KOTA KINABALU – The State Level World Water Day Conference and Exhibition 2015 will be held on the March 23 to 24 at the Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort, Kota Kinabalu.
Themed ‘Water and Sustainable Development’, the conference will provide an important opportunity to consolidate and expound on the importance of water’s in sustainable development agenda.
According to Water.org a non-profit organization, 750 million people lack access to clean water sources worldwide.
The conference will highlight specific aspect of freshwater and advocate sustainable management its resources in social, economic and environment perspective.
An annual conference in conjunction with the United Nations’ (UN) World Water Day is usually held on March 22 around the world.
During a briefing on the subject, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said that the increasing water demand and available fresh water sources is a major concern for all.
“Public awareness on the importance of freshwater is crucial. The people need to know how to manage freshwater by using water efficiently,” he said.
On March 25 the participants will get an opportunity to learn more about how Malaysia especially Sabah managed its fresh water; where site visits will be held at Moyog water treatment plant, Babagon Dam, Regional Sewage Treatment Plant Under Kota Kinabalu Sewerage Scheme Phase 1, Penampang By-Pass and Tagal System Station in Babagon.
The conference and exhibitions also aims to emphasise on the continuous struggle and challenges in sustaining the supply of freshwater to meet the demand of the booming population and rapid urbanisation.
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman is expected to officiate the opening ceremony.
More information can be acquired from IEM Secretariat at 088-259122 or email to [email protected] . – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah