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Roy Agterbos
Regional Manager South East Asia

Water is one of the biggest resources for economic development in the Asian region. Population growth, in combination with large-scale agriculture, increasing industrialisation and urbanisation, is putting pressure on the available fresh water resources. With groundwater extraction as the go-to solution for this high demand, the region is facing 2-10 cm of land subsidence every year.

With land sinking and sea-level rising due to climate change, the challenges are clear. Multiple countries in the Asian region have taken action to secure water safety by reducing groundwater extraction to slow down the process of land subsidence and installing protective measures against flooding. The Netherlands has supported countries in the Asian region to create a more integrated approach on water management. This has resulted in initiatives on national level such as the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 and the Mekong Delta plan (Vietnam). Other important water topics for cooperation in the Asian region are: improving drinking water quality with state-of-the-art technologies, sustainable water use in agriculture, waste-reduction in regional rivers and oceans and building resilience with nature-based solutions.

To enhance water safety and water security in the Asian region, the Netherlands Water Partnership within the framework of the Dutch governmental programme Partners for Water is supporting water cooperation between multiple countries in the Asian region and the Netherlands. As a result, NWP has a broad network in the Asian region, specifically in the countries Bangladesh, Philippines, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam. In addition, NWP’s activities are broadening towards countries like e.g. Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand. To create more opportunities for the Dutch water sector NWP is focusing on regional development themes.

If you want to expand your business in Asia or want to know more about market opportunities within the Asian region, get in contact with the Netherlands Water Partnership.

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