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Learning from Australian water governance

Twenty-three fellows Vietnamese and Cambodian fellows have completed a fellowship focused on agriculture and trans-boundary river basin governance and planning. During the three weeks, the fellows visited three distinct river basins – the Brisbane, Murray Darling and Fitzroy basins.

The fellows spent time in both urban (Brisbane and Toowoomba) and regional Queensland (the Darling Downs, Fitzroy Basin) as well as the Murray Darling Basin (Canberra, Wagga Wagga and the Coleambally and Murrumbidgee irrigation districts).

During the field visits the fellows met with a broad range of stakeholders including university researchers, local, state and federal governments, community groups, farmers and farmer cooperatives and industry. In Brisbane, class-based workshops provided theory and context and helped ensure a structured framework to assist fellows adapt lessons for the Mekong context.

What has been striking for the fellows to see is the size and sophistication of Australian farms and the lack of water in the landscape. They quickly realised why Australia has placed such a high value on its water resources.

Although the differences between Australian river systems and the Mekong are vast, there are still some good lessons and approaches that are transferable to Mekong region. For more details visit the program’s blog at: https://mekongdeltawatermanagement.wordpress.com

The fellowship “Improving trans-boundary water management in agricultural provinces - Vietnam and Cambodia (Mekong Delta)” was a professional development course in Integrated Water Management delivered by IWC in partnership with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

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