Dhaka Declaration 2012

  • Rainwater harvesting should be incorporated in the policies of Government of Bangladesh including the National Building Code, National Housing Policy and other related policies of GoB.
  • Rajdhani Unnayan Kortipokkha (RAJUK) and other city/municipal authorities are to formulate necessary protocol to translate the relevant local code/ by laws into operational form. Monitoring mechanism should also be established for ensuring proper implementation of rainwater harvesting.
  • Rainwater harvesting should be popularised through formal and informal education and awareness building initiatives and incorporation into the caricula of technical educational instititions.
  • Rainwater harvesting systems should be made mandatory for all government buildings including schools, cyclone shelters and local government institutions etc.
  • Rainwater harvesting systems should be made mandatory for potential infrastructures like foot-over bridge, stadium, buildings and rooftops of airport, rail/bus station and other feasible open areas to make them water smart. Demonstration plants should be constructed and good practices should be scaled up.
  • Private sector especially, the real estate companies should implement rainwater harvesting systems in their projects. Government should make provisions for enforcement.
  • Relevant agencies should make the required investments to build capacity of professionals and practitioners, technology transfers and make available standardized design and cost estimates. Funding for research on rainwater harvesting should also be provided by the government/donors and initiatives should be taken to link research with implementation.
  • Rainwater harvesting technologies should be promoted first in water scarce coastal regions and draught prone areas including safeguarding of ponds to be used for drinking water.
  • In all sorts of rainwater harvesting plants quality of water shall be ensured, according to its use, by the implementers/developers.