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 […]

Improving reservoir water quality management in Thailand

In February 2024, the Thailand Royal Irrigation Department (RID) facilitated a workshop in Nakhon Si Thammarat as part of a continuing project supported by AWP and Australian partners, led by Griffith University. The workshop provided an opportunity for Australian and Thai experts to collaborate and exchange ideas on improving water quality monitoring, irrigation best practice […]

Lower Mekong Journalists Enhance Reporting on Water and Climate Change

Twenty-one journalists from the Lower Mekong region boosted their knowledge and skills in reporting on water and climate change through a workshop and story grants organised by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN), with support from Australian Aid and the Australian Water Partnership (AWP). In early January 2024, participants joined a workshop on ‘Enhancing Inclusivity in […]

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 […]

From Thailand to Australia – Unravelling water management strategies

A recent delegation visit to Australia by the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) of Thailand provided an opportunity for knowledge exchange and exploration of effective water management strategies. Lead by the Director General of RID, the delegation consisted of various representatives from different levels and sections within the organisation. The focus of the visit centred around flood […]

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 […]

Supporting improvement of Thailand’s water quality management

Thailand is facing challenges with managing water quality in many reservoirs across the country due to pressure from agricultural, domestic, and industrial pollution, coupled with urbanisation and climate change. The Australian Water Partnership’s Australia-Mekong Water Facility is supporting exchange of knowledge, expertise and standard methodologies of reservoir quality management between Australian partners (led by Griffith […]

Helping fish to migrate and breed in the Lower Mekong Basin

As hydropower development increases in the Lower Mekong Basin, there are concerns about the impacts on fisheries which provide significant socio-economic value to the basin population. AWP has partnered with the Mekong River Commission, GIZ and Charles Sturt University (CSU) to test methods to monitor how fish pass through dams. The Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) […]

Scaling-up nature-based solutions for climate-resilient cities

Our future is urban. Cities fuel our economies, nurture innovation and have tremendous capacity to improve quality of life. More than half of the world’s population now live in urban areas—a figure that is set to increase to 68 percent by 2050 according to the UN. Particularly in developing country contexts, it is a major […]

$232 million Mekong-Australia Partnership launched

On 8 November 2021, the Cambodian component of the Mekong-Australia Partnership (MAP) was launched following a bilateral meeting between Cambodian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, His Excellency Prak Sokhonn, and Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Marise Payne. “This week, I had a productive meeting with my […]

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