Building Leadership in Sustainable Water Management

Dates: 3 – 26 September 2015

Number of Fellows: 17

Country(s) of origin: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam

The need for leadership in the sustainable and equitable management of water resources in the Mekong River Basin remains significant. Competing demands for water, hydropower, irrigation and fisheries continue to grow. Poor water resources development decisions have major national and transnational impacts and cause friction within and between Mekong states.

This professional development program directly addressed thematic priorities of Australia’s aid program, bringing together mid-career professionals in leadership positions or with strong leadership potential from across the Mekong. The program engaged especially with the cultural complexities of managing water resources in a regional context, promoting exchange across boundaries.