• Aerial view of Amu Darya River at the State border between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, Central Asia (credit: Dynamoland/Adobe Stock).

    Partnering to support water sector reforms and applying Australian expertise in Central Asia

    Uzbekistan is undergoing an economic and social transformation. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev is prosecuting an aspirational reform agenda spanning numerous sectors of the country’s economy. Reflecting the optimism of many observers, The Economist declared Uzbekistan its 2019 ‘country of the year’, an award that ‘celebrates improvement’. In 2020, it is the turn of Uzbekistan’s agricultural water […]

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  • Framework for establishing environmental flows in the Ayeyarwady

    The Australian Water Partnership (AWP) is supporting an Environmental Flows (e-flows) project in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady River Basin (ARB), with the objective of developing an e-flows policy framework for its adoption. There are many flows-related challenges in the ARB, including the need to balance different elements of river development and regulation to control flooding, to provide […]

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  • Applying consumption-based water management to achieve real water savings for China

    The China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR) is working with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to produce a regional study, with technical and policy guidelines for consumption-based water management. Consumption-based water management has been pioneered in China in Turpan (semi-arid Xinjiang) and in the water-stressed Hai river […]

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  • Zsófia Tomaj, Master of Ceremonies, Budapest Water Summit 2019 (Photo by IISD/ENB | Diego Noguera)

    Preventing water crises: Outcomes from the Budapest Water Summit

    The Budapest Water Summit was held from 15–17 October, organised by the Government of Hungary with the theme of ‘Preventing Water Crises’. AWP Partner Mr Tony Slatyer, Water Policy Group, attended at the invitation of the Government of Hungary and support of AWP, joining hundreds of delegates to discuss challenges in the fields of governance, […]

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  • Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ms Frances Adamson, thanking Russell Rollason, recently retired, for his significant contribution to Australian efforts in international development and water resource management (16 September 2019, Source: DFAT).

    A sea change: DFAT farewells senior water adviser Russell Rollason, instrumental in establishing AWP

    A critical actor in establishing the Australian Water Partnership (AWP) has recently retired from his position within the Governance, Fragility and Water Branch of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Russell Rollason was farewelled by colleagues from DFAT, AWP, eWater, the Department of Agriculture, the Bureau of Meteorology, and CSIRO on 4 September […]

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  • Asia-Pacific water leaders visit Australia for Learning Week

    The International WaterCentre (IWC) has welcomed more than 30 participants from across the Asia-Pacific region for the Asia-Australia Learning Week 2019 (5–9 August), to discuss the role of decision support tools in water policy development, investment planning and the on-ground management of water resources. Learning Weeks are developed around specific themes and designed to stimulate […]

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  • Dr Paradis Someth (eWater) delivered a presentation on introduction to WaterTools applied to Cambodia to support UN-ESCAP Drought Mechanism (Day 1).

    Improving data for water resources management in the Mekong

    The Australian Water Partnership (AWP) participated in the Mekong Water Data Experts Group Meeting in Washington, D.C. on 3–4 April, collaborating with experts from the US, Mekong countries, Japan and Korea as part of a larger effort to support institutions and stakeholders to better utilise data to improve water management in the Mekong region. The […]

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  • A small stream of water runs through a drought damaged area near Lamtakong dam in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Credit: AP.

    Piloting WaterGuide to address water scarcity in the Indo-Pacific

    Water scarcity is already a reality in some areas of the Indo-Pacific, with the severity and scope of its impacts forecast to increase dramatically in the years ahead. While addressing water scarcity is an ambitious and complex task, Australia’s experience shows how different solutions can be implemented to achieve tangible outcomes. While it manifests differently […]

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  • Sakon Nakhon, Thailand (credit: Adobe Stock / Alex)

    Supporting Thailand’s Water Data Reform

    On 23-24 May 2019, Thailand’s Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) and national partners held a workshop in Bangkok on ‘Information Governance and Adaptation M&E in the Thai Water Sector’. About 40 mid-level professionals attended the two-day workshop with expertise in water, meteorology, forestry, agriculture and information management. At the request of the ONWR to […]

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  • Kamala Basin Stakeholder Workshop on Formulation of Basin Development Goals and Pathways, Janakpur, Nepal, 12-13 July 2018. Credit: Hemant Ojha, Ram Bastakoti, Antonia Gamboa Rocha and Mahesh Shrestha.

    Providing water policy advice to the Government of Nepal

    The Australian Water Partnership (AWP) is supporting policy and legal aspects of basin planning in Nepal for a Kamala Basin Planning Initiative, building upon the work of the Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP). The Kamala River Basin is situated in the eastern part of Nepal and supports agriculture-based livelihoods for about 600,000 people. The people […]

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