Navigating water scarcity in Asia and the Pacific

In an era marked by rapid urbanisation, industrialisation, population growth, and climate change, water scarcity has emerged as a critical challenge for the Asia-Pacific region. To combat this pressing issue, the Australian Water Partnership has joined forces with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to launch the Asia-Pacific Water Scarcity Programme. This collaboration aims […]

Measuring the impacts of irrigation investments in West Bengal

The growing influence of climate impact and the erratic nature of rainfall has resulted in severe crop failures and loss of livelihoods in West Bengal. The dry-subhumid regions of western West Bengal receive water only during the monsoon (Kharif season – June to Sept), limiting farmers to grow one crop per year under rainfed conditions. […]

Strengthening the coordination of flows in the Mekong

Improving regional and national communication and information sharing in Lao PDR On 2 May 2023, the Lao National Mekong Committee Secretariat (LNMCS) and Alluvium presented the Draft Guidelines for Flow Coordination in Lao PDR at the 4th Mekong River Commission (MRC) Summit hosted in Vientiane, Laos. The MRC Summit is the highest-level political event in the […]

Team Australia at the Mekong River Commission Summit

With temperatures above 40 degrees and hundreds of delegates converging from all over the world for the 4th Mekong River Commission International Conference and Summit, Vientiane was literally and figuratively a hot place to be the first weekend in April 2023. Our home in the Lao PDR National Convention Centre was the ‘Australia’ booth in […]

Integrating learning away-from-work into return-to-work plans – an innovative approach to action the benefits of training

Reflections on the Multiscale Integrated River Basin Management training program by Frederick Bouckaert Taking three weeks out of a busy work schedule, pushing aside important commitments, and convincing your workplace that it is worth it to apply for a highly competitive Multiscale Integrated River Basin Management (IRBM) training program, requires courage and convincing. One of […]

Watering the climate convention

Reflections from COP27 and Cairo Water Week by Lucía Gamarra.  Last month, over 30 thousand people from government, non-government organisations, corporate and civil society gathered in the ‘Bay of the Wise’—aka Sharm El Sheikh—to talk about the climate crisis. The focus of the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27) was ‘Together […]

Integrated River Basin Management: Towards a deeper, holistic understanding of related concepts, tools, and opportunities

An integrated approach to managing water resources Understanding upstream–downstream linkages – whether it be in the context of natural processes or socio-ecological landscapes – is vital to ensuring effective water resources planning at the river basin level. In the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region, the management of land and water in upstream regions has direct impacts […]

Reducing disaster risk in the Pacific

A partnership between the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Australian Water Partnership (AWP) is working towards a climate-resilient Pacific by increasing surface water hydrology capacity with a focus on flash flood early warning systems. The Pacific is home to some of the most vulnerable nations in the world and is frequently impacted by hydro meteorological […]

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