Integrated Water Resources Management Training for Sustainable Development | Asian Development Bank

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Integrated Water Resources Management Training for Sustainable Development

Event | 5 - 8 February 2018 Shah Alam, Malaysia
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Asia is said to have water that is “too little,” “too much,” or “too dirty.” The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently pointed out that freshwater is expected to decrease and hazardous floods to be more frequent in Southeast Asia’s coastal areas because of climate change. The report stressed that Asia remains prone to water problems and needs to address them continuously to sustain economic growth and poverty reduction. ADB’s 2017 Meeting Asia’s Infrastructure Needs also pointed out that investment needs for water and sanitation are expected to increase to $802 billion by 2030 and $53 billion annually, taking into consideration climate change adaptation.

At the same time, poor maintenance of water resources facilities such as dams is a problem in many Asian countries. For example, Indonesia and Viet Nam lack the technical norms and capable officials to manage dams and reservoirs.

Facility maintenance is not only a technical issue but also integral to a comprehensive approach stated in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) guidelines. Every phase of the process requires coordination with many stakeholders so that the facility can be maintained efficiently and the likelihood of floods and droughts minimized.

Since its establishment in 2004, the Network of Asian River Basin Organizations has been promoting IWRM and strengthening river basin organizations by offering training courses and workshops.

  • Further enhance capacity to manage water resources facilities
  • Raise awareness among water resources authorities of the importance of facility management in line with the concept of IWRM

16 government officials from eight countries in Asia (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Viet Nam) as well as international experts in water resources management

Participant responsibilities

Actively join discussions and share views and experiences

  • Better knowledge and enhanced capacity of developing Asia and the Pacific countries to understand various aspects of water resources management
  • Improved dialogue among government officials and experts on key issues related to IWRM
  • Presentation materials to be uploaded to the ADBI website
How to register

By invitation only.


Selangor Water Management Authority, Malaysia and Japan Water Agency