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Asian Development Bank presents

Asia Water Forum 2018

Information, Innovation, and Technology


2nd October 2018


Asian Development Bank Headquarters, Manila, Philippines



While the Asia Pacific region has experienced rapid economic growth over the past three decades, enormous challenges remain. The region is home to a large share of the world’s poor and is facing rapid urbanisation with about 22 mega-cities by 2030 and a population of 5.2 billion by 2050.

Consequently, water demand is projected to increase by about 55 per cent due to growing demand from domestic and industrial sectors. The agriculture sector will need to produce much more food for the growing population, thus competing for diminishing water resources. Recent estimates indicate up to 3.4 billion people could be living in water-stressed areas of Asia by 2050. The region’s water resources will be under enormous pressure—which will be exacerbated with increasing climate variability and possible further degradation of water quality.

Asia Water Forum 2018 will focus on the theme of ‘Information, Innovation, and Technology’. Underpinned by the need for sustainable water management, reliable water services, and water security, participants can expect high-level plenary sessions and parallel break-out sessions on five major activities: supplying water; sanitation and water quality; water for food; water for energy; and water resources management.

Topics will also cover the following crosscutting themes of: inclusiveness; finance and transactions; governance and sustainability; disaster and resilience; and water–food–energy security nexus, efficiency, and performance.

All sessions will be conducted in English. For more details, see the program overview.

Asia Water Forum 2018 provides a platform and venue for sharing knowledge and experience on water information, innovation, and technology across the region. It aims to discuss ways to identify and adopt innovations that best address the requirements for a water-secure Asia and the Pacific, and to keep the profile of water high on the region’s development agenda.

To find out more about this event, visit the event page.


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