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WORKSHOP & TRAINING

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Crowne Plaza Hotel
1 Binara St
Canberra ACT 2601
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DINNER (6 for 6.30pm Wed 9th)

Registered attendees only

Monster Kitchen & Bar
25 Edinburgh Ave
Canberra ACT 2601
  monsterkitchen.com.au

KEY AWP CONTACTS

Sarah-RansomGeneral Manager
Sarah Ransom ⋅ 0429 314 920

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Workshop Agenda Details

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Tuesday 8 March (pre-workshop training)

Summary

Water is increasingly being seen as a central problem in the climate crisis. Climate change is increasing global temperatures and, through regional changes in precipitation, evaporation and runoff, making some areas wetter and others drier. Water is a major component of the earth’s climate systems and climate change will affect sea levels, ice caps, sea ice, precipitation, water vapour, evaporation and runoff. Humans already withdraw about 50 percent of available freshwater resources with global requirements increasing every year – how do we adapt our work to the increasingly difficult realities of climate change? This training will explore the major impacts of climate change on water systems and relate integrated water management as a tool to address them.

Session only available to pre-registered training attendees

Location

Binara One Room

Time

Tuesday 8 March, 9:00am–12:00pm (lunch included for participants 12:00–12:45pm). PLEASE NOTE THIS TRAINING SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES CAUSED BY THE FLOODS IN QLD. LUNCH IS STILL BEING PROVIDED FOR TRAINING PARTICIPANTS.

Program facilitators

Griffith University’s International WaterCentre

Summary

Many AWP Partners have observed that technical inputs are not always taken up in the way we expect. Often this can come down to local politics—who owns the resources, who are working in the institutions, and why. How do we ensure that the work we are doing is politically feasible and locally owned? In this session, participants will be introduced to the principles of Thinking and Working Politically (TWP). Using a number of water-related case studies developed specifically for AWP partners from across Asia and the Pacific, participants will have the chance to apply practical programming tools that integrate TWP approaches. At the end of the session, participants will be able to articulate the foundational principles of the TWP approach and integrate TWP programming tools into existing and forthcoming programs.

Session only available to pre-registered training attendees

Location

Binara One Room

Time

Tuesday 8 March, 12:45–3:30pm (lunch included for training participants 12:00–12:45)

Training Facilitators

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Sandra Kraushaar
Director, The Asia Foundation

Sandra Kraushaar is the Asia Foundation’s Director, Pacific Islands. Prior to her role with The Asia Foundation, she served as Australian DFAT’s lead on Women, Peace, and Security and as a Governance Adviser for a range of country programs on leadership, political economy and diagnostics. Sandra is currently a Visiting Fellow with the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific Affairs (Coral Bell School).

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Peter Yates
Associate Director for Governance, The Asia FoundationPeter Yates is the Associate Director for Governance at The Asia Foundation. Prior to this, Peter was based in Yangon with the Foundation, managing a portfolio of projects that included work on sub-national governance, political governance, economic governance and civil society engagement. Peter also spent time working within the Australian federal parliament, both as Chief of Staff to a Member of Parliament and as Ministerial Policy Adviser to the Minister for International Development.
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Miranda Lucas
Program Associate, The Asia FoundationMiranda Lucas is a Program Associate on The Asia Foundation’s Regional Governance Team. In this role, she supports governance programming across the Foundation’s 18 country offices. Miranda holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Human Rights from Monash University and is an alumna of DFAT’s New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program.

Summary

What is the ‘P’ in AWP? Join this interactive masterclass to explore what it means to be a partner in the challenging and fascinating space of water for development. Bring your experiences and views on how we partner with each other—and with counterparts in the region—to achieve outcomes. Partnership specialist Kate Hayes will be on hand to guide us through the many questions and opportunities in a thoughtful approach to partnering as part of AWP.

Session only available to pre-registered training attendees

Location

Binara One Room

Time

Tuesday 8 March, 4:00–6:00pm

Training Facilitator

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Kate Hayes
Director Strategy, Partnerships & Performance, Octo Consulting

Kate Hayes is as an independent organisational design, strategy and performance specialist with over twenty-five years of senior-level engagement with universities, the Australian Government (Federal and State), the community and development sectors across Asia and the Pacific. Kate is an Authorised Practitioner Trainer and Partnership Broker with the Partnership Brokers’ Association (PBA) and their Global Lead Trainer and brings PBA’s commitment to building diverse and equitable partnerships to all her work.

