Freshwater (in)security is quickly rising as a critical global challenge. Today, March 22, is World Water Day. The focus is freshwater and measures for conservation and management.
Last fall, Asia Pacific Memo published four Memos as part of its Theme, “Water, Scarcity, and Tibetan Plateau Frontiers.”
Freshwater security is a global issue but especially in those areas downstream from the Tibetan Plateau under threat from multiple sources. Water resource problems affect public health, people’s livelihoods, and have huge environmental consequences in China. Downstream nations are equally affected.
The Memos focus on water security, strategic control, and effective management of water resources related to the Tibetan Plateau.
Memos part of this Theme:
- The Disappearing Rivers of India (Memo #120, by Kelly Alley)
- Polluted Water Challenges China’s Engineering Efforts (Memo #114, by Darrin Magee)
- Water Conservation on the Tibetan Plateau (Memo #112, by Jack Hayes)
- China’s Plans to Divert Water on the Tibetan Plateau (Memo #110, by Tashi Tsering)
Related Memos / Video Clips:
- Cooperative Management of Mekong River is Crucial for 70 Million People (Memo #32, by Richard Paisley)
- Interview with Dai Qing, the Environmental Activist, Investigative Journalist, and Writer (Memo #39, Video Interview)
- Why such strong opposition to the Myitsone Dam? (Video interview with Nelson Rand)
- Halting construction on Burma’s Myitsone Dam? (Video interview with Nelson Rand)
The Institute of Asian Research has supported a major project administered by the Global Environment Facility and funded by the World Bank:
“Good Practices and Portfolio Learning in GEF Transboundary Freshwater and Marine Legal and Institutional Frameworks,” a subset of the Global Transboundary International Waters Initiative, has examined both freshwater and marine experiences through the identification, collection, analysis, adaptation, and replication of beneficial practices found in the legal and institutional frameworks that govern such waters. For more information, see their website.
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