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The 1st Southeast Asia Water Security - IWRM Regional Conference


In 2020 - 2022, Global Water Partnership Southeast Asia (GWP-SEA) together with its Country Water Partnerships (CWPs) from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam have joined forces to streamline its core activities to ensure scaled adoption and implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) implementation in the region, to continue the result of SDG 6.5.1 IWRM monitoring through SDG 6 Support Programme. These integrated activities have resulted in a comprehensive IWRM assessment based on water security themes and identification of the priority challenges and action recommendations for IWRM implementation in each country. The identification was conducted through a multistakeholder consultation process led by CWPs in the respective countries and the result of the consultation is documented into a Multi-stakeholder Position Paper (MPP).

Furthermore, in 2022, CWPs have identified regional challenges that should be systematically discussed at the regional level and followed up with clear solutions. GWP-SEA has consolidated the regional challenges identified by CWPs and has further identified priority challenges to be selected as the main topics of discussion during the Southeast Asia Water Security – IWRM Regional Conference.

Three priority challenges have been identified to be the main topic of the regional conference, namely: (i) competition for water between sector (efficient water allocation); (ii) acceleration of Safe WASH access; and (iii) urban flood risk reduction. Based on these three priority challenges, GWP SEA has launch a call for innovative solutions for each challenge. 6 selected innovators will be invited to present their solutions, and upon attracting the interest of governments, GWP SEA will facilitate further discussion between the innovators and the respective governments for potential implementation of the solution.

As these challenges happens at the country and transboundary level, GWP SEA in collaboration with UNECE, UNESCO, and FAO (tbc) takes the discussion of this regional conference on transboundary water cooperation challenges with data exchange as the main topic of the discussion. This will be highlighted on the second day of the regional conference.

The regional conference is designed in problem-solving approach, to allow countries that are facing these identified challenges can learn and address them.



The objectives of the conference were:

  1. To share innovative solutions in addressing persistence challenges;
  2. To facilitate implementation of innovative solutions as needed;
  3. To introduce water cooperation frameworks as the basis for riparian countries to engage with each other
  4. To build trust among riparian countries to cooperate at transboundary level


10-11 October 2023

The Grand Bali Hotel Nusa Dua Bali, Bali - Indonesia.



Hybrid (in person and zoom online platform)



Please check the panel on the right side (desktop view), or at the bottom of the page (smartphone view) to see the link to the presentations, photos and zoom video.