ICE WaRM wins grant to upgrade WRM Programme

Wednesday, 30 July, 2008

ICE WaRM has been awarded an Australian Government grant to upgrade its flagship post-graduate Water Resources Management Programme.

The grant, from the Australian Government Department of Climate Change’s Climate Change Adaptation Skills for Professionals Programme, allows ICE WaRM to increase the emphasis on sustainability and include the recognition, mitigation and management of climate change in the existing Master degree in Water Resources Management and the shorter Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma.

A new course on Developing Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in Water Management also will be developed.

ICE WaRM Chief Executive Officer Richard Hopkins says the new sections of the programmes reflect the increasing awareness of climate change.

“When ICE WaRM and its partner universities introduced the Water Resources Management Programme in 2006, there was a broad recognition of climate change,” he says. “But in recent years, there’s been growing understanding of its crucial influence on water resources management.

‘This grant will allow ICE WaRM to develop new elements which will make the programmes even more relevant to future leaders in the water sector.”

ICE WaRM expects the redesigned programmes to be introduced progressively over the next three years.

The Water Resources Management Masters Programme is the first of its kind in Australia and is offered through ICE WaRM’s five founding partner universities – Deakin University, the University of Adelaide, CQUniversity, the University of South Australia and Flinders University.

This is the second major tertiary education programme initiative ICE WaRM has undertaken this year – the Centre also is playing a key role in the development of a new post-graduate programme in water planning to be launched in 2009.

The National Water Commission named ICE WaRM as the preferred partner in the course development project in March.

Earlier, the South Australian Government awarded ICE WaRM approved-provider status to offer training courses in water resources and climate change.