Water demand in Asia is poised to grow by more than half by 2050. This will leave up to 3.4 billion people facing water insecurity. Moreover, disaster-related losses in Asia in 2016 totalled to US$ 87 billion, of which about 25% was connected to flooding. Over the past 20 years, Asia has incurred half of the estimated global economic cost of water-related disasters. Against this backdrop of rapid growth and urbanisation, it is important to highlight the dire state of water resources, availability and accessibility in the region. These problems are brought about collectively by poor infrastructure planning, economic constraints, lack of political will and public participation. It has been estimated that the cost of inaction would mean that more than 3 billion would live in water-stressed conditions in the region. Considering the gravity of the issue, it is vital that coordinated actions and innovative strategies are aimed at addressing the challenges of sustainable water management at hand.
The Malaysia International Water Convention (MIWC) 2019 is committed towards a sustainable water environment and envisions joining forces with Asian counterparts to transform the water sectors. The world needs leadership and action to scale up integrated solutions to deliver a better water future for all. MIWC 2019 responds to this need, providing a knowledge sharing platform to suit the needs and requirements of water sectors in developing nations by connecting industry, science, business, finance, policy and technology.
MIWC is holding a photography competition with the theme “Save every drop”, exploring how this vital resource impacts our lives. With global population growth spurring both water demand and exposure to extreme events like floods and droughts, water issues are high on the global agenda. The goal is to get the public involved and raise awareness for our vulnerable future where this limited resource “water” is concerned. All proceeds from the competition will be donated to the orang asli community to help fight their struggle of living with water proverty.
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