The “aRe yoU Water Resilient (RUWR)?” initiative is a collaborative platform spearheaded by Water Sector Group to support ADB members to become water-secure and resilient. The RUWR initiative aims to bring about a transformational shift toward water security and resilience in developing member countries through a participatory approach among partners and stakeholders.

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Water is the primary medium through which we will feel the effects of climate change.

Asia and the Pacific is already home to more than 40% of the globe’s calamities and 84% of the people they affect.

Socio-economic growth and developments in the region are putting additional pressure on water quantity, quality and safety.

For example, in West Bengal, one of the most climate-vulnerable areas on the planet,

reliance on groundwater has left millions of people at risk from arsenic and fluoride contamination.

In Guraidhoo island, one of almost 1,200 that make up the nation of the Maldives,

residents are at the constant threat from the changing climate and encroaching water.

The island is shrinking by the year, as soil erosion and rising oceans threaten its survival.

Water demand in Uzbekistan

Is rising due to population

And economic growth.

In Ullal, India, the safety and livelihood of its communities are threatened by shoreline erosion.

With the impact of climate change likely to increase in the coming decades, focusing on resilient water management

has become extremely urgent and central to climate adaptation.

RUWR is a dedicated technical assistance platform to support developing member countries become water-secure and resilient.

It is a bottom-up initiative tailored to the individual needs of the developing member countries’ water entities and policy makers.

RUWR aims to achieve water security and resilience by analyzing gaps, needs, and opportunities

And building the capacity and resources to meet them through innovative solutions.

Aditi Basu Majumder, Superintending Engineer (Civil), Project Management Unit-WBDWSIP, Govt. of West Bengal: 

The government of West Bengal with the assistance of Asian Development Bank, is implementing a project to provide safe, sustainable, and 24x7 water to its people.

Through satellite imagery

Potential water shortage sites

Or reservoirs are identified,

where water can be directed during the monsoon season,

reducing flood impacts and damage

while providing water supply during the dry season.

Use of smart water and digital technologies in Uzbekistan

Cindy Malvicini, Country Director, Uzbekistan Resident Mission, Asian Development Bank:

The strategy introduces “Smart Water” and other similar digital technologies

to help monitor and account for water use and consumption.

New innovative forecasting systems will also be coming in play in coming years.

This will help Uzbekistan to monitor the flow of water of major rivers including extremes of flood and drought.

Innovative coastal protection works in Ullal, India

The problem of coastal erosion at Ullal was quite acute.

Rajesh Yadav, Project Officer, Asian Development Bank:

Communities were losing their land and property and port operations also faced a threat.

The solution which we designed was quite innovative.

The realignment of existing breakwaters, construction of offshore reefs and onshore berms,

In yandem resulted in beach development and a stable shoreline.

RUWR: Collaboration toward building water resilience

RUWR includes a collaborative platform and hub that takes a local community approach

to water resilience capacity building. The hub will facilitate coalitions with internal and external stakeholders

to collectively build resilience by finding demand-based entry points and integrating resilience approaches in a phased manner.

The battle against climate change will be lost or won in Asia and the Pacific.

Adam Sharpe, Futures Thinking Facilitator, Bagmati River Basin Youth Program:

What we’re trying to do here in not just raise awareness of the issues; we are trying to create a change.

Are you ready to fight this battle?

Are you water resilient?

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