Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Events: Asia Water Week 2013 by ADB in Manila, Philippines (13-15 March 2013)

Asia Water Week 2013

On this page:
  • Background
  • Objectives
  • Thematic areas
  • Call for abstracts
  • Side meetings and workshops
  • Registration


ADB is organizing Asia Water Week 2013 to deepen and expand analytical work in Asia’s water sector to advance inclusive policy reforms and strengthen support to priority programs and projects. The analytical work will provide the basis for sustained public investment and increased mobilization of private sector investment and expertise.
Asia Water Week 2013 has for its overarching theme "Securing Water for All". The conference will cover crosscutting topics such as climate change, water-food-energy nexus, and disaster management as well as sub-sector specific discussions, including water supply and sanitation, water resources and environment, and agriculture and irrigation. The ADB Water Prize 2013 award will also be presented.


The conference will enable participants, including clients, ADB staff and invited specialists, to exchange knowledge on water sector issues, technologies, and to identify clients’ emerging priorities. New water sector initiatives will be announced, water sector professionals and leaders recognized, and innovations in the water sector encouraged.

Thematic areas

Aspects of water security will be examined through three thematic areas:
Basin Water Management - involvesriver basin institutions, capacity development, benchmarking, and stakeholder participation processes. Asia Water Week will provide a forum for exchanging knowledge and experiences in improving the planning, conservation, development, and management of water, forest, land, and aquatic resources in the context of increasing water security in river basins.
Urban Water Services - includeswater supply and sanitation, wastewater management, and flood risk management. Asia Water Week will focus on the key challenges facing the sector in the provision of water supply, sanitation and wastewater management services. Urban flood management, a perennial and growing problem, also needs to be addressed.
Rural Water Services - encompass irrigation, drainage, flood management, and water supply and sanitation services to rural communities. Asia Water Week will discuss ways to revitalize irrigation services to support market-oriented and diversified farms and to increase access to water supply and improved sanitation services for healthy and vibrant rural communities.

Call for abstracts

Asia Water Week 2013 welcomes abstracts for papers and poster sessions from water sector professionals, government policy makers, civil society, academics, development partners, and other individual stakeholders and organizations. Abstracts should address the conference thematic areas.
Abstracts for papers and poster sessions that share innovative ideas and experience relevant to improving water security in Asia and the Pacific region and those that address technological innovations and application of advanced tools and techniques relevant to one or more of the three themes are particularly encouraged. Abstracts of case studies on financing of water sector investments and sustainable operations, including stakeholder participation and/or public private partnership models in each of the three themes are also welcome.
Abstracts must be written in English and should be no more than 500 words. Deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended until Friday, 23 November 2012. Deadline of full papers for accepted abstracts is on 1 February 2013.

Side meetings and workshops

Pre-conference side meetings and special water sector workshops will be held on 11-12 March (Monday-Tuesday). Smaller focus group discussions on water sector topics may also be hosted during the conference’s parallel sessions on 14 March (Day 2).
Proposals for side meetings and workshops in the form of "concept notes" are welcome. Concept notes describing proposed sessions should include
  1. title and objectives of session;
  2. information on lead organizer and co-organizers;
  3. number of participants expected;
  4. format of workshop sessions; and
  5. proposals for financing of participants, resource speakers.
Concept notes should be sent to: Ian W. Makin before 1 December 2012. ADB will confirm acceptance of proposed events before 21 December 2012.


The conference is open to representatives of ADB members, development partners, academe, research organizations, NGO/CSO representatives, private sector partners and the media.
General registration will open on 1 December 2012. There is no registration fee; however only registered participants will be able to join the sessions. All participants will be responsible for their travel expenses, accommodations, and other costs related to their participation. Limited funding is available on a case-by-case basis for participants from ADB members.

For more information: http://www.adb.org/news/events/asia-water-week-2013

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