Measuring the impacts of irrigation investments in West Bengal

The growing influence of climate impact and the erratic nature of rainfall has resulted in severe crop failures and loss of livelihoods in West Bengal. The dry-subhumid regions of western West Bengal receive water only during the monsoon (Kharif season – June to Sept), limiting farmers to grow one crop per year under rainfed conditions. […]

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 […]

Water doesn’t just clean, it purifies

This is Part 2 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 here. The distances may not seem far on the maps, but these windy mountain roads make it seem like an […]

Exploring Pumped Storage Hydropower in the Himalayas – Part 1

In the first 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. As the dusk begins to wrap itself around my hilltop balcony, the deep green of the mountains – dotted with the colourful red, blue […]

Integrating learning away-from-work into return-to-work plans – an innovative approach to action the benefits of training

Reflections on the Multiscale Integrated River Basin Management training program by Frederick Bouckaert Taking three weeks out of a busy work schedule, pushing aside important commitments, and convincing your workplace that it is worth it to apply for a highly competitive Multiscale Integrated River Basin Management (IRBM) training program, requires courage and convincing. One of […]

Young Water Professionals program a success in India

Twenty young water professionals recently completed a year-long program to enhance their planning, design, implementation and management of projects and initiatives. The innovative training program was led by Western Sydney University and the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, on behalf of the Australia India Water Centre (AIWC).   The program was a collaboration between The […]

Integrated River Basin Management: Towards a deeper, holistic understanding of related concepts, tools, and opportunities

An integrated approach to managing water resources Understanding upstream–downstream linkages – whether it be in the context of natural processes or socio-ecological landscapes – is vital to ensuring effective water resources planning at the river basin level. In the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region, the management of land and water in upstream regions has direct impacts […]

People managing the invisible: participatory groundwater monitoring in India

Mr Hari Ram Gadri has been a farmer in a small village called Dharta in Rajasthan, India, for four decades. His livelihood and his family’s wellbeing depend on his ability to grow crops both for sustenance and to pay for his children’s education and other needs. Unfortunately, much of India is subject to significant droughts […]

Digital technologies for a climate resilient water sector

Digital technologies are playing an increasingly important role in supporting climate and disaster resilience and enhancing environmental sustainability. To enhance capacity on application, the Australian Water Partnership (AWP) is supporting the delivery of a 6 week online short course, “Digital technologies for a climate resilient water sector”. Across Asia and the Pacific region, rapidly changing […]

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