News posts tagged "International Visit"

Developing capacity in water management for food security in Bangladesh

Wednesday, 12 September, 2018

Senior officials from the Bangladesh agriculture and water sectors have come to Australia to learn from Australia’s irrigation techniques, challenges and management expertise as they focus on capacity development in water management for food security in Bangladesh.

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China seeks Australian expertise in water trading

Monday, 14 May, 2018

Last week, a high-level delegation from China Water Exchange (CWEX), the Ministry of Water and business executives, attended a 5-day study tour focused on water trading in the southern Murray-Darling Basin region.

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Rajasthan Fellows in a water frenzy

Monday, 20 November, 2017

The Australian Government’s Australia India Council grants program, the WaRM Trust grant and funding from the Department of State Development (DSD), have enabled 7 Fellows from the state of Rajasthan, India, to participate in a 6-week intensive research program in Adelaide.

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Benefiting from evidence based policy

Monday, 25 September, 2017

Nepalese Parliamentary Delegation visit Australia to share experience of reform, policy and practice.

Water is a significant natural resource for Nepal and is abundant throughout the country in the form of snow cover, rivers, springs, lakes and groundwater.

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ICE WaRM hosts Australian Government funded Indian water industry delegation

Wednesday, 26 October, 2016

The International Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Management (ICE WaRM) will be providing a capacity-building programme for 15 mid-level managers from the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in Australia from 14 October 2016 to 4 November 2016, with a follow-up programme in India planned for the period 21 – 23 November 2016. The program is an Australia Awards Fellowship funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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Visit from Senior Officials from Jharkhand, India

Friday, 20 June, 2014

During June, ICE WaRM hosted several senior officials from the Water Resources Department, Jharkhand, India. This visit was after an invitation from the Department of the Environment, supported by DFAT under the Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio.

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Staff from the Government of Rajasthan (India) benefited from an 8-Day, Study Programme Visit to Australia.

Friday, 1 November, 2013


Rajasthan: the largest state of India by area, dominated by the inhospitable Thar Desert.


9 Senior members from the Ministry of Water Resources in the Government of Rajasthan have visited Australia during October, under the European Union-State Partnership Programme.

The visit also included discussions with public administrators at State and District level and an array of field visits.

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ICE WaRM’s Resident Adviser in Indonesia, Risyana Sukarma, is visiting the Centre this month.

Wednesday, 1 May, 2013

Ris will have a tight schedule of meetings and
activities for his Adelaide visit.



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ICE WaRM Helps Restore the Cradle of Civilisation

Friday, 30 November, 2012

Marshland between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers

Marshland between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers

Three thousand years after the introduction of irrigation by the people of Mesopotamia, labelled by classical scholars as the Cradle of Civilisation, ICE WaRM is helping expose their descendants to the latest Australian water resources management techniques.



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Visiting Expert Pinpoints Growing Water Concerns

Thursday, 29 November, 2012

Professor Gregory KorshinVisiting water expert Professor Gregory Korshin highlighted the role of contemporary society in contributing to pollution, during a special presentation to more than 70 people in Adelaide recently.

Professor Korshin, from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, identified trace-level pharmaceuticals, personal care products and other organic material as compounds of emerging concern.


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ICE WaRM Hosts First African Professionals Group

Thursday, 29 November, 2012

The Limpopo River in Mozambique

The Limpopo River in Mozambique

High-profile academics and future water industry leaders from nine African nations have taken part in the first two ICE WaRM Professional Development Programmes for the region’s representatives.

The first delegation, which came to Australia in July and August, was made up of 15 academic and industry leaders from six sub-Saharan nations which are members of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).

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Successful End to EU-AU Exchange Scholarships

Monday, 19 November, 2012


The ICE WaRM-supported European-Australian Scholarship programme is drawing to a close after being extended to three years from the originally-planned two.

The final exchange students from the partner universities – the Technical Universities of Delft in Holland and Dresden in Germany and the University of Dundee in Scotland – will complete their studies in Australia at the end of the university year.

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ICE WARM Hosts Indonesian Development Programme

Monday, 16 July, 2012

Stuff 029The first group of Indonesian water professionals to take part in the recent series of ICE WaRM Professional Development Programmes (PDP) has completed an intensive study course in Australia.

