Day 02: Dhaka Declaration 2012

Day 02: Dhaka Declaration 2012

Bangladesh Convention on Rainwater Harvesting 2012

We, the participants of the ‘Bangladesh Convention on Rainwater Harvesting 2012’ held in Dhaka on 15-16 June 2012 organized by WaterAid in Bangladesh in collaboration with Institute of Water Management (IWM), Rain Forum, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), India have agreed to the following declaration and call upon the Government of Bangladesh, civil society, academic institutions, private sector and important stakeholders to favourably look into the merit of the call. The convention had five business sessions where 19 papers were presented and debated. This Dhaka Declaration is based on these deliberations including the inaugural session.

The convention concluded with the understanding that rainwater should be considered as solution to water crisis management. The potentiality of rainwater harvesting to address household level water scarcity as well as to enhance groundwater recharging has already been tested in the context of Bangladesh.  Rainwater harvesting has also been encouraged by the Honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

We, the participants of the ‘Bangladesh Rainwater Convention 2012’ have unanimously agreed upon the following points to be considered for the greater interests of the people in Bangladesh:

  • 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.