300 Million in Asia Pacific Region Don’t Have Proper Access to Water
On Tuesday, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) president said about 300 million people in the Asia Pacific region did not have proper access to water.
ADB President Takehiko Nakao’s talked about unimproved methods of water supply during the opening of the Asia Water Forum 2018 at the institution’s headquarters in Manila.
“About 300 million people in the Asia and Pacific region do not have improved access to water and 1.7 billion lack access to basic sanitation,” Nakao said.
“Innovations and new technologies provide the means to help ADB developing member countries advance their water management, including river basin management, flood control, and water pollution; and service delivery such as water supply, sanitation, and irrigation,” he added.
Water demand in the region has been growing and will grow more by 2050. This will cause roughly 3.4 billion people to face water insecurity. Moreover, in 2016, disaster-related losses in Asia totaled $87 billion, of which about 25% was connected to flooding, an ABD press release read.
ADB’s recently approved Strategy 2030 highlights the essential need of water in reference to climate change, disaster resilience, the water-food-energy nexus, rural development and food security and livable cities.
Moreover, ADB water projects have been using the latest state of the art technologies and innovations to improve development of water preservation. ADB is using satellite sensing to quantify agriculture productivity improvement and guide investments in the irrigation sector.
Since its founding in 1966, ADB has spent a total of $45.88 billion on water projects. ADB’s active water sector operations amount to nearly $14 billion and this is growing — another $14 billion in investments is planned between now and 2020.
Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members — 48 from the region. In 2017, ADB operations totaled $32.2 billion, including $11.9 billion in co-financing.