The group of 21 spent almost four weeks in Australia studying leadership in water resources management.


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All Mekong River Nations Join ICE WaRM Training

Tuesday, 5 April, 2011

MekongGoolwaThe Mekong group on a site visit to the Goolwa barrage and the mouth of the Murray River

For the first time, representatives of all six nations along the course of the Mekong River are taking part in an ICE WaRM international Professional Development Programme (PDP).


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Dutch Students Make Flying Visit to Australia

Friday, 18 March, 2011

DutchBBQCoinciding with the joint meeting of the ICE WaRM Board of Studies and representatives of the European SWaRM scheme partners, a group of 20 postgraduate students from the University of Leiden and the Technical University of Delft in The Netherlands visited Australia on a two-week study tour.

The group organised the tour themselves, using funds they raised through industry placements and small research projects for industry in Holland.

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Partners Explore Extension of European Exchanges

Friday, 18 March, 2011

EU_FlagLeaders of the Australia-European Union SWaRM exchange programme are looking to build on the early success of the scheme.

In particular, the programme has established closer relationships between the tertiary institutional, graduates and staff.


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The Mekong River Group Prepares to Return Home

Friday, 24 December, 2010

SantaInternational demand for ICE WaRM’s Professional Development Programmes (PDP) has reached new peaks and the schedule is heavily booked for the first semester of 2011.

Following the outstanding success of the 2010 schedule, ICE WaRM is organising extra programmes to meet the requirements of its overseas partners, especially in south east Asia.

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The Technical University of Dresden

Thursday, 23 December, 2010

UDresdenStudents from the Netherlands, Germany and Scotland have signed up to join ICE WaRM’s multi award winning Master of Water Resources Programme from the start of Semester 1 in 2011, under the Australia-European Union SWaRM Exchange Scheme.

The largest group from the Technical University of Delft will be joined by students from the Technical University of Dresden and Dundee University.

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Minister Hosts International Reception

Friday, 17 December, 2010

MekongGroupSouth Australia’s Minister for Environment and Conservation, Water and the River Murray, Paul Caica, hosted an official reception for high-level delegations from Thailand and the Mekong River basin at State Parliament in November.

Led by Mrs Asdaporn Krairapanond, Director of the Office of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Thai delegation – which was in Australia for an ICE WaRM study tour – also held face-to-face discussions with the Minister, exploring opportunities for further water resources management programmes and exchanges involving the two countries.

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Thai Delegation Visit the Murray Mouth

Sunday, 5 December, 2010

ThaiDelegationA group of 13 senior water resources officials from Thailand has completed a groundbreaking 10-day intensive learning tour of Australia, visiting Canberra, the Goulburn Valley in northern Victoria and Adelaide.

The ICE WaRM-organised tour in early November – the first phase of a water resources exchange programme between Australia and Thailand – concentrated on flood and drought management schemes in the Murray-Darling basin and related programmes, as part of the ongoing collaboration with Thailand.

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Water Accounting Methods For China

Sunday, 3 October, 2010

mekongICE WaRM is hosting a delegation of Chinese specialists interested in contemporary water accounting experiences in Australia, for possible implementation in China.

Among the more recent innovations is the System of Environmental Economic Accounting for Water, which is now gaining international recognition.

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AU – EU Exchanges Gathering Pace

Saturday, 2 October, 2010

UDresdenMore than a dozen students currently are involved in the Australia-European Union Student Exchange Programme in Sustainable Water Resources Management (SWaRM).

Eight students from the University of Dundee in Scotland are attending four of ICE WaRM’s Australian partner universities and already three students from the Technical University of Dresden in Germany are planning exchanges in Australia in Semester 1, 2011.

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Social Input to Water Decision Making

Thursday, 19 August, 2010

SPierceVisiting US academic Dr Suzanne Pierce believes environmental decision-making is shifting away from government agencies towards a combination of science and community values.

