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What is NARBO?

NARBO is the Network of Asian River Basin Organizations. Announced at the 3rd World Water Forum in March 2003, NARBO was officially established in February 2004 to promote integrated water resources management (IWRM) in monsoon areas of Asia.
The goal of NARBO is to help achieve IWRM in river basins throughout Asia. The objective of NARBO is to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of RBOs in promoting IWRM and improving water governance, through training and exchange of information and experiences among RBOs and their associated water sector agencies and knowledge partner organizations.

(See: NARBO Charter (Revised: November 2010) pdf [PDF/81KB] )

Scope of Activities
  • Advocacy, raising awareness, sharing information, good practices and lessons learned on IWRM through - the NARBO web site, publications, case studies, electronic newsletter, guidelines and sourcebooks, and media relations.
  • Capacity building of RBOs in implementing IWRM and improving water governance through - training courses, workshops, performance benchmarking activities, advisory visits, scholarship programs, RBO exchange visits, staff exchange programs, and Twinning Programs.
  • Technical advice on planning, conservation, development, and the proper and efficient operation and maintenance of water resources facilities.
  • Fostering regional cooperation for improved management of water resources in transboundary river basins.
(See: Action Program 2010-2012 pdf [PDF/77KB] )


76 organizations have already joined as members of NARBO. Membership is open to organizations which implement or promote IWRM, including river basin organizations, national and federal/ provincial/local governmental organizations, regional and inter-regional knowledge partners and bilateral and multilateral development cooperation agencies.
(See: List of NARBO Members as the 1st General Meeting )
(See: List of NARBO Members as the 2nd General Meeting )
(See: List of NARBO Members as the 3rd General Meeting )
(See: List of NARBO Members as the 4rd General Meeting )

NARBO Constitutional body (as of December 1, 2010)
Chairperson Vice-Chairperson Secretary General
Mr. Keizrul Bin Abdullah
Adjunct Professor, Tenaga
National University, Malaysia
Mr. K. W. Ivan de Silva
Secretary, Ministry of Irrigation and
Water Resources Management,
Sri Lanka

Ms. Dolora Nepomuceno
Assistant Manager,
Laguna Lake Development Authority,

Mr. Tjoek Walujo Subijanto
President Director,
Perum Jasa Tirta I Public Cooperation,
Mr. Katsuaki Kawano
Executive Director
Japan Water Agency

Senior Advisor
Mr. Basuki Hadimoeljono
Inspectorate General,
Ministry of Public Works,
Mr. Mochmmad Amron
Director General of Water Resources,
Ministry of Public Works,
Mr. Apichart Anukularmphai
Thailand Water Resources Association,

Vice Secretary General
Mr. Kenji Someya
Director of International Affairs Division, Water Resources Engineering Department of Japan Water Agency
Mr. Wouter Lincklaen Arriens
Lead Water Resources Specialist,
Asian Development Bank
Mr.Worapot Manupipatpong
Asian Development Bank Institute

Japan Water Agency (JWA)

Mr. Kenji Someya, Director of International Affair Division
Tel: +81-48-600-6553
Fax: +81-48-600-6509
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Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Mr. Wouter Lincklaen Arriens, Lead Water Resources Specialist
Tel: +632-632-4444
Fax: +632-636-2444
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Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)

Tel: +81-3-3593-5500
Fax: +81-3-3593-5587
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Center for River Basin Organizations and Management (CRBOM)

Tel: +62-271-719429
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