• Staff of the District Agriculture and Forestry Office (left) and the International Water Management Institute (middle) monitoring a domestic well in Pakxong district

    Improving management of groundwater resources in Laos and the Sekong Basin

    Commencing in March 2021, the Australian Water Partnership (AWP) is supporting the Department of Water Resources (DWR), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos) to develop a national Groundwater Profile and a pilot Sustainable Groundwater Management Plan (SGMP) for the Sekong Basin. Laos is undergoing rapid development that heavily relies […]

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    Addressing water scarcity in Indian villages through local groundwater champions

    Since 2019, the Australian Water Partnership has been supporting the rollout of Managing Aquifer Recharge and Sustaining Groundwater Use through Village-level Intervention (MARVI) in 20,000 villages across seven Indian states. The activity is being implemented as part the Government of India’s Atal Bhujal Yojana / Atal Groundwater Program national project. Groundwater is an important source […]

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    Australia and UN Food and Agriculture Organization renew partnership

    On 8 December 2020, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Australian Water Partnership, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) was extended for a further two and a half years (until June 2023). The MoU—originally established in December 2017—was signed […]

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    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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    UAE University seeks partners for Water Resource Management and Sustainability for Arid Environments Conference at Dubai Expo

    The Australian Government has agreed to co-host with UAE University a joint Conference on Water Resource Management and Sustainability for Arid Environments at the World Exposition in Dubai. The Government is seeking expressions of interest from companies and institutions with proven international collaboration experience to contribute expertise to the conference, showcase cutting-edge innovations and co-lead […]

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  • Front row (L-R): Prof Dr Nilar Aye (Head of Department of Civil Engineering, Mandalay Technological University), Prof Dr Khin Ni Ni Thein (Secretary of Advisory Group, NWRC), U Win Hlaing (Joint Secretary NWRC and Director General DWIR), U Cho Cho (Advisory Group Chair, NWRC), Khin Theingi Sann (Project Officer, AIRBM Project).

    Myanmar Young Water Professionals Batch 5 graduate

    The fifth batch of Myanmar Young Water Professionals (YWP) attended their graduation ceremony at the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems in Yangon on 30 May and a new batch is due to start next month. ‘Batch 5’ was made up of 13 participants all under the age of 35—seven from government […]

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    Sharing COVID-19 water industry experiences through Telewater

    The Australian Water Partnership supported two webinars in July through its Australian Telewater Network, established to provide developing countries with increased remote access to Australian water resources advice, knowledge and tools during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinars were facilitated by the Australian Water Association (AWA) in collaboration with Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage Association (VWSA) […]

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