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IFNet Newsletter Vol. 7
November 5.2002 / IFNet secretariat

- Toward Establishment of IFNet -
1. Regional Forum gWater for the Americas in the 21st Centuryg, Mexico
2. Open Symposium gSymbiosis of human being and waterh at Kyoto, Japan
3. Logo Works Reached

1. Regional Forum gWater for the Americas in the 21st Centuryg, Mexico
Regional Forum gWater for the Americas in the 21st Centuryh was held from October 8 to 11 at Mexico City. The Forum was integrated by three components; Thematic Forum, Ministerial Conference and Forum of Civic Organizations. The future of water management in the Americas was discussed among the participants in each meeting. IFNet Preparatory Unit attended the session gClimate Change and Risk Management associated to Hydro-meteorological Eventsh as a speaker and made a presentation about world flood damage and IFNet. The participants paid considerable attention to the establishment of the network for exchanging information and experiences on floods. In fact, damage of hurricanes is one of the serious problems in Central and South America. Therefore, information regarding flood preparedness, rehabilitation, etc. is very important for them to cope with natural disasters. We also introduced IFNet to those who couldnft attend the session, using the brochures, posters, and CDs.



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2. Open Symposium gSymbiosis of human being and waterh at Kyoto, Japan
The materials of promoting establishment of IFNet were distributed at Open Symposium gSymbiosis of Human Being and Waterh was held on 28 September, Kyoto. Sustainable development for symbiosis of human being and water was discussed, introducing Shimanto River Basin Development in Kochi Prefecture as a case study. We could introduce the activities of IFNet to the participants from such sectors as Econo mics, Medical Science, and so on.

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3. Logo Works Reached
The 31st of October 2002 was the official due date for the logo prize competition. 73 works were reached from Philippines, Bangradesh, South Africa, Argentina and Japan. The winner will be informed in the website and newsletters.

g Please give us your information regarding floods. g
Issued by IFNet Preparatory Unit, gWater in Riversh
Secretariat e-mail: waterinrivers@idi.or.jp

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