World Water Week: Eye on Asia

Background

World Water Week is hosted and organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute every year. It has been the annual focal point for the globe's water issues since 1991.

Since 2008, ADB has been organizing Eye on Asia, a day-long series of activities for World Water Week that highlights issues and challenges in the region’s water sector, along with efforts of governments and development agencies to address them.

This year, Eye on Asia will focus on sustainable food security in Asia and the Pacific. It will explore practical issues in water management driven by increasing food demand and the impacts of changing income, diet, and rapid urbanization within broad social, economic, and environment objectives essential for economic, food, water, and energy security. Discussions will cover:

  • Impacts of climate change on food production systems and the reciprocal effects of changes in food production systems on climate, including sources of uncertainty and coping strategies
  • Tools and technologies for precision irrigation and the role of the off-farm value chain in reducing harvest and post-harvest losses
  • Basin scale planning, water allocation, and flood risk management incorporating environmental sustainability concerns

Objectives

Eye on Asia aims to examine different perspectives on water, food, and energy security, including how the technology and governance of irrigation and drainage services must evolve to support food security and respond to competition from non-agricultural water uses.

Sessions

Morning: Water and Food Security I
Summary: Surface, groundwater, and wastewater management is critical for food security in Asia Pacific. Eye on Asia will discuss new perspectives to questions on water, food and energy security; including how irrigation and drainage services must evolve to support food security and respond to competition from non-agricultural water uses.

Lunch: New Publications on Asia-Pacific Water and Food Issues
Summary: A series of new publications on water resources management and food security issues in Asia Pacific region will be launched. Authors and leading commentators will review the publications before the official launch.

Afternoon: Water and Food Security II

Organizers

Eye on Asia 2012 is being organized by ADB and partner organizations, including the Australian Council for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Asia Pacific Water Forum (APWF), Food and Agriculture Organization–Regional Office for Asia Pacific (FAO-RAP), General Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Planning and Design–Ministry of Water Resources, China (GIWP), Harvard University, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), National University of Singapore’s Global Asia Institute (GAI) and Institute of Water Policy at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, UNESCO Institute for Water Education (UNESCO–IHE), and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Participants

Participants will include civil society, water and agricultural sector professionals, political leaders, academia, media, and development partners.