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IWC as knowledge broker at International Riversymposium

Themed ‘Healthy Rivers - Healthy Economies’, the 18th International Riversymposium was held again in Brisbane from 21-24 September 2015. The International WaterCentre (IWC) was involved in a number of sessions sharing knowledge and expertise with an audience of hundreds of delegates from Australia and around the world.

The inaugural Emerging Water Professionals Program was launched at this year’s Riversymposium. IWC has been recognised as a ‘Future Water Leaders Sponsor’ subsidising registrations for 15 of its current Master of Integrated Water Management students to attend the event.

A number of graduates from IWC’s Masters Program presented at this year’s symposium: Tom Alletson spoke about ‘Riverbank erosion stabilisation, ecosystem service enhancement and infrastructure protection’. Ronaldo Inguane shared his expertise on ‘Decentralised water resources management in Mozambique: challenges of implementation at the river basin level’. Short 10-minute speed talks were also held by IWC Master graduates Jacqui Reid, Abdula Bansuan, Bounthavivanh Mixap and Jessica Mowat.

Waterways Stewardship for Healthy Communities

The University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute hosted a special breakfast during Riversymposium. ‘Waterways Stewardship for Healthy Communities’ brought together catchment managers as well as community-focused water sanitation and hygiene professionals to consider the whole picture of a waterway that supports human and ecological communities. Integrated into this conversation was the consideration of the new United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) to ‘ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all’.

Declan Hearne, Project Officer of IWC and one of the panelists, highlighted the ambitious challenges laid out under the SDG 6. “Now the SDG 6 has to focus on bringing access to those not yet served, including remote and difficult to access communities and vulnerable groups. It is also not just about access but how to ensure services continue to function over time", he said.

For more information on the Riversymposium, visit www.riversymposium.com.

 

Riversymposium2015 breakfast

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