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Asian Water Development Outlook 2016 launches in Australia

International WaterCentre CEO Mark Pascoe and Asian Development Bank Principal Water Resources Specialist Yasmin Siddiqi co-launched the Asian Water Development Outlook 2016 report in Brisbane during the IWA's World Water Congress.
Asian Water Development Outlook 2016 launches in Australia

CEO Mark Pascoe co-launches Asian Water Development Outlook 2016 in Brisbane during World Water Congress

The gap between the water services provided to the rich compared with those provided to the poor across the Asia Pacific region is widening. This is one of the key messages from the recently launched Asian Water Development Outlook (AWDO) 2016.

The report was co-launched in Australia by Asian Development Bank Principal Water Resources Specialist Yasmin Siddiqi and the International WaterCentre (IWC) Chief Executive Officer Mark Pascoe during the International Water Association’s World Water Congress in Brisbane on Tuesday 11 October.

The AWDO 2016 is produced by the Asian Development Bank in partnership with the Asia Pacific Water Forum - a range of specialist agencies including the University of Queensland, Griffith University, the Asia Pacific Center for Water Security at Tsinghua University, International Water Management Institute, and the International WaterCentre.

Highlighting where improvements in water security have been made across the Asia Pacific region, the report also identifies what challenges exist to ensuring improvements can be sustained. Countries are given a score for each of the dimensions of water security - household, economic, urban, environmental and vulnerability. These are then combined to reflect a national water security score which can inform better investment decisions to improve water security across the Asia Pacific.

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AWDO Launch in Stockholm

The AWDO 2016 report was first launched during Stockholm World Water Week in September 2016 by Yasmin Siddiqi, Principal Water Resources Specialist for the Asian Development Bank (ADB). During the launch Ms Siddiqi reported that along with a growing gap in service provision, the importance of good water governance for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 (water, sanitation and hygiene) and how the relationship between water security and the economy can be a virtuous - or a vicious - cycle, were underscored in the report’s findings.   

Background

The new edition of the Asian Water Development Outlook (AWDO 2016) provides a snapshot of the water security status of 48 of the region’s countries, using the latest data sets. According to these, the number of countries assessed as water insecure has dropped to 29, compared to 38 (out of 49 countries) identified in the previous issue of the report in 2013.

You can download the full report of the AWDO 2016 here - https://www.adb.org/publications/asian-water-development-outlook-2016

More information

The AWDO 2016 is produced by the Asian Development Bank in partnership with the Asia Pacific Water Forum - a range of specialist agencies including the University of Queensland, Griffith University, the Asia Pacific Center for Water Security at Tsinghua University, International Water Management Institute, and the International WaterCentre.

Watch here for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exqoNgcuEXA

 

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