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.
Photo credit: AWP team members with Andy Lowes from the Australian River Restoration Centre in the Murrimbidgee River. (Image is owned by AWP)
Australian Publications

A handbook for visiting Australia’s dams

An overview of eastern Australian dams, including management, safety, and operations
Australian Publications
Australian Perspective Series

Decision support systems and tools for water resources policy and management

Principles and Practice for Indigenous Engagement in Water Management

This publication examines an Australian case study and analyses 20 international case studies to determine key principles for indigenous engagement in water management.
GEDSI

AWP GEDSI Guidance for Partners

GEDSI

Gender Equality, Disability, and Social Inclusion Policy

Case Studies
GEDSI

Technical Support to Improve Reservoir Water Quality Management in Thailand

As part of the ongoing water collaboration between Thailand’s Royal Irrigation Department (RID) and Australia through the Australian Water Partnership, Australia and Thailand have undertaken experience sharing and knowledge exchange to support reservoir water quality management in Thailand.
Case Studies
GEDSI

Technical Support to the Process of Amending Vietnam’s Law on Water Resources

The Australian Water Partnership is supporting cooperation between Vietnamese and Australian experts on technical inputs on the Amendment of the Law on Water resources to inform and strengthen the Law and its accompanying implementation Decree.
Case Studies
GEDSI

Hydrology Support for Flash Floor Early Warning Systems in The Pacific

The Pacific region is one of the most at risk from the impacts of climate change, particularly from extreme weather events such as cyclones and flash flooding. To build resilience, the Pacific Community identified an important area of work to better understand the potential likelihood and consequences of flash flooding and the role that hydrology can play to reduce these.
Case Studies
GEDSI

District Wide Water Resources Management in Cambodia

In this case study, read how local partners, led by WaterAid, worked with the existing district water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) working group and key stakeholders to develop an inclusive water resource management plan, and hold capacity building, training and progress reflection workshops.
Case Studies
GEDSI

Building the Enabling Environment for Inclusive, Climate Resilient Wash and Water Resource Management in Papua New Guinea

The Australian Water Partnership has supported the strengthening of climate and water resource management data in the Papua New Guinea (PNG) national water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) monitoring system
Briefs and Summaries

Understanding Indo-Pacific Climate Resilience – The contribution of water

This briefing note aims to demonstrate the binding connections between water and climate and present strategic examples of the contributions that water resources and the water sector can make to both carbon emissions and sequestration (climate mitigation), and how we cope with, adjust to, and prepare for climate impacts (climate adaptation and resilience) in the Indo-Pacific region.
Case Studies

Water and Food Security in the Pacific

AWP commissioned this research to explore opportunities for designing interventions concerning water and food security in an integrative way across the diversity of policy and socio-ecological contexts of the Pacific Islands region.
Briefs and Summaries

River Basin Planning as a Measure for Climate Adaptation

There is increasing interest in how the reform of basin planning can itself be framed as a measure for climate adaptation. To further explore this perspective, AWP commissioned the development of this briefing note.
International Publications

Managing Water Scarcity in Asia and the Pacific – A Summary

This publication, developed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in partnership with the Australian Water Partnership, analyses water scarcity management practices across ten countries including Cambodia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.
Podcasts

Water for Development @ Ozwater 2022 – Part 3

eWater CEO Michael Wilson and WaterAid Australia CEO Rosie Wheen join Rachel Mason Nunn to discuss water for development. In this episode they speak to Roch Cheroux (Sydney Water), and Brooke O’Donnell (Water Corporation, Western Australia).
Podcasts

Water for Development @Ozwater 2022 – Part 2

In this episode presenters speak to Beata Sochacka (Uni Queensland), Dr Bek Christensen (Peter Cullen Trust), Kate Maddy (Melbourne Urban Water) and Lisa Hocking (Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation).
Podcasts

Water for Development @ Ozwater 2022 – Part 1

eWater CEO Michael Wilson and WaterAid Australia CEO Rosie Wheen join Rachel Mason Nunn to discuss water for development. In this episode they speak to Dr Wade Hadwen (Griffith University), Corrine Cheeseman (Australian Water Association) and Katrina Donaghy (Civic Ledger).
Implications of Climate Change on Indigenous Communities
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Videos

Implications of Climate Change on Indigenous Communities

In the third and final video in this series, learn about the development outcomes needed to reduce the water-related impacts of climate change on Indigenous Communities.
Inclusive and Equitable Decision Making
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Videos

