2015 World Water Week


Eye on Asia Day: Towards a Water Secure Asia

A three-member team will represent ICIMOD at the 2015 World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden to be held from 23 to 28 August 2015.  

The theme this year is ‘Water for Development’. Based on this theme, ICIMOD will be co-convening three sessions on 25 August. The first, ‘Taking Actions for a Water Secure Asia’, from 9:00-10:30, will focus on solutions to water security. The second, ‘Water: The domestic goddess’, from 11:00-12:30, will explore the challenges and innovation in water supply and sanitation in Asian households and rural communities. Lastly, ‘Water, Energy, and Food Innovations’, from 16:00-17:30, will address Asia’s water-energy-food nexus in relation to climate change. 

The sessions are part of a day during World Water Week called ‘Eye on Asia’, convened by the Asian Development Bank since 2008, which features seminars and activities that promote a better understanding of water issues in Asia.

ICIMOD is pleased to be part of this event because water management is emerging as a critical and challenging task in the Hindu Kush Himalayas today. Because water is so often fundamental to daily life, stakeholders at various levels are seeking greater transparency and more responsive institutional management in the region, in the hopes of providing a water-secure future for all. 

Please visit the event websites for more information on respective sessions:

Session 1Eye on Asia: Water – Taking Actions for a Water Secure Asia
Date/Time: 25 August 2015, 9:00-10:30 (local time)
Venue: FH Little Theatre
Convener(s): Asia Pacific Water Forum; Asian Development Bank; International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development; International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and World Wide Fund for Nature

9:00 Welcome and opening remarks – Mr. Hun Kim, Director General, South Asia Regional Department, ADB
9:05 AWDO 2016 Interim Updates and Overview of Country Water Assessments – Ms. Yasmin Siddiqi, Principal Water Resources Specialist, ADB; Yaozhou Zhou, Senior Water Resources Specialist, ADB
9:10 Developing the Scientific Evidence for Possible Water Futures and Solutions – Dr. David A. Wiberg, IIASA

Perspectives from a National Government – Dr. Yu Lili, Ministry of Water Resources, People’s Republic of China


Reducing Water Security Risks for the Poor –  Dr. Katrina Charles, Oxford University / Global Water Partnership


Panel Discussion: Water Security, An Issue of Governance – Moderated by Ms. Aziza Akhmouch, Water Governance Program, OECD


Climate Change and Water Source Development in the Himalayas – Dr. Arun Shreshta, ICIMOD


Securing international climate finance to enhance water security, Lessons from Bangladesh – Ms. Louise Whiting, WaterAid


Water risks in Eastern Himalayas and the Role of Private Sector – Stuart Orr, WWF International


Panel Discussion: What can be done about water security? Moderated by Mr. Ravi Narayan, Chairman, Governing Council of the APWF. 
Panelists: Dr. Arun Shrestha, Louise Whiting, Stuart Orr, Eelco van Beek


Summary & Wrap-up – Ms. Yasmin Siddiqi, Principal Water Resources Specialist, ADB

Session 2Eye on Asia: Water – The domestic goddess
Date/Time: 25 August 2015, 11:00-12:30 (local time)
Venue: FH Little Theatre
Convener(s): Arghyam Foundation; Asian Development Bank; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and WaterAid

11:00 Session Background – Ms. Neeta Pokhrel, Senior Urban Development Specialist, ADB

Keynote: Community-level Groundwater Management and Opportunities to Scale Up through Building Alliances with State Governments — Mala Subramanian, Arghyam Foundation

11:25 Rural Water Supply and Sanitation in South East Asia — Anupma Jain, Senior Social Sector Specialist, ADB

Investing in Clean Water and Sanitation  — Jenny Fredby, Head of Policy and Programmes, WaterAid Sweden


Springs, Storage Towers and Water Conservation: Exploring Decentralized Management Science for  the  Middle Hills of Nepal –  Dipak Gyawali, ICIMOD


Innovations in Fecal Sludge Management at Household / Community Level Change — Prof. Dinesh, Gates  Foundation


Video Presentation – Community and Youth Voices on Clean Drinking Water 


Round Table Discussions: Challenges in domestic water supply and sanitation – Facilitated by Ms. Neeta Pokhrel, Urban Development Specialist, ADB


Closing Remarks – Mr. Ravi Narayan, Chairman, Governing Council of the APWF

Session 3: Eye on Asia: Innovations for Water, Energy and Food
Date/Time: 25 August 2015, 16:00-17:30 (local time)
Venue: FH 307
Convener(s): Asia Pacific Water Forum; Asian Development Bank; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development; International Water Management Institute; WaterAid and World Wide Fund for Nature

Session Background — Thierry Facon, FAO


Managing Water Transitions for Water and Food Security – Ms. Lucie Plusche, FAO


Nexus Approach to Water–Energy–Food Security: an Option for Adaptation to Climate Change - Dr.SM Wahid, ICIMOD


Corporate Stewardship Perspective — Andre Fourie, SAB Miller


Managing Water for Energy and Food: Examples from Karnataka State – Mr. Patil, State Minister for Water Resources, Karnataka, India


Challenges and Opportunities for Implementing Integrated Projects in Asia – Mr. Akmal Siddiq, Director, Environment and Natural Resources, Central and West Asia Regional Department, ADB


Panel Discussion — moderated by Thierry Facon, FAO

17:15 Summary — Thierry Facon, FAO

Closing Remarks — Hun Kim, Director, South Asia Regional Department, ADB