Supporting better water, better jobs this World Water Day
Today, almost half of the world’s workers – 1.5 billion people – work in water related sectors and nearly all jobs depend on water and those that ensure its safe delivery. This year, on 22 March, World Water Day will recognise how both water and jobs have the power to transform people’s lives.
To support better water and better jobs we take an integrated water management (IWM) approach that builds capacity to drive change within the water sector and other sectors in which water plays a role.
What is Integrated Water Management?
We see IWM as a process that promotes the coordinated development and management of water, land and related resources to maximise the economic, social and ecological values in an equitable and sustainable manner.
In its broadest sense, it encompasses ecosystems protection and restoration, infrastructure development, operation and maintenance, combined with access to a safe, reliable and affordable supply of water and adequate sanitation services. This creates an enabling environment for long-term employment opportunities that supports development and growth across different economic sectors.
Supporting water professionals
This year’s World Water Day theme highlights the role improved water access has in supporting the creation of paid work. It can also contribute to a greener economy and sustainable development. For this to happen however, we need more qualified workers. And we need those workers to work in dignity, equality, safety and have a fair income.
Our role is to support this process and build the capacity of water professionals globally. Here at the IWC our integrated water management (IWM) expertise focus on three thematic areas: water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); sustainable urban communities; and healthy river basins.
Our expertise in these key areas drive our delivery of a custom-designed Integrated Water Management postgraduate degree, online and short course training, and capacity development and applied research projects, both within Australia and internationally.
IWCAN celebrating World Water Day
This World Water Day the International WaterCentre Alumni Network is hosting:
- In Cambodia the IWC/IWCAN are hosting a full day event that includes a number of seminars, panel discussions and debates to explore the link between water and jobs.
- In Brisbane the IWCAN is hosting an evening networking and beer tasting event for over 40 alumni.
Find out more about World Water Day and this year’s theme – Better Water, Better Jobs
For more information about our education program, training and capacity development projects, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or +61 7 3014 0200