Inclusive and Equitable Decision Making

In the second video in this series, learn about the importance of enhancing river and waterway management through inclusive and equitable decision-making and governance.
Embedding Indigenous Knowledge and Tools
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Videos

Embedding Indigenous Knowledge and Tools

In partnership with International RiverFoundation this video series aims to amplify First Nations’ knowledge, experience and values on rivers, furthering the agenda for inclusive water management. In this video, learn about Indigenous knowledge and tools to achieve climate-resilient water management.
Water Security and Climate Change Conference – Climate action to develop resilient water smart cities
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Videos

Water Security and Climate Change Conference – Climate action to develop resilient water smart cities

This session focused on the diverse impacts of climate change in the Indo-Pacific region and the effects of water management in cities across a range of socio-ecological zones. Speakers highlighted approaches to climate change adaption strategies across different geographies.
International RiverSymposium - Valuing Water
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International RiverSymposium – Valuing Water

Water in the Murray-Darling Basin is examined through the lenses of the economy, the environment and Australia’s First Nations. Australia’s largest river system provides valuable lessons that can inform good international practices.
COP26 - Water for Climate Adaptation: Asia-Pacific Perspectives
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Videos

COP26 – Water for Climate Adaptation: Asia-Pacific Perspectives

AWP hosted a virtual storytelling event to highlight voices and stories from the Asia-Pacific region. The session presented a series of case studies about locally-led adaptation in water.
Videos

COP27 – Murray-Darling Plan as a Climate Adaptation Tool in a Cross-Boundary Context

Climate change has required a reset of how Australia manages the Murray-Darling Basin’s scarce water resources in the context of competing transboundary, sectoral and community interests. Panellists explored experiences and key learnings in implementation of the MDB Plan.
Videos

COP27 – Thousands of Years of Lessons: First Nations Knowledge for Water and Climate Action

This session explored water and climate stories from Australia and the Indo-Pacific, highlighting community and traditional knowledge approaches for inclusive action on water and climate.
COP27 - Storytelling series: Indigenous peoples perspectives on natural resources management
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COP27 – Storytelling series: Indigenous peoples perspectives on natural resources management

This session provided space for Indigenous voices from Asia-Pacific to share their knowledge and approaches for linking western science with traditional and Indigenous science, including knowledge for water resource management and adaptation planning in the context of climate change.
Videos

COP27 – Australian Water for Development Community Acting for Climate

This session looked at linkages between water and climate and the importance of including diverse voices in how water resources are governed and managed.
COP27 - Working with Indigenous peoples to approach climate-resilient water management with community and traditional knowledge
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COP27 – Working with Indigenous peoples to approach climate-resilient water management with community and traditional knowledge

This session provided a platform for Indigenous perspectives from the Pacific and Australia to share their strong ethic of stewardship of natural resources, drawing attention to the considerable work being done in this space and opportunities for global climate action.
Cairo Water Week - A Word from the Wise: Enhancing water scarcity management with increased regional integration and cooperation
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Cairo Water Week – A Word from the Wise: Enhancing water scarcity management with increased regional integration and cooperation

Climate change and the rise of water-related hazards, such as severe droughts, is exacerbating existing demand for water. This session looked at integration and cross-regional learning between the Asia-Pacific and the Near East North Africa regions on water scarcity.
Cairo Water Week - Scaling-up Water Action to Tackle Food and Climate Security
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Cairo Water Week – Scaling-up Water Action to Tackle Food and Climate Security

This session discussed scalable integrated, Water, Agriculture, and Climate Nexus approaches that will contribute to FAO’s newly established Inter-Regional Technical Platform on Water Scarcity (iRTP-WS) Work Programme. AWP’s inputs focused on valuing localised nature-based solutions in South East Asia.
COP28 | Landscapes for water – Scaling up locally-led climate action
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COP28 | Landscapes for water – Scaling up locally-led climate action

Co-hosted by AGWA, AWP, SIWI and FAO, this session looks at best practices, tools, and local initiatives that strengthen climate action and water resilience across landscapes.
Videos

COP28 | Voices of Resilience – Water, Food & Climate

Co-presented by AWP and SPC, this session addressed the impacts of climate change on water and food systems, which are vital components of sustainability, and their effective management is part of climate action. Note our session starts from 4:04:28 in the recording.
COP28 | From sea to source: Stories of climate adaptation and resilience connected by water
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COP28 | From sea to source: Stories of climate adaptation and resilience connected by water

