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Day 4 at Vietwater 2016

Day 4 of the exhibition involved a wide range of workshops and technical seminars organised by the Australian Water Association and the Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage Association.

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Day 3 at Vietwater 2016

The opening day of Vietwater 2016 commenced on 9 November at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre where over 10,000 delegates made their way through the exhibition.

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Day 2 at Vietwater 2016

Following the in-country briefing on the first day of Vietwater, the Australian delegates had a site tour to Mekong Water Utilities on 8 November, the second day of their mission.

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Day 1 at Vietwater 2016

November 7 marked the first day of the Australian delegation mission to Vietwater 2016 where Australian delegates had an in-country briefing.

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AWA signs MoU with Vietnam Women’s Union

The Australian Water Association’s International Team undertook a mission to Hanoi, Vietnam on 9 September 2016 to sign a MoU with the Vietnam Women’s Union.

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AWA signs MoU with Indonesia

The Australian Water Association CEO Jonathan McKeown signed a MoU with PERPAMSI, Indonesia’s peak water association in Jakarta in September 2016.

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Australian water delegation to Vietnam – program now available

The program for the Australian water delegation to Vietnam 7-11 November 2016 is now available for download.

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Achieving UN water goals demands new approach

Australia must change its approach to tackling water and sanitation issues if it is to meet the United Nations’ most recent goals for sustainable development, according to a newly released paper.

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Connecting the Australian and Vietnam water sectors

The Australian Water Association CEO and the Association’s International Team undertook a mission to Vietnam to progress a program of activities to connect the Vietnam and Australian water sectors 4-9 July 2016.

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Strengthening Indonesia

To showcase Australian capabilities and technological innovations in water quality management, the Association in partnership with the ANZ Bank and Austrade, coordinated a workshop on water quality and technology transfer at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta on 28 June 2016.

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Indonesia mission in June 2016

Australia and Indonesia share many common challenges when it comes to safe, secure, efficient and sustainable water management. The Australian Water Association is coordinating a water quality workshop in Jakarta on 28 June. This workshop is one of a series of activities the Association will deliver to facilitate closer relationship between the Australian and Indonesian water sectors.

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Inbound tour from South Korea

South Korea’s extraordinary economic success story has co-existed with one of the world’s most significant water challenges. The climate condition delivers a year’s rain in three months, followed by an intense, extended drought. Naturally, both water resources and stormwater management are high on the government’s list of priorities. On 8 June, the Australian Water Association hosted a group of 15 Korean delegates from Korea Waterworks Metropolitan Government to visit innovative water management sites in NSW. The site visit has provided the Korean delegates with broad knowledge of Australia’s water reform journey, with a focus on Water Sensitive Urban Design and stormwater re-use.

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AWA hosts Ha Tinh delegation from Vietnam to Australia

Ha Tinh, one of the 3 most impacted provinces in Vietnam was chosen by International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) to undertake further analysis to understand on-the-ground climate change impacts in the representative agro-ecological zones. In response to a follow up analysis by IFAD of how the province is addressing climate change issues in their development planning, representatives of the People’s Committee and Government of Ha Tinh Province has made a trip to Australia for a study tour of sites relevant to water management and climate change response in Sydney and Melbourne from 1-11 April 2016.

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Symposium on opportunities for the Australian water sector in Vietnam

Vietnam and Australia share many common challenges when it comes to water management, and water plays a critical role in both nations’ economic growth and the well-being of our populations. We are both experiencing new climate extremes featuring record droughts, floods and temperatures. Join us at a seminar on 1 April 2016 to hear Paul Smith, International Manager - Australian Water Association, explore streams, outline next steps in the development of the Vietnam-Australia program and to explore opportunities for collaboration between NMI, the broader Australian water sector and the Vietnam water sector.

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Putting innovation for challenging environments on the agenda in Cambodia

Relieving sanitation issues in developing countries requires getting innovation on the agenda for challenging environments, according to the AWA Young Water Professional of the Year 2015.

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Building closer relations with the Indonesian water sector

The Australian Water Association has been hosting a series of visits by PDAM's (Perusahaan Daerah Air Minum, regional water authorities from around Indonesia). The PDMA's are keen to visit Australia to see firsthand what can be done to improve water quality and efficiency.

Read more in the September issue of the Water Journal

Australian water delegation to California 6-11 June 2015

After four years of drought the Californian Government is taking steps to reduce water consumption and improve water efficiency. In June 2015 the Australian Water Association hosted a delegation to the ACE15 conference in Anaheim, California, providing an ideal opportunity to showcase Australia's water efficiency technology.

Read more in the August issue of the Water Journal

Australia and Vietnam sign a MoU for water

Vietnam has made significant progress with increasing access to safe and secure water and wastewater management in the past 10 years – however, much remains to be done regarding consolidation of tariff reforms, development of public/private partnership arrangements, strategic planning, transparent and competent regulation, and water quality improvement. Further, the rise of sea levels and new extremes in drought and flood contribute additional challenges for the Vietnam water sector.

In support of the Vietnam Government’s objectives for overcoming these challenges, AWA and the Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage Association (VWSA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Hanoi on 16 January 2015. The purpose of the MOU is to foster closer economic cooperation and assist the Vietnam water sector to navigate through new extremes in climate and the associated challenges in the provision of safe, secure, sustainable and efficient water management solutions. 

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2014 Australian water delegation to California - Dialogue on drought solutions

With California facing one of the most severe droughts on record, in January 2015 the state’s Governor, Jerry Brown, declared a drought state of emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for water shortages. Rainfall in some of the most populous parts of the state has been all but non-existent; since July 1 2014, San Francisco has experienced about 35 per cent of its normal quota of rainfall, while Los Angeles has received less than 10 per cent of the average over the same period. Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada basin – the water bank for much of California – stands at less than half of the average. By all accounts, California is in the grip of a truly historic drought that will cost the state and the country billions of dollars.

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