Emerging and persistent issues in water resources management Note by the secretariat

Emerging and persistent issues in water resources management Note by the secretariat

 
Date: 
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Abstract

The present document reviews the challenges associated with access to basic
water and sanitation in Asia and the Pacific, as well as the emerging threats to water
resources management, particularly those associated with urbanization and the
water-food-energy nexus.
Access to clean water for domestic use, cooking, and personal hygiene and
to improved sanitation are essential for a healthy and productive population and for
environmental sustainability. The Asia-Pacific region has made substantial progress
with respect to both the water and sanitation targets of the Millennium Development
Goals, but more efforts are necessary to meet the sanitation target in particular.
Sustainability of achievements is also under question, as water resources and water
infrastructure are threatened by the impact of climate change. Household water
security can be achieved only if these concerns are addressed for all households in
Asia and the Pacific.
The threats to water resources management are further compounded by the
interplay between water, food, and energy security. Asia and the Pacific uses more
water for agriculture than any other region of the world. Water is needed to produce
food for the region’s fast-growing economies, but also for all other economic
activities, including hydro-power generation. Water quality is also threatened, as, for
the most part, wastewater from rapidly growing urban centres remains untreated.
The Committee is invited to deliberate on these issues and provide the
secretariat with guidance on the direction of its future work, specifically with respect
to the water-food-energy nexus and its implications for household water security and
for integrated water resources management.

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