended to support the Global and Regional requirements in Water Engineering and Management.

13 The Vision To be a premier center of knowledge and outreach focused on sustainable water management in urban and rural environments

14 The Mission To promote techniques, technologies, management approaches and policy that support sustainable utilisation of water

15 Initial Discussions 2003 Hon (Late) Laxman Kadirgarmar Prof DS Wijeyesekera Prof Malik Ranasinghe Prof Sohan Wijesekera

16 Signing of MoU with the South Asia Foundation (Late) Shri Madanjeet Singh Prof Malik Ranasinghe

17 (Late) Shri Madanjeet Singh UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador US$ 500,000 from Personal Funds to Collaboratively Fund the UMCSAWM Building

18 South Asia Foundation (SAF) US$ 100,000 per year for 5 Years for Course Development and Regional Scholarships A secular, non-profit and non-political organization, comprising eight autonomous chapters: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

19 UMCSAWM is in Sri Lanka Distribution of Centers considering the Strengths of Each Nation Sri Lanka – Water Engineering and Management

20 UMCSAWM is at University of Moratuwa Hon Kadirgamar selected University of Moratuwa for its Reputation in Water Engineering and Management University Status Since 1972, the Most Favoured University in Sri Lanka for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies

21 UMCSAWM is at the Department of Civil Engineering Long History of Water Engineering Education at Postgraduate Level Pioneered Water Postgraduate Degree Program in Water – 1981

22 UMCSAWM is at the Department of Civil Engineering Qualified and Experienced Academic Staff with Very Strong Research Profile 1.Prof. NTS Wijesekera 2.Prof. SSL Hettiarachchi 3.Prof. (Mrs.) N. Rathnayake 4.Prof. SS Wickramasuriya 5.Prof. SP Samarawickrama 6.Dr. JMA Manatunge 7.Mr. AHR Ratnasooriya 8.Dr. T.M.N. Wijayaratna 9.Dr. MW Jayaweera 10.Dr. U. Nawagamuwa 11.Dr. R. L. H. L. Rajapakse

23 Qualified and Experienced Academic Staff with Very Strong Research Profile Water Resources Engineering Mathematical Modelling in Hydrology, Rainfall-Runoff Modelling Drought Mitigation Irrigation Engineering and Drainage GIS, GPS and Remote sensing Applications Coastal Structures (Hydraulics of wave/structure interaction) Coastal Engineering and Coastal Zone Management Numerical Modelling in Coastal Zone Renewable Energy Flood Frequency Studies Statistical Methods in Hydrology Groundwater Engineering and Modelling Water Supply and Source Area Protection Water Quality and Environmental Assessments River Basin Planning and Watershed Management Integrated Water Resources Management Web and open source mapping for water and environmental resource management

24 UMCSAWM is at the Department of Civil Engineering State of the Art Experimental and Computational facilities and Competent Support Staff

25 UMCSAWM and the Postgraduate Degree Program Center Chairman and Overall Program Director – Prof Sohan Wijesekera Post Graduate Programmes which is a collaboration with the Department of Civil Engineering is scheduled to commence in July 2013 Expected Foreign Students – 8 Students Course Coordinator – Dr. Lalith Rajapakse

26 The Opening of the Building A Reality Today

27 Main Contributors Prof. Ananda Jayawardena Vice Chancellor, Excellency Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga President of SAF. Madame France Marquet, SAF Trustee SAF Representatives Prof Uma Coomaraswamy, Ms Swinitha Perera and Mr. Prabhakaran Prof Anura Nanayakkara, Head Department of Civil Engineering, Dr. Lalith Rajapakse, Course Coordinator of the Postgraduate Degree Programme

28 Significant Contributions Project Manager and Staff Project Manager, State Engineering Corporation and Staff, Maintenance Engineer, and Staff Bursar and Staff, Registrar, SAR Capital Works and Staff, Dept of Civil Engineering, Academic and Non Academic Staff Land Scape Sub Contractor and Staff Staff of other Faculties and Departments And Numerous other Well-wishers

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