Department of Agriculture and Water Resources showcases policy at water congress

Australia’s world leading Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme, water infrastructure and water quality management policy were in the spotlight at the World Water Congress & Exhibition 2016 in Brisbane last month.

As joint-principal sponsor, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources had the opportunity to showcase their effective water policy and management on the world stage.

“As a department, we work hard to enhance the sustainability, efficiency and productivity of Australia’s water systems and improve their overall health” said Richard McLoughlin, Water Resources Assistant Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

“Supporting the sustainable and productive management and use of rivers and water resources is a key priority for the department and our support of the congress was a testament to that” said Mr McLoughlin.

“We had the opportunity to network with the world’s top water professionals, with over 5000 delegates, from all over the world” continued Mr McLoughlin.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources works with communities, businesses and other governments to minimise unsustainable water use and return water to the environment.

“We were really excited to share our experience in the sustainable and equitable management of water resources internationally.

“Our exhibition and speaking program highlighted Australia’s achievements in water policymaking, water resource assessment, and river basin planning and operations. It showcased the science, tools and services that deliver a reliable picture of Australia’s water resources to inform the development of policies and strategies for effective water resource management” said Mr McLoughlin.

The key objective for the department’s involvement in the IWA International Water Congress was to play a leading role at the event. Australian initiatives garnered well-deserved attention at the event through special talks including the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme and water quality management in Australia.

Australia’s water is critical to the future of agriculture and the well-being of the environment and our communities. The department’s sponsorship was part of Australia – water partners for development which brought together the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, the Bureau of Meteorology, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, and the Australian Water Partnership (representing 100 Australian public and private sector organisations).

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