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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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Too little, too late

March 22, 2017

Policy Forum

Why water pricing and management in Singapore needs to be more ambitious.

India’s groundwater crisis invisible — and getting worse

March 22, 2017


Today, all rivers and lakes within and near population centres are grossly polluted with organic and hazardous pollutants. Not a single Indian city can provide potable tap water.

Pumped dry

March 10, 2017

Policy Forum

Acute political and policy failures have put India on the edge of a full-blown groundwater catastrophe, write Asit K Biswas, Cecilia Tortajada and Udisha Saklani.

How to use less water to have more? Look to Europe

February 23, 2017

The Straits Times

European cities are very successful in saving water. In a 2015 comparison of water use in 40 cities from Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, the 10 cities with the lowest domestic consumption were from the European Union, ranging from about 130 to less than 100 litres per person a day. For comparison, a Singaporean uses about 151 litres every day.

Implementing the human right to water

February 21, 2017

Policy Forum

On 23-24 February, the Pontifical Academy of the Vatican is bringing together some of the world’s leading water experts from different religions, theologians and development specialists to discuss water as a human right. Pope Francis himself will participate in this discussion.

Debating the real cost of drinking water

February 20, 2017


Singapore’s decision to raise water prices after 17 years is to be applauded. Studies show that pricing can affect behaviour, and there is strong evidence to suggest that under-priced or free water leads to very inefficient uses of water, including increased wastage.

Prof, no one is using your ideas: The declining relevance of academic journals

February 8, 2017

Policy Forum

When it comes to having an impact on public policy, papers published in academic journals hold very little sway. It’s time universities made their research and teaching efforts more relevant, write Jeffrey Funk and Asit K Biswas.

Hydropower Can Facilitate South Asian Growth and Collaboration

January 18, 2017

Brink Asia

If properly managed, energy cooperation could contribute to improved quality of life and development in Asia.

Hydro-powering regional development in India and Nepal

January 13, 2017

East Asia Forum

Socially and economically, the performance of the four northern Indian states (Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh) collectively known as BIMARU (meaning ‘sick’ in Hindi) and neighbouring Nepal has left much to be desired. Together, they constitute one of the most deprived regions of the world. But tapping the region’s water resources may just quench its thirst for development.

Wasting away

January 13, 2017

China Daily

Food lost takes a heavy toll on natural resources as governments, food banks and recyclers strive to stop the rot.

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