Water

  • Ebeye has a higher population density than Hong Kong.

    Water everywhere – and soon it will be safe to drink on Ebeye

    By Sally Shute-Trembath on Monday, 11 July 2016

    ADB, Australia and the US are working together to increase access to safe water and improve sanitation in the second largest city in the Marshall Islands.

  • ADB Nepal Resident Mission staff with the team at the construction site.

    Light at the end of Nepal’s Melamchi tunnel

    By Laxmi Sharma on Friday, 03 June 2016

    By October 2017, we in Kathmandu will literally feel the snow-fed Melamchi water at our own taps. What a relief that’s going to be.

  • Pool storing mountain rainwater for drip/sprinkling irrigation of tea trees in the People's Republic of China.

    Blog poll: Is technology the answer to growing more food with less water?

    By Yasmin Siddiqi on Thursday, 04 February 2016

    A majority of respondents think drip and sprinkler systems are the best solution.

  • Under local management, the irrigation system is better prepared to manage water flows.

    Local irrigation management boosts water, food security in Bangladesh

    By Karen Lane on Tuesday, 27 October 2015

    A recent trip to southern Bangladesh showed that if you want to ensure water and food security, it’s also important that the right people are deciding how much water is needed, and when.

  • Rice fields submerged by floods in Pakistan.

    Extending the reach of flood insurance

    By Arup Kumar Chatterjee on Thursday, 27 August 2015

    Disaster preparedness should include extending the reach of insurance to cover flooding to help individuals, businesses and governments to get back on their feet more quickly after a disaster strikes.

  • ADB-supported initiatives helped provide 2.7 million people with access to clean water supply in Nepal.

    Nepali women at the forefront of improving community water, sanitation services

    By Suman Subba on Friday, 31 July 2015

    We helped women in Nepal stop being seen as mere water fetchers, and empowered them to become true leaders within their communities.

  • The average age of a Filipino farmer is now 57.

    Who's growing tomorrow's food?

    By Yasmin Siddiqi on Friday, 03 July 2015

    With a rapidly growing population in Asia and rising demand for drinking water, power, and food the competition for water resources is huge. The future challenge is how to grow more food with less water.

  • A child in a slum flooded by Tropical Storm Ketsana (Ondoy) in the Philippines.

    World Water Day: How we can ‘unflood’ Asia

    By Amy Leung on Monday, 23 March 2015

    On World Water Day, it’s time to reflect on how several of Asia’s developing countries are especially vulnerable to floods. What can we do to better address this problem? Adopt a holistic approach to flood management and resilience.

  • ADB’s safeguards policy could be a benchmark

    By Vinod Thomas on Thursday, 12 February 2015

    Safeguards to avert damage that development projects can do to the environment and communities are essential in development finance. 

  • Will the Green Climate Fund pledges create a momentum for ongoing climate negotiations?

    By Preety Bhandari on Thursday, 04 December 2014

    The recent formal pledging session for the Green Climate Fund (GCF)—more than $9 billion in just 5 months—is by far the most successful resource mobilization ever seen for a multilateral climate fund. The US has pledged $3 billion, followed by Japan ($1.5 billion), UK ($1.13 billion), and Germany and France (with $1 billion each). Four developing countries—Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, and Panama—have made pledges, breaking the traditional donor boundaries. 

  • Window of opportunity still open on climate action

    By Preety Bhandari on Wednesday, 05 November 2014

    A set of reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the last of which was released on November 2, 2014, sets the scene for governments to renew their efforts on the issue through ambitious commitments for a comprehensive climate agreement in Paris in December 2015. 

  • Getting ready for the Post-2015 SDGs: Join the e-dialogue

    By Anuradha Rajivan on Monday, 20 October 2014

    The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are expected to bring a stronger focus on longer-term durability of development gains as opposed to the current approach which sees decision-making targeted at the shorter term. At present, businesses main focus is annual balance sheets; for development organizations it is annual results reporting; and for democracies there's cyclical elections. 

  • Environmental justice in South Asia goes green

    By Irum Ahsan on Friday, 12 September 2014

    “The law hath not been dead, though it had slept.” When Shakespeare wrote those lines, he never knew that many, many years down the road, he may actually be referring to the enforcement of environmental law by the judiciary around the world. 

  • Beating Malaria, Again

    By Patricia Moser on Tuesday, 26 August 2014

    Malaria can be beaten. Proof of this can be found in the fact that across the Asia Pacific region, millions of people who would have died from the disease are living healthy, productive lives. Still, malaria remains a serious threat to lives and livelihoods. Endemic in 22 countries across Asia, it is contracted by an estimated 32 million people annually and kills 47,000 of them.

  • From Farm to Fork—Combating Asia’s Hidden Hunger

    By Bindu N. Lohani on Thursday, 24 July 2014

    Feeding the world is becoming an increasingly complex task. Providing all our daily bread—or rice—requires grappling with intense competition for natural resources, producing more from less land and dealing with changing dietary habits. But meeting food needs is not just about quantity. Quality is also important. Along with daily minimum calorie requirements, people also need vital micronutrients from their meals.  High levels of micronutrient deficiencies, a phenomenon we call “hidden hunger” remains pervasive, particularly in South Asia and Southeast Asia.

  • Let’s talk incentives: Toilets, girls, and violence

    By Anupma Jain on Monday, 14 July 2014

    Access to household toilets is often seen as just a water and sanitation issue or a public health concern. But the recent murders of two young Indian girls have highlighted another aspect – women’s safety and security.

  • Preparing for life after the MDGs

    By Cyn-Young Park on Thursday, 03 July 2014

    The establishment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the United Nations in 2001 was a defining moment. It rallied a global effort in the fight against poverty, hunger, and disease, while promoting universal education, gender equality, and environmental sustainability. However, new challenges have emerged while remaining ones are complex. Meanwhile, the 2015 deadline for achieving the MDGs is almost upon us, raising the question: where do we go from here?

  • Youth creativity and leadership on tap to solve Asia’s water problems

    By Ponce Ernest Samaniego on Tuesday, 01 July 2014

    With some 60% of the global youth population living in Asia and the Pacific, young people have consistently and increasingly shown they are capable of addressing urgent development problems through their innovative ideas.

  • Green cities: changing the culture of waste

    By on Tuesday, 08 April 2014

    Asia’s drive to urbanize is taking an increasing toll on the environment with growing mountains of solid waste as city dwellers consume and discard resources at an ever increasing rate.   If “green” cities are to be the answer to these environmental stresses then they will need to develop much more effective programs to reduce, reuse, recycle and recover waste.

  • A boy watches a pump providing water to irrigate a rice field in Cambodia

    The Food, Water, Energy Nexus

    By Vinod Thomas on Thursday, 20 March 2014

    Striking rates of economic growth notwithstanding, 550 million people remain hungry in Asia and the Pacific, 65% of the population has no safe piped water, and more than 600 million people live without electricity. Overcoming these problems requires a combined approach in which food, water and energy are treated as a nexus, rather than as separate, standalone issues, which has too often been the case in the past.

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