More tech investments needed to secure Asia’s water supply
Asian Development Bank (ADB) said there is a need for more investments in technology and innovation in terms of supplying the water supply of the entire Asia region.
This, as more than 800 gathered recently at the ADB headquarters in Manila for the opening of the Asia Water Forum 2018, which focuses on “Information, Innovation, and Technology.”
The forum—the fifth held at ADB headquarters since 2002—provides a platform to share knowledge and experiences to help ensure water security for the Asia and Pacific region.
“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,” said ADB President Takehiko Nakao.
“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.
Participants included government officials, water and development professionals, and representatives from the private sector, academia, civil society, and media.