Water for Sustainable Development (WSD) is a multi-disciplinary policy research and capacity development project that aims to stimulate sustainable development in the Asia region. The project will investigate the role of water in the society, economy and natural environment, and scientifically demonstrate how the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially Goal 6, will contribute to the development of the region.
Rural areas in Asia often find their economic activity tied to water environment, especially where agriculture, industries, or services linked to nature/historical landscapes are the main source of income. The interdependence between human livelihood and nature means that any change in quality, quantity and movement of water has social, economic, and environmental consequences. The centrality of water, its role, and impact is such that the SDGs place the conservation of the water environment at the heart of Goal 6.
Proper understanding of the role of water is essential for sustainable development in rural areas, and it requires an interdisciplinary research that spans multiple areas of expertise. Building on UNU-IAS experience in cross-sectoral water-related policy research, WSD is focused on attaining the following objectives:
1) Establish a framework to comprehensively evaluate the role of water in selected locations in Asia,
2) Develop methodologies to identify future scenarios to realise the water environment envisaged in SDGs, factoring in the specific characteristics of each target area, and
3) Provide tools and policy options related to the conservation of water environments, which will bring about sustainable development in the region.
WSD will expand upon the knowledge and networks of its precursor, the Water and Urban Initiative (2014-2017), which contributed to improving the Asian urban water environment.
The following are products of the UNU-IAS Water for Sustainable Development (WSD) project:
Strengthening Wastewater Monitoring and Surveillance for COVID-19 and Other Infectious Diseases UNU-IAS Policy Brief No. 31, 2022.
This policy brief offers recommendations for scaling up wastewater surveillance as a cost-effective strategy for early detection and monitoring of infectious diseases. Focusing on low- and middle-income countries, it identifies the main challenges and opportunities for integrating wastewater surveillance systems into national and regional disease surveillance frameworks.
Scaling up Microirrigation Technology to Address Water Challenges in Semi-arid South Asia UNU-IAS Policy Brief No. 30, 2022.
This policy brief highlights microirrigation as an innovative solution to improve water management and increase agricultural production in South Asia. The brief examines current barriers to large-scale adoption of the technology and provides recommendations to facilitate implementation.
Advancing Multiple Values of Water in Water Policy & Management in Asia UNU-IAS Policy Brief No. 28, 2021.
This policy brief explores the complex challenges of water insecurity in Asia and its broader impact on well-being, health, security, and education. It draws on research in India to advocate a multidisciplinary approach to water governance that extends beyond economic development.
Transforming Water Conflicts into Collaborative Watershed Management Solutions — Lessons from the Greater Himalayan Region UNU-IAS Policy Brief No. 23, 2021.
This policy brief focuses on transforming water conflicts into collaborative watershed management solutions. It provides recommendations for policymakers and other stakeholders concerned with addressing such conflicts through a multi-stakeholder approach in which the role of local experts is prioritised.
Chapagain, Saroj, Mohan, Geetha, Rimba, Andi B., Payus, Carolyn, Sudarma, I.M. and Fukushi, Kensuke, (2022). Analyzing the relationship between water pollution and economic activity for a more effective pollution control policy in Bali Province, Indonesia. Sustainable Environment Research 32(5), 1–14
Shrestha, Sadhana, Yoshinaga, Emi, Chapagain, Saroj, Mohan, Geetha, Gasparatos, Alexandros and Fukushi, Kensuke, (2021). Wastewater-Based Epidemiology for Cost-Effective Mass Surveillance of COVID-19 in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Challenges and Opportunities. Water, 13(20), 1-14
Mohan, Geetha, Chapagain, Saroj, Fukushi, Kensuke, Papong, Seksan, I.M. Sudarma, Rimba, Andi B. and Osawa, Takahiro, (2021). An extended Input–Output framework for evaluating industrial sectors and provincial-level water consumption in Indonesia. Water Resources and Industry, 25(100141)
Rimba, Andi B., Mohan, Geetha, Chapagain, Saroj, Andi, Arumansawang, Payus, Carolyn, Fukushi, Kensuke, Husnayaen, Osawa,Takahiro and Avtar, Ram, (2021). Impact of population growth and land use and land cover (LULC) changes on water quality in tourism-dependent economies using a geographically weighted regression approach. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 28 25920-25938
Chapagain, Saroj, Mohan, Geetha and Fukushi, Kensuke, (2020). An Extended Input–Output Model to Analyze Links Between Manufacturing and Water Pollution in Nepal. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, 231(570), 1-11
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