The Malaysian Capacity Development Network for Sustainable Water Management (MyCDNet) and the Academy of Science Malaysia (ASM) co-hosted a 1 Day Capacity Development Programme on Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM). This event was held on 3 March 2016 at the Function Hall, Academy of Sciences Malaysia, Level 20, Menara MATRADE in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The capacity development programme was attended by approximately 40 persons from consultants, NGOs, Government bodies and institutions of higher learning in Malaysia.
The event kicked off with opening remarks by a representative from ASM and followed by a keynote address by the CEO of Indah Water Konsortium (Y.Bhg. Datuk Ir. Abdul Kadir) on ‘Holistic Sewerage Management as Integral part of National Water Resource Plan’. After tea break, there were another 5 papers on different aspects of IUWM i.e. introduction to IUWM (Dr Low Kwai Sim), water demand management (Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Ir. Syed Muhammad), integrated river basin management (Y.Bhg. Dato’ Ir. Hanapi), water sensitive urban design (Ir. C. Kamalesen) and corporate initiatives on IUWM (Dr. Renard Siew). All of the papers focused around a holistic mode of strategic planning which takes a landscape view of water challenges by looking at competing water users in an urban area, catchment or river basin.
After lunch, the group sessions began. The participants were divided into 3 groups and were given a set of questions for discussion. The discussions were moderated by the facilitators who were to guide the discussion. Each group appointed a leader who will then present the findings of the discussion.
After the presentation by the group leaders, the findings were synthesized and Q&A sessions were held. The programme ended at 4.30pm with a tea networking session.