Time of Event

16:00–17:00 Tokyo time

Summary

The new report, Sociocultural Dimensions in Water Resources Management: Policies, Practices, and Challenges, aims to promote the importance of incorporating sociocultural dimensions in water resources management, an underexplored aspect for achieving water security and climate resilience. 

The report proposes four key policy highlights. First, policy makers should incorporate sociocultural aspects into technical and economic frameworks for comprehensive management. Second, policy makers should emphasize local decision making to enhance governance through active community participation. Third, merging indigenous knowledge and traditional practices with modern technology is crucial for enhancing climate resilience, as it underscores their significant environmental benefits. Last, it is essential to advocate for the preservation and transfer of traditional knowledge across generations. The policy messages in this edited volume are particularly relevant policy makers who will attend the World Water Forum 2024 in Bali, Indonesia.

During the event, Mikio Ishiwatari (Japan Water Forum) will introduce the key messages from the edited report. Authors of selected chapters will also convey key messages to the audience. Panel discussions with presenters and participants will be chaired by Taikan Oki (University of Tokyo). The event will be opened by remarks from ADBI’s Vice-Chair of Research, Dil Rahut, with closing remarks shared by Firdaus Ali (Ministry of Public Works and Housing, Indonesia) and Kotaro Takemura (Japan Water Forum).

Objectives
  • Promote the importance of considering cultural values, beliefs, and practices in shaping how people value and use water
  • Showcase how sociocultural factors influence institutional and governance structures that oversee water access and management
  • Demonstrate the need to promote community engagement and participation in water-related decision-making
  • Deliver policy messages to policy makers who will participate in the World Water Forum 2024 in Bali
Target Participants

ADBI welcomes attendance from government officials, policy makers, thematic experts, researchers, and practitioners. Women are encouraged to attend.

Output
  • Improved policy maker strategies regarding the incorporation of sociocultural dimensions in Water Resources Management in Asia and the Pacific
  • Enhanced networking, collaboration, and cooperation among experts and practitioners in Water Resources Management
Partners
  • Japan Water Forum
  • The University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Niigata University, Japan
  • Ministry of Public Works and Housing, Indonesia
  • National Institute of Urban Affairs, India

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