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Opening Remarks

Wouter Lincklaen Arrins Lead Water Resources Specialist Asian Development Bank

Zhengzhou 15 Oct 2008

Three Points to Remember

1. Asia has enough knowledge and solutions 2. Knowledge hubs will be successful if they understand the needs of their clients 3. China can lead by example and contribute valuable experience to the region

KnowledgeHubs: Matching Problems to Solutions

Theres no question that our region has the expertise to solve its water challenges, both in delivering water services and in fostering integrated water resources management. Where we must do better is in knowledge sharing and in developing the capacity to produce results at the local level. For that, we need knowledge networks that connect people to feasible solutions and help them adapt those solutions to their local conditions. Professor Tommy Koh Chair, APWF Governing Council

APWFs network of regional water knowledge hubs

How KnowledgeHubs Works:

Each hub networks with clients and partners on its priority topic (knowledge domain)

10 Key Operating Principles for Hubs

1. Vision and leadership for achieving results in the hubs priority topic 2. A focus on meeting client needs with relevant and feasible solutions 3. An inclusive attitude to knowledge networking with clients and partners 4. An (international) team of experienced specialists working at the hub 5. A stimulating research environment at the hub, including internships 6. Generation, identification and dissemination of state-of-the-art knowledge 7. Regular comparative analysis of progress in countries across the region 8. Excellent products and services for knowledge and capacity development 9. Adequate human and financial resources to develop the hubs excellence 10.An entrepreneurial approach to developing a sustainable business model

Confirmed Hubs for

Urban water management Disaster risk reduction and flood management Climate change adaptation River basin organizations and management Water quality in river basins Hydro-informatics in river basins Water governance Irrigation service reform IWRM in Central Asia IWRM in the Pacific Erosion and sedimentation Healthy rivers and aquatic ecosystems

Candidate Hubs for

Water resources management in mountainous areas Sanitation Transboundary water resources management Groundwater management Water and energy Others to be considered

KnowledgeHubs: Fast Progress

1st regional meeting in October 2007 2nd regional meeting in April 2008 Launch of APWF KnowledgeHubs in Singapore in June 2008 3rd Regional meeting in Zhengzhou in October 2008

Working Together for Solutions

Our meeting here in Zhengzhou has participants from hubs, partners and clients in the Peoples Republic of China, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Viet Nam, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, Australia, Netherlands, France, UK, USA

Center for Hydro-informatics in River Basins (CHIRB)

One of Chinas two regional water knowledge hubs Valuable experience with 3 Yellow Rivers Results of 3 International Yellow River Forums Expertise of the Yellow River Conservancy Commission Contribution to Network of Asian River Basin Organizations Excellence in developing and implementing solutions

Track 1 and Track 2 Programs

Track 1 for CHIRB and its clients and partners to discuss decision-support systems for introducing IWRM in Asias river basins Track 2 for confirmed and candidate knowledge hubs to discuss how to develop hub networks, products and services, and hub organization and governance

ADB supports KnowledgeHubs

To improve project preparation and implementation To support regional cooperation in knowledge and capacity development, including with China To influence government leaders to adopt good policies and make the right water investment decisions