At the two-day summit held in Beppu,
Micronesian President Emanuel Mori, President of Republic of Palau Tommy Esang Remengesau also highlighted the challenges the small island countries in the Pacific region faced under the global thread of climate change. "There is no more important topic than assuring an adequate and safe water supply to our region. The
[C]limate change has also had various impacts on the water resources in
Global climate change has brought impacts in China's water resources, including sea level rise in coastal areas, glacial retreat in northwestern regions and early arrival of spring phenophase, said Hu Siyi, vice minister of Chinese Ministry of Water Resources at a speech on Monday. Hu noted that since the 20th Century, glacial coverage in western
Statistics show that in the Asia-Pacific region, there are still around 700 million people with no access to safe drinking water. Meanwhile, 1.9 billion people are without basic sanitation. The region is also the most vulnerable with regard to water-related disasters. Between 1960 to 2006, over 600,000 casualties were recorded in the region, accounting for over 80 percent of world casualties in floods, droughts, tsunamis and other kinds of water-related disasters.