April 2009
Regional High-level Meeting on Rainwater Harvesting Kathmandu, May 27-29, 2009

The Government of Nepal has demonstrated the importance of harvesting and preserving rain water in rural and urban settings. Its policy highlights the need to collect and use all rainwater productively. Several countries in the South Asia Region have gained experience and all regional countries would benefit from exchanging experiences and expertise on promotion and application of rain water harvesting (RWH) system

The overall objective of the Meeting is to benefit from sharing knowledge, expertise and experiences among each country in the region. Field experiences and research results on technical, social, ecological and economic aspects of RWH will be shared the potential of using rain water for drinking, ground water recharge and for other domestic applications will further explored. Current policies and guidelines adopted in the regional countries will also be reviewed for their effectiveness… More

November 2004
North American RWH Conference 2005, Call for abstracts

Conference Date: July 14-16, 2005
Venue: Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington, USA
Sponsor: American Rainwater Catchment System Association

The North American Rainwater Harvesting Conference will include two days of presentations, poster sessions, and exhibit displays, followed by a third day for optional field trip(s). Individuals interested in presenting a paper or poster at the above conference are asked to prepare a one-page abstract describing the subject matter and/or results in sufficient detail to allow evaluation of the proposed paper. The deadline for submission of abstracts is January 15, 2005

More information from the ARCSA website

October 2004
USA to fund rain harvesting in Bengal, India

Two districts in West Bengal that receive good rainfall but have water shortage during summer will have their worries resolved by a rainwater harvesting project funded by the US. A model project on rainwater harvesting funded by the US consulate here and supported by the US-AEP
office is scheduled for inauguration in Purulia district’s Bagmundi town. The project, which will also run in Birbhum district’s Suri, is being implemented by the city-based Institute of Wetland Management and Ecological Design (IWMED). In both districts, availability of water for drinking and sanitation during the dry season is a major problem… More from the Economic Times, New Delhi, 10/7/2004

September 2004
American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA): Northwest Regional RWH Conference

The Northwest chapter of ARCSA and Seattle Public Utilities have scheduled a one-day conference on rainwater harvesting in Seattle Sept. 23, 2004.

ARCSA and SPU expect the conference to bring together people with interest in rainwater harvesting including commercial and residential property owners and developers, architects and landscape architects, engineers, system designers and builders, government agencies and producers and sellers of various products. Design and current regulations on rainwater harvesting both for beneficial use and drainage control will be part of the program.

The conference, which will develop support for the July 2005 ARCSA National Conference also scheduled for Seattle… More

August 2004
CD ROM Training Course on Water Harvesting released by the Food and Agriculture Organization

The CD ROM provides training modules and other relevant material on water harvesting in five languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French and Spanish) focusing on ‘runoff farming systems’ for improved production of crops, trees and rangeland species in drought-prone areas. The objective of this training materials are (i) to raise awareness of technical staff, extension workers and other stakeholders on the water harvesting options available and (ii) to build local capacity on the use of available data for adequate planning, systematic design and sustainable implementation of water harvesting systems.

The CD ROMcan be obtained from FAO at or by contacting Ines Beernaerts at FAO

June 2004
Stable and steady rise in level of groundwater recorded in rainwater harvesting project sites, says CSE survey report

New Delhi, June 15, 2004: Rainwater harvesting can recharge the declining groundwater levels in cities. Data from 11 rainwater harvesting projects spread across Delhi shows an increase of 5 to 10 metres in the groundwater levels over two years.

At a meeting of the network of rainwater harvesters of Delhi, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) presented the results of its survey from May 2002 to May 2004 on the level of groundwater in rainwater harvesting sites; these sites have been designed by CSE.

This vindicates our point that groundwater is like a bank account. We have to… More

March 2004
Submission to UNEP GMEF: Rainwater Harvesting for the Global Ministerial Environment Forum of UNEP

Description of Initiative:

Rainwater Harvesting is a popular term used for a tradition of collecting rainwater, improved by modern concepts and technologies, a result of more than two decades of research work around the globe. Today, Rainwater Harvesting is used in wet and dry countries, in poor and modern situations, for water supply and for sanitation in homes. It is utilized in addressing agricultural productivity and food security for poverty alleviation, even in places with 200 mm of rain. Rainwater Harvesting is employed in flood mitigation in rain-drenched countries, and in solving infiltration problems of sealed surfaces in urban areas and… More

February 2004
Exhibitions on rainwater harvesting in Delhi, India

CSE’s Jal Swaraj campaign organised two exhibitions in Delhi in February 2004. Posters displayed urban RWH strategies and outlined methods and techniques of harvesting rainwater in urban settings and showcased CSE’s model projects.

Learn more from the CSE site

January 2004
ADB Water Week: A Networking Opportunity for IRCSA

A Water Week was organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and held at its headquarters in Manila, Philippines from 26 – 30 January 2004. It aimed to catalyze the implementation of its water policy ‘Water for All’, and the theme of the week was “Water for the Poor – Setting the Rules and Finding the Money“.

The objectives were to stimulate knowledge and information sharing on critical water sector issues, facilitate a change in mindsets, and promote good policies and sector reforms. The week was structured with three days featuring a focused program of themed sessions to capture priority… More

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