Water resources in South Asia are distributed unevenly. Some areas get too much and some get too little water. There are also seasonal variations, and climatic variability contributes its share to management challenges.
Iirrigation is key to agricultural growth, rural development, and food security. Irrigated agriculture accounts for 60-80% of food production in the region.
South Asia enjoys an abundance of aquatic biodiversity, and it's home to some of the world's most important wetlands.
By 2010, South Asian countries are projected to consume twice the amount of primary commercial energy they were consuming in 1999, which would make the region's energy consumption growth rate the highest in the world.