The Marshall Islands has increasing high tides due to climate change, challenging the resilience of people across the atoll. This climate reality is the starting point for an exploration of adaptation stories on the critical role of managing water for resilience.
Corporate Documents

AWP Conflict of Interest Policy

Corporate Documents

AWP Knowledge Strategy

Corporate Documents

AWP Monitoring & Evaluation Plan 2018-23

Corporate Documents

AWP Strategic Plan 2023-28

The Australian Water Partnership Strategic Plan 2023-28 is intended for use by the Australian Water Partnership’s management, staff and Advisory Committee to guide planning, communications and activity and event management. It is a live document and will be revised as needed. The first review will align the Strategic Plan with changes in a possible design for AWP Phase 3.
Corporate Documents

AWP Monitoring & Evaluation Report May 2015 – June 2019

Annual Reports

AWP Annual Report 2022-23

Annual Reports

AWP Annual Report 2021-22

Annual Reports

AWP Annual Report 2020-21

Annual Reports

AWP Annual Report 2019-20

Annual Reports

AWP Annual Report 2018-19

Annual Reports

AWP Annual Report 2017-18

Annual Reports

AWP Annual Report 2016-17

Annual Reports

AWP Annual Report 2015-16

Framing Papers
GEDSI

Gender & SDG 6: The Critical Connection

A Framing Paper for the High-Level Panel on Water
Framing Papers

Building Resilient Economies and Communities Through the Effective Management of Water Scarcity and Drought

Professor Jane Doolan describes approaches to managing drought and water scarcity for the 40% of the world’s population facing these problems.
Framing Papers

Human Settlements

A Framing Paper for the High-Level Panel on Water
Framing Papers

Valuing Water

A Framing Paper for the High-Level Panel on Water
Briefs and Summaries

Water and Climate Risk in the Asia-Pacific

In this policy brief, we discuss on the Asia-Pacific region, where climate risks are exceptionally high, and impacts are already experienced through water— as drought, flood, or compromised drinking water quality.
Briefs and Summaries

Urban WaterGuide

The Urban WaterGuide provides practical guidance for city planners, water managers and community leaders wanting to introduce integrated urban water management.
Briefs and Summaries

Community Voices

This summary provides an overview of the full publication including the key principles to enhance decision making and build resilient communities by authentic engagement of people whose lives and livelihoods rely on access to water resources.
Case Studies

Pumped Storage Hydropower for the Mekong Region

This policy brief summarises key opportunities and lessons from the project to enhance energy policies and supply using pumped-storage for political and government leaders.
Case Studies

Rapid Assessment of the Ecohydrology of the River Basins in Lao PDR

The purpose of the ecohydrology assessment is to characterise interactions between water and ecosystems (viz. ecohydrology) of the Mekong and tributary catchments in Lao PDR to inform the National Water Strategy and future basin planning efforts.
Case Studies

Rapid Initial Assessment of the State of Water Resources in Lao PDR

This Rapid Assessment sets a foundation for further detailed studies of the next phase of MIWRM, which will be expanded to cover the remaining areas of Lao PDR.
Case Studies

Coordination, Conservation and Consolidation – Positioning Paper for DWR Lao PDR

This positioning paper was designed to ground the strategy in the existing priorities and challenges facing managers in water-related sectors by consolidating the discussions from a program of consultations with every water-related line agency.
Case Studies
GEDSI

Water, Food, and Gender Equality Synergies

This publication outlines actionable insights for fostering inclusivity within fisheries and water management sectors. It provides in-depth research on women’s role in fisheries and explores the interconnections of water, food, and gender using case studies.  
International Publications

Hydrogeology of the Dry Zone, Central Myanmar

The study revises and updates hydrogeological surveys and a drilling program begun in the late 1970s to mid-1980s.
International Publications

Indian River Basin Planning Policy Frameworks: Review and comparison with Australian experience

This report documents the findings of the review, with a focus on the Krishna Basin. The report has informed the development of River Basin Planning: An Indian Guide.
International Publications

River Basin Planning: An Indian Guide

In response to a Government of India request for support in how to go about basin planning, this Guide outlines key stages of river basin planning for practitioners in India.
International Publications

Political Economy of Water Management and Community Perceptions in the Pacific Island Countries

The purpose of this report is to contextualise the unique characteristics of the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) and identify some roadblocks to achieving universal access to clean water and sanitation.
International Publications

Climate change and water security in the Indo-Pacific region: Risks, responses, and a framework for action

