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CWR presents on Asia’s triple water threat at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Water Policy

17 June, 2019

Get the low-down on mounting challenges ahead in Asia from Debra Tan.

Climate change hogs the news. Experts say we have to be 3x more ambitious than the Paris targets. We have 11 years to get it right or we head for a catastrophic future. The noise around carbon is rising, but water still suffers silently. The UN’s SDG 6 aims to provide access to water for all, but will there be enough for everyone?

A report by CWR warns of a triple threat. “Avoiding a real liquidity crunch, one that could impact billions of lives and cost trillions of dollars is one of our greatest challenges in the 21st century.”

Mighty rivers like the Yangtze, Ganges, Indus, Irrawaddy and Mekong are Asia’s cradles of civilization. They flow through 16 countries but share the same source – our Himalayan Water Towers. This “Third Pole” faces urgent climate risks, as warming affects glacial & snow melt, monsoon patterns and river flow.  Yet, polar bears receive more press than the one in two Asians living in the 10 river basins.

Dollar stakes are also high – US$4 trillion of GDP is at risk, forcing a new paradigm of business unusual; China is acting. Gain insights as Tan walks us through this complex web of risks.

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17 June, 2019


Singapore, Singapore