The Asia Pacific is prone to climatic disasters, with floods and droughts causing loss of life, property and food. Being prepared to meet these disasters would improve people's resilience and livelihoods.
The Indus Basin is a system that supports a great number of people within and beyond its borders, but it is a system under considerable biophysical, social, economic and political stress. Planning for the future of this ever-changing, over-stretched system requires an open dialogue between scientists and policy makers.
In a study of water projects in Western Nepal, Stephanie Leder and Floriane Clement found that community dynamics impacted planning processes. As a result, more marginalized and disadvantaged women are less likely to benefit from improved water supplies.
Many large programs have failed to effectively clean this sacred but highly polluted river. One overlooked opportunity is to tackle septage and focal sludge pollution from smaller cities. WLE offers sustainable and cost-effective solutions.
December 18th was International Migrants Day. IWMI and WLE are working on migration issues in Asia and are holding a out-migration dialogue in China. Here is a photo story of male out-migration and its effects on agriculture.
Although the total number of water-insecure countries in Asia has reduced from 38 to 29 in the last five years, water demand is going to increase by 100 percent by 2050. A new report from the Asian Development Bank, presented this week in Stockholm, outlines the implications.