 

Wednesday 9 March (Day 1)

Session Summary

We welcome back Tamerlaine Beasley as master of ceremonies for 2022 – Tamerlaine will open the workshop and introduce sessions over both days. Richie Allan, a Ngunnawal Kamilaroi Custodian, will provide an official welcome to Ngunnawal Country. The Australian Ambassador for the Environment, Mr Jamie Isbister, will highlight DFAT’s perspective on the links between our work in AWP and some of the global challenges of our time. Michael Wilson, former AWP Chief Executive and recently appointed Chief Executive of eWater Ltd Group, will do a recount of the changes within AWP and reflect on what the future holds for our development work.

Location

The Glebe Room / Online (Register here to receive a link)

Time

Wednesday 9 March, 9:00–10:00am AEDT


Master of Ceremonies

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Tamerlaine Beasley
Founder & Managing Director, Beasley Intercultural

Tamerlaine has over twenty years of experience in engagement focusing on cross-cultural collaboration across the Indo-Pacific. A board member of the Australia-ASEAN Council for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Tamerlaine is the founder and Managing Director of Beasley Intercultural providing advice and capability development for Federal Government, multinational companies and International NGO’s. Tamerlaine speaks Thai and has studied Lao and Bahasa Indonesia. She has studied Asian Studies at the ANU, International Business at Penn State University and Thai at Chulalongkorn in Thailand. She lectures at Australia’s leading universities with a focus on global and cross-cultural leadership and communication.

Welcome to Country

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Richie Allan
Cultural Director, Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation (TOAC)

Richie Allan is a Ngunnawal Kamilaroi Custodian. He is the Cultural Director at TOAC, managing cultural awareness, education, and Ngunnawal relationships. Providing expert advice on Indigenous and Ngunnawal specific matters, he assists organisations in creating safe workplaces for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to thrive in. Richie holds a Bachelor of Education and Aboriginal Studies and Certificate 4 Training and Assessment. As a Ngunnawal Knowledge Keeper, Richie is a highly respected Cultural man with decades of experience. He is on many Cultural Boards including the ACT Ministerial Creative Council, ACT Tourism Leadership Committee, and the ACT Chief Police Officer Indigenous Advisory Board.

Speakers

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Jamie Isbister
Australian Ambassador for the Environment, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Mr Jamie Isbister, Australia’s Ambassador for The Environment, is a senior career officer with DFAT and was most recently First Assistant Secretary, Humanitarian, Non-Government Organisations and Partnerships Division. He has previously served overseas as Minister-Counsellor, Australian High Commission, Pretoria. Mr Isbister holds a Master of Policy Studies from the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales/University of New England.

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Michael Wilson
Chief Executive, eWater Ltd GroupMichael commenced as Group CEO of eWater Limited in January 2022, having previously served as Chief Executive of the Australian Water Partnership. Michael has a career spanning 25 years in international development, national security and sustainable development policy, including as head of the Australian aid program in mainland southeast Asia (2011–14) based in Hanoi, Vietnam. He then headed practices within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade working on political governance; water resource management, sanitation and hygiene; and the effective delivery of development assistance in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. Read more.

Session Detail

  • Introduction – 5 mins
    Tamerlaine Beasley
  • Welcome to Country – 25 mins
    Richie Allan
  • Opening remarks – 20 mins
    Jamie Isbister
  • Update on recent changes to AWP – 10 mins
    Michael Wilson

Session Recording

Session Summary

General housekeeping, introducing the online event hub, what to expect across the two days, and an interactive exercise to see who’s in the room.

Location

The Glebe Room

Time

Wednesday 9 March, 10:00–10:15am AEDT


Facilitator

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Tamerlaine Beasley
Founder & Managing Director, Beasley Intercultural

Tamerlaine has over twenty years of experience in engagement focusing on cross-cultural collaboration across the Indo-Pacific. A board member of the Australia-ASEAN Council for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Tamerlaine is the founder and Managing Director of Beasley Intercultural providing advice and capability development for Federal Government, multinational companies and International NGO’s. Tamerlaine speaks Thai and has studied Lao and Bahasa Indonesia. She has studied Asian Studies at the ANU, International Business at Penn State University and Thai at Chulalongkorn in Thailand. She lectures at Australia’s leading universities with a focus on global and cross-cultural leadership and communication.


Session Detail

  • Introduction to who’s here – 15 mins
    Tamerlaine Beasley

Session Summary

This is a practical session sharing learnings from AWP partners on water, food and energy in three regions – the Pacific, Cambodia, and South Asia. Participants will learn about how they practically managed to work in the “nexus”, the complex interconnection of water, food and energy issues. The focus is more on practical experience than theory – partners have been asked to share lessons and give advice to other partners who are aiming to work in the same space.

