• ADBI Promotes Sociocultural Approach to Water Management at 10th World Water Forum in Bali

ADBI Promotes Sociocultural Approach to Water Management at 10th World Water Forum in Bali

ADBI News Release | 23 May 2024

‘Water for Shared Prosperity’ was the theme at the 10th World Water Forum in Bali, Indonesia, earlier this month, where ADBI co-hosted an event with Japan Water Forum and UNESCO Beijing that brought together policy makers and members from multilateral banks, academia and civil society.

The event on 21 May coincided with the launch of ADBI’s book Sociocultural Dimensions in Water Resources Management. The book enables policy makers to explore new perspectives on the value of cultural diversity, local knowledge and indigenous wisdom to shape inclusive water policies alongside the adoption of modern technologies.

The event’s keynote speech was delivered by Dr. Taikan Oki, Vice President of the Japan Water Forum and Special Adviser to the President of University of Tokyo, and a recent laureate of the Stockholm Water Prize (also known as the “Nobel Prize for Water”).

Prita Laura from the Office of the President of Indonesia moderated further discussions among the event participants, including many of the book chapters’ authors, on a variety of issues including the importance of community participation, inter-generational knowledge-sharing and how to incorporate cultural values into water governance.

“Effective management of water resources is critical to achieving sustainable development,” said Riznaldi Akbar, ADBI’s Senior Capacity Building and Training Economist.

“The ADBI co-hosted event at the World Water Forum in Bali, and ADBI’s recent publication on the sociocultural dimensions of water resources management, has helped set the stage for further discussions with stakeholders and key opinion makers from the water sector that can strengthen resilience and foster solutions in Asia and the Pacific.”

ADBI continues to partner with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to conduct joint capacity-building programs related to pressing development issues in the water and sanitation sector.