Developing countries should consider the water, food, energy nexus – which addresses the interconnection between the three vital resources – when undertaking development activities.
Developing countries are well placed to leapfrog directly to water-sensitive cities, rather than follow the organic evolution of urban water infrastructure in developed countries.
Women are disproportionately affected by water and sanitation issues, including inadequate water supply, lack of sanitation and poor hygiene practices.
Protecting and managing the water supply, even in the face of threats and challenges, is a key responsibility for utility companies and governments across the Pacific region.
To restore healthy aquifer systems, we need to carefully monitor and manage extraction, and recharge with surface water when available.
Groundwater conservation is a key part of managing water resources. A renewed focus is needed on the protection of this valuable resource.
To increase handwashing and address Asia and the Pacific’s hygiene and health challenges, new skills, creative thinking, and the use of behavioral change research are all needed.
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.
Women’s involvement in water utilities is about creating more employment, equalizing opportunities for men and women, and hiring the best person for the job regardless of gender.
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.