The Department is the organization that formulates policy and plan for basin-based integrated water resources management both at national and international levels.
Promote , support and increase capacity of river basin organizations and networks.
Conserve, rehabilitate and develop water resources to increase their efficiency and maintain ecosystem and wetland balance.
Develop knowledge base, information system, and standard of integrated water resources management as well as warning system so as to be applied in all sectors as well as develop consumption and domestic water supply.
FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
To be the core agency in proposing policy, master plan, and measures for water resources management, development, rehabilitation, utilization and problem solving as well as directing and coordinating the implementation;
To set guidelines on preparation of action plans for water resources management, development, conservation and rehabilitation, with emphasis on public participation;
To study, research, survey, develop, conserve and rehabilitate water resources;
To monitor and evaluate water resources management in accordance with the policy, master plans, action plans and measures specified for national and basin levels,
To develop database and information network systems pertaining to water resources:
To specify or recommend amendments or additions to laws, rules and regulations relating to the management of the country’s water resources;
To promote, disseminate, publicize, and transfer water-related technology including campaigns to build awareness and understanding among various organizations and stakeholders to fully realize the importance of water resources;
To coordinate with other countries and international organizations in relation to water resources;
To promote and provide technical support and advice on standards and legislation in relation to water resources management to government agencies and local authorities; and
To carry out other duties as stipulated by law or assigned by the Ministry or the Cabinet.