• Aerial view of Amu Darya River at the State border between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, Central Asia (credit: Dynamoland/Adobe Stock).

    Partnering to support water sector reforms and applying Australian expertise in Central Asia

    Uzbekistan is undergoing an economic and social transformation. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev is prosecuting an aspirational reform agenda spanning numerous sectors of the country’s economy. Reflecting the optimism of many observers, The Economist declared Uzbekistan its 2019 ‘country of the year’, an award that ‘celebrates improvement’. In 2020, it is the turn of Uzbekistan’s agricultural water […]

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  • Child in Mumbai slums (photo: Adobe Stock / FiledIMAGE)

    Assessing COVID-19 vulnerability and water sector interventions in the Indo-Pacific

    The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly challenging in developing parts of Asia where high population densities, combined with low infrastructure capacity, make social distancing interventions near impossible. These areas usually have inadequate health services—ill-equipped to handle the likely increase in patients. Similarly, in the Pacific, most countries have limited medical resources to manage the global […]

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  • Helping Vietnam modernise irrigation for high-value crops

    A team of Australian irrigation experts visited Vietnam in March to provide technical guidance on two new initiatives implemented as a result of the Water Efficiency Improvement in Drought Affected Provinces (WEIDAP) program – a US$120 million Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded project being assisted by the Australian Water Partnership (AWP). After Vietnam suffered a severe […]

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  • Advancing Australian groundwater expertise through the Asian Development Bank

    AWP’s Groundwater Specialist, Sanmugam Prathapar, will be finalising his secondment with ADB on 30 April, having played a key role in strengthening the partnership between the two organisations, and helping to share Australian expertise for over two years. The rapid increase in lending for water infrastructure and limited water resources expertise at the Asian Development […]

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  • Australian Water Partnership gathers for its 4th annual workshop to discuss partnering to address water security in the Indo-Pacific

    The Australian Water Partnership (AWP) held its 4th annual Partners Workshop in Sydney on 5–6 February 2020, themed ‘Partnering to address water security in the Indo-Pacific region’ with a focus on networking and collaboration. The two-day workshop focused on how the AWP can best harness partnerships to address water security and management challenges in the […]

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  • Applying consumption-based water management to achieve real water savings for China

    The China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR) is working with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to produce a regional study, with technical and policy guidelines for consumption-based water management. Consumption-based water management has been pioneered in China in Turpan (semi-arid Xinjiang) and in the water-stressed Hai river […]

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  • Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ms Frances Adamson, thanking Russell Rollason, recently retired, for his significant contribution to Australian efforts in international development and water resource management (16 September 2019, Source: DFAT).

    A sea change: DFAT farewells senior water adviser Russell Rollason, instrumental in establishing AWP

    A critical actor in establishing the Australian Water Partnership (AWP) has recently retired from his position within the Governance, Fragility and Water Branch of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Russell Rollason was farewelled by colleagues from DFAT, AWP, eWater, the Department of Agriculture, the Bureau of Meteorology, and CSIRO on 4 September […]

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  • Asia-Pacific water leaders visit Australia for Learning Week

    The International WaterCentre (IWC) has welcomed more than 30 participants from across the Asia-Pacific region for the Asia-Australia Learning Week 2019 (5–9 August), to discuss the role of decision support tools in water policy development, investment planning and the on-ground management of water resources. Learning Weeks are developed around specific themes and designed to stimulate […]

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  • A small stream of water runs through a drought damaged area near Lamtakong dam in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Credit: AP.

    Piloting WaterGuide to address water scarcity in the Indo-Pacific

    Water scarcity is already a reality in some areas of the Indo-Pacific, with the severity and scope of its impacts forecast to increase dramatically in the years ahead. While addressing water scarcity is an ambitious and complex task, Australia’s experience shows how different solutions can be implemented to achieve tangible outcomes. While it manifests differently […]

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