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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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Balancing the economy with the environment

December 3, 2018

China Daily

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up. In 1978, about three-quarters of Chinese people lived in absolute poverty. By the end of this year, the corresponding figure is expected to be less than 1 percent-a rate of progress never seen in human history.

The underground cathedral protecting Tokyo from floods

November 29, 2018


Cecilia Tortajada recalls making her way down a long staircase and into of one of Japan’s engineering marvels, an enormous water tank that crowns Tokyo’s defences against flooding. When she finally reached the tank’s ground, she stood among the dozens of 500-tonne pillars supporting the ceiling. In the cavernous, shrine-like cistern, she felt humbled.

Ganga clean-up plan is fundamentally flawed

November 28, 2018

The Economic Times

The entire Ganga pollution control plan is fundamentally flawed. If by a miracle the current plan could be implemented, it will still not be effective even over the medium term, let alone the long term, because it is mostly past-oriented and doesn't take into account future conditions, Asit K. Biswas.

The Marina Barrage, a dream 20 years in the making

November 10, 2018

Channel News Asia

An iconic landmark, a symbol of the city-state’s success in water management, the Marina Barrage is a culmination of decades of visionary foresight, planning and execution, say Cecilia Tortajada and Asit K Biswas.

Millions in Mexico City area face weeklong water outage

October 30, 2018

United Press International

Cutzamala system has not been improved for many years and because it is old and so many pipes have been added there are few people now who know physically how the system actually is.

Tackling Asia’s water challenges

October 18, 2018

China Water Risk

CWR, in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, have prepared a comprehensive assessment on the possible economic risks in Asia due to impacts of climate change in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH), the water towers of Asia.

A #MeToo movement for children: Shining a light on child abuse

October 15, 2018

Policy Forum

The Catholic Church is far from the only organisation with a dark history of abusing kids within its care. Cecilia Tortajada writes that it’s time to hold the not-for-profit sector at large more accountable.

Five major metros staring at severe water crisis: Expert

October 5, 2018

The Times of India

Unless Delhi government reduces per capita consumption to 100 litres per capita per day (LPCD), Delhi will run out of water. By 2030, Delhi population is set to reach an incredible 43.6 million.

6 major Indian cities will run out of water by 2030: Expert warns

October 4, 2018

United News of India

If India continues with unsatisfactory and unsustainable water management policies, like poor operation and management practices of all water infrastructure, there is no doubt that within the next 12 years many parts of the country will face serious water crises, mostly six major cities will run out of water.

From our ancestors to modern leaders, all do it: the story of corruption

September 7, 2018

The Conversation

As the global economy expanded significantly during the 20th century, levels of corruption increased as well. It is difficult to estimate the global magnitude and extent of corruption since these activities are carried out in secret. The World Bank estimates international bribery exceeds US$1.5 trillion annually, or 2% of global GDP and ten times more than total global aid funds. Other estimates are higher at 2-5% of global GDP.

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