• Wicked problems: how to solve the unsolvable

    In an interview, Quentin Grafton suggested that much of his work as an economist has to do with addressing wicked problems. Learning about what he sees as the key elements to approach wicked problems was insightful. This article explores more closely what constitutes a wicked problem and what needs to be done to start to address these […]

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  • Addressing food and water security: the effectiveness of Conservation Agriculture-based Sustainable Intensification through the Sustainable and Resilient Farming Systems Initiative

    By Simon Ross, IWCAN In an interview, Prof. Quentin Grafton, an economist from the Australian National University, referred to the Risks and Options Assessment for Decision-Making (ROAD) process used in the Eastern Gangetic Plains (EGP), which covers Bangladesh, India, and Nepal. The aim was to establish participatory processes for addressing food and water security in light […]

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  • Ayeyarwady Basin, Myanmar Central Dry Zone (Image: Matthew McCartney/IWMI).

    Work on the hydrogeology of Myanmar’s Dry Zone to be published after 30 years

    As part of the Ayeyarwady River Basin Planning Program under the World Bank’s Ayeyarwady Integrated River Basin Management Project (AIRBMP), the AWP is supporting partners to conduct a Groundwater Review of the Central Dry Zone in Myanmar, a 54,000km expanse of land home to almost a quarter of Myanmar’s population of 52 million people. Leading […]

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  • NHP – India Phase III

    NHP Phase III In December 2015 the AWP committee approved a proposal from the World Bank to facilitate technical support for the third phase of a National Hydrology Project in India. Under this National Hydrology Project Phase III, the World Bank proposed $1,150,000 of AWP funding over 24 months to support the project in seven […]

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  • What water management can learn from traditional fire ecology

    Australian land and water management are shifting to incorporate traditional ecological knowledge (TEK). In an interview with Bradley Moggridge, he talked about how traditional fire ecology has transformed the way that some land is now being managed in Australia. Scientific literature points to ways that TEK can support improved water management, and how this is […]

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  • Synergies between environmental flows and cultural water

    In an interview with Brad Moggridge, Aboriginal water expert, researcher, and advocate, he described the relationship between environmental flows and cultural water  Cultural water is water resources and water conditions informed by First Nations Peoples to sustain and benefit them, improving their spiritual, cultural, environmental, and economic condition. Environmental flows are, more simply, the sources […]

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  • River Torrens / Karrawirra Parri, South Australia

    South Australia’s water industry recognised

    Australian Water Partnership CEO Professor Gary Jones told Water Industry Alliance (WIA) members in Adelaide that the Alliance was recognised for having played a major role in developing the industry over many years and was at the forefront of breaking into international markets. “South Australia’s water industry is recognised as a global leader in areas […]

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  • ​Can Western science validate and acknowledge First Nations Peoples’ traditional knowledge in journals and reports?

    During an interview with Brad Moggridge, the challenges around bridging the gap between traditional knowledge and scientific journals and reports was discussed. Traditional knowledge is composed of a body of evidence that spans generations. It is fundamental, valid knowledge that is used for decision making and environmental management at the community level. However, this knowledge […]

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  • Drought action video | #droughtaction

    This video, directed and shot by Nachiket Pangare (Nash), covers the issue of water scarcity that is looming in many parts of the world. Water scarcity affects more than 40% of the global population, especially in Africa, Asia and Latin America. With agriculture accounting for over 70% of the world’s water consumption; food production expected […]

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  • ​Relationship-building: a core component of water management

    In an interview, Chris O’Neill of Hydronumerics spoke about how relationships are fundamental to good water management. He emphasised the value of listening to others and understanding how people use and engage with water. Chris proposed a ‘red wine theory’ of relationship building. As water managers, it’s helpful to be reminded that water is about our lives […]

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