In a special presentation as part of ICE WaRM’s Visits and Exchanges Programme, the professor from the University of Texas said traditionally water resources were controlled by governing agencies, which developed plans based on analytical information provided by scientists and engineers. But now, she sees economic, social and political considerations emerging as the driving forces for groundwater resource management.

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European Students Join Scholarship Scheme

Sunday, 8 August, 2010

EuroStudentsNearly half the places available for European students through ICE WaRM’s Australia-Europe scholarship programme for students and researchers have now been taken up.

Nineteen students from the University of Dundee in Scotland, the Technical University of Delft in The Netherlands and the Technical University of Dresden in Germany already have signed up for the exchange scheme. Another 26 places still are available.

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Making an Impact Across the Mekong Basin

Saturday, 31 July, 2010

MekongBasinThe Mekong River Commission (MRC), which is responsible for administering the river across four nations, is seeing the positive influence of many of the key management, planning and local training initiatives detailed in ICE WaRM’s acclaimed Professional Development Programmes (PDP).


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Report from Dutch Student on SWaRM Exchange

Thursday, 3 June, 2010

P1020713The innovative SWaRM Graduate Mobility Project, which offers study exchanges between Australia and the European Union, is creating fresh educational and personal opportunities for up to 90 students and researchers.

One of the European graduates who’s now undertaking five months of study in Australia as part of the scheme is Ber Albers (pictured left), a student of Water Resources Engineering at the Technical University of Delft (TU Delft). He’s continuing his studies at the University of Adelaide and has taken time to reflect on his time in this country.

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ICE WaRM Welcomes European Union Delegation

Wednesday, 26 May, 2010

P1020716ICE WaRM hosted a high-level European Union delegation, focusing on exchange opportunities for students and researchers in Australia and Europe.

The delegation, led by Bodo Richter – who manages cooperation projects with Australia at the European Commission (EC) – along with Richard Wade, Rachel McCarthy and Lynne Hunter, briefed senior representatives of Adelaide-based universities on opportunities for cooperation and exchanges with European educational institutions.

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European Collaboration Strengthens

Saturday, 27 March, 2010

4 process logo 1200dpiA leading academic from the University of Dundee in Scotland, one of the partners in the Australia-European Union exchange programme, recently visited Australia for a first-hand look at our water management systems.

During his stay, Mike Bonell – Professor in Catchment Science at the UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science in Dundee – focused particularly on the links between catchment research, water law and water policy.

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Australia Among World Leaders, Says Expert

Friday, 5 February, 2010

DavidPilz_Richard_AndrewVisiting United States water specialist David Pilz believes Australia is setting an example for many countries with its pioneering work in water trading and markets.

And he’s also pointed to ICE WaRM’s water resources management training programmes as a key in addressing a critical shortage of water industry professionals.

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Yellow River Delegation Completes Study Tour

Friday, 15 January, 2010

In 2009, ICE WaRM conducted a very successful Professional Development Programme for 19 mid-career professionals from the Yellow River Conservancy Commission (YRCC) over a period of about 8 months. This programme was funded through the AusAID Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships programme. As part of that programme, ICE WaRM conducted an evaluation study programme for senior YRCC managers. Part A took place in September 2009. This also presented an opportunity for participants to attend the International River Symposium in Brisbane. Part B of this activity comprised a 10-day study programme for mid-career managers from the YRCC and took place in January 2010.

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Excellent Review of the Yellow River PDP

Tuesday, 15 December, 2009

YRCC_Banquet_webThe Yellow River Conservancy Commission (YRCC) has given strong support for ICE WaRM’s latest Professional Development Programme which brought 19 of the Commission’s emerging leaders to study in Australia for eight months.

Following the return of the 15 men and four women to China in August, an initial evaluation was carried out by five senior YRCC executives – who gave the programme resounding approval.

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Alumni Feature in International Water Conference

Saturday, 5 December, 2009

ICE WaRM’s aim to assist the development of future leaders in water resources management has been demonstrated, and further encouraged, by the prominent roles played by ICE WaRM alumni at the Fourth International Yellow River Forum held in Zhengzhou, China in October.

Former ICE WaRM students and fellows were active in most technical sessions, contributing content as well as convening and coordinating inputs, including delivery in English.

