South Asia has 23.7% of the global population but only 4.6% of the world’s renewable water sources. Countries in the region already face considerable water management challenges due to high population density, poverty, and a high dependence on agriculture as a source of livelihood. Water resources in South Asia are overexploited and depleting fast, and climate change will only exacerbate existing problems through irregular rainfall patterns and increased incidence of floods and droughts.
Cities are challenging spaces to govern and common ground between different interest groups is often elusive, which is why resilience has proven less easy to pin down. This month, we are trying to figure out how collaboration among regional actors in building resilience would benefit a city.
According to BNPB (Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management), more than 93% of disasters in Indonesia are hydrometeorological disasters. Out of 2,341 disaster events, 787 were caused by flooding. Some of the affected areas share the same watershed, which has proved to share trans-boundary waters that are facing increasing demands for basin development collaboration.
We discussed with Doug Saunders, a journalist who writes the international-affairs column for the Globe and Mail, Canada. His first book, Arrival City (2010) has been published in eight languages and has won numerous honours. With his extensive experiences, he shared his views on the challenges of migration.
For nearly a decade, chronic power shortages have hobbled Pakistan's economy. According to the World Bank, there are 144 million people without electricity or who endure lengthy blackouts. Now, while the government is investing heavily in coal, private investors are exploring renewable energy.