BANGKOK(NNT) - Agencies overseeing water resource management in Southeast Asia have participated in the International Conference on Policies, Laws and Regulations for Water Resources Management in Southeast Asian Countries to establish a cooperative network in the region.
At the international conference, the Deputy Prime Minister, Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan, said the event was being held to promote an exchange of knowledge and experience in policies, laws and regulations concerning water resource management in this region. Participants will be able to establish a network of academic cooperation. Thailand will be able to use this knowledge to ensure equal access to public water sources, which is in line with the 20-year master plan for the country’s water management system, from 2018 to 2037.
The ONWR Secretary-General, Dr. Somkiat Prachamwong, said today the International Conference on Policies, Laws and Regulations for Water Resource Management in Southeast Asian Countries is being attended by experts from many countries, such as Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar and the Philippines. Relevant agencies in Thailand will be able to study and apply the information gained in their work, and they will be able to work together in a compatible and sustainable way. There will be guidelines for equal access to public water resources, encompassing water allocation, consumption, development, management, maintenance, restoration and preservation. They are in accordance with the country’s first ever Water Resources Act, which was published in the Royal Gazette on December 28, 2018 and enforced on January 27 this year.
On October 29, 2019, a meeting of the cabinet ministers approved in principle regulations relating to the setting up of water management organizations and the drought and flood disaster management. The regulations are expected to be enforced in three to four months.