The 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit has drawn to a close in Chiang Mai, with leaders at the summit jointly issuing the 13-point Chiang Mai Declaration.

The Chiang Mai Declaration, agreed to by leaders of the nine attending countries from the Asia-Pacific region, is not legally binding but is an expression of intention to place importance on water management and in inter-country collaboration for the managing of water resources for mutual benefit, as well as for environmental and economic integrity.

The leaders also indicated they realise Asia-Pacific is the region most at risk of natural disasters, compared to the rest of the world.

Those at the summit also agreed to push water issues as national agendas in participating countries, in order to lead to proper water management and reduce the consequences that may come about after disasters.

They also agreed to heighten intra-region collaborations in exchanging water-related knowledge and technologies.-VNA