WaterLinks Forum 2016 is a two-day congregation of operators, utilities, policymakers, thought-leaders, tech providers, and stakeholders from the urban water, sanitation and wastewater sectors principally from across Asia and the Pacific. It is a venue for generating practical solutions, cultivating innovations, and inspiring synergies to address present and future challenges in Asia’s water operations – particularly challenges stemming from climate risks and uncertainties.
In Asia and the Pacific, where 3 out of 4 persons are facing water security concerns, the intersection of water and climate change regimes is at its most vulnerable point. Sea level rise and saline intrusion; Urban island heat effect and El Nino phenomena; Historic floods and storms; Extreme rainfall patterns; Droughts and shortages. Such climate stresses are estimated to precipitate a catastrophic water crisis that will exert considerable stress, damage and cost on Asia’s urban environments in the next 50-100 years. The WaterLinks Forum takes its cue from the rapidly growing imperatives of Asia’s urban water and wastewater operators, city governments and service providers in a global environment shaped by multiple climate change uncertainties and risks.
Asia’s water systems can avert crisis from happening by being resilient. Today’s water leaders, managers and professionals must identify and implement approaches, technologies and reforms that can improve their water security over a latitude of potential conditions, including under the coercions of climate change. Responses should be measurable, and consistently strive to build information, mitigation and adaptation. If Asia’s water operators can improve their capacities in managing these present problems, they and their customers will be better equipped to interact with possible future volatilities.