eWater a part of new Australian collaboration to build water expertise in the Asia-Pacific

Wednesday 4 November 2009

Today, eWater CRC is joining with 16 other water management-focused organisations in Australia launching the first and only Australian-hosted Knowledge Hub for Healthy Rivers and Aquatic Ecosystems.

In signing the document, Professor Gary Jones, CEO, is committing eWater to help facilitate a dialogue between Australian and international academics and practitioners to develop long term collaborative projects and information sharing.

‘It is fundamental that water is used more wisely and more efficiently, for both human and environmental purposes, everywhere in the world’, says Professor Jones.

‘I am very pleased that eWater is combining with the International Water Centre and the other 15 Australian organisations in this initiative.’

‘By sharing our strengths we can be more effective in building up a critical mass of capacity to solve contemporary water management challenges,’ says Professor Jones.

The Knowledge Hub for Healthy Rivers and Aquatic Ecosystems is an initiative of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF). It will be the 18th in the family of water-knowledge hubs in the Asia-Pacific region. The hubs are groups of internationally recognised institutions committed to building capacity across the water sector.

‘Our strength is in collaboration’ says IWC CEO Mark Pascoe. ‘The IWC and our 16 partner organisations are all experts in various fields of water management.’

This Australian knowledge hub will connect people and organisations from the Australian government, education, research and private sectors, concerned about creating healthy rivers and aquatic ecosystems.

Among others attending the launch are representatives from the Asian Development Bank, UNESCO IHE, Ministry of Water Resources, PR China, and the Japan Water Agency.

Knowledge Hubs is the APWF’s network of regional water knowledge hubs. Each hub is a centre of excellence committed to improving water security in the Asia-Pacific region by promoting knowledge sharing and championing feasible solutions for its priority water topic. Together, the hubs collaborate to generate and share knowledge and develop capacity in more than a dozen water knowledge domains.

To find out more please visit www.apwf-knowledgehubs.net

 

For more information, please contact:

Name: Gareth Lloyd
Phone: 02 6201 2293
Fax: 02 6201 5038
Email: gareth.lloyd@ewatercrc.com.au