Vietnam Water Stewardship workshop: from Risk to Resilience

As climate change, population growth, urbanisation and competing upstream users diminish water quality and availability, it has become apparent that all water users have a role in enhancing water security. Effective governance arrangements are critical to successfully implementing water security solutions over the mid to longer term. This includes factors such as stakeholder engagement, managing […]

Where do the fish go in an era of hydropower development in the Lower Mekong Basin?

The Mekong River is crucial for providing populations with food and livelihoods. The Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) fishery is the world’s most productive inland fishery and provides a major source of food for people in Southeast Asia. In some Mekong countries for instance, fish supply up to 80% of protein intake requirements of the people […]

Mapping river connectivity for improved water resource management in Indonesia

A Charles Sturt University and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) project is assisting the Government of Indonesia to bridge the information gap about the impact of river barriers on ecosystems and biodiversity. A Charles Sturt University research project in Indonesia aims to overcome the information gap about the impact of river barriers on ecosystems […]

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 […]

High-level Government of Vietnam delegation visits Australia in support of reforms to Vietnam’s Law on Water Resources

In the fifty-year anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and Vietnam, a high-level delegation of Government of Vietnam officials visited Australia in April 2023 to share insights in water law, policy and reform. This provided an important opportunity to continue fostering strong diplomatic and technical relationships between Australia and Vietnam. Vietnam has been continually seeking […]

Supporting water agreements in Lao PDR

Lao PDR is rich in water resources both in terms of quantity and quality. However, water use in the country at the river basin and national scales have increased to support rapid social-economic development, which has impacted availability, quality, and sustainability of the resource. More than a third of GDP and 75% of employment comes […]

Progressing water reform in Vietnam

Vietnam is faced with many challenges in providing its people with water security including managing the risks to water such as pollution, climate change, and over abstraction, and managing the risks from water including flooding, periods of water scarcity and subsidence. These risks occur more and more frequently, for example in October 2022, heavy rain […]

Call for proposals: Technical support to the FAO Asia Pacific Water Scarcity Program

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: THURSDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2023, 5.00PM (AEDT) Activity Background The Australian Water Partnership (AWP) is seeking to appoint an Australian Partner to lead a team of Australian and local experts to support the Asia Pacific Water Scarcity Program (WSP), jointly funded by AWP and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). The initial program […]

Watering the climate convention

Reflections from COP27 and Cairo Water Week by Lucía Gamarra.  Last month, over 30 thousand people from government, non-government organisations, corporate and civil society gathered in the ‘Bay of the Wise’—aka Sharm El Sheikh—to talk about the climate crisis. The focus of the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27) was ‘Together […]

Political economy of water sector in Pacific Island Countries

By Milika Sobey, The Asia Foundation In a region of water abundance, why can’t people access clean, safe water? In the Pacific Islands, only 55% of people have access to basic drinking water and 30% to sanitation services, with the latter being the lowest rate of access in the world. Papua New Guinea was recently […]

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