Asian countries face water crisis

29th November 2007
News web pic 2_47.jpg
The twin affects of climate change and rapid industrialisation has left developing countries in Asia facing an “unprecedented” water crisis.
 

A report from the Asian Development Bank has warned that water resources in countries such as Bangladesh, Cambodia and Vietnam cannot cope with the population growth after years of mismanagement.

Climate change was likely to increase the risk of droughts and floods, which a poorly managed water industry would be unable to cope with.

In addition, continued urbanisation was seen as a particular problem, according to the report, as developing countries in the region continue to fall behind in the collection, treatment and safe disposal of wastewater.

The report’s author, Professor Asit Biswas said government leaders in the region needed to take decisive action to protect their nations’ water resources.

“There is now enough knowledge, technology and expertise available in Asia to solve all its existing and future water problems. If some Asian DMCs face a water crisis in the future, it will not be because of physical scarcity of water, but because of inadequate or inappropriate water governance,” said Professor Biswas.

This article first appeared in the Ecologist November 2007

Donate

The Ecologist has a formidable reputation built on fifty years of investigative journalism and compelling commentary from writers across the world. Now, as we face the compound crises of climate breakdown, biodiversity collapse and social injustice, the need for rigorous, trusted and ethical journalism has never been greater. This is the moment to consolidate, connect and rise to meet the challenges of our changing world. The Ecologist is owned and published by the Resurgence Trust. Support The Resurgence Trust from as little as £1. Thank you. Donate here