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Creating Water Sensitive Cities in Australia workshops

Creating Water Sensitive Cities in Australia workshops

© Agnese Middleton, IWC

The International WaterCentre in partnership with Monash University's National Urban Water Governance Program, delivered five capacity building and leadership workshops, in five Australian cities in 2009.

Project Category: Consultancy

Key Areas of Work: Sustainability,Integrated Water Resource Management,Water sensitive urban design

Project Date: Apr 08, 2009

Creating Water Sensitive Cities in Australia workshops took place in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide in February 2009. DOW Chemical Company sponsored the series of workshop.

The objectives of the workshop series were to:
  • effectively disseminate leading edge findings from a range of research programs conducted by Monash University's National Urban Water Governance Program, Facility for Advancing Water Biofiltration and Sustainability Institute
  • enhance the capacity of water practitioners and their organisations to transition towards a more sustainable 'water sensitive city' through facilitated 'inquiry' sessions and conversations
  • develop a shared understanding of what a 'water sensitive city' might look like and the associated barriers and opportunities for achieving this outcome. 

In addition to these primary workshop objectives, the Creating Water Sensitive Cities initiative was also designed to compare and contrast information collected and discussed at all five workshops. Following analysis, the findings were shared with the National Water Commission and key water policy decision makers with a view to influencing the future direction of sustainable water policy at the national and state government level and with professional bodies around Australia.

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