This report suggests that management focus should be based on socioecological zones rather than political boundaries, because climate risks vary according to these zones.
Australian Publications
Australian Perspective Series

Waterway Health Report Cards: An Australian Perspective

This knowledge product provides an overview of how report cards have been developed in Australia since then and outlines the varied objectives, development methodologies, delivery techniques and impact on waterway health that report cards have influenced in Australia.
Australian Publications
Australian Perspective Series

Water use efficiency in irrigated agriculture: An Australian Perspective

This publication explores the Australian Water Use Efficiency (WUE) journey and provides practical examples of how Australia has improved its WUE.
Australian Publications
Australian Perspective Series

Rural Water Charging: An Australian Perspective

​This publication provides a summary of the key principles and processes followed in the setting of charges for rural water supply schemes across Australia.
Australian Publications
Australian Perspective Series

Environmental Water Management in the Indo-Pacific: An Australian Perspective

This publication includes a review of current status and threats to freshwater ecosystems across each region in the Indo-Pacific, and the essential ecosystem services they sustain.
Australian Publications
Australian Perspective Series

Irrigation Water Ordering – With applications for Thailand and surrounding regions: An Australian Perspective

This publication describes how the fundamental need for irrigation water at particular times led to the concept of water ordering in Australia.
Australian Publications
Australian Perspective Series

Gender Equality & Goal 6: The Critical Connection

Gender Equality & Goal 6: The Critical Connection expands on the framing paper for the High-Level Panel on Water (HLPW), by Melita Grant and Professor Juliet Willetts of the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney, and Chelsea Huggett and Jane Wilbur of WaterAid.
Australian Publications
Australian Perspective Series

Gender Equality and Goal 6 – The Critical Connection: An Australian Perspective

This publication presents key issues pertinent to the relationship between SDG 5 and SDG 6.
Australian Publications
Australian Perspective Series

The Evolution of Water Stewardship: An Australian Perspective

This publication tells the story of a concept catalysed by Australia’s Millenium Drought which eventually develops into a global system for managing water risks and for collaboration between business, government and community.
Australian Publications
Australian Perspective Series

Managing Water for the Environment: An Australian Perspective

This publication offers practical advice for countries seeking to improve management of water for the environment within an SDG timeframe (i.e. by 2030).
Australian Publications
Australian Perspective Series

Community Voices: An Australian Perspective on Community and Stakeholder Engagement

The Australian Water Partnership commissioned Community Voices to provide an Australian perspective on the complexity and challenges of water reform from a community perspective.
Australian Publications
Guide Series

WaterTools: A Guide to three national level platforms that support the management of Australia’s scarce water resources

This publication showcases three tools that are shaping Australia’s management of its scarce water resources: eWater Source, Digital Earth Australia and streamflow forecasting.
Australian Publications
Guide Series

BasinGuide: A Guide to River Basin Planning

BasinGuide is a practical reference for undertaking river basin planning based on Australia’s experience in managing water scarcity.
Australian Publications
Guide Series

WaterGuide: A Guide to setting a path to improved water resource management and use under scarcity

Australian Publications
Guide Series

Urban WaterGuide: A guide for building sustainable and resilient cities

This Guide helps decision makers who are responsible for water supply, sanitation, drainage, flood management and managing natural water bodies in cities and towns, by outlining a set of steps that can be adapted to any geography, and can be used at multiple scales.
Australian Publications
Valuing Water Series

Valuing Water: The Australian Perspective. Cultural values of water in the Murray-Darling Basin

This is one in a series of four reports that examine how the diverse values placed on water have shaped the development and management of water resources in the Murray Darling River Basin.
Australian Publications
Valuing Water Series

Valuing Water: The Australian Perspective. Environmental values of water in the Murray-Darling Basin

This is one in a series of four reports that examine how the diverse values placed on water have shaped the development and management of water resources in the Murray Darling River Basin.
Australian Publications
Valuing Water Series

Valuing Water: The Australian Perspective. Economic values of water under scarcity in the Murray-Darling Basin

This is one in a series of four reports that examine how the diverse values placed on water have shaped the development and management of water resources in the Murray Darling River Basin.
Australian Publications
Valuing Water Series

Valuing Water: The Australian Perspective. Lessons from the Murray-Darling Basin

This is one in a series of four reports that examine how the diverse values placed on water have shaped the development and management of water resources in the Murray Darling River Basin.
Australian Publications
Australian Journey Series

