This Special Issue aims to address key water-related challenges in Southeast Asia, providing interdisciplinary approaches to ensure sustainable supply of water, development, and governance in this region. Submit your manuscript by April 30, 2024.

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Southeast Asia is a region of incredible geographic diversity and cultural richness that sets it apart from the rest of the world.

Here, water plays a vital role in contributing to this uniqueness throughout history—from the ancient water temples in Indonesia and Cambodia that serve as essential centers for agricultural water management, to the present-day state-of-the-art water reclamation plants that supply ultra-pure water to the industries in water-stressed Singapore.

Today, Southeast Asia faces a myriad of water-related problems that pose significant existential threats to the region. While the issues are not unlike those faced by other regions in the world, their causes, how they have manifested, and how they have been addressed are certainly unique to the region. Southeast Asia’s burgeoning population and rapidly changing environmental conditions are having an impact on the water sector which in turn affects the socio-economic-cultural conditions.

Therefore, there is an urgent need to address the key water-related challenges in this region, and new research in Southeast Asia is still needed. A holistic approach to viewing water is key to the survival and prosperity of this region. This requires an inter-disciplinary approach to study and address the water issues in this region to ensure sustainable supply of water, development, and governance of this key resource.

This Virtual Special Issue from ACS ES&T Water aims to capture the latest water research in Southeast Asia. We invite all members from academia, governments, non-governmental organizations and other relevant institutions from all sectors (e.g. water utilities, agriculture, public health, urban planning, hydropower, public policy and governance, transportation, disaster management, environment conservation etc.) to contribute as we work together to address this problem.

Key topics of focus include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Water resource management (including sub-surface and coastal)
  • Water and wastewater treatment
  • Nature-based solutions
  • Hydroclimatic disasters (floods and droughts)
  • Hydropower
  • Agriculture and food security
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Public health
  • Sanitation and hygiene
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Water governance and public policy
  • Environmental education and awareness
  • Behavioural change
  • Eco-toxicology

Editorial Team

This Virtual Special Issue will be managed by:

Dr. Joon Chuah, Lead Guest Editor
Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore

Assoc. Prof. Tan Mou Leong, Guest Editor
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

Dr. Lim Hanshe, Guest Editor
James Cook University, Australia

Asst. Prof. Ho Huu Loc, Guest Editor
Water Systems and Global Change Group, Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands

Asst. Prof. Anindrya Nastiti, Guest Editor
Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia

Assoc. Prof.Pongsak Noophan, Guest Editor
Kasetsart University, Thailand

Prof. Mylene G. Cayetano, Guest Editor
University of the Philippines, The Philippines

Prof. Shane Snyder, Editor-in-Chief, ACS ES&T Water
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Submission Instructions

Manuscripts must adhere to ACS ES&T Water submission guidelines available on the journal’s Information for Authors page. Accepted manuscripts for consideration in this Special Issue will include research articles, perspectives, and viewpoints. Manuscripts submitted for consideration will undergo the full rigorous peer review process expected from ACS journals.

How to Submit

  • Log in to the ACS Paragon Plus submission site.
  • Choose ACS ES&T Water as your journal.
  • Select your manuscript type.
  • Under the 'Special Issue Selection' menu, choose 'Navigating Challenges and Charting Solutions of Water Issues in Southeast Asia.'

Please see our Author Guidelines for more information on submission requirements. The deadline for submission is April 30, 2024.

If you are unsure if your research is within the scope of this Special Issue or have other questions about submitting your manuscript, please email

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