Water for Circular Societies

This project aims to provide scientific evidence and solutions for the development of sustainable urban water policies in Asia.

Date Published
13 Jun 2022
Expected Start Date
01 Apr 2022
Expected End Date
31 Mar 2026
Project Type
Research and Capacity Development
Project Status

Water for Circular Societies (WCS) is a policy research project of UNU-IAS Water and Resource Management Programme (WRM), designed to contribute to the programme objective of promoting circular economies and decentralised natural resource management.

The focus of the WCS project is to collect and investigate scientific evidence for the development of water environment policies in Asia, and to provide comprehensive solutions to water and other inter-dependent development objectives. WCS project does so through following activities:

  1. Develop customised Sustainable Water Management Indicators, consisting of a set of socio-economic, environmental, and governance factors affecting water environment in Asia. The indicators will then be applied to multiple Asian cities, to evaluate not only their current water environment but also their potentials to improve it in the course of their socio-economic growth. 
  2. Utilise the information obtained through the indicator development to propose optimal wastewater management system in selected locations with focus on domestic water use. In the process of analysis, the potentials for resource recovery from wastewater will also be evaluated.

The outcomes of the research will assist the transition management of the target societies toward sustainable cities in Asia and promotes the local implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals for water and for related areas. 

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