The Ministerial Meeting on Water for Food and Agriculture that adopted the Ministerial Recommendation addressed three major challenges: "Food security and poverty alleviation", "Sustainable water use" and "Partnership". In order to address these three challenges in the context of paddy cultivation, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries proposed to set up an International Network for Water and Ecosystem in Paddy Fields (INWEPF), which was established in 2004. FAO has always been an active partner to the INWEPF-network and therefore decided to provide support to the 3rd INWEPF Steering Meeting and Workshop "Rice Paddy - Now, Tomorrow and the Future", held 17 - 19 September 2006 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
||Proceedings - 3rd INWEPF Steering Meeting and Workshop "Rice Paddy - Now, Tomorrow and the Future"
The ESPIM-project also provided support to the 4th INWEPF Steering Meeting and Symposium "Prosperity and Sustainability of Paddy Fields and Ecosystem", on 5-7 July 2007 in Bangkok.
In co-operation with FAO-RAP, an international workshop on "The future of large rice-based irrigation systems", was organised. This workshop was held from 26 - 28 October 2005 in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam and included a half a day field visit. The Vietnam Institute for Water Resources Research was a partner in the organization of the workshop. The workshop was attended by about 50 experts and representatives from from international, regional, sub-regional and national agencies including the Asian Development Bank, the International Water Management Institute, the International Rice Research Institute, IUCN - Mekong Wetland Biodiversity Programme, the Mekong River Commission Secretariat, The World Bank, ITRC - Irrigation Training and Research Center, IUCN - The World Conservation Union and FAO. The proceedings of the workshop were published as RAP Publication 2007/28: "The future of large rice-based irrigation systems in Southeast Asia".
A three day training workshop called "Modernization strategy of large scale rice-based irrigation systems in Terrai, Nepal" was held from 26 - 28 April 2006 in Kathmandu, Nepal. In the workshop a methodology called Mapping System and Services for Canal Operation TEchniques (MASSCOTE) was applied to evaluate current processes and performances and propose modernization strategies for canal operation.
An international forum on "Water resources management and irrigation modernization" was organized from 22 - 24 November 2006 in Shanxi Province, China. The forum was attended by some 260 participants, it was organised by the Shanxi Water Resources Department and sponsored by the Shanxi Provincial People's Government, China and FAO-RAP. The ESPIM-project contributed through FAO-RAP. The proceedings of the forum were published as RAP-publication 2007/10: "Water resources management and irrigation modernization in Shanxi province, China".
A five-day training workshop on RAP application for 28 participants was held from July 28 to August 2, 2007 in Longfenshan irrigation schemes, Helongjiang Province, China. The participants were technicians and managers from four large scale irrigation schemes in China, the China Institute of Water Resources and hydropower Research, the China Irrigation and Drainage Development Centre, the Yellow River Research Institute, Wuhan University and provincial Water Science Research Institutes. The four schemes: Qingshitan, Bojili, Dongfeng and Longfenshan irrigation schemes from Hubei, Guangxi, Shangdong and Helongjiang province respectively, were identified for testing and revising the Rapid Appraisal Procedure according to the national situation in China.