The Dutch Risk Reduction (DRR) Team, which arrived in the country recently on a request by President Maithripala Sirisena in July last year.

The President requested the assistance of the Dutch to tackle the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) issue of Sri Lanka. The Dutch Government responded positively by offering the services of the Dutch Risk Reduction (DRR) Team.

Accordingly, this team of experts advises governments on how to resolve urgent water issues related to flood risks, water pollution and water supply, to prevent disasters or to rebuild after water related disasters.

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in a statement said, “As a country renowned for its expertise on water and delta management, the Netherlands feels a responsibility to share its knowledge worldwide.”

The Embassy has been working for the last few weeks with the Presidential Taskforce on the Kidney Disease Prevention and other relevant Government of Sri Lanka entities to prepare and execute the DRR mission in Sri Lanka.

The DRR mission took place from April 3 to 9, 2016.  The team consisted of four water experts (three from the Netherlands and one from Sri Lanka).

During the mission, the team participated in a stakeholder meeting at the Presidential Secretariat, collected water samples during their field visits to the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa districts and conducted a debriefing meeting for the stakeholders at the Ministry of City Planning and Water Supply.

The DRR mission’s report with their findings and conclusions is expected to be published next month.