The Australian Water Reform Journey: An overview of three decades of policy, management and institutional transformation

Traces how water policy, management and institutional arrangements have been transformed in Australia over the past three decades. Distils the key elements of the reform journey and lessons learned in conducting reforms.
Australian Publications
Australian Journey Series

Building Resilience to Drought: The Millenium Drought and Water Reform in Australia

Australia’s Millennium Drought (1997–2009) severely tested new arrangements developed during a multi-decadal program of water reform and lead to a new set of arrangements for dealing with drought and water scarcity. The drought ultimately played a key role in progressing water reform and building resilience to future water scarcity.
May 15, 2024

Navigating water scarcity in Asia and the Pacific

May 14, 2024

Supporting International Development through Ozwater’24 

May 14, 2024

Exploring water-energy integration options for the Mekong

May 14, 2024

Vietnam Water Stewardship workshop: from Risk to Resilience

May 14, 2024

Improving reservoir water quality management in Thailand

May 8, 2024

eWater Group wins bid to manage Phase 3 of the Australian Water Partnership

Asian Women and Rivers Congress

June 4, 2024
The Women and Rivers Congress is a global network led by women leaders, International Rivers, Oxfam, and other partners to celebrate the fundamental role women play in defending and stewarding freshwater resources, as well as to spur collective action to challenge the deep-rooted, gender inequities that women face in safeguarding rivers and river ecosystems.

Vietnam Water Week

September 28, 2023
Vietnam Water Week will host a water industry Conference and Exhibition, providing a platform to share and exchange technology, products and services in the field of water supply and drainage.

Flowing Forward: Navigating Water Sustainability in Agriculture on the Road to COP28

October 19, 2023
This webinar launches the first set of policy briefs presenting water management techniques tailored for sustainable water management in the region.

Sunwater presents… United by Water with guest speaker Michael Wilson

October 19, 2023
To celebrate this year’s AWA National Water Week theme United by Water, Sunwater is pleased to invite you to join us online for a presentation by Michael Wilson, Group Chief Executive Officer of eWater Limited.

Diverse values of water – Economic, environmental and cultural

November 7, 2023
Hosted by the Australian Water Partnership and World Bank, this webinar will showcase a series of “riverside chats” around innovations in cultural, environmental and economic values in water reform, drawing on experiences from Australia and the Mekong Region.

Asia-Pacific Climate Week

November 13, 2023
Hosted by the government of Malaysia, Asia-Pacific Climate Week provides a platform for policymakers, practitioners, businesses and civil society to exchange on climate solutions, barriers to overcome and opportunities realised in different regions.

COP28 United Nations Climate Change Conference

November 30, 2023
The 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference or Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC, more commonly referred to as COP28, marks the conclusion of the first Global Stocktake, a comprehensive assessment of the progress made in achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Unlocking Waterways: Improving River Connectivity and Restoring Ecosystems

February 8, 2024
In this webinar, we venture into the heart of these challenges, exploring innovative solutions and emphasizing the need to restore and reconnect. 
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Gender equality, disability, and social inclusion (GEDSI) two-part webinar series

February 13, 2024
The webinar will highlight the benefits and impact of the GEDSI activities as well as share lessons from the approach taken.

Elevating river basin management and cooperation in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region

March 20, 2024
The reports provide analyses of the socio-economic trends, environmental characteristics, climate change impacts, and the state of basin governance, including relevant treaties, policies, and agreements.

10th World Water Forum

May 24, 2024
On 18th to 24th of May 2024, the heads of state, the heads of international organizations, high level government officials, experts, scholars, entrepreneurs and economists from all over the world will share their knowledges, experiences, and practices regarding a wide range of topics related to water.

Water for all – Inclusive governance and management in agriculture

May 8, 2024
Through this webinar, in partnership with Water Scarcity Program & NextGen, we aim to explore and emphasise the principles of inclusive water governance, understanding whose interests are prioritised and ensuring that policy decisions resonate with the lived realities of all stakeholders.

Ozwater’24

April 30, 2024
Hosted by Australian Water Association, the annual three-day event features a strong line-up of international and national keynote speakers, scientific and technical papers, case studies, workshops, panel sessions and poster presentations. 

Gender equality, disability, and social inclusion (GEDSI) resources two-part webinar series

March 27, 2024
We will learn from water experts and practitioners about the transformative impact of inclusive approaches. We will explore GEDSI case studies covering both challenges and opportunities. We will look at how to create a GEDSI action plan.
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