National Water Resources Committee Held Meetings To Integrate Implementation Of Water Resources Strategies

National Water Resources Committee Held Meetings To Integrate Implementation Of Water Resources Strategies

On 7 May 2014 the Cabinet approved water resources strategies for 2015-2026 as proposed by the Committee for Water Policy and Management and thus concerned agencies have set up plans and projects for 2014-2017 accordingly. The water resources strategies was formulated on the principles of sustainable and integrated river basin management, government’s policy framework, National Economic and Social Development Plans, water use analysis, water demand, flood, drought, and water pollution scenario; and on the basis of integration of agencies concerned and local people participation. The first meeting of the National Water Resources Committee (NWRC) in 2016 was held on 11 January 2016 presided over by the Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha, to prepare for 2016 drought situations, to curb water utilization in water crisis areas, to hear reports on present water condition, to prepare for problems in consumption and agricultural water, to prepare for future water allocation for ecosystems, and many others. On 20 April 2016 the second meeting of the NWRC was held and presided over again by the Prime Minister General Yongyuth Chan-ocha.  At this meeting the PM listened to the reports on assistance provided for drought victims, on the implementation of the water resources strategy for 2014-2016, and on the implementation framework for 2017-2026, together with additional plans for consumption and agricultural water. The implementation of water resources strategies had been done through coordination and cooperation of all sectors; government, private, and people under the Civil-State Cooperation Mechanism for the stability, prosperity, and sustainability of the...
“Civil-State Cooperation” and Integration of Drought Mitigation Implementations

“Civil-State Cooperation” and Integration of Drought Mitigation Implementations

Prime Minister, General Yongyuth Chan-ocha has set a policy for all concerned agencies to join hands through the Civil-State Cooperation Mechanism for drought mitigation in short, medium, and long terms. Drought mitigation has been implemented according to the Drought Prevention and Mitigation Plans for 2015-2016, consisting of 16 measures namely; 2 assistance measures, 3 mitigation measures, and 11 solving measures. 2 assistance measures are to: 1. Employ farmers to help generate their incomes 2. Distribute save water for consumption 3 mitigation measures are to: 1. Refill water to community water sources 2. Desalinize sea water 3. Use more groundwater 11 solving measures are divided into structural and non-structural measures as follows: Structural measures are: 1. One Village One Water Supply (OVOWS) project 2. Water retaining ponds using existing roads, regulators, and paddy field-ponds 3. Provide extra water sources for water supply production in Special Economic Zones 4. Build temporary weirs 5. Reuse treated water 6. Increase storage capacity of reservoirs 7. Repair and build more water supply systems 8. Refill water to large reservoirs Non-structural measures are: 1. Controlling opening and closing of water gates as appropriate 2. Reducing water evaporation by getting rid of floating plants, and etc. 3. Campaigning for less water use in all sectors, emphasizing participation Water Resources Regional Offices (WRRO) 1-11 of the Department of Water Resources responded to PM’s policy by implementing many activities accordingly.  For example, WRRO 1 established Save Water Production and Service Center with several water service outlets managed by river basin networks, water user groups, Tambon (sub-district) Administration Organization, and local people residing around the center and outlets.  The...
Thailand – Seminar on “National Strategic Water Resources Management Plan”

Thailand – Seminar on “National Strategic Water Resources Management Plan”

July 10, 2015. General Chatchai Sarikalya, Chairman of the Committee for Policy and Water Resources Management, participated with the Seminar on “National Strategic Water Resources Management Plan” in Bangkok to disseminate knowledge, encourage participation, and raise awareness and understanding for the general public of the National Strategic Water Resources Management Plan. The Seminar also served as a platform for sharing drought situation which the Government set as policy to inform the general public of the current situation, measures to be taken by concerned agencies, and the preparedness for the future situations. This sharing aimed to receive cooperation from the public in using water safely to ensure sustainable...
Thailand – Thai PM presided over the First Meeting of the new National Water Resources Board

Thailand – Thai PM presided over the First Meeting of the new National Water Resources Board

July 22, 2015 General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand presided over the first Meeting of the new National Water Resources Board in Bangkok to lay plans for addressing drought problems and give guidance for the National Water Resource Board (NWRB). Mr. Jatuporn Buruspat, as Board Member and Secretariat, reported to the Meeting that the Strategic Water Resources Management Plan 2015-2026 formulated by the Committee for Policy and Water Resources Management was handed over to the NWRB for further implementation as short, medium, and long term plans. NWRB, so far, had implemented 12 activities from Village Piped-Water, School/Community Piped-Water, water supply for irrigated and non-irrigated areas, increasing cultivated areas, and rehabilitation of forest areas for...