Training of Trainers on Communication and Integrated Water Resources Management was held from 23-24 October 2016 at Mookai Hotel. Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) has been recognized as one of the most appropriate option for managing the finite water resources in small islands. Therefore, in this workshop emphasis was put on the need to mainstream IWRM principles at local levels.
The concept of IWRM is based on cross-sectoral coordination to manage water resources, as opposed to the traditional sectoral approach. It is also a participative process that will depend on the collaboration and cooperation of individuals, organizations and groups in society to work together to better manage water resources. Communication, education and public awareness plays an important role to develop this collaboration and change in society.
In order to engage the stakeholders we need good communicators capable of selling them the idea of IWRM. Therefore, creating a network of communication professional and other stakeholders from different sectors capable of engaging key stakeholders to support the dissemination of the IWRM concept is important. The main objective of this workshop is to engage professionals from different sectors in supporting the implementation of IWRM at national level. The training was attended by a total of 30 people including Media, Educational institutions, NGOs, Utilities and communities.