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 […]

A roadmap for transforming cities

Australia’s Urban WaterGuide provides a blueprint for future-proofing cities. Tony Wong, Jamie Ewert, and Katharine Cross show how its philosophy of integrated water management has significance for urban environments across the world. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart […]

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 […]

Reflections on AWP Engagement at the IWA World Water Congress

An opinion piece by Katharine Cross Having worked for the International Water Association for several years prior to joining AWP, attending the IWA World Water Congress in Copenhagen this September was a bit like coming home. It was an exciting and dynamic opportunity to reconnect with colleagues across the water sector on technical issues as […]

Digital technologies for a climate resilient water sector

Digital technologies are playing an increasingly important role in supporting climate and disaster resilience and enhancing environmental sustainability. To enhance capacity on application, the Australian Water Partnership (AWP) is supporting the delivery of a 6 week online short course, “Digital technologies for a climate resilient water sector”. Across Asia and the Pacific region, rapidly changing […]

AWP at OzWater’22

Ozwater’22, Australia’s most prominent international annual water conference and exhibition, took place in full force this year with most delegates attending the event in person in rainy Brisbane, Australia from May 10–12, 2022. The three-day conference program under the theme Our Water Journey was an opportunity to celebrate the evolution of the water sector in Australia, […]

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 […]

Australia-Indonesia Water Utility Improvement Program

Supported by the AWP, the Australia-Indonesia Water Utility Improvement Program (WUIP) is helping to improve water quality in Indonesia while enhancing the reliability, operational efficiency and financial sustainability of drinking water or wastewater management companies—known as Perusahaan Daerah Air Minum (PDAMs). In Indonesia, many ageing water supply systems are struggling to cope with the rapid […]

Government of Timor-Leste’s adoption of digital technology strengthens flood response

Timor-Leste recently adopted a new water supply law and policy with the central objective to deliver universal and equitable access to potable water. The Government of Timor-Leste plans to build and/or upgrade water supply systems in up to 41 Administrative Posts (or sub-district capitals). In 2020, the Government requested technical assistance from the Australian Government. […]

Improving management of groundwater resources in Laos and the Sekong Basin

Commencing in March 2021, the Australian Water Partnership (AWP) is supporting the Department of Water Resources (DWR), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos) to develop a national Groundwater Profile and a pilot Sustainable Groundwater Management Plan (SGMP) for the Sekong Basin. Laos is undergoing rapid development that heavily relies […]

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