• Dr Nicholas Schofield to lead the Australian Water Partnership

    Dr Nicholas Schofield has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Water Partnership. Nick is the Professor and inaugural Director of the University of NSW Global Water Institute.  He will take over from Dr Gary Jones who was the inaugural CEO of the Australian Water Partnership and who played a vital role […]

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  • Mr Abelardo De la Torre Villanueva, Head National Water Authority (left) and Ambassador Nicholas McCaffrey, Australian Ambassador to Peru (Lima, Peru, 21 April 2017).

    Water management MOU with Peru

    In April, Australia and Peru signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to cooperate in sustainable water management. The Autoridad Nacional del Aqua (National Water Authority) of Peru and Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade agreed to cooperate in the areas of: Understanding the resource base, including water availability and security, water quality and climate […]

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  • Mahankal Chaur Water Treatment Plant, Kathmandu, Nepal.

    Water Operators Partnership initiated in Kathmandu, Nepal

    A work plan for a Water Operators Partnership has been developed following an inception mission to Nepal. Under the auspices of the ADB-AWP Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Grantley Butterfield (AWP), Graeme Bartle-Smith (Water Services Association of Australia) and Binit Rijal (Logan City Council) travelled to Nepal on an inception mission for the Water Operators Partnership […]

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  • Ayeyarwady Basin, Myanmar Central Dry Zone (Image: Matthew McCartney/IWMI).

    Work on the hydrogeology of Myanmar’s Dry Zone to be published after 30 years

    As part of the Ayeyarwady River Basin Planning Program under the World Bank’s Ayeyarwady Integrated River Basin Management Project (AIRBMP), the AWP is supporting partners to conduct a Groundwater Review of the Central Dry Zone in Myanmar, a 54,000km expanse of land home to almost a quarter of Myanmar’s population of 52 million people. Leading […]

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    Iran-Australia cooperation to renew Lake Urmia

    As part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) established last September between The University of Melbourne and Sharif University of Technology in Iran, a joint research program will focus on finding practical solutions to the urgent issues facing the Lake Urmia Basin, a national priority for Iran. Lake Urmia in northwestern Iran was once the […]

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  • Bridge over Ayeyarwady River at sunset, Sagaing Region, Myanmar.

    Ayeyarwady Murray-Darling Basin Twinning showcased at Myanmar World Water Day

    Myanmar World Water Day, held in Nay Pyi Taw on 13–14 March and now in its fourth year, brought together local and international representatives from the water sector to discuss and collaborate on the sustainable development of Myanmar’s water resources. U Henry Van Thio, Vice President and Chairman of the National Water Resources Committee (NWRC) […]

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    WaterGuide – New HLPW framing paper released

    A new framing paper for the High-Level Panel on Water – WaterGuide – is now publicly available. It is an organising framework for improving water resource management and use in response to scarcity. It is intended to be used primarily by national or local governments in countries where water scarcity is a present or future […]

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    World Water Forum 2018: Sharing Water

    The World Water Forum organised by World Water Council aims “to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis for the benefit of all life”. Given […]

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    Launch of Kini Interview Series

    In early February, Kini launched its interview series with leading water practitioners addressing water challenges and how best to face them. The aim of the interviews is to gain insights from local Australian water experts and to stimulate discussions around related stories and challenges within communities throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The first two Kini interviews […]

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    Water Abundance XPRIZE and DFAT innovationXchange competition

    The Water Abundance XPRIZE is an open challenge to use technology to improve affordable access to clean water in high humidity areas where water is currently unavailable or inaccessible. It seeks to attract a solution to the lack of access to clean water encapsulated in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6. Water scarcity is a serious […]

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