China Water Exchange (CWEX) Study Tour
In May 2018, a high-level delegation from the China Water Exchange (CWEX) visited the southern Murray-Darling Basin to learn about Australia’s water markets and share their own water market experiences. The Study Tour was hosted jointly by AWP with the Department of Agriculture and Australian Partners—Marsden Jacobs Associates and the International Centre for Excellence in Water Resources Management (ICE WaRM).
The Chinese Government and CWEX are interested in establishing longer-term relationships both with governments and private sector businesses to help accelerate the development of water markets in China.
Through the visit, all participants were able to develop an understanding of the similarities, differences and challenges in developing water markets in Australia and China. Meetings and site visits were held in Melbourne, regional Victoria, New South Wales and Canberra, providing insight into the many different roles and stakeholders involved in Australia’s water markets including water registries, rural water authorities, water brokers, trading platforms operators, water users and federal government agencies.