World Water Day 2021 – Valuing Water: panel discussion

Water means different things to different people in different settings. By understanding all the different ways water benefits our lives, we can value water properly and safeguard it effectively for everyone.  Valuing water appropriately is key to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

To celebrate World Water Day 2021 ICEWaRM hosted a webinar panel discussion on the theme for this year Valuing Water. Our panelists, Assoc Prof Brad Moggridge (Indigenous Water Science Lead, University of Canberra), Dr Jane Doolan (Commissioner (Environment) with the Productivity Commission and Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra) and Adj. Prof. Jeff Camkin (University of Western Australia Institute of Agriculture and Griffith University’s International Water Centre) shared their insights and answered a diverse range of questions on the many different values of water.

 

ICEWaRM World Water Day Panel and Webinar

Water means different things to different people in different settings.  By sharing all the different ways water benefits our lives, we can value water properly and safeguard it effectively for everyone.  Valuing water appropriately is key to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Our panel discussion explored the value of water from a range of perspectives.

Panel members

Prof Jeff Camkin is a natural resources specialist with 30 years’ experience in water, fisheries and agriculture governance, policy, resource allocation, stakeholder engagement, research, and education. He is presently Adj. Prof. at UWA’s Institute of Agriculture and Griffith University’s International Water Centre, honorary lecturer at the Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany) and University of Algarve (Portugal), Senior Fellow at the Institute for Study and Development Worldwide, and an international water and sustainability consultant. With qualifications in applied science and natural resources law, roles in government, research and education institutions, NGOs, and the private sector, along with experience in Asia, Africa, Europe, north, central and south America, and the Pacific, Jeff has a well-rounded understanding of the challenges and opportunities for improving natural resource management, focusing on water. In 2014, he founded World Water Policy Journal as a platform for the world’s emerging water leaders and thinkers, and he remains Editor-in-Chief.

Dr Jane Doolan is a Commissioner (Environment) with the Productivity Commission and Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra.  She is a Director at Western Water in Victoria and a former Commissioner with the National Water Commission.

Dr Doolan has extensive experience at senior leadership levels in sustainable water-resource management, providing policy advice to governments on issues such as urban and rural water supply and security, national water reform, water allocation and river and catchment management and water sector governance. She has driven key policy initiatives at the state and national levels in river health policy, environmental water allocation, institutional arrangements for catchment management and the management of water during drought and climate change.

Assoc Professor Brad Moggridge is from the Kamilaroi Nation (N-W NSW) and grew up in western Sydney.  He is currently Associate Professor in Indigenous Water Science at the University of Canberra.  He has qualifications in hydrogeology from University of Technology Sydney and environmental science from Australian Catholic University, where he was awarded the 2017 ATSI Community Alumni award from ACU.

Brad is part way through a PhD at the University of Canberra and is also part time Indigenous Liaison Officer for Threatened Species Recovery Hub as a part of National Environment Science Program.  Brad has an ambition of leading in his area of expertise and also promoting Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge and finding commonalities between Traditional Science and Western Science so this can influence policy and the way we manage the Australian landscape.

He has previously worked at the NSW Department of Primary Industries and Water as the Team Leader Aboriginal Water Initiative which was the only dedicated Aboriginal water unit in Australia. Prior to that he was the only Indigenous Water Research Specialist in the CSIRO division of Land and Water.