Asian Water Development Outlook 2013 – Asian Development Bank – March 2013

In March 2013 the Asian Development Bank published Asian Water Development Outlook 2013, the second edition of its publication which analyzes water security in the countries of Asia and the Pacific.

According to the executive summary, “Water security in Asia and the Pacific is under threat from many sources: population growth, urbanization, increasing water pollution, the over-abstraction of groundwater, water-related disasters, and climate change. Current planning and management have proven insufficient to address the challenges of meeting society’s diverse needs for water.  Improving agricultural water productivity, achieving energy objectives, satisfying growing industrial water requirements, and protecting water quality and vitally important natural ecosystems are challenges we still face. The social, economic, and political consequences of water shortages are real, as are the effects of water-related disasters exacerbated by climate change.  This second edition of the Asian Water Development Outlook (AWDO) provides the first quantitative and comprehensive view of water security in the countries of Asia and the Pacific. By focusing on critical water issues, AWDO 2013 provides finance and planning leaders with recommendations on policy actions to improve water governance and guidance on investments to increase their country’s water security.”

You may download the report on the publications page of the Asian Development Bank internet site.