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10th International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference
"Rainwater International 2001"
Mannheim, Germany - September 2001

Section 5: Legal and Political Aspects of Rainwater Harvesting

Paper 5.18

Domestic Rainwater Harvesting in Sri Lanka's Conflict Areas (North and East)

Deva Hapugoda
Sri Lanka


The paper describes the work done recently by the Lanka Rain Water Harvesting Forum in the North and East of Sri Lanka where a civil armed conflict is going on for over 15 years. The experience highlight the special advantages of rain water harvesting, as a potable water supply option for a disturbed civil community. The approach, and the technical options applies can be considered for other areas under similar unfortunate situations. The social aspect of the paper describes how people from conflicting communities found a common platform and a language to discuss rainwater harvesting. The interest of local and international NGO trying hard to improve the human suffering. This include visits to demonstration sites constructed in the conflict areas as mixed groups of all communities. Lastly the paper depicts possible scenarios, including advantages and problems of rainwater harvesting in civil armed conflict areas, where the life of the community can hope for a little more security in water, the most important basic human need.

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