Tackling water issues remains key to promoting economic growth in Asia. While irrigation accounts for more than two-thirds of total water demand, demand from cities and for power generation is increasing. Floods and droughts caused by climate change reduce fresh water supply. Thus, securing freshwater and preventing water-related disasters remain top priorities among Asian countries, especially those that export agricultural products.

The Asian Development Bank’s 2017 report, Meeting Asia’s Infrastructure Needs, says that water and sanitation will need $802 billion in investments by 2030, or $53 billion per year. Developing water infrastructure will therefore continue to be crucial and existing water infrastructure will need to be improved and managed more sustainably. In 2015, Japan’s government laid out the following steps to develop quality infrastructure: (i) brainstorm new ways of mobilizing human and financial resources to run water-related facilities efficiently and effectively, (ii) implement well-managed coordination mechanisms among various stakeholders, and (iii) establish standard best practices.

The 3rd Asia Pacific Water Summit with the theme Water Governance in Asia: A Comprehensive Approach will explore water security for sustainable development and cover issues such as (i) ensuring urban water supply, (ii) grappling with water-related disasters and climate change, (iii) financing water-based economies, and (iv) implementing integrated water resources management. Discussions will be summarized and released as the Yangon Declaration.

The Network of Asian River Basin Organizations (NARBO) will host a session titled Governance: Integrated Water Resources Management, in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the host organization in Myanmar. High-ranking government officials or officers in charge of water resources and flood management from Cambodia, Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), the Philippines, and other Asian countries will discuss these topics and share their experiences and insights. The summarized discussions will also be included in the Yangon Declaration.


  • To enhance the capacity of policy makers in ADB’s developing member countries to tackle water governance issues and promote sustainable development
  • To highlight challenges in improving water resource management and in financing new infrastructure to achieve water security


More than 200, including heads of state; high-ranking officials of the water resource agencies; other authorities from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, and the Philippines; representatives from the private sector, academia, and civil society in Asia and the Pacific.

Participant responsibilities

Attend all sessions and participate in discussions.


  • Sharing and enhanced understanding of case studies on water governance in Asian countries
  • Better knowledge of ways to support sustainable development
  • Key messages from the discussions during the summit summarized in a declaration

How to register

By invitation only.




Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications, Myanmar’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, the OECD, UNESCO, and Japan Water Agency

Time of event

08:00 - 18:00

Event Contact

  • Omoto, Koichiro Japan Water Agency Representative Capacity Building and Training ADB Institute E-mail contact form