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YRCC Leaders Complete Australian Studies

Wednesday, 30 September, 2009

ClosingCeremony-(32)cropThe 19-strong Yellow River Conservancy Commission (YRCC) study group has flown back to China at the end of its highly successful seven-month Professional Development Programme in Australia.

The group of emerging leaders from the YRCC finished its programme in late August with a 10-day study tour of key water resources sites in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane.

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Venice Lagoon Contamination Falling Says Professor

Wednesday, 19 August, 2009

bruno pavoniThe water quality in and around Venice is becoming cleaner, but there are still plenty of opportunities for improvement, according to Professor Bruno Pavoni from the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Venice.

Professor Pavoni delivered his analysis of water quality in the Venice Lagoon in Adelaide in mid-August, as part of ICE WaRM’s Visits and Exchanges Programme, and outlined the research he’s carried out since 1987.

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SA Governor Welcomes Mekong River Commission Group

Tuesday, 28 July, 2009

DSC_0957_cropThe 21 members of the Mekong group, including four senior Cninese officials, involved in ICE WaRM’s Professional Development Programme, have been welcomed at Government House in Adelaide by South Australian Governor, His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR.

The group arrived in Adelaide in mid-July and received the Vice Regal morning tea welcome at the end of their first week in the city, before continuing their studies with visits to Darwin and the Gold Coast and spending more time studying groundwater management.

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YRCC Students Enter Final Stage of Studies

Saturday, 25 July, 2009

Wetland1_cropThe 19 emerging leaders from the Yellow River Conservancy Commission (YRCC) who have been studying in Adelaide since February are on the final stretch of their water resources management programme.

Now at the end of their university-based studies, having completed exams, the group is currently undertaking two-week industry placements ahead of a 10-day study tour of South Australia, the Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Sydney Water and the National Water Commission.

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14 International Students Win ICE WaRM Scholarship

Wednesday, 13 May, 2009

Fourteen international students have been offered full or partial scholarships to start ICE WaRM’s Master of Water Resources Management programme in Semester Two 2009.

The students come from Eritrea, Iran, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Vietnam and Canada.

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Halfway Mark for YRCC Students

Wednesday, 13 May, 2009

BBQ 23_01_09 014_cropThe 19 Yellow River Conservancy Commission (YRCC) staff studying under ICE WaRM’s Water Resources Management Programme have reached the halfway point of their seven-month, Adelaide-based course.

The group, identified as future leaders of the YRCC, is now entering the final month of ICE WaRM’s Graduate Certificate course in Water Resources Management at the University of South Australia, focusing on global water systems, water resources and society and water resources planning and management.

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Contributing to UNESCO Programme

Tuesday, 31 March, 2009

unesco-wallpaper-1024x830In February ICE WaRM Chief Executive Richard Hopkins was an invited contributor to the UNESCO Regional Water Education Workshop, held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The regional event was hosted by UNESCO and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) with invited representatives from South Asia, South-East and East Asia and Australia. Ten selected case studies from across the region were presented to stimulate discussion of common challenges in water education and training.

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Mekong Subregion Follow-up Visit

Tuesday, 31 March, 2009

ICE WaRM’s partnerships in the Mekong Subregion, old and new, have been further strengthened following an intensive visit by Chief Executive Officer Richard Hopkins and International Partnerships Manager Mike Seager in February and March 2009.

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Yellow River Commission Students Start Studies

Monday, 30 March, 2009

Picture 005_crop_webThe latest group of 19 future leaders from China’s Yellow River Conservancy Commission (YRCC) have started their Graduate Certificate studies in water management after completing their initial round of English language tuition.

The 15 men and four women, the third group from the YRCC to study in South Australia, will spend the next six months completing the Graduate Certificate programme, industry placements, and taking part in study tours and water management forums.

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Apply Now for AU-EU Exchange Opportunity

Wednesday, 25 March, 2009

Delftheader1_logo_en_0This programme is now active, as the first student from the Netherlands commenced studies at the University of Adelaide this semester.

Applications are now open for students wanting to take part in the exchange, starting in the second semester.

