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Bangladesh: Billion Dollar Leather Sector Poised for Growth after Environmental Reform

April 15, 2015

Bangladesh’s highly productive leather sector, under growing international scrutiny for destructive environmental practices, now seems poised for new growth as a major environmental upgrade nears completion. For decades, pollution from Dhaka’s tanneries has poured into the Buriganga River, wiping out aquatic life and forcing the city to rely heavily on groundwater for washing and drinking.

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From the World Water Forum: A Look at South Asia’s Regional Cooperation on Water

April 15, 2015

South Asia has witnessed rapid social and economic transformation over the last two decades. Undeterred by a global slowdown, the region’s economic growth rate is expected to remain at a respectable 6 and 6.4 percent for 2015 and 2016. Coupled with sustained economic growth and a burgeoning population of 1.67 billion, …

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A New Way for Waste in Phnom Penh?

April 15, 2015

This February, the Cambodian Council of Ministers announced that they would review and possibly revoke the capital city’s contract with solid waste collector CINTRI. CINTRI has held the 49-year monopoly contract since 2003. Like growing cities throughout the developing world, Phnom Penh has struggled for years with dismally inadequate garbage collection.

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The Asia Foundation at the Seventh World Water Forum

April 8, 2015

The seventh World Water Forum, the world’s largest water event, kicks off April 12 in Daegu, Korea. The Asia Foundation’s Mandakini Surie joins experts and high-level officials to discuss pressing global water challenges. The Foundation will present a side event on the Mekong-Ganga Dialogue, organized by New Delhi’s Observer Research Foundation and M-POWER, the Mekong […]

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South Asia’s Water Crisis: A Problem of Scarcity Amid Abundance

March 25, 2015

The latest United Nations World Water Development Report, released just ahead of World Water Day on March 22, warns that, by 2030, only 60 percent of the world’s demand for water will be met by existing resources at the current rate of use.

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Energy Crisis in the Philippines: An Electricity or Presidential Power Shortage?

March 18, 2015

As predicted, the Philippines is heading into a severe “summer” power crisis. One peculiarity of the widespread use of English in the Philippines is the mismatch between seasonal names and the months of the year. Leaves start falling from trees in March – is it “autumn?”

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Report Reveals Barriers to Access to Information on Transboundary Rivers in South Asia

March 18, 2015

By 2050, South Asia’s population is expected to hit 2.2 billion, and as urban populations grow, estimates predict that all major population centers in the region will experience extreme seasonal or perennial water shortages. While the region supports more than 21 percent of the world’s population…

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World Water Day 2015: Links We Like

March 18, 2015

March 22 is World Water Day, and this year’s theme is focused on water and sustainable development. The relationship between water and development is particularly critical in the Asia-Pacific region, one of the most water-stressed regions in the world, and home to 61 percent of the world’s people, with a population expected to reach five billion by 2050.

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New Report: Gender Justice and Deforestation in Indonesia

March 18, 2015

Indonesia currently suffers from the world’s highest rate of deforestation, from logging, mining, and palm oil plantations, and the impact on traditional communities falls particularly hard on women, who suffer displacement, disempowerment, and loss of land and livelihood. A new report by The Asia Foundation’s environmental program, SETAPAK, explores deforestation’s unequal social costs to women, […]

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Indonesia’s Forests Disappearing at Record Rates

February 25, 2015

In early November, less than one month after Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s inauguration, Siti Nurbaya Bakar, the newly installed Environment and Forestry minister, announced that the government would extend an existing moratorium on the issuance of new permits for logging in primary forests in an effort to halt deforestation. While environmentalists and concerned citizens alike certainly welcomed this news, the road ahead to improving forest and land governance in Indonesia is steep.

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