Japan, US Cooperate In Southeast Asia Water Diplomacy


Southeast Asia is often considered "a global hot spot for water crises", where clean water supplies and sanitation in many cities are fragmented and suffering from weak planning, monitoring, and investment. The structure of water governance in Southeast Asia is multi-level, linking local actors to transnational actors in various structures, making regulatory coordination challenging. Cooperation between the United States and Japan for water supplies in Southeast Asia will not only promote effective water governance and implement sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Southeast Asia, but will also further strengthen stabilization and conflict prevention in the Indo-Pacific region.