In 2006, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) launched the WaterFinancing Program (WFP) aimed at increasing ADB’s water investmentin urban, rural, and basin water to over $10 billion by the end of2010. The WFP has delivered $11 billion in investment, exceedingthe target. ADB’s Water Operational Plan 2011–2020 provided forthe continuation of the WFP until 2020 and committed to sustainADB’s lending target at $2 billion–$2.5 billion annually or a total of$20 billion–$25 billion over the 10-year period, supported by theWater Financing Partnership Facility. WFP’s implementation is to beguided by the Water Operational Plan’s priority thrusts as follows:
increased water use efficiencies;
expanded wastewater management and reuse, including sanitation;
embedded integrated water resources management;
expanded knowledge and capacity development; and
enhance partnerships with the private sector.
In March 2013, ADB organized Asia Water Week 2013 at the ADBheadquarters, with the overarching theme of “Securing Water for All.”The conference covered crosscutting topics such as climate change;water–food–energy nexus; disaster management and facilitatedsubsector discussions on water supply, sanitation, water resourcesand environment, agriculture, and irrigation. The conference enabledparticipants to exchange knowledge on water sector issues, solutions,including technologies, and to identify emerging priorities. More than600 participants—representing government, corporate/private sector,civil society, knowledge partners, and youth—attended the conference.ADB issued its first water bonds in 2010, raising a total of $638 million.ADB has subsequently issued over $300 million equivalent of waterbonds. Proceeds raised through these bonds will be used for variouswater-related projects in the Asia and Pacific region. ADB also disbursedabout $676 million in 79 water-related projects in 2012, financedthrough public sector lending under ADB’s ordinary capital resources.
Note: In this publication, “$” refers to US dollars.
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Water Investments Approved by ADB,2006–2012
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