KASA to host Water Week at Expo 2020 Dubai

The Water Demand Management Strategies Forum will be the highlight during the event 

by AZALEA AZUAR / Pic by TMR FILE PIX

THE Environment and Water Ministry (KASA) is hosting a “Water Week” at the Expo 2020 Dubai until March 25 with the theme “Water Demand Management”. 

Its Deputy Minister Datuk Mansor Othman said the event aims to promote the strategies in managing water demand, adopt and adapt the latest advanced technologies by collaborations and the use of alternative water resources, collaborate with international companies in managing water demand and strengthen international networking, and enhance strategic alliances with regional and international water institutions. 

There will be a wide range of programmes with Malaysian stakeholders, government agencies and private companies which are held in the Malaysian Pavilion at the event. 

“The programmes will feature a delegation of several Malaysian start-ups, innovators and exportready enterprises who will take part in transnational businessmatching sessions, product presentations, pocket talks, technology demonstrations and business memorandum of understandings (MoU) exchanges.

“The companies comprise those in the sectors of advanced engineering, advanced technology, advanced material, advanced products, professional services and manufacturing,” the minister said in a statement yesterday. 

The Water Demand Management Strategies Forum will be the highlight of the “Water Week” where KASA secretary general Datuk Seri Dr Zaini Ujang will be the keynote speaker.

It will also feature panellists from KASA and the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. 

On the other hand, the Department of Irrigation and Drainage, Academy of Sciences Malaysia, National Water Research Institute of Malaysia and four local companies will be having presentations on addressing challenges. 

Mansor added that Malaysia would be holding bilateral meetings with Australia and the Netherlands where they would sign an MoU with the latter to collaborate in research and development, innovation and commercialisation (RDIC) in the water field. 

He warned that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have caused global warming and as a result, Malaysia would have to face more extreme weather. 

“Therefore, the country is more committed to tackling the effects of global warming as we have been updating our nationally determined contributions (NDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2021. 

“We also strive to reduce economy-wide carbon intensity (against GDP) by 45% in 2030 c ompared to the 2005 level,” he said. 

The updated NDC target is more ambitious since the target is unconditional and a 10% increase compared with the earlier submission. 

“In addition, Malaysia’s NDC now covers seven types of GHG instead of just three GHGs previously,” Mansor added. 

Malaysia is currently developing the long-term low emissions development strategy under the provisions of the Paris Agreement. 

He stressed that the effects of climate change have caused water disruptions and management issues. 

Therefore, a water accounting system in river basin management is needed for further water infrastructure proposals. 

“All states in Malaysia have sufficient water resources under normal conditions. However, Penang, Perlis, Kedah, Melaka and Selangor are still at high risk of water stress during the dry seasons particularly when river flows are low. 

“In these states, the demand has risen to almost the same magnitude as the water availability,” he said.