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dc.contributor.otherWojciechowska-Shibuya, Marisha
dc.contributor.otherTurner, Caroline
dc.coverage.spatialASIA AND THE PACIFIC
dc.creatorUN.ESCAP
dc.date.accessioned2024-02-13T10:01:02Z
dc.date.available2024-02-13T10:01:02Z
dc.date.issued2023-12
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12870/6776
dc.description.abstract<p>The Asia-Pacific region, home to over 60% of the world's population (ESCAP, 2019), boasts diverse ecosystems and landscapes and myriad socio-economic and cultural contexts. Its water resources &ndash; vital for household use, for all economic activity and for maintaining the flow of ecosystem services &ndash; are under increasing strain due to population growth, economic growth, urbanization and the associated demand for more and more diverse foods. While the region has been striving to boost agricultural and industrial production without compromising water sustainability, climate change is introducing greater variability and unpredictability to the hydrological cycle, increasing the challenges to water resources management. Water<br />managers across the region face new pressures to devise climate adaptive strategies, ensuring both water security, prosperity and food security for a rapidly growing population.</p> <p>Changes in precipitation patterns, the melting of glaciers, rising sea levels, and increased frequency of extreme events such as droughts and floods have profound implications. Ensuring the security and sustainability of water resources in the face of climate change is crucial for current generations, and also for the future of the Asia-Pacific region (Box 1). In this backdrop, the current paper examines the interactions between climate change and water resources in the region, emphasizing the need for forward-looking and flexible strategies to protect the region&rsquo;s people, livelihoods, ecosystems and economies. Proactive investments in climate-resilient infrastructure, sustainable water management practices, and community resilience can mitigate the escalating risks posed by climate change. Investing in these forward-looking strategies can not only fortify the region against the immediate impacts of climate change but also lay the groundwork for a more sustainable and secure future, fostering the resilience needed to withstand the challenges that lie ahead. The dividends of such investments extend beyond crisis response, creating a foundation for long-term prosperity, environmental stability, and societal well-being.</p>
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherUN.ESCAP
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dc.titleNavigating new waters : addressing Asia-Pacific's water challenges and trade-offs in a changing climate
dc.typeText
dc.rights.holderUnited Nations
dc.subject.unbistWATER MANAGEMENT
dc.subject.unbistWATER RESOURCES
dc.subject.unbistCLIMATE CHANGE
escap.doctypeWorking paper
escap.programmeOfWorkEnvironment and Development
escap.unSDG6. Clean Water and Sanitation
escap.projectNameThe UN-Water Expert Group on Regional Level Coordination
escap.contactPhone+66 2 288-1234
escap.contactEmail[email protected]
escap.contactUnitEnvironment and Development Division
dc.date.escap2023-12


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