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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Rethinking water management issues

October 9, 2019

The Hindu

NITI Aayog’s strategy for water resources is a continuation of failed policies of the past.

Have Singaporeans been mollycoddled on climate change?

September 28, 2019

Channel News Asia

Managing floods and soaring temperatures in Singapore under climatic uncertainties will be a huge challenge for Singapore but the biggest impediment to tackling climate change wholeheartedly is mindsets.

Why technology alone won’t solve ASEAN’s water crisis

August 5, 2019


Singapore’s journey from a water scarce to a water secure nation came from the determined pursuit of reliable access to affordable, potable water. The Public Utilities Board (PUB), National Water Agency, which oversees and manages the country’s entire water cycle, sought to achieve water security in several ways.

Public awareness key to curbing pollution

July 9, 2019

China Daily

In 2018, India had 22 of the world's 30 most polluted cities and China five, with Bangladesh and Pakistan accounting for the other three. Which shows urban air pollution is primarily an Asian problem, and the challenges are regionally widespread.

India’s water crisis

July 4, 2019

TRT World - The Newsmakers

India is facing a very severe water crisis not because of physical scarcity of this resource but because of poor management. Crisis is entirely man-made. Turkish TV recently had a discussion on India’s water crisis. Listen to my views on this issue.

Is China leading the way forward in water management?

June 13, 2019


China ranks as the most populous country in the world, with over 18% of the world’s population. Yet, the country only has 7% of the world’s freshwater resources. With rapidly developing industry (China’s second largest consumer of water), and persistent water pollution problems, it is clear that without careful water management, the threat of running out of water is very real.

Cecilia Tortajada in an interview

June 13, 2019

Millennium Technology Prize

Cecilia Tortajada is the new member of the Millennium Technology Prize’s International Selection Committee. She works on impacts of global changes, water resources, environment, food and energy at National University of Singapore. “I expect this prize to stress the social value of technological development even further and how it has been used to improve the quality of life of human kind”, she says.

China should lead on air pollution

June 6, 2019

Project Syndicate

Urbanization cannot be stopped, but this does not excuse governments for failing to address air pollution. With considerable resources and capacity for nationwide policy coordination, China should be leading the way in developing a sustainable approach to urbanization that can serve as a regional and even global example.

Role of businesses in water conservation

June 5, 2019

The Business Times

World Environment Day has been celebrated every year on June 5 since 1974. Its objectives are to encourage environmental awareness and promote actions for environmental protection. On this day, it is appropriate to review how major multinational companies such as Unilever and Nestle are managing water demands from manufacturing their products, and the water required by consumers to use those products.

India’s demographic dividends could be a boon – or bane

April 17, 2019

The Business Times

India started its multi-stage election for its lower house, Lok Sabha, on April 11. Some 900 million people, about one in eight people in the world, are eligible to vote during the six-week electoral process. While its GDP is now growing at the fastest pace of any major economy, India's biggest challenge is it's not creating enough jobs to lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty as its neighbour China has already accomplished.

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