Evaluating Water Security in the Asia-Pacific Region: A New Approach Based on Vulnerability Indices
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Paladini, S. (2012) ‘Evaluating water security in the asia-pacific region: a new approach based on vulnerability indices’, Eurasian Geography and Economics, 53(1), pp. 95–114. Available at: https://doi.org/10.2747/1539-7184.108.40.206.
A specialist in non-traditional security issues in China and Southeast Asia outlines a new approach to investigating the emerging issue of water security in East Asia. The author develops a composite vulnerability index linking water availability with economic and social conditions, and applies the index to assess the effects of water supply constraints on 26 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The paper demonstrates that the index provides useful insights for further analyses, although additional work is needed before it can be considered fully reliable for forecasting purposes.