World Water Day 2012

7 April 2012

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World Water Day 2012 Penang State Celebrations at Penang Youth Park.

Each year, Water Watch Penang, a member of Malaysian Water Partnership Capacity Building Network (MvCBNet) organise a local event to celebrate World Water Day. The event does not always coincide with the global World Water Day because the organisers have to agree on a day with a wide spectrum of stakeholders including this year, the Chief Minister of Penang, the state where the event was held. This year’s event was successfully held on the 7th of April. In light of the high water use per capita in Penang, the head of the state Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng spoke about the need for demand management. While acknowledging that per capita domestic consumption had slightly dropped for the first time in six years, the Minister also noted that at 285 litres per day it was still too high. President of Water Watch Penang, Professor Chan Ngai Weng also gave some remarks in line with the global theme of Water and Food Security. The day was exciting with exhibitions from various environmental groups and companies, a water-theme drawing competition and games sessions for the public who would pass by. Drawing an attendance of 1,000 people, the event is considered to have been successful in raising awareness on local water issues and the theme of water food security.

@Water Watch Penang, Organisers of the event