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THE IMPACT OF WATER SCARCITY ON RURAL GROUPS IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION
This paper draws on and develops key discussions that emerged during the Aid and International Development Forum Water Security Summit: Asia 2014. It focuses on water security in rural Asia and the Pacific. It identifies five distinct rural groups who suffer from water shortages: women and children, those living in remote regions, those living near contaminated water sources, the poor and those living in disaster zones.
This paper explores the ways in which these groups are affected, and various solutions that are adopted to overcome their challenges. It concludes that, in order to achieve water security, there is a need to remedy rural water management neglect, a need for change in behaviour and attitude, and a need to strengthen cross-sector partnerships.
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