Secretariat to Executive Committee of National Water Resources Council
National Policies and Legislations
There is an extensive framework of policies and legislations within Bangladesh that has a bearing on the water sector at large. Each policy and legislation describes, from the particular viewpoint of that sector, how plans and the rules are to be implemented. The National Water Policy issued in 1999 is the comprehensive one and quite prescriptive in terms of the way in which the sector is to be developed in an integrated manner. Bangladesh water Act issued in 2013 provides the legal frame work for the implementation of the National Water Policy. National Water Resources Council and its Executive Committee is the Apex body to ensuring effective coordination between all relevant policies and legislations.
Periodic preparation/update of the National water resources plan is the responsibility of WARPO. The objective of the planning exercise is to ensure a coordinated development of activities through integration of actions by different line agencies towards an overall economic efficiency, equity and environmental sustainability at all level of water resources management. This platform disseminate the processes of update and implementation of Plans.
Continuous accumulation of data and information and up keeping the state of water resources system over time for early warning of possible interventions/regulation and protection of WRS is the mandate of WARPO. This platform provides the updated state of WRS in the country.
Decision makers are increasingly being interested to ensure that long-term climate risks are factored into planning and investment decisions. Scenario planning is now the new planning process to bring consideration of future risks as well as implications of different development pathways in decision making. This platform disseminate the way Scenarios is being taken in Bangladesh water sector planning.
The Bangladesh Water Act 2013 is a framework legislation to be supported by by-laws and rules, harmonizing the overlapping/connecting issues in other policies and legislations. This platform provides the initiatives and challenges in the implementation of the Act.
The coast of Bangladesh is often perceived as a very dynamic zone with multiple vulnerabilities like tidal flooding, cyclone, salinity and sea level rise. It has much potentials and opportunities. The platform will tell the story about the state of its affairs, initiative being taken by local, private and government towards reduction of poverty and economic development.
As per Bangladesh Water Act all organization/authority/local government institutions undertaking/implementing Water Resources development/management project need to have "Clearance Certificate or Permits from WARPO. The platform provides the procedures, guidelines and information/data required to implement the "Clearance of development projects. WARPO will be issuing or delegate others for the issuance Certificate on behalf of Executive Committee of National Water Resources Council (ECNWRC).
Secretariat of the Executive Committee of National Water Resources Council (ECNWRC)
The implementation and coordination of the National Water Policy, National Water Resources Plan and Bangladesh Water Act rests on the National Water Resources Council. As the Secretariat of NWRC the meetings, decision and related actions will be informed under the platform.
National Water Resources Database and Knowledge Base in Water Sector
It is a collaborative database and knowledge platform where all relevant data and information are accumulated collected by different agencies (39 agencies) to be shared and disseminated for unified system of data and information conducive for informed decisions and policy formulation, planning and researches and development.
The progress monitoring of the implementation of the National Water Resources Plan (NWRP), its achievements on goal and objectives of the projects and activities as per defined criteria and proposal for subsequent update and up gradation of the NWRP.
Research gaps in the water management of dynamic delta is huge. Collaborative researches with different agencies to unfolding the gaps in understandings between ever changing bio-physical processes, livelihood and poverty, social conflicts and eco-system. All relevant researches in country or outside the country would be disseminated to developing a new knowledge base in the water sector and with a view to translate them in a policy relevant way.
Information about training program on Integrated Water resources Management (IWRM) for all will be disseminated under this platform. The initiatives of human resources development for the fulfilment of its mandate and smooth functioning of the organisation will also be disseminated here.
The Water Resources Planning Organization (WARPO) as the secretariat of the Executive Committee of National Water Resources Council (ECNWRC) is an exclusive government organization for macro-level water resources planning, coordination and implementation of the Bangladesh Water Act. WARPO came into existence in 1992 through the Water Resources Planning Act, 1992. It is a multi-disciplinary organization with an around 47 professionals from a wide range of discipline. Roles and responsibilities of WARPO may be well understood from the Tab below: