By Apurva Sahu
Eye on Asia has been a day-long event at Stockholm World Water Week since 2008. This year, the ADB focused on the theme of SWWW called “Water cooperation – Building Partnership,” and set their own: “New players, smarter rules, better outcomes.” The ADB Youth Partners also participated and gave their voice to the event.
This day-long event allowed participants to understand how connections between multi-stakeholders help in resolving conflicts and create new possibilities for development.
Mr. Ian Makin of the ADB Water Team. Photo by YoungJin Kim. Copyright 2013.
Mr. Khalid made remarks that glaciers are overexploited for human needs and shared his views on how to make trans-boundary water treaties successful. Mr. Tim Cullen (ADB) gave an interesting illustration about sisters and how they shared an orange. The more logical idea would be to cut it in half, but when they discussed the needs for the orange, one sister said she needed the skin for something she was baking, while one sister wanted the fruit for juice. In that case, both get 100% instead of 50%. This analogy fit perfectly–stakeholders must know what the real needs are and understand other stakeholders.
Mr. Cullen added that trust is most important for the success of trans-boundary river treaties. However, there are still questions unanswered: how is this trust is built, and who builds this trust?
Ms. Yolanda Kakabadse (WWF) focused on the need to work across the sectors and learn from other sectors.
ICIMOD provided eye-opening information to the participants of Eye on Asia. He said that mountains can actually minimize the variability of rainfall patterns. ICIMOD concluded by summarizing action items in 5Rs: revitalize, reinforce, reunite, redesign, and rebrand.
Post-coffee break, the most interesting presentation for some participants of Eye on Asia was by Mr. Felix from H&M. Participants wanted to know more about the perspective and intention of the business/retail industry on water conservation. “Are there any hidden intentions?” an audience member asked.
During the post-coffee break discussion, WWF took the lead for water stewardship in the Asian context. They also talked about their collaboration with corporations to work on global issues.
After lunch, all participants, including the ADB Youth Partners, collaborated on the round table discussion on trans-boundary negotiations case prepared by ADB called “The Game of Flows.”
Winners of The Game of Flows. Photo by YoungJin Kim. Copyright 2013.