Water security a virtuous – or vicious – circle?

Water security a virtuous – or vicious – circle?


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

Asian Water Development Outlook will be launched a second time during the IWA World Water Congress in Brisbane, October

AWDO launch in Stockholm

The AWDO 2016 report was launched during Stockholm World Water Week where Yasmin Siddiqi, Principal Water Resources Specialist for the Asian Development Bank (ADB), reported how, along with a growing gap in service provision, the importance of good water governance for achieving SDG 6 was underscored, and how the relationship between water security and the economy can be a virtuous—or a vicious—circle.

The report outlines five key dimensions of water security (household, economic, urban, environmental and vulnerability). Scores from each dimension are combined to reflect a national water security score which can inform better investment decisions to improve water security across the Asia Pacific.

While the report highlights improvements in water security across the Asia Pacific region, there are challenges to ensure improvements can be sustained. “There is a strong relationship between water management and the economy, and investments in good water management can be considered as a longer term payback for increased growth and poverty reduction,” the publication says. “Water-related investments can increase economic productivity and growth, while economic growth provides the resources to invest in institutions and capital-intensive water infrastructure.”

Join us for the second launch in Brisbane!

If you missed Stockholm you have another opportunity to join the second launch of the AWDO 2016 during the International Water Association’s 2016 World Water Congress. Join us on Tuesday 11th October at 5pm at the IWA pavilion in the exhibition center for the Australian launch of the AWDO, this event is free to attend and just requires you register as a visitor for the exhibition center.

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

Download the AWDO 2016 here.

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