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.
Meet our ACCCRN Champion this month, Ky Quang Vinh, Member of the Scientific and Technological Union of Can Tho City has been actively involved in building resilience in his hometown, Can Tho City. He has worked as Director of the Environmental Monitoring Center and Director of the Climate Change Coordination office in Can Tho. His office has been supporting a number projects of ACCCRN.
Pressure on water bodies in India is known to everyone, but this pressure is at its height in urban areas of India. Demand for land is rising due to high density and ever-growing population, which leads to encroachment of land surrounding a wetland/pond/lake. There are endless examples of apathy towards urban water bodies, since these natural resources are not notified and are not protected.
On 14 June 2017, ACCCRN had the opportunity to visit the urban planning exhibition at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Diponegoro University. In this semester, the third year undergraduate students are focusing on designing Banjir Kanal Timur (east flood canal) as sustainable waterfront settlement based on the problems findings in the area. At a length of 14.5 km and with an average width of 35 meters, the river crosses seven districts in the city. As part of their urban design studio course, the students are divided into groups to focus on eight segments of the river.
A simple module to treat waste water using living plants. An effective solution to arrest seepage of waste water into the ground water table and reuse treated water thereby saving this precious resource.