• $232 million Mekong-Australia Partnership launched

    On 8 November 2021, the Cambodian component of the Mekong-Australia Partnership (MAP) was launched following a bilateral meeting between Cambodian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, His Excellency Prak Sokhonn, and Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Marise Payne. “This week, I had a productive meeting with my […]

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  • Flood response technology in Timor-Leste contributes to regional Mekong dialogue on water security

    Flood response technology in Timor-Leste contributes to regional Mekong dialogue on water security

    A collaboration between Australia and Timor-Leste water sectors supported by the Australian Water Partnership (AWP) was highlighted at the ASEAN-MRC Water Security Dialogue, co-hosted as a hybrid event by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Mekong River Commission (MRC) on 19–20 August. The collaboration demonstrates how simple digital technology being adopted by […]

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  • A large park with integrated urban design nestled in a city in Thailand

    Valuing water through nature-based solutions in the Mekong Region

    The value of water is about much more than its price – water has enormous and complex value for our households, culture, health, education, economics and the integrity of our natural environment. If we overlook any of these values, we risk mismanaging this finite, irreplaceable resource. Today, access to water is under extreme threat from […]

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  • Morning view of river in Thailand during drought (credit: Adobe Stock / sushi7688)

    Australia and Thailand collaborate on irrigation water sharing to manage water scarcity

    At the start of 2020, Thailand was in the midst of its worst drought in the last four decades. About half of the major reservoirs in the country were below 50 per cent of capacity, and low river levels meant saltwater intrusion affected drinking water supplies and farming. There has also been insufficient water to […]

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    Australia to assist South East Asia with early warning COVID-19 surveillance

    The Australian water sector is set to help five South-East Asian nations develop an early warning surveillance system to track COVID-19 prevalence in wastewater, with the support of the Australian Water Partnership through its Australia-Mekong Water Facility Grant. The Australian Water Association and Water Research Australia have partnered to transfer leading Australian innovation in the […]

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    Valuing the benefits of Nature-based Solutions for integrated urban flood management in Asia

    The Australian Water Partnership is supporting a new initiative as part of its Australia-Mekong Water Facility to identify, evaluate and realise the benefits associated with Nature-based Solutions (NbS) for integrated urban flood management in the Mekong region. NbS are increasingly being integrated into urban planning to provide more cost-effective and flexible approaches to addressing the […]

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  • Traditional subsistence fishing on the Li River, Xingping, China (Credit: Vadim Petrakov/Adobe Stock)

    Environmental Water Management in the Indo-Pacific: An Australian Perspective, published

    A new AWP knowledge product is now available that focuses on environmental water management in the Indo-Pacific region – authored by Professor Stuart Bunn, Associate Professor Mark Kennard, and Professor Sue Jackson from the Australian Rivers Institute at Griffith University. An overview of the threats to freshwater ecosystems, the significance of freshwater biodiversity and the [...]

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  • Nam Ou River at Nong Khiaw village, Laos (Credit: Fabio Lamanna)

    Integrative socio-economic modelling capacity for the Mekong River Commission

    The Australian Water Partnership (AWP) is supporting the Mekong River Commission (MRC) in increasing its capacity in integrative socio-economic modelling, critical to reporting on the social and economic impacts of water resource developments in the Mekong Basin. AWP Partner Sustainable Futures Institute Australia (SFIA) has been implementing a series of activities with the MRC to […]

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  • Australia-Mekong Water Facility: Strengthening resilience for the Greater Mekong region

    Water resources are central to the food security, energy needs, public health and economic development of countries of the Greater Mekong region and their neighbours. It is in Australia’s national interest that water resources in the region are effectively managed and equitably shared, high social and environmental standards are applied for water-related investments, water governance […]

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