Hence, RCEs are translating global objectives into the context of local communities and serve as a good platform to enhance the awareness on rivers and water ecosystem health. To achieve the goals, a thematic collaboration among RCEs in the Asia-Pacific region focused on the above issues is of great importance. “Rivers, Water and Livelihoods (RWL)” working group was formed during the 13th Regional Meeting of the Asia-Pacific RCE (Nov 2020). This joint effort culminated in RCE Asia-Pacific celebrating the World Rivers Day 2021 on the fourth Sunday of September.
As an annual event, a virtual forum of ” World Rivers Day 2021: Asia Pacific Forum” was organised by RCE Kuching as the convening RCE for the thematic collaboration of RCE Asia-Pacific on “RWL” On 27th August 2021. This event was chaired by Professor Dr Yeong Siew-Wei. She is currently Vice Chairperson RCE Kuching and Lead Conveyor for the RCE Asia-Pacific “RWL” theme. To make this event successful, it was supported by the “RWL” working group committee from RCE Kuching and lecturers from UCSI University, Kuching campus. They are Dr Hiew Lee Chea from the Faculty of Business and Management as well as Assistant Professor Azizan Yatim, and Miss Tan Sze Ling from Centre of Pre-U Studies. In addition, the RCE Kuching secretariat and Youth Ambassadors contributed to the success of the event.
The event gathered 149 participants from 17 different nations, as well as 13 RCEs from the Asia-Pacific area. During the forum, distinguished speakers (both keynote speaker and panelists) from difference disciplines and different RCEs have shared their experiences in research, community programmes, and environmental projects. Their details and topics shared during the forum were as follows:
The chairperson and moderators of the online forum:
- Prof Dr Yeong Siew-Wei, Event Chairperson, RWL Committee, RCE Kuching
- Nur Aida Nur Azman, Natural Resources and Environment Board Sarawak
- Assistant Professor Azizan Yatim, RWL Committee, RCE Kuching
- Miss Tan Sze Ling, RWL Committee, RCE Kuching
- Dr Hiew Lee Chea, RWL Committee, RCE Kuching
Several RCEs attended the virtual forum, including RCEs from Greater Dhaka, Greater Western Sydney, Srinagar, Ilocos, Waikato, Mumbai, Southern Vietnam, Hangzhou, Dobong-Gu, Lucknow, Greater KL, Melaka, and Chandigarh.
To conclude, the RCE Asia-Pacific “Rivers, Water and Livelihoods” Virtual Forum was a success. Relevant programmes, projects, issues, and incentives were reviewed, and possible collaborations were considered. Likewise, bonds between the RCEs were deepened. We look forward to stronger ties, continued productive discourse, and partnerships within the RCEs in the Asia-Pacific region toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 6: Water and Sanitation for all by 2030
For further information, you may refer to the following links:
Video link: https://bit.ly/Recording-WRD2021
Photo Link: https://bit.ly/RCE_KCH-WRD2021