Third World Centre for Water Management

Communications & Media

Communications & Media

The Centre realises that policymakers seldom have time to read scientific papers and books. Thus, to inform and sensitise policy-makers and general public, the Centre regularly contributes opinion pieces in major national and international media. In addition, views of the Centre are regularly published by media in terms of interviews, expert opinions and policy briefs.

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China and the fight against COVID-19: Lessons from Wuhan

May 21, 2020

Policy Forum

COVID-19’s origin has become a political issue, but this should not prevent governments from learning from China’s response to the crisis.

Time to learn from China’s good practices

May 19, 2020

China Daily

How and where the novel coronavirus originated has now become a highly debated political issue. But this should not preclude learning from the good practices of countries that are emerging from the global public health crisis.

Potable water reuse: The next megatrend?

May 11, 2020

Global Water Forum

Megatrends are reshaping the world as we know it. Urbanisation, demographic and social change, resource scarcity and pollution, climate change, mass migration, technological breakthroughs, globalisation, and shifts in global economic and political power are some of the forces that are impacting the lives of billions of people due to their ‘global reach, broad scope and fundamental and dramatic impact.

India can learn from China’s resolve to clean its urban air and help lead the world to a brighter future

May 4, 2020

South China Morning Post

While the world is focused on crisis mitigation, it is important not to lose sight of recurring challenges such as air pollution and environmental degradation. These issues influence society’s ability to adapt to unexpected public health threats such as Covid-19.

Government initiatives may dovetail with companies’ sustainability reporting

April 30, 2020

The Business Times

COVID-19 and its unintended environmental impacts have been discussed at length. While there have been immediate gains, such as lower greenhouse emissions and improved air quality in numerous cities, much more remains to be done to improve the state of the natural environment in the long term.

China’s water revolution

April 8, 2020


More than a decade ago, China decided to take a long hard look at the way it managed it water resources. Its aim was to put an end to the devastating floods and pollution that had long blighted the country and held back its economic development.

Beware the false security of wearing plastic gloves

March 27, 2020

The Business Times

Many food handlers, most shockingly, wear gloves for all tasks with little consideration for the health of their clients. One can easily make a long list with these types of examples, which we all have witnessed at some point.

Climate change and national security: The rules of foreign policy are changing

March 17, 2020

Policy Forum

Climate change, natural resource pollution, and scarcity of various forms have become part of the national security agenda in countries all over the world. Although analysts have traditionally treated the strength of sovereign borders through the lens of political or economic issues, recent years have seen increasing attention paid to how environmental issues exacerbate, complicate, and multiply these political and economic problems.

Spreading coronavirus, spreading fear: Assessing China’s management of the coronavirus crisis

March 6, 2020

Policy Forum

China’s response to coronavirus has been reasonably effective, but if its policymakers are to show they’ve learned anything from this and the SARS outbreak, they must make China’s wildlife trade ban permanent, Asit Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada write.

Prevention is always better than cure

March 4, 2020

China Daily

China was a very different country when SARS struck in 2002. Per capita GDP was $1,148. In 2019 it was $10,123. China is better prepared to manage COVID-19. Also Medical facilities, scientific knowledge, research and development capabilities, and the quality of medical care in China have improved significantly since 2002. It learnt well from SARS.

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