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Establishing Country Water Partnerships:

The secrets of success The GWP country water partnerships have been highly successful in stimulating dialogue and facilitating policy change at the national level. What are the secrets of this success? Here we focus on two regions that have very different experiences – Southeast Asia and Southern Africa. We also take a brief look at the new partnership in Guatemala and how Yemen is meeting its water challenges.

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s a sub-region of the humid tropics, Southeast Asia is well endowed with water. Some parts, for example, receive 5,000 mm of rainfall a year.The Malaysian peninsula has a distinct double rainy season, with the northwest monsoon bringing rain during April–May and the southeast monsoon during October–November. However, during the past ten years, floods and droughts have struck the region with increasing severity, causing loss of life and property and hampering economic development. For example, in June 2003, Kuala Lumpur ground to a halt when a torrential downpour caused flash floods. By contrast, in 1997 there was a prolonged drought and water rationing was imposed in the

Klang Valley, a densely populated and economically important area. Between 1990 and 2001, an estimated 7,726 people in Southeast Asia lost their lives due to floods and droughts.The economic losses were also enormous: close to US$5,800 million. Vietnam suffered the highest death toll, while economic losses were greatest in Thailand (see table). Solving such water-related problems depends on getting diverse groups of stakeholders – from grassroots water users through to government offices – to work together, both nationally and internationally.This is where GWP partnerships have a key role, providing a platform for dialogue at all levels.

CONSEQUENCES OF FLOODS AND DROUGHTS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA 1990–2001 USS$ million 3,500

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Economic losses 3,000

Deaths 2,500

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