Building water leadership in Asia for the 21st century |

Building water leadership in Asia for the 21st century

temasek-water_5th-run_classWhat skills do water utility managers need to succeed in today’s troubled waters? How to improve delivering water and sanitation services? What can be done to decrease non-revenue water (NRW)? And what is the role of regulators and policymakers to ensure water security, especially in times of increasing water stress in many Asian countries?

To answer these questions, the Temasek Foundation Water Leadership Programme (TFWLP) returned in August 2015 for its fifth run. This two-week programme, designed by LKY School and the Institute of Water Policy (IWP) in close cooperation with Singapore’s Public Utility Board (PUB), has by now trained more than 170 water experts from 18 countries across Asia. These include small- and large-scale utility managers and CEOs, regulators, Directors of water associations, Ministry officials, consultants, water researchers and experts, and civil society leaders.

temasek-water_5th-run_tripLearning from an interactive combination of lectures, case studies, discussions and expert dialogues, each participant needed to develop a water action plan on how to cope with his or her own institutional, regulatory, and financial challenges back home. However, discovering Singapore’s water management strategies, including its “four national taps” – local, imported, desalinated and recycled water – was made engaging and intuitive by including learning journeys, developed in close collaboration with PUB. Here, participants could see how integrated water management works at Marina Barrage, learn about the water desalination process at Tuaspring, and experience recycled water at NEWater’s Visitor Plant.

Moreover, Singapore brings the water closer to the people through its “Active, Beautiful, Clean” (or ABC) project: a great example are the attractive waterways through Bishan Park, illustrating how to integrate water infrastructure into its urban environment to the benefit of all – people, public, private, and the environment. And finally, a non-water-related Singaporean highlight for participants was a joint dinner at Arab Street, where songs were sung from participants from each country in their original tongues – building a new water leader’s network by learning from and working (and singing) together.

The sixth run of TFWLP will take place in August 2016. For more details and to apply online, click here.


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