Location

The Glebe Room / Online (Register here to receive a link)

Time

Wednesday 9 March, 10:45am–12:15pm AEDT


Facilitator

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Dr Tamara Jackson 
Program Manager, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)

Dr Tamara Jackson has worked in South and South East Asia for the past decade with projects funded by ACIAR, spending most of that time living in the Lao PDR and Nepal. Her current research interests include understanding agriculture’s contribution to food systems, sustainable groundwater development, and climate change adaptation and mitigation. Tamara has postgraduate qualifications in applied hydrology and research management. Her PhD research explored water use efficiency, energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission relationships for different irrigation systems.

Panellists

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Daravy Khiev
Cambodia-Australia Agricultural Value Chain Program (CAVAC) / Mekong Water Solutions

Daravy Khiev has been working with CAVAC for almost 11 years. The largest Australian-funded program in Cambodia, it aims to increase farmer incomes and promotes a commercially viable and resilient agriculture sector that contributes to inclusive economic growth. Daravy holds a Master’s degree in Human Geography from the University of Sydney.

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Caroline Turner
Program Manager, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United NationsCaroline Turner has been with the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific for 4 years and is currently a Program Manager for the Australian Water Partnership (AWP/DFAT) funded program ‘Next Generation Irrigation’ within the Land and Water Team. Caroline has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Queensland, and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management and Development Economics from Australian National University.
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Dr Federico Davila 
Social Scientist, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney (ISF-UTS)Dr Federico Davila is an interdisciplinary social scientist undertaking food systems research at ISF-UTS. He leads a research program that uses systems thinking to draw links between the socio-economic and environmental contexts that influence food and nutrition security. Federico’s current research focuses on the nexus between water and food in Pacific countries, the uptake and application of food systems approaches, and the implications of current and future shocks to Pacific island countries’ food systems governance.

Session Detail

  • Introduction: why and how – 10 mins
    Tamara Jackson
  • Long-term experience working in a government supported program with farmers in Cambodia aimed at improving irrigation infrastructure – 10 mins
    Daravy Khiev
  • FAO’s approach to the water, food energy nexus when developing transboundary water and water scarcity activities in the Indo Pacific region – 10 mins
    Caroline Turner
  • An approach to apply the water, food, energy nexus when addressing agriculture and water issues in the Pacific 10 mins
    Dr Federico Davila
  • Small group discussion – 20 mins*
  • Panel discussion – 15 mins*
  • Summary and close – 5 mins*

* In person only


Session Recording

Session Summary

This is a practical session sharing learning from a successful AWP partnership—Water Efficiency Improvement in Drought Affected Provinces (WEIDAP) in Vietnam. Participants will learn about how the partnership came together, what skills were important in developing it, what complementary roles various partners played, and the role AWP played in catalysing it. We will hear from different partners and have a chance to discuss some aspects in small groups.

Location

Binara One / Online (Register here to receive a link)

Time

Wednesday 9 March, 10:45am–12:15pm AEDT


Facilitators

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Sarah Ransom
General Manager, Australian Water Partnership (AWP)

Sarah Ransom has been recently appointed as AWP’s General Manager. She has 18 years’ experience in international development, including postings in Laos and Vietnam, where she worked on multistakeholder partnerships in development. Sarah holds a Master’s of International Law (Melbourne), an Honours degree in Law from the Australian National University, and a Bachelor of Asian Studies in Mandarin.

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Katharine Cross
Mekong Coordinator, Australian Water PartnershipKatharine Cross is the Bangkok-based AWP Mekong Coordinator providing support to the Australia-Mekong Water Facility, through engaging with Mekong governments and relevant stakeholders. She is also an adviser to the International Water Association and Water-Cities. Katharine has a Master’s in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics, and additional academic background in environmental engineering and science.

Speakers

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Dr Chau Vu Ngoc 
Project Officer – Southeast Asia Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Dr Chau Vu Ngoc, a national of Vietnam, has worked in irrigation and natural resource management for over 20 years. He now works with the Asian Development Bank in Vietnam but was previously a senior officer with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) in Vietnam. Dr Vu Ngoc holds a Doctorate degree in Environmental Management from Massey University, New Zealand.

