Australia Collaborates to Build Water Expertise in Asia-Pacific
Almost 100 representatives from 15 countries will attend the launch of the first and only Australian-hosted Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF) - ‘Knowledge Hub for Healthy Rivers and Aquatic Ecosystems', to be held on 4 November 2009 at 9:30 am at the Sea World Resort, Gold Coast, Australia.
Knowledge Hub for Healthy Rivers and Aquatic Ecosystems will connect people and organisations concerned with creating healthy rivers and aquatic ecosystems.
BMT WBM is partnering with the International WaterCentre (IWC), along with 15 other organisations from the Australian government, education, research and private sectors to join the family of 17 hubs in the Asia-Pacific region who make up a group of internationally recognised institutions committed to building capacity across the water sector.
The partners signing the document are facilitating a dialogue between Australian and international academics and practitioners to develop long term collaborative projects and information sharing.
"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. By combining our strengths we can be more effective in building up a critical mass of capacity to solve contemporary water management challenges."
Among the attendees will be representatives from the Asian Development Bank, UNESCO IHE, Ministry of Water Resources, PR China, Japan Water Agency and many others.
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.
The IWC undertakes education and training, applied research and expert services to promote whole-of-water cycle approaches to water management. The IWC is a joint venture of The University of Queensland, Monash University, Griffith University and The University of Western Australia. BMT WBM is one of Australia's leading engineering and environmental consultancy companies with over 150 staff in offices across Australia and overseas and is involved in research, application and capacity building for water management in both government agencies and private industry.
To find out more please visit www.apwf-knowledgehubs.net