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INSIDE THAILAND
Accelerating Integrated Water Management

21 June 2016

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha stated that the management of the entire water system is essential and that the public and private sectors, as well as civil society, must work together to promote the learning of sustainable water management.
 
The Prime Minister listened to a proposal on water resource management at the closing of the "Thailand Sustainable Water Management Forum 2016, held in Bangkok on 20 June 2016.
 
The proposal called for the establishment of a central unit to directly coordinate Thailands water resource management. Water resources must be re-used with greater efficiency. In the proposal, local administrative organizations should also be involved in rehabilitating forests and canals.
 
The Prime Minister said that he agreed with the proposal, saying that the Government had worked out a long-term plan on water resource management, to be carried out until 2022. He urged all parties to help in integrated water management, in line with the national strategy.
 
He said that Thailand has more than 720,000 million cubic meters of rainwater each year, but it can store and use only 72,900 million cubic meters of water, accounting for 10 percent of water availability. Therefore, the re-use of water is necessary and urgent.
 
The Prime Minister earlier explained that Thailand would implement integrated water resource management at three levels. In the first level, emphasis is placed on rehabilitating deteriorated forests and watershed areas and preventing soil erosion.
 
The second level seeks to manage water consumption for the maximum benefit to ensure water security for agricultural and industrial uses and provide sufficient water sources. The third level seeks to reduce waste water from its original sources and increase the efficiency of waste water treatment systems.
 
Apart from integrated water management, the Government is also focusing on efforts to prevent and reduce risks from water-related disasters.
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