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Sanath Ranawana
Principal Water Resources Specialist, Asian Development Bank (ADB)Sanath Ranawana is Principal Water Resources Specialist with the ADB in Sri Lanka. He has over 30 years of experience working on development projects and programs in the agriculture, natural resources, environment, and rural development (ANRD) sectors. Sanath holds Masters’ degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA and the University of Texas at Austin, US, and an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
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Rob Rendell
Principal Consultant, RMCG ConsultingRob Rendell has more than 40 years’ experience in irrigation, drainage, groundwater, salinity, extension, recycled water reuse, agricultural economics, farm management, stakeholder engagement and agricultural industry benchmarking. Rob’s wide range of experience from the practical to the technical and also to strategy and policy, gives him the ability to contribute at many levels. Rob played a pivotal role as the “architect” of the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District scheme and continues to be involved in review of its strategic direction. More recently, Rob has been working to support irrigation projects in Asia.
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Ailsa Willis
Engineer Strategic Planning (Rural), Lower Murray WaterAilsa Willis is an Australian citizen who moved here from New Zealand over 30 years ago armed with Bachelor’s degrees in Agricultural Science and Agricultural Engineering. In the last 15 years at Lower Murray Water in Mildura Victoria, Ailsa’s roles in rural operations and asset planning have focused on getting water to irrigators when and where it’s needed. Since 1999, she has also worked in China and Vietnam, sharing her knowledge of irrigation distribution system design and operation.
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Nguyễn, Duc Miên 
Officer, Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD)Duc Miên is the Director of the Water Efficiency Improvement in Drought Affected Provinces Project (WEIDAP Project) based in Vietnam, working in the Central Projects Office under MARD.

Session Detail

  • Introduction – 5 minutes
    Sarah Ransom
  • Conversations with the partners involved – 40 minutes
    Katharine Cross interviewing Sanath Ranawana, Chau Vu Ngoc, Miên Nguyễn, Rob Rendell, Ailsa Willis
  • Q&A – 40 minutes*
  • Summary and close – 5 mins*
    Sarah Ransom

* In person only


Session Recording

Session Summary

Lusia Sefo-Leau from the Pacific Water and Wastewater Association will share water security and climate change perspectives from the Pacific as well as what can development partners can do. Lusia will also explain PWWA’s role and the work they do with AWP.

Location

The Glebe Room / Online (Register here to receive a link)

Time

Wednesday 9 March, 1:00–2:00pm AEDT


Speaker

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Lusia Sefo-Leau 
CEO, Pacific Water and Wastewater Association

Lusia Sefo-Leau has been the CEO of the Pacific Water and Wastewater Association since late 2016 and helped establish PWWA as a permanent regional organisation for Pacific water and wastewater in Samoa. Lusia has over 30 years’ experience in finance and tax policy development, including as the CEO of the Samoa Ministry for Revenue for six years, and before that the Deputy CEO for the Ministry of Finance. In these two posts, she was instrumental in putting in place sector-wide public finance reform programs and drove tax administration and customs reforms which earned the Ministry for Revenue recognition from the IMF for innovation and excellence in tax administration. Lusia’s long career as a public servant included work in other Ministries of the Samoa government such as the Prime Minister’s Office, and 3 years as Advisor to the Board of Directors of the Asian Development Bank. She is a recipient of the Samoa Public Service prestigious excellence award for Inspirational Leadership.


Session Detail

  • Introduction – 5 mins
    Rohan Kent
  • Keynote – 25mins
    Lusia Sefo-Leau
  • Q&A – 25 mins

Q&A

Submit your questions at www.sli.do (select room Keynote: Lusia Sefo-Leau)


Session Recording

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Session Summary

Canberra is a place of historical and ongoing significance to the Ngunnawal people. They are the Traditional Custodians of the Canberra region with a continued cultural, spiritual, and historical connection to the area. Evidence of Ngunnawal occupation of the Canberra region stretches back over tens of thousands of years where cultural, social, environmental, spiritual, and economic connection to these lands and waters has been maintained in a tangible and intangible manner. Ngunnawal First Nations peoples to the area of Canberra recognise the sacredness of water, the interconnectedness of all life and the importance of protecting water from pollution, drought, and waste.

This outdoor tour involves some walking, cultural activities and learning about the cultural landscape at Mulligan’s Flat in Canberra’s North. We will set off from the Crowne Plaza by coach bus. Representatives from the Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation (TOAC) will tell the story of the landscape as we make our way to Mulligans Flat, and how the Ngunnawal people harvested and managed the water not only for themselves but for other living things that inhabited the land. Once we arrive, participants will break into three groups, each taking turns focusing on a traditional activity of their choosing with an opportunity to rotate to a second activity. All participants will then return to the Crowne Plaza in the late afternoon.

Location

Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve, Gungahlin – meet outside the front entrance of Crowne Plaza (workshop venue)

Time

Wednesday 9 March, 2:00–5:00pm AEDT (AWP-organised transport leaves at 2:15pm sharp, returns by 5pm, travel time 30 mins each way).

Note: Participants will have 15 mins to prepare for this trip after the previous session. After the tour returns to Crowne, registered partners should make their own way to dinner starting at 6pm for 6:30pm at Monster Kitchen & Bar (view location details at the bottom of this page).


