Asia’s Water Shortage
The United Nations released a dire report just ahead of World Water Day, March 22, warning that at the current rate of use, 40 percent of the population will be without access to the water it needs by 2030. The relationship between water and development is critical in Asia, one of the most water-stressed regions. By 2050, South Asia's population will reach 2.2 billion, where countries depend heavily on transboundary water resources to meet domestic water and energy needs. From Kathmandu, Mandakini D. Surie blogs this week from a South Asia regional water forum. A greater exchange of information is critical to this region’s long-term management of shared resources, but efforts at regional cooperation remain contentious and access to this data is severely limited. The Asia Foundation’s major new report examines the availability and accessibility of data and information related to three transboundary rivers in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal.