Australian Partners

Andrew Ross

I have a strong track record of policy and project leadership and management, with over 30 years of experience in international organisations, research and the Australian Government. My major areas of expertise are integrated water management, water governance, policy and economics and project management.

I am engaged in international projects and training on integrated water resource management and managed aquifer recharge, and global initiatives to promote sustainable groundwater management, solutions and capacity building. I have a leading role in the Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice (GRIPP – and the International Association of Hydrogeologists’ working group on economics of managed aquifer recharge ( I work with a strong global network of collaborators.

My career achievements include the development of globally relevant partnerships, programs, analysis and innovation to support integrated water governance, programs. I coordinated the first global project on transboundary aquifer governance and have led a number of international and national research projects on integrated water management.

• Integrated water resource assessment, planning and management
• Water governance, institutional analysis and development
• Policy and economic analysis
• Project and network management
• Stakeholder engagement and consultation
• Conjunctive water management and managed aquifer recharge
• Training in integrated water governance, policy and economics

  • Groundwater Governance of Resources in Transboundary Aquifers, Phase 1 (Project coordinator)
    2 main components: integrated assessment and capacity building related to 3 transboundary aquifers Stampriet (Southern Africa) pre-Tashkent (Central Asia) and Trifinio (Central America); development of proposals for multi-country cooperation and consultation mechanisms – implemented by UNESCO IHP, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation.
  • Progress in Conjunctive Water Management in Australia (Lead Researcher)
    Review and analysis of conjunctive water governance, policy and management arrangements, and opportunities in Australia – funded by National Water Commission .
  • Murray-Darling Basin study in EU NEWATER project on integrated and Adaptive and integrated river basin management (Lead researcher)
    Analysis of strategies, policies, tools and stakeholder participation to make the transition to an adaptive management regime – funded by Murray-Darling Basin Commission and National Water Commission.
  • Feasibility of managed aquifer recharge for improved water productivity in cotton production (Researcher)
    Analysis of the technical feasibility, economic viability and institutional requirements of MAR – funded by the Cotton Research and Development Corporation.
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