TOAC Cultural Guide

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Richie Allan
Cultural Director, Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation (TOAC)

Richie Allan is a Ngunnawal Kamilaroi Custodian. He is the Cultural Director at TOAC, managing cultural awareness, education, and Ngunnawal relationships. Providing expert advice on Indigenous and Ngunnawal specific matters, he assists organisations in creating safe workplaces for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to thrive in. Richie holds a Bachelor of Education and Aboriginal Studies and Certificate 4 Training and Assessment. As a Ngunnawal Knowledge Keeper, Richie is a highly respected Cultural man with decades of experience. He is on many Cultural Boards including the ACT Ministerial Creative Council, ACT Tourism Leadership Committee, and the ACT Chief Police Officer Indigenous Advisory Board.


What to bring

  • Walking shoes
  • Comfortable clothing + rain jacket (just in case)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Valuables (laptops, bags, etc) – these can be left on the bus during the tour otherwise should be secured with hotel concierge/guest rooms if staying at Crowne.

What we provide

  • COVID-safety: masks & hand sanitiser
  • Sunscreen
  • AWP branded cap
  • Water
  • Afternoon tea

Thursday 10 March (Day 2)

Session Summary

Michael Wilson introduces Bob McMullan, Chair of the AWP Advisory Committee, who will give welcome remarks for Day 2.

Location

The Glebe Room

Time

Thursday 10 March, 8:45–9:00am AEDT


Speakers

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Michael Wilson
Chief Executive, eWater Ltd Group

Michael commenced as Group CEO of eWater Limited in January 2022, having previously served as Chief Executive of the Australian Water Partnership. Michael has a career spanning 25 years in international development, national security and sustainable development policy, including as head of the Australian aid program in mainland southeast Asia (2011–14) based in Hanoi, Vietnam. He then headed practices within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade working on political governance; water resource management, sanitation and hygiene; and the effective delivery of development assistance in fragile and conflict-affected contexts.

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Bob McMullan
Chair, Australian Water Partnership Advisory Committee (AWPAC)Robert (Bob) Francis McMullan is the Chair of AWPAC and has a background in international development. His previous positions include Director of the ANU Crawford Leadership Forum; Board Member for the Crawford Fund and the Foundation for Development Cooperation; and Executive Alt Director for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Bob represented the Australian Capital Territory in the Australian Senate from 1989 to 1996, resigning from the Senate to represent the ACT as a Member of the House of Representatives (1996–2010). He held several ministerial positions, including the Minister of Arts (1993–1994), Minister of Trade (1994–1996) and Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance (2007–2010).

Session Detail

  • Introduction – 3 mins
    Michael Wilson
  • Welcome – 12 mins
    Bob McMullan
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Session Summary

In this session, participants will discuss different topics in small groups with the theme of ‘perspectives on water security in a changing world’. Table hosts will facilitate discussion to ensure everyone is heard and their key points are captured on butchers paper. This will enable the next group to review and build on the discussion, and the AWP team to summarise insights. There will be two discussion rounds (25 minutes each) where participants can rotate to another table/topic.

Location

The Glebe Room

Time

Thursday 10 March, 9:00–10:15am AEDT


Table topics & hosts

  • Water management for climate change adaptation – Paula Hanasz (DEWLP)
  • The role of natural capital for water management – Mark Eigenraam (IDEEA Group)
  • The role of groundwater in providing water security and resilience – Andrew Ross (ANU)
  • Water for agriculture – Caroline Turner (FAO)
  • Two-way knowledge exchange with remote communities – Eric Vanweydeveld (Aquanex)
  • Linking water resource management, WASH and climate change through inclusive development approaches – Alison Baker (Water for Women) & Gowri Pidcombe (GHD)
  • Water, conflict, and community engagement – Rohan Kent (AWP)
  • Digitalisation of water management – Sally Armstrong (AWA)
  • Social, cultural and environmental value of water – Vijay Kumar (AWP)
  • Free, prior and informed consent in water management – Rod Knight (Water Stewardship Australia)

Session Detail

  • Introduction – 5 mins
    Tamerlaine Beasley
  • Two rounds of World Cafe – 55 mins
    Table hosts
  • Themes emerging & wrap up – 15 mins
    Michael Wilson

Photos of each table’s key points will be available here

Session Summary

This is a practical session sharing learning from AWP partners on gender (and other social equity issues). We all agree that gender is an important issue in all our work, but at times it can be useful to hear some practical advice and experience on how others have approached gender issues in their work. Participants will learn about how the partners identified gender issues and tried to approach them throughout their work. The focus is more on practical experience than theory – partners have been asked to share lessons and give advice to other partners who are aiming to improve their gender equality practice. We will hear from different partners and have a chance to discuss some aspects in small groups.