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Indian Water Resources Ministry Visit

Thursday, 29 January, 2009

DSCN1582_crop_lrThe Asian Development Bank (ADB) team in New Delhi engaged ICE WaRM to host a delegation of very senior Indian Government officials for a technical study tour of water resources policies and management in Australia late in 2008.

The delegation was led by the Secretary of the national Ministry of Water Resources, Mr Umesh Narayan Panjiar, and included the Chair of the Central Water Commission, officials from the Prime Minister’s Office, other national agencies and state Departments of Water Resources, and senior representatives of ADB.

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New Arrivals from the Yellow River, P R China

Tuesday, 27 January, 2009

BBQ 23_01_09 013_crop_lrThe third group of delegates from China’s Yellow River Conservancy Commission (YRCC) has started to arrive in Australia to study under ICE WaRM’s internationally-acclaimed water resources management programme.

The men and women will spend eight months based in Adelaide studying for ICE WaRM’s Graduate Certificate in Water Resources Management and improving their English language skills. The students also will take part in study tours, industry placements and water management forums.

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ICE WaRM Consolidates Mekong Links

Sunday, 25 January, 2009

ALA 010_lrThe links between ICE WaRM and the Mekong River Commission have been further strengthened following a visit by Chief Executive Officer Richard Hopkins and International Partnerships Manager Mike Seager late in 2008.

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First ICE WaRM Scholarship Students Graduate

Friday, 28 November, 2008

All students receving certificates 2008_crop_webThe first five overseas students to be awarded ICE WaRM international scholarships have completed their year-long courses.

The successful students are pictured here with Richard Hopkins (ICE WaRM CEO) at a celebratory BBQ at ICE WaRM’s headquarters in Adelaide.

The students – two from China and one each from Sri Lanka, the Solomon Islands and Peru – have been studying ICE WaRM’s Master of Water Resources Management programme at the University of South Australia, Flinders University and the University of Adelaide.

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ICE WaRM Supports Visit by Leading Water Expert

Wednesday, 15 October, 2008

DrNiniDr Ir Khin Ni Ni Thein, Vice President of Development and Resources at the Asian Institute of Technology, recently presented seminars in Adelaide and Melbourne as part of ICEWaRM’s Visits and Exchanges programme.

Dr Thein’s addresses focused on democratisation in Burma through peace and reconciliation and how water can involve people in the politics of their country. Dr NiNi’s message was to stand above politics and try to resist the temptation of not to politicise and not being politicised.

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International Delegations Study Tour

Thursday, 25 September, 2008

ALA 010_lrTwo high-ranking Asian delegations recently visited Australia for six weeks each as part of ICE WaRM’s international study tours programme.

In total, there were 45 staff members from the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, Can Tho University, the Vietnam Water Resources University, the Mekong River Commission Secretariat, with representatives from the National Mekong River Committees from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos plus representatives from the Thai and Laotian National Mekong River Committees.

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Changjiang Water Resources Commission, PR China

Thursday, 20 March, 2008

In December last year, ICE WaRM hosted the Changjiang Water Resources Commission (CWRC) from China; an organisation which is responsible for the development, utilisation and protection of water resources in the Changjiang River Basin. The CWRC aims to develop and promote integrated water resources management in the Basin while implementing environmental protection measures.

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The Coorong and Lower Murray Under The Spotlight

Sunday, 16 March, 2008

ICE WaRM was proud to host leading researchers Dr Paul Hanson from the Centre of Limnology, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dr Kane Aldridge from the University of Adelaide as speakers at a seminar on “The State of the Lower Murray Lakes” on the 21st January.

Dr Hanson visited Adelaide to collect data on the condition of the Coorong with the research cluster which focuses on the Coorong, the Lower Lakes and the Murray Mouth (CLLAMM ecology).

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Renewing Water Resources Management in South Africa

Sunday, 9 March, 2008

Dr Mark Dent from the University of KwaZulu in Natal highlighted South Africa ’s acclaimed water and natural resources management policies during a six city lecture tour in February and early March sponsored by ICE WaRM.

He also exposed many of the current problems in implementing those policies in his presentation titled “Renewing Water Resources Management in South Africa – Changing Role, Form and Context For Science”.

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