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Land of drought and flooding rain - international perspectives from Australia

IWC's Dr Peter Oliver talks about learning from Australia's extremes, in International Water Association's A world of opportunities


"I love a sunburnt country
A land of sweeping plains
Of ragged mountain ranges
Of drought and flooding rain"

Dorothea Mackellar OBE (1885-1967)

Australia is a land of climate extremes, suffering years of drought and then devastating floods. Peter Oliver from Australia’s International WaterCentre highlights the importance of learning from these extremes in order to develop integrated water management for a more resilient and sustainable future.

The Australian poet Dorothea Mackellar is said to have danced barefoot in the rain – outrageous behaviour for a woman of Victorian times. But like many Australians, living in a land of such water extremes made her appreciate the precarious nature of human existence.

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