Location

Binara One Room / Online (Register here to receive a link)

Time

Thursday 10 March, 10:45am–12:15pm AEDT


Facilitator

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Melita Grant
Research Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney (ISF-UTS)

Melita specialises in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and integrated water resources management (IWRM). She has worked for over 17 years’ in government, university, and civil society sectors. With a background in International Relations and Environmental Management, Melita has expertise in a range of sustainable development issues and has applied this in Indo-Pacific and Australian contexts. Recently, Melita led projects including rural piped water research projects in Cambodia and Vietnam, a gender equality and inclusion evaluation project in Timor-Leste, and authored the ‘Gender Action Piece’ for the Global Water Partnership, and ‘Gender Equality and Goal 6 – The Critical Connection’ for the Australian Water Partnership.

Panellists

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Kristen Knight
Divisional Manager, People Partnering & Operations, Yarra Valley Water

Kristen is a people leader and Engineering Manager, specialising in the water utilities industry. As an Operations professional, Kristen is skilled in Water and Wastewater Operations, Product Quality Systems, Incident Management, Asset Management and Project Management. Kristen holds a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) focused in Environmental Engineering and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) focused in Botany and Geography from the University of Melbourne.

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Julie Mouka
Divisional Manager, People Partnering & Operations, Yarra Valley WaterJulie is an experienced leader, specialising in Human Resources. She is passionate about helping people to achieve their best and creating a work environment that is inclusive and free from discrimination, a basic right for everyone. Julie leads a team of people partners and is responsible for the delivery of operations, including diversity at Yarra Valley Water. With over 20 years’ experience in human resources and 10 years’ experience in leadership roles at Yarra Valley Water, Julie has played a pivotal role in launching the organisation’s first Diversity & Inclusion Strategy.
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Dr Len Drury
Director, Aqua Rock KonsultantsLen has broad water sector experience, working in NSW government for 14 years and 35 years as an international consultant in over 50 countries. As Team Leader, Len has just completed the ‘Hydrogeological Mapping and GESI of the Eastern Highlands, Myanmar’, funded by AWP. Len holds a Bachelor of Science and a PhD in Hydrogeology from the University of New South Wales.
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Dr Pichamon Yeophantong
Australian Research Council Fellow and Senior Lecturer at University of New South Wales (Canberra)Pichamon leads the Responsible Business Lab and the Asia-Pacific Development and Security Research Group. In addition to a multi-year project on how to better regulate Chinese overseas investment in the water and energy sectors, she is working with civil society and other partners on a series of initiatives that seek to support the resilience of women leaders and environmental human rights defenders in the Asia-Pacific. Having conducted extensive fieldwork in China and Southeast Asia, Pichamon also consults on human rights and environmental justice issues with organisations such as International Rivers, Jubilee Australia, and the United Nations. Pichamon was awarded the 2018 Australia ‘Future Leader’ Prize by the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and was named a ‘human rights fighter’ by the 2020 Advance Awards.

Session Detail

  • Introduction: why and how – 10 mins
    Melita Grant
  • Providing the support to build a gender-inclusive culture at Tirta Sanjawani in Indonesia – 15 mins
    Kristen Knight & Julie Mouka
  • GEDSI inputs to water supply design – 10 mins
    Dr Len Drury
  • How to enhance women’s leadership in development interventions – 10 mins
    Dr Pichamon Yeophantong
  • Small group discussions – 30 mins
  • Summary and close – 5 mins
    Melita Grant

Q&A

Submit your questions at www.sli.do (select room Gender in practice)


Session Recording

Session Summary

Climate change presents a huge challenge to water security across our region and a coordinated response is needed across different sectors. Global temperature increases are now expected to hit 1.5C by the early 2030s. With changes to the hydrological cycle inevitable AWP is increasing its focus on supporting climate adaptation. In this expert panel session, speakers will address how they are facing the uncertainties of the future through climate adaptation approaches and actions, and their intended outcomes.

Location

The Glebe Room / Online (Register here to receive a link)

Time

Thursday 10 March, 10:45–12:15pm AEDT


Facilitator

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Dr Jamie Pittock
Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University

Jamie worked for environmental organisations in Australia and internationally from 1989-2007, including as Director of WWF’s Global Freshwater Programme from 2001-2007. His research from 2007 has focused on better governance of the interlinked issues of water management, energy and food supply, responding to climate change and conserving biological diversity. Jamie directs research programs on irrigation in Africa, hydropower and food production in the Mekong region, and sustainable water management in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Panellists

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Dr Hemant Ojha
Principal Advisor, Institute for Study and Development Worldwide (IFSD)

Hemant is an Associate Professor at the University of Canberra and Principal Advisor for Sydney-based research and development consulting firm IFSD. Alongside his early career work in Himalayan South Asia, Hemant worked across Asia and the Pacific as well as parts of Africa, with a strong focus on climate change, water security, and natural resources management. With his cross-disciplinary educational background in natural and social sciences, he champions locally based action research and political economy analysis for positive impacts on water security and sustainable development. He is the author of ‘Climate Risks to Water Security in the Indo-Pacific Region: Towards an Effective Response’ commissioned by the AWP.

