Understanding water cycle systems from both natural and sociocultural perspectives is important for water resources management, bearing in mind the role that cultural values, beliefs, and practices play in shaping how people value and use water. Sociocultural factors also impact the institutional and governance structures that oversee water access and management.
The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and Japan Water Forum are seeking original, unpublished policy papers featuring case studies that examine water resources management and its sociocultural dimensions in Asia and the Pacific. Authors of selected papers will be invited to present their work at a related workshop. Selected papers will also be considered for inclusion in an edited volume to be presented to policy makers at the World Water Forum 2024 in Bali, Indonesia.
Policy paper topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Sectoral and government coordinating mechanisms for formulating water resources management master plans
- Conflict mitigation governance and water allocation
- Financing approaches to water sector investment
- Community-based efforts to manage water-related disasters
- Sociocultural factors influencing acceptance of new water management technology
- Water management systems managed by local communities
Authors should submit extended abstracts of at least 1,000 words in English via this link no later than 14 April 2023. Please include a title, author names and affiliations, and contact information, as well as an introduction, literature review, methodology, case study, and data overview.
Submissions are welcome irrespective of authors’ racial, ethnic, religious, or cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, or disabilities. Women and residents of Asian Development Bank developing member countries are encouraged to participate. Early submissions are preferred.
Only authors of selected abstracts will be notified by 30 April 2023.
Full policy papers should comply with the Submission Guidelines for ADBI Publications and be submitted via the above link by 30 August 2023.
Arrangements for Selected Papers
Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to a virtual policy paper development workshop in June 2023. More details will be provided later.
Project Organizing Committee
- Mikio Ishiwatari, Japan Water Forum; University of Tokyo
- Taikan Oki, University of Tokyo
- Kotaro Takemura, Japan Water Forum
- Keiko Tamura, Niigata University
- Firdaus Ali, Ministry of Public Works and Housing, Indonesia; University of Indonesia
- KE Seetha Ram, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI); University of Tokyo
Inquiries may be directed to ADBI’s Dwiky Wibowo and KE Seetha Ram
Kasumigaseki Building 8F, 3-2-5, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku
100-6008 Tokyo , Japan