Will the Asia and Pacific Region's Increasing Water Demand Extinguish Economic Growth?

A Cambodian farmer at an ADB-supported community well in Banteay Meanchey province.
A Cambodian farmer at an ADB-supported community well in Banteay Meanchey province.

Can the Asia and Pacific region sustain and expand its economic growth, or will fierce competition over dwindling water resources stall progress and erase decades of solid economic gains?


The race is on.

The population and economies of the Asia and Pacific region are growing fast. But so too is the region's thirst for water. Meeting increasing and competing demands on limited water for food, energy, ecosystem and industry have become one of the greatest issues facing the region in the coming decades.

The scale of this challenge is outlined in the new edition of the Asian Water Development Outlook (AWDO 2016), which provides a snapshot of water security based on a framework measuring five key dimensions—household, economic, urban, environmental, and resilience to water-related disasters—in 48 countries.

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Meet the expert

  • Yasmin Siddiqi    
    Principal Water Resources Specialist, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank

    With over 20 years experience in the planning, design and implementation of water resources projects in Asia, Yasmin leads ADB knowledge work on water security and irrigation - aiming to drive latest technologies and innovations to improve water resources management. She has also been an ADB project officer for technical assistance, loan processing and administration of diverse water resources projects in Asia. She is a chartered civil engineer with specialization in irrigation engineering.

   Economics, Water
   Last updated: August 2016



The views expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Asian Development Bank, its management, its Board of Directors, or its members.

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