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Caroline Turner
Program Manager, The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United NationsCaroline has been with the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific for four years and is currently a Program Manager for the Australian Water Partnership (AWP/DFAT) funded program ‘Next Generation Irrigation’ within the Land and Water Team. Caroline has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Queensland, and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management and Development Economics from Australian National University.
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Ben Furmage 
CEO, Water Sensitive Cities Australia (WSCA)Ben is CEO of Water Sensitive Cities Australia (WSCA), a research to practice initiative located within Monash University. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the Australian and International water sector. Prior to joining the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities in 2017 and establishing WSCA, Ben worked as a regulator, policymaker and water service provider. During his 10 years as a General Manager at Melbourne Water, Ben’s leadership responsibilities included pricing and regulation, water resource planning, public affairs, customer experience, research and development.
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Dr Paula Hanasz
Manager, Water Sector Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)Paula manages climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies for the Victorian water sector. She is part of the Sector Resilience and Emergency team at DELWP. Paula is the author of ‘Transboundary Water Governance and International Actors in South Asia: The Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Basin’. She holds a PhD from the Australian National University, and her thesis examined conflicts and cooperation over international rivers. Paula has a background in national security, defence, and strategic communications.

Session Detail

  • Introduction – 5 mins
    Jamie Pittock
  • How climate risks manifest in socio-ecological regions of the Indo Pacific – 10 mins
    Dr Hemant Ojha
  • FAO’s regional approach to water scarcity – 10 mins
    Caroline Turner
  • An integrated urban water management response to climate change – 10 mins
    Ben Furmage
  • Adapting Victoria’s water utilities to the impacts of climate change – 10 mins
    Dr Paula Hanasz
  • Q&A – 40 mins
  • Summary and close – 5 mins

Q&A

Submit your questions at www.sli.do (select room Achieving water security)


Session Recording

Session Summary

Ganesh Pangare will introduce keynote speaker Bushra Nishat (both consultants for The World Bank) who will unravel the story of the Yarlung Tsangpo-Siang-Brahmaputra-Jamuna river with its many dimensions, and share potential points for collaboration with the region to move forward.

Location

The Glebe Room / Online (Register here to receive a link)

Time

Thursday 10 March, 1:00–2:00pm AEDT


Speakers

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Bushra Nishat
Water and Environmental Specialist Independent Consultant, The World Bank

Bushra has over 20 years’ experience in water and environment resources management in Bangladesh and the South Asia region. Her background in environmental sciences and mathematical modelling coupled with involvement in socio-political dialogues gives her a uniquely integrated understanding of the complexities in natural resources management in the region. Ms Nishat graduated from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and completed her Master’s from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Netherlands. Bushra has more than 7 years’ experience in using numerical modelling tools and advanced technology to support water and environmental resources planning. As a water resource engineer and basin modeller, she was responsible for the development of a basin model for the entire Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna basin. Bushra has co-authored books on water and hydrodiplomacy, authored several journal papers, and developed a River Atlas which documents 54 rivers including the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna rivers shared between Bangladesh and India.

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Ganesh Pangare
Consultant, The World BankGanesh is recognised as a leader in the area of environment, water resources, agriculture, green infrastructure, climate and sustainability, with experience spanning over 30 years, largely across the Asia-Pacific but also Africa and the South Americas. He has worked with international organisations such as the International Water Association, the World Bank, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the Department for International Development. Ganesh has been a part of expeditions to Antarctica, the Arctic, the Amazon Forest, National Parks in Africa and Asia, across the Himalayas and to the Everest Base Camp. His work and personal zeal for adventure have taken him to each of the seven continents, spanning more than a hundred countries.

Session Detail

  • Introduction – 5 mins
    Ganesh Pangare
  • Keynote – 30 mins
    Bushra Nishat
  • Q&A – 20 mins

Q&A

Submit your questions at www.sli.do (select room Keynote: Bushra Nishat & Ganesh Pangare)


Session Recording

Session Summary

This expert panel will explore the question of how to achieve development outcomes and know when we have them. Participants will gain insights on how experts go about achieving and measuring the outcomes of water development interventions, and in doing so differentiate between inputs, outputs, and outcomes.

