ICIMOD Contributes to Asian Water Development Outlook


Soon after being selected as the Asia Pacific Water Forum (APWF) knowledge hub on managing water resources in mountain regions, ICIMOD contributed to the 2nd edition of the Asian Water Development Outlook (AWDO), being prepared jointly by APWF and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), along with a team of ten leading water knowledge organizations in Asia and the Pacific. The study was launched by Bindu Lohani, ADB’s Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, on 13 March at a ceremony organized at the headquarters of the Asian Development Bank.

The 2nd edition of AWDO provides the first quantitative and comprehensive view of water security in the countries of the Asia and the Pacific. Prepared for leaders and policy makers of finance and planning departments, AWDO 2013 introduces a comprehensive framework to measure water security as a foundation for creating a water-secure future for the people of Asia and the Pacific. It examines five key dimensions of water security from household level water use to water-related disasters, and uses indicators and a scaling system to rank the progress of each of the 49 countries under assessment. 

In partnership with the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM), a knowledge centre in Japan under the auspices of UNESCO, ICIMOD has contributed to AWDO sections on building resilience to water-related disasters. Dr Arun Shrestha, Julie Dekens, and Dr Mandira Shrestha contributed case studies, and Dr Hua Ouyang, Dr Madhav Karki, and Dr Ramesh Vaidya contributed to preparatory discussions for the study at meetings in Beijing, Manila, and Singapore. In addition, Dr Vaidya, AWDO Policy Adviser, contributed a background paper on developing key messages for leaders and policy makers of finance and planning departments on improving water governance. 

Along with AWDO Co-Chairs Ravi Narayanan (APWF) and Wouter Lincklaen Arriens (ADB), Dr Vaidya, participated in a press briefing held at the launch, which received international media coverage.

"What is lacking in Asia is good water governance," Ramesh Vaidya, a water specialist from Nepal who helped prepare the report, told journalists at its launch at the ADB headquarters in Manila. "There is a definite link between good governance and good water."

- As quoted in Agence France-Presse