Water and Energy: Sources of Growth or Security Threats?

Water is one of our most precious resources, but it is threatened by growth, misuse, and pollution. Securing water for all is a major challenge faced by the Asia-Pacific region. Annual per capita water supplies have been declining at alarming rates. The gap between demand and supply is widening. At an aggregated level, it is forecast to get steadily worse, indicating increasing water shortages. This gap will lead to increased competition between water users – farmers, energy producers, households, and businesses – urging shift in water use and water governance.

The presentation discusses the issues and challenges surrounding the water-energy nexus and the broader subject of water security. How water security should be measured and what are the core issues that need to be addressed will be the highlight of the presentation. The presentation concludes with key take away messages.

Amy S. P. Leung is Director for Southeast Asia Department's Urban Development and Water Division of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). She has over 20 years of experience in managing multi-stakeholder and multi-disciplinary projects in Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, PRC, Philippines, and Uzbekistan. Amy currently helms the loan, grant, and Technical Assistance portfolio for urban development and water supply and sanitation. In addition, Amy is the Chair of ADB’s Water Committee.

Dr. Tanvi Nagpal has a PhD in Political Science from Brown University. Prior to joining SAIS, she was a consultant to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Director of Programs at Global Water Challenge. Dr. Nagpal worked on environmental issues at the World Bank for ten years prior to that. At IDEV, she anchors the 2010-2011 IDEV Human Development track, advises students, She advises on IDEV program planning and course offerings in Human Development. She teaches the course Delivering Services in Developing Countries and Local Impacts of Globalization.

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