Location

The Glebe Room / Online (Register here to receive a link)


Facilitator

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Sarah Ransom
General Manager, Australian Water Partnership (AWP)

Sarah Ransom has been recently appointed as AWP’s General Manager. She has 18 years’ experience in international development, including postings in Laos and Vietnam, where she worked on multistakeholder partnerships in development. Sarah holds a Master’s of International Law (Melbourne), an Honours degree in Law from the Australian National University, and a Bachelor of Asian Studies in Mandarin.

Panellists


Peter O’Connor
Director – Water Security Section, Climate Change and Sustainability Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Peter has almost 20 years’ experience in international development and foreign policy. He has served overseas in long-term postings to the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. Prior to his current role, he was Counsellor, Political and Economic Affairs, at the Australian Embassy in Timor-Leste. Before joining the Australian Government’s international development program, Peter was a journalist for 19 years. Specialising in political and economic reporting, he worked for the Australian Financial Review, Bloomberg and the Associated Press of America, including for almost a decade reporting from Australia’s Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery. Peter holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and International Development from the Australian National University and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications majoring in political science.

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Dave Hebblethwaite
Water Security and Governance Coordinator, The Pacific Community (SPC)Dave is the Water Security and Governance Coordinator of SPC, a regional organisation charged with supporting its 22 Pacific Island countries and territories to achieve their sustainable development goals through evidence-based action and partnerships for resilience. Based in Fiji, Dave works with a network of country counterparts across the Pacific to progress local solutions to some of the world’s most difficult water security challenges.
Neal Forster

Neal Forster
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Australian Water Partnership (AWP)Neal is a program performance and quality specialist in international development with over 20 years’ experience. His expertise covers aid program design, management, and reporting with a focus on Monitoring and Evaluation systems. Before joining AWP he worked for the Office of Development Effectiveness in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Neal holds a Master’s in Development Studies from the International Institute of Social Studies (Netherlands) and a BEc/BSc from the Australian National University.

Session Detail

  • Introduction – 10 mins
    Sarah Ransom
  • Building deep and trusted relationships with partner governments and other stakeholders on the ground for development outcomes – 15 mins
    Peter O’Connor
  • One step forwards, two steps back: Assessing the impacts of disasters on Pacific development goals – 15 minutes
    Dave Hebblethwaite (via Zoom)
  • Introduction to AWP’s proposed new performance management – 15 mins
    Neal Forster
  • Q&A – 30 mins
  • Summary and close – 5 mins
    Sarah Ransom

Q&A

Submit your questions at www.sli.do (select room Achieving development outcomes)


Session Recording

General Information

Registration/sign in

Registration on Day 1 is from 8.30am with the opening session starting at 9am. On Day 2, registration is from 8am with the first session starting at 8.30am. Upon arrival at the Crowne Plaza, go to the downstairs area to sign in at our registration desk, pick up your workshop pack and settle in with a tea or coffee. The downstairs area is the main meeting place for the workshop (Glebe room, Lume Bar and catering). The concurrent panel sessions and training are held in Binara One room (ground level to the right of the Crowne check-in desk).

For participants joining online, register for individual sessions any time before a session starts. View sessions above with the video icon for the link.

COVID safety

AWP will provide disposable masks and Rapid Antigen Tests, and hand sanitising stations are located throughout the venue. We have developed a COVID Safety Plan with the Crowne Plaza (view their COVID safety policy). Please follow the latest ACT health advice below and if you are feeling unwell please get tested and do not attend if you return a positive result.

  • Maintain good hand and respiratory hygiene.
  • Maintain appropriate physical distancing.

Please do not attend the workshop in person if you:

  • Are feeling unwell
  • Have been in close contact with a known active case of COVID-19
  • Have travelled overseas in the previous 14 days
  • Have been to a COVID affected area in the previous 14 days (refer to www.covid19.act.gov.au).

As of Friday 22 February in the ACT, mask-wearing requirements have eased and it is only mandatory to wear a mask in certain high-impact settings. However, we strongly encourage attendees to wear a face mask when moving around and socialising in the venue unless eating or drinking (learn more). As this is a ticketed event, checking in is not required however attendees are welcome to do so.

Parking

Paid underground parking is available at the Crowne Plaza (boom gate operated PayPass). Rates: $17.00 for 6-9 hours / $25.00 for a full day or overnight. Street parking and many public transportation options are also available.

Workshop participants

117 people from 69 organisations are participating and/or attending the 2022 AWP Partners Workshop (a detailed participant list has been made available to partners via email).

Visual scribes

View visual summaries of Day 1 here and Day 2 here. Graphic scribing by Gavin Blake.

Photo gallery

A link to photos will be available here after the workshop. Photography by Andrew Sikorski at Art Atelier. If you do not consent to being in these photos, please let us know via email.

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