When: 27 – 28 November 2017

Where: Penang, Malaysia


The UNESCO Jakarta Regional Sciences Bureau for Asia and the Pacific implements the project “Upscaling water security to meet local, regional, and global challenges” financially assisted by Malaysia Funds-in-Trust, as a significant contribution towards UNESCO-IHP’s phase VIII and its Strategic Plan for 2014-2021: “Water Security Responses to local, regional and global challenges”, as well as the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal 6: “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”.

Under this project, a Water Management Curriculum using Ecohydrology principles and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) has been published by the Regional Humid Tropics Hydrology and Water Resources Centre for Southeast Asia and The Pacific (HTC KL), a Category 2 Centre under the auspices of UNESCO. The curriculum focuses on watershed management especially for river basins and includes recommendations on innovative storm water and water quality management technologies, best management practices and policy options to address negative impacts of urbanization. This curriculum provides the necessary background for understanding ecohydrology and IWRM practices in Malaysia in order to improve watershed management from various angles – through technical, management and policy coordination and integration processes.











Time Activity
08:30-09:00 Registration Day 1
09:00-09:30 Opening session

09:30-10:00 Setting the scene: by Hans Dencker Thulstrup, UNESCO Office Jakarta

Keynote presentations:
Water Management Curricula and Pathway towards Improved Water Education Curricula – Asian perspective
Ir. Rohani Ahmad, HTCKL

10:00  – 10:30 Coffee Break & Photo Session for the launching of “Water Management Curricula using Ecohydrology and IWRM” and “Customizing IWRM at the River Basin Level” by Prof Shahbaz Khan
10:30 – 13:00 Session 1 – Water Management Curricula using Ecohydrology and IWRM

Volume 1 topic:
“Freshwater Ecosystem, River Ecosystem, Lake Eco System”
Dr Nur Asmaliza Mohd Nor, Fakulti Kejuruteraan Awam, Universiti Teknologi MARA Pahang

Volume 2 topics:
“Understanding Lake Environmental Management and Expert System Monitoring”
Dr Arien Heryansyah, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Ibn Khaldun Bogor (UIKA Bogor), Indonesia

“Phytoremediation Technique in Water Quality Improvement”
Dr Norlida Mohd Dom, Deputy Director, HTCKL

“Phytoremediation Technique in Water Quality Improvement”
Dr Nur Asmaliza Mohd Nor, Fakulti Kejuruteraan Awam, Universiti Teknologi MARA Pahang

“Erosion and its Effect”
Dr Mohd Sofiyan Sulaiman, School of Ocean Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
Co-author: Prof Roslan Zainal Abidin, President, Infrastructure University of Kuala Lumpur

Volume 3 topics :
Water Management Curricula using Ecohydrology and Integrated Water Resources Management- Volume 3 Topics: 8-13
Prof Adj. Dr. Mohd Roseli Zainal Abidin, Former Director of HTC KL

“Sustainable Science for Secondary School Teacher”
Prof Dr. Munirah Ghazali, Coordinator, RCE ESD Penang, USM

Associate Professor Dr Nabsiah Abdul Wahid, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Prof Ismail Abustan, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Prof Dr. Junaidah Ariffin, University Technology Mara (UiTM)

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 Session 2 – IWRM Customization and IWRM integration into education curricula

“Customising IWRM at the River Basin level”
Dr. Norlida Mohd Dom, HTCKL, Malaysia

“IWRM Guidelines at river basin level: an appropriate and applicable approach”
Tadashige Kawasaki, NARBO Secretariat (skype)

“Integrating IWRM into education curricula in Cambodia”
Dr. Ly Sarann, Dean of the Faculty of Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering, Institute of Technology of Cambodia


16:00 – 16:15 Coffee break
16:15 – 17:45 Session 3 – Implementation of water education throughout the region: lessons learned and recommendations

“Integrating ecohydrology into syllabus in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia: lessons learned, impacts and recommendations”
by Maria Yustiningsih, Universitas Timor, Indonesia

“Water education in Timor Leste”
by Ms. Zulmira Ximenes da Costa, Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e, Timor Leste

“Co-learning methodology applied to water governance”
by Susana Neto, Research Member, Civil Engineering, Research and Innovation for Sustainability, University of Lisbon

“Current ecohydrology initiatives at the Putrajaya lake and wetland towards a global reference site”
by Ahmad Zubir Sapian, Director (Environment, Lake and Wetland), Perbadanan Putrajaya

“Community education for Langat River Basin and Langkawi Geopark”
By Dr Rahmah Elfithri, LESTARI UKM, Malaysia


17:45 – 18:00 Conclusion


Time Activity
08:30-09:00 Registration Day 2
09:00-10.30 Session 4 –  Promoting Ecohydrology and Integration into Education Curricula In the Region

Keynote presentation: “Synthesis Report and Recommendations for Strengthening Collaboration between Asian and African Category-2 Water Centres and Chairs for Upscaling Water Security to Meet Local, Regional, and Global Challenges”
by Adj./Prof Jeffrey Keith Camkin, University of Western Australia

Panel discussion: “The strategic role of regional centres, institutes and chairs in promoting ecohydrology and integration into education curricula in the region”

Humid Tropics Centre Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Asia-Pacific Centre for Ecohydrology, Indonesia
Regional Centre for Integrated River Basin, Nigeria

10.30-10.45 Coffee break
10.45–11.45 Session 5 – Pulling it all together: way forward for integrating IWRM into curriculum
Chaired by: Hans Dencker Thulstrup All participants: Universities, Category 2 Centres and Chairs and other stakeholders – Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Timor Leste
11.45-12.00 Closing Remarks
Ir. Rohani Ahmad, Director, HTCKL
Prof. Dr. Nor Azazi Zakaria, Director, REDAC
Prof. Dr. Shahbaz Khan, Director, Regional Bureau for Science, Asia and the Pacific Region, UNESCO Office Jakarta
12:00–13:00 Lunch
13:30–17:00 Optional site visit to UNESCO World Heritage George Town
  • Publications:
  1. Customising IWRM at the River Basin Level
  2. Water Management Curricula Using Ecohydrology and Integrated Water Resources Management Vol. 1
  3. Water Management Curricula Using Ecohydrology and Integrated Water Resources Management Vol. 2
  4. Water Management Curricula Using Ecohydrology and Integrated Water Resources Management Vol. 3

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Contact Person:

Mr. Hans Thulstrup, Senior Programme Specialist (h.thulstrup(at)