Navigating water scarcity in Asia and the Pacific

In an era marked by rapid urbanisation, industrialisation, population growth, and climate change, water scarcity has emerged as a critical challenge for the Asia-Pacific region. To combat this pressing issue, the Australian Water Partnership has joined forces with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to launch the Asia-Pacific Water Scarcity Programme. This collaboration aims […]

Supporting International Development through Ozwater’24 

This year, the Australian Water Partnership again supported and participated in OzWater, a prominent water industry conference hosted by the Australian Water Association (AWA). The theme of this year’s event, ‘Accelerating Action’ explored the critical role of water resources in tackling the climate challenge.   As an official International Development Partner, AWP supported the International Development […]

Exploring water-energy integration options for the Mekong

To meet growing energy demands and utilise existing infrastructure, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) has been exploring Pumped Storage Hydropower (PSH) as an option for energy storage and production in the region. A series of previous studies within the MRC Proactive Regional Planning process focus on storage options, sediment transport, hydrological limits for wetlands or […]

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 […]

Returning from Dubai: Reflections on water in the climate conference

Guest Editorial by Sarah Ransom. This article was first published in World Water Policy Journal on 31 January 2024. From November 30 to December 12, 2023, the UNFCC 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) was held in the United Arab Emirates, and I was privileged enough to attend for a few days on behalf […]

Water association partnerships accelerate shift to climate smart and resilient water sectors in the Asia-Pacific

The article was originally published on the Australian Water Association’s website in  November 2023. The Partnerships for a Resilient and Climate Smart Water Sector Program recognises the urgent need for collective action to mitigate the impacts of climate change on water resources, infrastructure, and vulnerable communities. Through partnerships between the Australian Water Association (AWA) and […]

Partnerships that work: Australian and Pacific water utilities find common ground building climate resilience

Last week, key stakeholders from the Pacific water sector gathered for the Pacific Water and Wastewater Association (PWWA) Annual Conference & 7th Ministerial Meeting of Water Ministers in Palau, under the theme of ‘Water Resilience, Infrastructure, and Climate Change’. The Australian Water Association (AWA), supported by Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade via the Australian Water Partnership joined the program to co-present […]

Partnerships for a resilient and climate smart water sector

The Australian Water Association (AWA), supported by the Australian Water Partnership (AWP), is driving collective impact for a resilient and climate smart future through partnerships in Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Pacific. Program Snapshot: The Solomon Islands In April of this year Sally Armstrong, Head of International and Industry Programs at AWA, was on an island-hopper on her way to Munda, on New Georgia Island in the Western Province […]

Nepal – A long and winding road

This is Part 4 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  | Part 2  | and Part 3. I’m not sure that anything can quite prepare you for the close up […]

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