Outlook of Water Environmental Management Strategies in Asia

March 2009
Policy Report
Outlook of Water Environmental Management Strategies in Asia

This publication is one of the major outputs of the Water Environment Partnership in Asia (WEPA).WEPA aims to strengthen water environmental governance in Asia through the collection and dissemination of information and capacity development of relevant stakeholders in partnership with eleven countries in the region, namely Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam.

Information on the state of the water environment and its management exists in various media, but it is provided in different ways and is not available in one place. In recognition of the importance of extracting such pieces of information and making it available to the public in one platform as a source of knowledge to promote good water environmental governance, WEPA has developed a database (http://www.wepa-db.net/) in partnership with the program’s partner countries. This database, which contains information on policies, technologies and activities of non-governmental/community-based organizations involved in conservation of the water environment, is open to all interested in water environmental issues.

Having the same objective as the WEPA database, this publication provides summaries of basic information on the status and management of the water environment in each WEPA partner country, including legislative frameworks and existing and future management challenges. By organizing such basic information in the same format, the outlook intends to facilitate mutual understanding among WEPA partner countries and provide a basis to share future lessons for better water management. This outlook may also serve as a helpful reference for those interested in water environmental issues in other countries throughout the world.