River basin planning and strategic water management in Asia: prospects for the 21st century

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River basin planning and strategic water management in Asia: prospects for the 21st century

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Asia is home to many of the world’s most iconic rivers, including the Yangtze, Ganga, Indus, Ayeyarwady, Brahmaputra and Mekong. These basins hold unique historical, economic, cultural and ecological assets. They are among the most inspiring and exciting places on the planet.

These rivers face an uncertain future. Many countries in Asia are undergoing rapid and profound change. Population growth, economic development, political uncertainty, the rise of a new middle class and climate change will combine to accentuate difficult choices ahead on food and energy security, water scarcity and allocation, infrastructure development, pollution control and ecosystem health. One of the great global challenges for the 21st Century revolves around whether or not governments, communities, businesses and other stakeholders in Asia can find a pathway to sustainable development despite these challenges.

A number of recent innovations in river basin planning and strategic water management might provide unprecedented opportunities to help address the challenges. This session will explore how these innovations might help Asia plan and manage rivers and water resources to facilitate positive development outcomes throughout the rest of the 21st century.

  • Presentations will include reflections and interactive discussion on the potential applicability of the following innovative approaches in Asian river basins:
  • Helping key stakeholder to gain a better understanding of the inter-relationship of different water-related economic risks in the Brahmaputra and Mekong rivers
  • A recent global review undertaken by the Chinese government and WWF of lessons on key
    strategic water management themes (basin planning, water allocation, flood and drought risk
    management and river restoration)
  • Efforts to strategically plan future hydropower development in Myanmar and to map
    fragmentation along the Ayeyarwady
  • On-the-ground experiences such as:
    • implementing basin planning and environmental flow allocations in the Ganga basin
    • large-scale river and lake restoration in the Yangtze
    • mobilising economic actors in the Indus using concepts of water risk and stewardship

 

Date: Monday, 12 September
Time: 13:30 – 15:00

 

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