• Empowering rights-based organisations to increase community resilience to the threats of climate change on water resources 

    In rural Papua New Guinea (PNG), water security is often a significant challenge. The Government’s WASH Policy 2015 – 2030 indicates that 89 per cent of people in urban areas and 33 percent in rural areas have access to safe water while 57 percent of urban dwellers and only 13 percent of the rural population […]

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  • Australian water experts support development of amendments to Vietnam’s Law on Water Resources

    In August 2023, Yvette Colton (Aither) and Karlene Maywald (Maywald Consultants) met with representatives of Vietnam’s National Assembly, Government of Vietnam officials, and other water sector stakeholders to discuss legal and policy water reform soon to be adopted under amendments to Vietnam’s Law on Water Resources. Yvette and Karlene shared lessons from Australia’s water reform […]

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  • Reflections: Respect, Responsibility, Reciprocity, and Relationship

    Reflections by Sharon B. Megdal, University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center. I recently returned from attending Stockholm World Water Week (WWW), the annual international water conference organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). Always an excellent conference, this one stood out for its heightened focus on Indigenous water knowledge, experiences, and communities. There had been […]

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  • Partnerships for a resilient and climate smart water sector

    The Australian Water Association (AWA), supported by the Australian Water Partnership (AWP), is driving collective impact for a resilient and climate smart future through partnerships in Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Pacific. Program Snapshot: The Solomon Islands In April of this year Sally Armstrong, Head of International and Industry Programs at AWA, was on an island-hopper on her way to Munda, on New Georgia Island in the Western Province […]

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  • A Message Stick for International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

    Professor Anne Poelina is a Nyikina Warrwa woman from the Kimberley region of Western Australia. She is a Peter Cullen Trust Fellow (2011) and an active community leader, human and earth rights advocate whose water and climate justice leadership focuses on the Martuwarra, Fitzroy River Watershed and the public interests of all people. Professor Poelina […]

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  • From Thailand to Australia – Unravelling water management strategies

    A recent delegation visit to Australia by the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) of Thailand provided an opportunity for knowledge exchange and exploration of effective water management strategies. Lead by the Director General of RID, the delegation consisted of various representatives from different levels and sections within the organisation. The focus of the visit centred around flood […]

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  • Reduce, reuse, recycle – a circular economy for sustainable water management

    Australia, jointly with India and Fiji, hosted a side event at the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Thursday 13 July 2023. The session convened a panel discussion on Sustainable Water Management, focusing on the linkages between SDG6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG12 (responsible […]

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  • Improving water efficiency through irrigation modernisation in Vietnam

    The Water Efficiency Improvement in Drought-Affected Provinces (WEIDAP) project in Vietnam is aimed at overcoming water scarcity by providing modernised irrigation systems to high value horticulture crops that were badly affected during the 2014-2016 drought. The project has made recent progress in moving from the detailed design phase to the commencement of construction. The project […]

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  • Nepal – A long and winding road

    This is Part 4 of a four-part blog series. AWP Program Lead Rohan Kent writes about his recent scoping mission with ANU on sites for Pumped Storage Hydropower in the Himalayan region. Read Part 1  | Part 2  | and Part 3. I’m not sure that anything can quite prepare you for the close up […]

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  • Modernising irrigated agriculture to protect and restore aquatic biodiversity and ecosystem services in Indonesia

    Between the 17-18th of June, the AWP funded activity carried out by Charles Sturt University (CSU) in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) ‘Modernising irrigated agriculture to protect and restore aquatic biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Indo-Pacific’ held its final high-level workshop with its in-country partner, Indonesia’s National […]

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