INWEPF Symposium 2015
Colombo, Sri Lanka

3 - 5 November 2015

Hosted by INWEPF Secretariat - Sri LankaIn Collaboration with Ministry of Irrigation,
Ministry of Mahaweli Development & Environment,Ministry of Agriculture

Achieving the Goals of Food security In Sustainable Paddy Water Ecosystems

The INWEPF Sri Lankan committee is pleased to announce that the 12th Steering meeting and INWEPF Symposium 2015 will be held in Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Ministry of Irrigation. Availability of usable water and food security have become critical issues in the world in the face of drastic changes created by climate change. Withdrawal of water from this resources for irrigation alone has been estimated to be nearly 70%. With this heavy freshwater usage for the irrigated agriculture sector especially for paddy cultivation, there is a need to concentrate for efficiency and optimizing management especially in view of impending shortages. Conservation of water in paddy fields paying due attention to the ecological settings in the environment of irrigation systems has become imperative. In this context paddy producing countries formed the "International Network for Water and Ecosystems in Paddy Fields" to formulate a forum to face for the three challenges, " Food security and poverty alleviation, sustainable water use and partnership" highlighted at the ministerial meeting on water for food and agriculture organized by Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry of Japan and FAO on the occasion of 3rd World Water Forum held in Japan in 2003. Presently 17 countries and 8 international organizations are members of INWEPF. Objective of the symposium Since this is the only global /Asian forum of water professionals in paddy producing countries, the objective of the symposium is to create knowledge and experience sharing platform for professionals from the irrigated agriculture sector who play significant multiple roles in improving land and water productivity as well as protecting the related ecosystems.

Objective of the symposium

Since this is the only global /Asian forum of water professionals in paddy producing countries, the objective of the symposium is to create knowledge and experience sharing platform for professionals from the irrigated agriculture sector who play significant multiple roles in improving land and water productivity as well as protecting the related ecosystems.

Conference Themes

The conference is organized under the general theme; Climate change impacts and Sustainability of Paddy farming in Asia which will expand to the following sub themes.

  • Climate change adaptation for sustainable paddy farming
  • Community empowerment for strengthening livelihood security
  • Economic values of multiple functions of paddy irrigation related ecosystems
  • Farmer participation for improving paddy related ecosystems
  • Increasing water use efficiency and productivity in paddy irrigation systems
  • Responsibility of water user association on irrigation system management.

Program details

All foreign delegates and special invitees to the conference will be welcomed in the evening of the first day of the session after the inaugural session and symposium. A cultural show will be organized to give the delegates an experience of Sri Lankan traditional dancing events; this will be followed by a welcome dinner. Detail agenda will be notified later.

  • November 3, 2015 - Inaugural meeting and symposium
  • November 4, 2015 - INWEPF Annual Steering Committee Meeting
  • November 5, 2015 - Field Visit


The conference will provide an opportunity for interaction and information sharing for delegates of INWEPF participants from 17 member countries and international member organizations. The local participants will include scientists, engineers, practicing professionals from government and civil society organizations, academia and experts in agri-business enterprises. The expected number of foreign participants would be 40 to 50 foreign participants and 150 – 160 local participants.

City tour and Field visit

Colombo city tour will be arranged in the evening of 2nd day for all foreign delegates with the collaboration of Sri Lanka Convention Bureau. The Colombo City tour will cover most of the attractive places in Colombo City. A field visit will be organized for foreign delegates on third day to Tabbowa major irrigation scheme and Anawillundawa wet land which has a unique paddy ecosystem.


  • Abstract submission 15th August 2015
  • Author notification of acceptance 31st Aug 2015
  • Author Registration and final paper submission deadline 15th Oct 2015
  • Registration of Foreign delegations On or before 31st August 2015
  • Registration of Local Participants On or before 15th September 2015


Authors are invited to submit abstracts and/or papers to a scientific committee of the conference who will be responsible for evaluating the submitted abstracts and papers. The notification of acceptance will be sent after the decision by the scientific committee. Authors of accepted abstract and/or papers are then requested to submit their full papers. Only accepted papers will be published in the proceedings.

Please download the inwepf_submission_guidlines.pdf by clicking the 'Download Guide' button and refer to the document.

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INWEPF Secretariat - Sri Lanka,
Ministry of Irrigation,
No 11, Jawatta road,
Colombo 05, Sri Lanka.

Tel: +94112081134

Attending the Symposium

Host City and Venue

The Conference will be held at Jetwing Blue Hotel which is located within the world famous tourist city of Negombo situated in a Western coastal zone of Sri Lanka close to Bandaranayaka International Airport, Colombo. The hotel has ample facilities for delegates including Wi-Fi facility with excellent spaces for common sessions and working group meetings. The beautiful beach provides good walking for relaxation at free times.

Visa Requirements

Issuing of acceptance letters confirming the nominations of the participants will be handled by the INWEPF Sri Lankan Secretariat after reconfirmation of nominations. The Visa recommendation letters will be issued by the Ministry of Irrigation after consultation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and inform the relevant Embassies or High Commissions.


Registration for the Symposium is free of charge for official nominees of all INWEPF committees and invited local organizations. Limited number of free-lance water professionals also will be accepted on first come basis for the symposium on payment of a nominal registration fee of

  • Local Experts - 7500.00 S L Rupees.
  • Foreign -100 US $ Symposium only
  • Foreign -300 US $ Symposium + Field Visit.
INWEPF member countries are invited to send official nomination of the delegation on or before 31st Aug. 2015 alone with duly filled registration forms. Local institutions are kindly requested to send nominations of participants on or before 15th Sep 2015.


Delegates are invited to make their reservations at the conference venue Hotel "Jetwing Blue" or its sister hotel "Jetwing Beach" which are situated within a walking distance of conference venue. Please visit to see the hotel details. Lunch and refreshments will be provided for all symposium participants on the day of symposium and to the participants of steering meeting and the site visit.


Transport arrangement for airport pickup and drop for overseas participants will be arranged by INWEPF Sri Lanka. Local participants are requested to arrange own transport facilities from their stations.


Department of Irrgation
Sri Lanka
Mahaweli Authority
of Sri Lanka
Department of Agriculture
Sri Lanka
International Water Management Institute
University of Moratuwa
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Convention Bureau
Sri Lanka Water Partnership