Brisbane, Australia

Declan Hearne

Program Manager, Capacity Development and Training

International WaterCentre


Declan has 20 years of experience in the delivery of integrated approaches to catchment and flood risk management. He is passionate about participatory and evidence-based strategies that support healthy, adaptive and resilient communities and ecosystems.

He has an excellent track record in the design, facilitation and development of strategies, policies and programs that deliver multiple social, environmental and economic outcomes. His work has repeatedly demonstrated the strength of collaborative approaches for enabling innovative solutions, even when resources are limited.

  • Collaborative engagement and partnerships: expert in leading participatory approaches for collaborative design of inclusive process for delivery of shared outcomes.
  • Water security and resilience: experienced in translation of approaches for design and use of water security frameworks utilisation. Hands-on experience in a diverse range of catchment approaches for managing risks, flood responses and post flood recovery.
  • Policy and governance: passionate about the design and implementation of effective policy. Competent in policy gap analysis, crafting policy guidance and leading reforms.
  • Behaviour change and risk communication: experienced in the design and development of risk-based communication and behaviour change tools and campaigns.
  • Master of Integrated Water Management, The University of Queensland
  • Master units in Landscape Ecology and Upland Governance, University of Philippines
  • Bachelor of Science (Conservation Science, Bournemouth University
  • Delivery of YWP Myanmar course 2017 and 2018, including topics on IWM, Water Governance, Collaborative Planning for inclusive outcomes
  • Coordination of development of key component of the national water security framework under the Asian Water Development Outlook
  • Design, development and delivery of a wide range of customised designed training for IWM, WASH, Flood Resilience, Water Governance and Reforms, and Water Leadership for a range of country governments, civil society and private stakeholders from Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Pakistan and Vietnam
  • Lead the conduct of qualitative research, including Stewardship approached for inclusive WASH outcomes with private actors, review of Australian Urban Water Reforms, review of social contract for water supply governance and service delivery in Indonesia
  • Hygiene Behavioural Change of Elementary Schoolchildren in the Philippines, UNICEF funded Research and Development project 2012 – 2013
  • Customization of IWRM and Hydro Hazards Guidelines for Davao Region, UNESCO, 2011

Selected publications and conference presentations:

  • Hearne, D. 2018. Water Security Strategy for rural Timor Leste, CRS
  • Conallin J. Dickens C, Hearne D and Allan C, 2017, Chapter 7 – Stakeholder engagement in environmental water management, Water for the Environment. Elsevier Publishing
  • Hearne D, Powell B,  Samekto C, Head B, (2015) Social contracts for improved water supply governance.  IWA Water Development Congress, Oct 2015, Dead Sea, Jordan
  • Hearne, D., & Powell, B. (2014). Too much of a good thing? Building social capital through knowledge transfer and collaborative networks in the southern Philippines. International Journal of Water Resources Development, (April), 1–20 doi:10.1080/07900627.2014.898579
  • A.M. Bansuan, S.E. Goater, A.N. Danoucaras and D. Hearne, 2012, Integrated Sustainable Water Management in Mining for Development in the Philippines, International Mine Management Conference 2012 Proceedings, AusIMM: Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • D Hearne, 2011, A Review of Watershed Policy Effects in the Upper Watersheds of Davao. Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Building Knowledge Bridges for a Sustainable Water Future. Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and UNESCO, 2011
  • D Hearne, 2011, Seeking more responsive watershed policy actions in the upland ecosystems of Davao, UNESCO IHP Joint HELP/EcoHydrology International Symposium, Daegu, Korea.
  • D Hearne, 2011, A review of socio-ecological production landscapes in Davao. Satoyama Initiative, Nagoya Japan.
  • D Hearne, 2010, Water Management and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Lower Middle Income Countries,  Harmonising Sustainable Development with Potential River Basins, Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia
  • D Hearne, 2009  Early results from CLTS in Nias, Indonesia, UNESCO Multiple Uses of River Basins – Tools to Harmonise Conflicting Interests, Davao Philippines

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