Knowledge and Learning Areas

We prioritise ‘climate resilience’, which is the ability to anticipate, prepare for, and respond to hazardous events, trends, or disturbances related to climate.

We prioritise ‘climate resilience’, which is the ability to anticipate, prepare for, and respond to hazardous events, trends, or disturbances related to climate.

Our knowledge and learning areas help Indo-Pacific Partners to achieve climate resilience, often by supporting water scarcity solutions, drought mitigation, irrigation efficiency and sustainable water management governance.

Our Australian partnership base includes both a breadth and depth of water management expertise and experience. This means we are well practiced in all aspects of climate-resilient sustainable water management—from highly complex water management strategy to customised technical modelling methods.

Cross-cutting priorities

We have a societal responsibility to ensure that vulnerable and disadvantaged groups are included and accounted for in water allocation and management processes and outcomes.

First Nations

Indigenous and traditional knowledge are essential assets for water managers, providing valuable insights, adaptation strategies, and sustainable approaches to address contemporary and future water-related challenges. It must be recognised that Indigenous communities who manage significant portions of the world’s protected land and biodiversity also often face unequal climate impacts.

Partnerships between Australia and the Indo-Pacific can achieve more resilient and equitable water solutions by integrating Indigenous and traditional knowledge in a range of water management approaches.

Water and Climate

Water is a necessary part of the climate solution. By investing in adaptive water planning and management, countries can build climate-resilient societies that benefit both people and the planet. If water is not considered in decision-making, there are risks to climate action, with many initiatives that are aiming for net-zero emissions dependent on abundant and reliable water.

Australia has history and experience to share, but the nature of climate change means that the past is no longer a reliable guide to the challenges we will face in future. Our partnerships promote the skills and tools needed to manage adaptively, allowing decision-makers to manage risk and respond quickly to fast-evolving conditions.

Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI)

First Nations

Water and Climate

Other key knowledge and learning areas

Our partnership base offers a breadth and depth of water management expertise and experience. Our key knowledge and learning areas comprise the below themes that provide entry points into discovering more about how we work to deliver sustainable water management challenges facing the Indo-Pacific region.

Water Tools

River Basin Planning

Environmental Water

Integrated Urban Water Management

Irrigation and Agriculture

Capacity Strengthening

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Water Tools

To be able to allocate water to different users across a catchment, user-friendly tools and data provide evidence to inform decision-making. Tools and methods tested and tried by Australian Partners can assist countries with data sets, modelling and mapping of water resources. These reliable, replicable, and feasible tools are crucial for gaining widespread trust in the way water is managed and allocated.

River Basin Planning

Strategic planning at the basin level offers a collaborative way to examine the demand, supply and quality of water resources in an integrated, long-term and geographically specific context. By establishing plans and governance mechanisms to distribute water resources, manage issues and resolve disputes; basin planning can provide a pathway to transparently manage increasingly limited and contested water resources.

Australia’s comprehensive experience with its own Murray-Darling Basin Plan, as well as basin planning projects across the Indo-Pacific, can assist with initiatives that strengthen water cooperation between sectors and across geographical boundaries. We help other countries learn from what we have done, and what we have learnt when things haven’t worked.

Environmental Water

Environmental water refers to the water in any river or wetland that supports the health of these waterbodies—in turn supporting the communities that rely on them. Learnings from Australia’s experience in providing water entitlements for the environment can assist other countries with practical guidelines for river health, innovative monitoring tools and improved water quality—ensuring the well-being of both people and nature.

Integrated Urban Water Management

Understanding the water needs of urban, peri-urban and rural communities is crucial for improving health, livelihoods and the environment. By integrating the management of source water, stormwater, wastewater and drinking water, city leaders, urban planners and water utilities can more holistically address urban water challenges. Australia is well-placed to share research and practice on improving the sustainability, resilience, productivity and liveability of cities and towns. This includes issues related to waterway health, wastewater treatment and recycling, infrastructure, flooding and smart technologies.

Irrigation and Agriculture

Efficiencies in irrigation practices can greatly contribute to zero hunger and sustainable water management. With demonstrated experience in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia is sharing technical and operational advice and experience with Indo-Pacific Partners to support irrigation modernisation. The scope of these activities ranges from evaluating supply and delivery schemes to implementing policies and regulation.

Capacity Strengthening

Investments in strengthening capacity are essential to long-term sustainable water management. Through inclusive and diverse capacity development initiatives such as peer-to-peer partnerships, young professionals programs, exchanges, training initiatives, workshops, and institutional strengthening; Australia and Indo-Pacific Partners are equipping and empowering individuals and organisations for sustainable water management well into the future.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Sustainable management of water and sanitation underpins wider efforts to end poverty, advance sustainable development and sustain peace and stability—but the world is not on track to achieve SDG 6 by 2030. Advancing water-related SDGs is a collective process. Through AWP, partnerships between Australia and the Indo-Pacific support strategies to achieve SDGs as well as innovative mechanisms to effectively monitor progress.

Relevant resources

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