Pacific

The Pacific Region is highly diverse, comprised of continental island countries such as Papua New Guinea, through to coral atolls like Kiribati, and covers 15 percent of the Earth’s surface.

A diverse region facing common water challenges

One of the seven major continental divisions of the world, the Pacific Region is comprised of hundreds of islands scattered over an area covering 15 percent of the Earth’s surface. The Pacific Region is home to a mix of developing and developed states, including Australia and New Zealand, but our focus is predominantly in developing Pacific Island states and Papua New Guinea. 

The Pacific faces several challenges regarding its water resources. Almost all Pacific Island areas are at or close to sea level, which makes them very vulnerable to rising sea levels and natural disasters caused or exacerbated by climate change. An estimated 80 percent of Pacific Islanders are living in rural areas, and rural water management is of particular importance for agriculture, health and disaster risk reduction. 

While some Pacific Islands have access to surface water through free-flowing rivers, others have none. In these cases, people often depend on groundwater, rainwater or desalination technologies to meet their water needs.

AWP works closely with Pacific Island countries to support economic growth, stability, and sustainable development. AWP is well-connected with key regional institutions in the Pacific, including the Secretariat for the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Pacific Water and Wastewater Association (PWWA). 

SPC is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region with 27 member countries and territories. Our partnership with SPC has allowed the organisation to strengthen its role in hydrology within the region resulting in improved engagement across a broader range of forums and sectors including Disaster Risk Reduction, promotion of GEDSI, planning and infrastructure, and of course climate and climate change.

PWWA is the peak body for the Pacific islands water utilities. Sharing best practices on the effective and efficient management of water resources and infrastructure is a core focus for PWWA, and our Australian Partners are contributing by applying their experience and expertise in facilitating impactful knowledge-sharing activities.

With our support, PWWA has transformed from a volunteer-based organisation to having full-time, professional management with a new governance structure and a five-year Strategic Plan. It has also implemented Young Water Professional (YWP) training programs to build the capacity of young professionals in Pacific Water and Wastewater utilities across the region.

Projects in the Pacific Region

Pacific Water and Wastewater Association Capacity Building Program

Since May 2016, AWP has been supporting a major capacity development program for the Pacific Water and Wastewater Association (PWWA).

Board Development Training and Strategy Development

Board Development Training and Strategy Development activity is a part of the Pacific Water and Wastewater Association (PWWA) Capacity Building Program.

Young Pacific Water Professionals

Young Pacific Water Professionals is a part of the Pacific Water and Wastewater Association (PWWA) Capacity Building Program.

PWWA CEO and Secretariat funding support

PWWA CEO and Secretariat funding support is a part of the Pacific Water and Wastewater Association (PWWA) Capacity Building Program.
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