By Secretariat of the 1st Asia-Pacific Water Summit
This prestigious quantity includes the complaints of the first Asia-Pacific Water summer time, the 1st ever water summit to be convened on the earth. The topic of this summit used to be "Water protection: management and Commitment". Attended by means of many high-level dignitaries, leaders of the sector made commitments and introduced tasks to take on the water problem. The summit integrated speeches by way of the previous major Minister of Japan, Yoshiro Mori; HIH the Crown Prince of Japan; major Minister of Japan, Yasuo Fukuda; Ambassador-at-Large of Singapore, Prof. Tommy Koh; HRH Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands; United international locations Secretary-General, H E Ban Ki-moon; and 10 heads of presidency from the region.The thematic periods coated during this quantity are weather swap, water financing, water-related catastrophe administration, water for improvement and ecosystems, improvement of data and classes, elevate in neighborhood ability, tracking of investments and effects, and the CEO water mandate. The concrete tasks introduced on the summit also are pointed out.
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P65 53 6/6/2008, 2:54 PM 54 Opening Ceremony Before restoration After restoration Photo credit: Osaka Prefecture Figure 11 Sayama Pond (Osakasayama City, Osaka Prefecture) Copyright: Osaka Prefectural Sayamaike Museum Figure 12 Figure of historical cross section of the embankment of Sayama Pond This is Sayama Pond in Osaka Prefecture. It is said to have been built by Gyoki, a great Buddhist monk (Figure 11). It is also still in service, and the latest restoration work took over twenty years from 1980 to 2001.
People did not make these terraced paddy fields for the sake of a scenic view. This is the result of their efforts to most efficiently make use of the natural resources. It must not be easy to maintain the terraced paddies under these geographical conditions. However, the well maintained terraces not only brought harvests but also in times of heavy rain served as reservoirs to reduce the menace of flooding the plains below. The water drawn into the paddies penetrated the soil to enrich the downstream area’s groundwater.
These realizations made me deepen my interest in water, which I realized, has implications that reach far beyond my original field of study regarding water transport. In fact, water affects our lives and societies in many more ways, not only in terms of water supply and flood control but also in regard to sanitation, environment and education. p65 45 6/6/2008, 2:54 PM 46 Opening Ceremony Photo by the Crown Prince Naruhito Figure 1 Women and children gathering to collect water -On the way to Sarankot Hill- It was with this concern that I happily accepted to serve as the Honorary President of the 3rd World Water Forum in Kyoto, Shiga and Osaka in 2003.