Rajasthan – New Water Centre of Excellence in Jaipur

Monday, 5 September, 2016

Sister States South Australia and Rajasthan signed an agreement in India that will see the establishment of a new water centre of excellence in Jaipur.

Bisalpur Dam, Rajasthan

Bisalpur Dam, Rajasthan

The Centre of Excellence in Water and Resource Management Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is the next step towards India having a nationally and internationally recognised centre for leadership and innovation in water resource management, education, training and research.

The agreement will enhance the already strong relationship with the International Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Management (ICE WaRM), and exchanges of knowledge and technology will assist Rajasthan manage its own and other water resources across India.

ICE WaRM has an international reputation as Australia’s centre for leadership and innovation in approaches to water resource management.

The Goyder Institute for Water Research, and the Institute’s Partners, will play a key role is collaborative research on priority projects to address changes including water security, water quality, treatment and reuse of wastewater and the management of groundwater.

Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton-Smith and the Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje signed the agreement on 10 August 2016 in Jaipur as part of the State Government’s week-long delegation to India.

Minister Hamilton Smith said that “the South Australian Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Ian Hunter and I recognise that our state and Rajasthan share similar opportunities and challenges. Both Governments recognise that sharing knowledge and experience will bring mutually beneficial value at our state and Rajasthan share similar opportunities and challenges. Both Governments recognise that sharing knowledge and experience will bring mutually beneficial value.”

Minister Hamilton Smith also said that “our engagement with India places not only a strong emphasis on business, but on culture to ensure a deep, meaningful relationship continues to be strengthened. We share many common links with India including language, legal systems, cultural values and of course a mutual love of cricket”.

ICE WaRM Chair Karlene Maywald has been closely involved in developing the relationship with Rajasthan in her role as the South Australian Government’s Strategic Adviser-Water Opportunities.

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