World Water Assessment Programme-WWAP
With only 30% of habitable land and 15% of cultivable land, the fresh water issue is crucial in Japan, all the more so as the country is regularly affected by natural disasters (typhoons, tsunamis and earthquakes). That's why Japan has a wide scientific and administrative experience in this field and is deeply involved in the World Water Assessment Programme.
This programme is a UN-wide initiative. It was launched during the Second World Forum on Water (The Hague, 2000). It aims at improving the quality and supply of fresh water at the world level.
The Third World Water Forum was held in Japan (Kyoto, Shiga and Osaka) from 16 to 23 March 2003. The 1st UN World Water Development Report (WWDR) was presented during this Forum, on the occasion of the World Water Day (22 March). Titled "Water for People, water for Life", this first edition was an exhaustive assessment of the world's state of freshwater resources and aimed at implementing sustainable management policies for water resources.
The 2003 report presents seven case studies, among which the case of Greater Tokyo, a region of 27 million people covering 22,600 square meters. This study deals with many issues, including risk management, public awareness, law, fight against pollution. It was coordinated by the National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management of the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT).
To read the study: Chapter 22 - Greater Tokyo (Japan)
Japan has participated in the 4 th World Water Forum (March 2006).
For several years, Japan has also financed projects aiming at supporting WWAP within the framework of the Japanese Funds-in-Trust for the Capacity-building of Human Resources of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
Japan's participation in the 4th World Water Forum (March 16-22, 2006, in Mexico):
read about Water and Sanitation for Broad Partnership Initiative (WASABI)
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