The International WaterCentre (IWC)The IWC is dedicated to providing the most advanced education andtraining, applied research and consulting to develop capacity andpromote whole-of-water cycle approaches to water managementaround the world.
A joint venture of four leading Australian universities with national andinternational knowledge networks, the IWC provides a breadth of expertiseand experience rarely found in a single organisation. Members Partners SupporterWater leadership for the future
IWC global projects2004-09 Presentation Heading
Water leadership for the future Changing the way people think about, act and solve complex water management challenges
Products and servicesEducation• Master of Integrated Water ManagementTraining• Tailored Australian and Global education projects to build integrated water management capacityApplied research• Integrated water resources managementExpert advice• Scientific and strategic policy and planning advice
Integrated approach to water management In the complex world of climate change and population growth, water professionals can no longer focus on a single aspect of water management. Solving water-related problems requires technical and scientific expertise, and greater understanding and integration of environmental, social and political factors.Culture I Society I Engineering I Science I Environment I Governance I Politics
Applied research and capacity developmentPresentation Heading
Applied Research• We collaborate with our university members and other respected research partners, bringing together the biophysical sciences with various social and economic disciplines for sustainable water management outcomes.• Recognising the interconnectedness of the issues affecting water, the IWC adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to research and supports its programs with expert services in project management, long-term planning, capacity building and communication of outcomes.
Applied research – focus areas• River Health ACEDP River Health and Environmental Flows Australian National Water Commission – Hydro-ecological Relationships and Thresholds for Environmental Flows Knowledge hub for Healthy Rivers and Aquatic Ecosystems• Creating Water Sensitive Cities• Water, Sanitation and Hygiene• Australian Water Research Facility Community participatory processes in river basin risk assessment Global indicators for linking water with poverty indices
Applied ResearchAsia – Pacific Water Forum - Knowledge Hub for Healthy Rivers and Aquatic Ecosystems• Combines 4 leading universities• National, state and local government• Private industry and consulting• Non-governmentVision:• Working together to achieve healthy rivers.Mission:• Building relationships, knowledge and capacity to tackle complex river health and integrated water resource management problems in the Asia – Pacific Region.
Evolving Urban Water Hydro-Social Contract Cumulative Socio-Political Drivers Public health Flood protection Social amenity, Limits on natural IntergenerationalWater supply protection environmental resources equity, resilience to access & protection climate change security Water Supply Sewered Drained Waterways Water Cycle Water Sensitive City City City City City City Adaptive, multi- Diverse, fit-for- functional purpose sources & infrastructure & Point & diffuse urban design end-use efficiency, Separate source pollution reinforcing water waterway health Supply sewerage Drainage, management sensitive values & restorationhydraulics schemes channelisation behaviours Service Delivery Functions Brown et al (2008), and Wong and Brown (2008)
How can we transition to the Water Sensitive City?Water Supply Sewered Drained Waterway Water Cycle Water Sensitive City City City City City City
(Brown & Clarke, 2007)Key Transition Factors Water Supply Sewered Drained Waterway Water Cycle Water Sensitive City City City City City City1. Socio-Political Capital Community, Media and Political 6. Bridging Organisations2. Champions Facilitates Science – Policy Vision Facilitates Capacity Building Multi-sectoral network 7. Binding Targets3. Accountability Measurable System Target Coordination Processes Science, Policy and Development Water Cycle Land-use Planning 8. Strategic Funding Points Dedicated external funds4. Reliable & Trusted Science Academic Leadership 9. Demonstration Projects Technology Development Experimentation, Technology Development5. Market Receptivity Policy and Institutional learning Business Case for Change
Master of IntegratedWater ManagementFull-time I Part-time/distanceGraduate Certificate I Graduate Diploma
Master of Integrated Water Management•Graduates receive a co-badged qualification from four leading Australianuniversities•MIWM is a practical degree designed to equip the students with the strategic,managerial and technical skills to become leaders in integrated solutions for real-life water problems.•An internationally recognised postgraduate degree, which is equal in academiclevel and duration to masters programs offered at universities in the United Statesand Europe.•The third semester project, which can be done in Australia or internationally,gives students valuable hands-on work experience in the water field
Education and training programs• The IWC develops capacity of water practitioners at all levels - institutional, inter and intra-organisational, community and individual - to enhance understanding of integrated water management across the professional spectrum.• The IWC provides high-quality, individually-tailored education and training programs designed to meet client training needs.• Integrated, whole-of-water cycle approach• Building the capacity of water professionalsEducation and training
Expert services• Meet specialised needs across water cycle• Independent panels of international experts for peer review, expert advice, briefings etc.• Specialised problem solving for integrated water resource management
Is the City of Brisbane on thepath towards creating aWater Sensitive City?
South East Qld Population Growth• Current population = 2.6 million• Projected population (2026) = 3.8 million• Approx 55 000 people/year• Estimated 575 000 new houses by 2026