A message from the CEO
We are refocusing our energies around three themes within the area of integrated water management – water, sanitation and hygiene; healthy river and aquatic ecosystems; and sustainable urban communities. I invite you to visit our new-look website to find out more about our focus areas.
IWC will also launch the first in a series of online training programs aimed at building individual and organisational capacity of WASH practitioners in a practice-based learning environment. More information about online training will be released soon.
WASH practitioners will also have the opportunity to get up-to-date with best practice and build valuable international networks at the WASH2014 Conference hosted by IWC with the support of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Held in Brisbane from 24 – 28 March, WASH2014 will bring together practitioners, donors, academics and students to explore a vision of universal access to WASH.
But before we give ourselves over fully into the excitement and energy of 2014, I'd like to take a moment to look back on 2013 and acknowledge the enormous amount of work IWC's staff, Board and Partners have done, and the wonderful achievements this hard work has brought.
Our staff members, and the important research they are undertaking, were recognised for the outstanding contributions they have made to the field of integrated water management.
IWC Program Manager Fiona Chandler was named AWA QLD Water Professional of the Year. I’d like to extend my congratulations to Fiona on her much deserved accolade.
IWC’s excellence in research and innovation was acknowledged by Queensland’s Stormwater Industry Association (SIAQ) when we were awarded the 2013 SIAQ Award for Excellence in Research and Innovation. This was the second year in a row that IWC has been recognised by SIAQ.
We welcomed a new cohort of future water leaders into our Master of Integrated Water Management and Graduate Certificate in Water Planning. Our students come from diverse backgrounds and locations to gain a broader perspective on the social, political, environmental and technical aspects of water management and to gain practical tools for solving water-related problems using an integrated approach.
IWC also played host to over 370 delegates from 25 countries at the 16th International Riversymposium. 2013 was the last year we will host the conference. In 2014 International RiverFoundation will take over its management. I’d like to extend my thanks to all those who have supported IWC through our five year stewardship of this important river management event.
On behalf of the staff, Board and Partners of IWC I want to thank you for your interest and support through 2013, and wish you a successful, enjoyable and prosperous year ahead.