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Almost all countries in Asia and the Pacific have reached an era in which water has become a scarce resource. Shortages of water supply will become a major constraint on social development and well-being, unless equitable and economically efficient water allocation policies can be developed to satisfy the water demands of various competing water-use sectors. It is imperative that a water allocation and regulatory framework is formulated for countries in the region based on sharing and exchange of experience and information by countries, highlighting the strong features of their water allocation policies and mechanisms. In assisting member countries to formulate this framework, the ESCAP secretariat has launched a project on regional cooperation on optimum water resources allocation among water-use sectors. This study, this publication aims to assist policy makers, administrators, planners and water resources professionals, who are responsible for the management of water resources, in the formulation and implementation of effective and efficient water allocation systems.