This publication highlights how people work together in Asia and the Pacific to secure water for all through innovative approaches in basins. Drawing on a cross-section of 43 case studies prepared specially for this publication, WaterWealth explains the challenges to improving water governance and management across Asia and the Pacific region. It illustrates many examples of new approaches and practices already being applied by basin managers to secure water for all.
Keyhole Gardens; Positive Impact on Food Security
World hunger is a constant problem. It has been one of the most widely discussed topics in recent years. Rapidly increasing global population, limited natural resources, and climatic changes, has resulted in the need for a sustainable increase in food production. Scientists, governments, and organizations across the world are working together to bring innovations and good farming practices which will improve food production and farming, thus feeding the world. Unfortunately, despite all of those efforts, we are...
How data and analytics are keeping Philly’s water safe
CH2M assisted Philadelphia to implement a Surveillance and Response System (SRS) demonstration project under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Water Security Initiative. CH2M Global Director Smart Cities and Senior Technology Fellow Dr. Avinash S. Patwardhan and Ken Thompson, CH2M Deputy Director Intelligent Water Solutions and Senior Technology Fellow, identify how big data was used in Philadelphia in order to keep water safe. Big data, analytics and city operationsCity operators...
Open data aims to boost food security prospects
Rothamsted Research, a leading agricultural research institution, is attempting to make data from long-term experiments available to all. In partnership with a data consultancy, is it developing a method to make complex results accessible and useable. The institution is a member of the Godan Initiative that aims to make data available to the scientific community. In September, Godan called on the public to sign its global petition to open agricultural research data. “The continuing challenge we face is...
Water markets can support an improved water future
Fresh water touches every part of daily life – from drinking water and sanitation, to agriculture and energy production. Unfortunately, for nearly half of the world’s population, water scarcity is a growing issue with devastating impacts to our communities, economies and nature. In the past, countries have primarily turned to more supply-side infrastructure, including reservoirs and canals, as solutions to increasing water demands. But we can no longer build our way out of scarcity. We must find ways...
Sustainable financing: We know we can… but how?
Ensuring water and sanitation services for all depends on securing appropriate financing, an issue that has long been a major challenge for the water sector. The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) makes this challenge all the more urgent. How much money do we need to expand and improve water services infrastructure? What about financing for operations and maintenance? Can we put a price on meeting the water, sanitation and hygiene-related targets of SDG6? Solutions exist, challenges remain A...