24th International Hydrological Programme – Regional Steering Committee Meeting

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in conjunction with the International and national water dialogue on the delivery of
SDG 6 in Mongolia and wider Asia and the Pacific region

24 – 26 October 2016
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia


The International Hydrological Programme has entered the second year of its eighth phase (2014-2021) focusing on “Water security: Responses to local, regional, and global challenges” with the definition “the capacity of a population to safeguard access to adequate quantities of water of acceptable quality for sustaining human and ecosystem health on a watershed basis, and to ensure efficient protection of life and property against water related hazards floods, landslides, land subsidence, and droughts” (UNESCO, Nairobi 2014). In Asia and the Pacific region, coordination mechanisms and implementation of the programme has been supported actively through the IHP Regional Steering Committee (RSC) established in 1993 and counting currently 17 IHP National Committees members and Category 2 water centres from the region, meeting every year with the strong support of the Japan Funds in Trust (JFIT, MEXT).

Banner-eventIn cooperation with UNESCO Office Jakarta and the participating member states, the RSC has coordinated a wide range of initiatives over ten years so far, including research studies, technical projects, workshops, training courses and annual symposia, bringing together many specialists involved in water related activities. The most notable regional initiatives made possible by the cooperative efforts of the RSC are: the AP‐FRIEND (Asian Pacific Flow Regimes from International and Experimental Network Data) project, the Asian Pacific Water Archive and the Catalogue of Rivers.

group photo day 1The realization of Agenda 2030 and especially SDGs related to water directly Goal 6, Goal 14 or indirectly like Goal 2, Goal 3, Goal 12, Goal 13, Goal 15 and even Goal 16 with the role of water in many conflicts, require to solve key water‐related issues from its management, its efficient use to reducing water‐related disaster risk. Hence, UNESCO, IHP‐RSC and Mongolia Ministry of Environment and Tourism will identify the most relevant issues for Mongolia and Asia and the Pacific region.


The key objectives of this event are:

  1. 24th IHP‐RSC meeting conduction in order to coordinate and enhance scientific and educational collaboration between RSC members
  2. Showcasing state of the art research and application of research in the field of water security in arid environment
  3. Integrating UNESCO Natural Sciences initiatives (IHP, MAB and IGGP) in Mongolia and for the region
  4. Scoping Mongolia and UNESCO joint programme on delivering SDG 6 in Mongolia and wider Asia and the Pacific region.


Day / Session Agenda Speakers / Download Materials
Day 1 – 24 October 2016

24th IHP‐Regional Steering Committee South East Asia Pacific meeting
Welcome and opening remarks G.Nyamdavaa, Chairperson, Mongolian IHP National Committee
Opening comments on behalf of RSC and UNESCO Guillermo Tabios, RSC Chairperson
Yasuto Tachikawa, RSC Secretary
Shahbaz Khan, RSC Secretariat
Adoption of the Agenda Guillermo Tabios, Chairperson
Secretariat report Secretariat [Download]
Report of IGC Bureau Ian White, former IGC Vice‐Chair and
Yasuto Tachikawa, IGC Vice‐Chair

[Report of the 22nd IGC] [Report on IHP IGC Bureau Activities] [Outreach & Communication]
Country Reports IHP Delegates
[Australia] [China] [Indonesia] [Japan] [Malaysia] [Myanmaar] [New Zealand] [Papua New Guinea] [Philippines] [Republic of Korea] [Thailand] [Vietnam]
Updates from the centres under the auspices of UNESCO in the Asia Pacific Region Category 2 Centres
Report of the 7th International Conference on Water Resources and Environment Research (ICWRER2016), 5‐9 June 2016 in Kyoto, Japan [Download]
26th IHP Nagoya Training Course Yasuto Tachikawa
Post‐ Catalogue of Rivers Initiative: Updates on Catalogue of Hydrologic Analysis modules Hidetaka Chikamori and
Kenichiro Kobayashi
Election of RSC Secretary IHP Delegates
Any other issues IHP Delegates
Adoption of Resolutions IHP Delegates
Closing of the Meeting Day 1 Guillermo Tabios, RSC Chairperson
Day 2 – 25 October 2016

Theme: International and national water dialogue on the delivery of SDG 6 in Mongolia and wider Asia and the Pacific region
Opening remarks Shahbaz Khan, UNESCO Regional Sciences Bureau for Asia and the Pacific
Opening speech Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia
International session 1: Water Security in Arid Environment
Keynote address on Water problems in Mongolia Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Mongolia
Keynote address on UNESCO’s key water issues Shahbaz Khan, UNESCO Regional Sciences Bureau for Asia and the Pacific
Keynote 2: “Summary of UNESCO Chair Program on Sustainable Groundwater Management in Mongolia: Toward a Standard of Water Governance Considering Groundwater / Surface Water Interaction in Semi‐arid Regions” Prof Maki Tsujimura, UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Groundwater Management and University of Tsukuba, Japan
Keynote 3: Using IWRM for better infrastructure: case study from Canterbury Dr Dennis Jamieson, Project Leader, Water Infrastructure Environment Canterbury [Download]
Panelists’ presentation (3 panelists, 5min each) Tachikawa [Download]

Looser [Download]
Panel Discussion on “Water Security in arid environment” moderated by Prof Ian White
International session 2 : Integrated UNESCO initiatives in Water and Environment
Keynote 1: Geopark as a model for environmental sustainability Prof Ibrahim Komoo , UKM, Malaysia, Chair, Asia Pacific Geoparks Network
Keynote 2: Biosphere reserve, a model for sustainable environmental management Prof Tachikawa, Japan MAB National Committee
Keynote 3: IWRM Implementation for Water Security under SDG 6 Prof Soontak Lee, Distinguished Professor, Yeungnam University, President, International Hydrologic Environmental Society (IHES), and Governor, World Water Council (WWC) [Download]
Panel Discussion on “Water security for a better life: Water in a healthy, productive environment and ecosystems” (synergy of IHP with other UNESCO Natural Science Programme MAB and IGGP in AP region) (keynotes speakers, Dr Md Nasir bin Md Noh, Prof Ian White, and Mongolian representative)
Mongolian perspectives on water security
Impact of climate change on hydrology of Mongolian catchments and adaptation and mitigation measures Dr. Davaa.G, Head of Hydrological Sector, Institute of Hydrology and Meteorology
Assessment on groundwater resources of Mongolia Dr.Jadambaa.N, Member of Mongolian water resources committee
Water infrastructure and water supply management of Mongolia Dr.Janchivdor.L, Head of sector for water resources and water resources utilization, Institute of geography and geoecology, Mongolia
Dialogue/group discussions (2‐3 groups) on scoping Mongolian and UNESCO joint programme on delivering SDG 6 in Mongolia and wider Asia and the Pacific region
Presentation from each group
Presentation of the Mongolia/UNESCO joint statement on delivering SDG 6 in Mongolia and wider Asia and the Pacific region
Closing remarks H.E. Mr.Tsengel.Ts, State secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia
Prof Shahbaz Khan, Director of UNESCO Regional Sciences Bureau for Asia and the Pacific


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