- November 2021 -

The power of story-telling for water and climate

By Bronwyn Powell and Sarah Ransom
Looking back on COP26, our impression after involvement in the first-ever Water Pavilion is of a tide of information and activity, of parties jostling to be heard, all overlaid with a sense of impending crisis. The palpable sense of urgency for action contrasted strongly against the painstaking nature of consensus-based negotiations. It seems counterintuitive to stop and listen to stories in this context. But storytelling can tap into our human instincts for empathy, challenge our assumptions, and inspire creativity when faced with wicked problems like the climate crisis. When we listen and concentrate on stories, they still us. They make us sit, and reflect. Then we are ready for action. Read more.

Supporting the delivery of integrated river basin management training in the HKH

From 12–25 November, a training program on Integrated River Basin Management was co-delivered by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and a consortium of Australian Partners—Alluvium, Griffith University’s International WaterCentre. Read more.

$232 million Mekong-Australia Partnership launched

On 8 November, the Cambodian component of the Mekong-Australia Partnership (MAP) was launched. As a flexible program designed to respond to shared regional challenges, MAP will help build relationships, as well as share knowledge and skills between Mekong countries and Australia for a sustainable recovery from COVID-19. Read more.

India Young Water Professionals Program Launched

A new India YWP Program was launched by the AWP, the Government of India Ministry of Jal Shakti, and the Australia-India Water Centre this week. More than 100 participants joined the online launch on 29 November, including the participants selected from central and state implementing agencies of the NHP.  Read more.

National Foundation for Australia-China Relations Grants

The 2021-22 NFACR Focussed Competitive Grants Program (total $2.5M) is open to Australian businesses. One of the priority areas is supporting projects that foster constructive engagement and cooperation between Australia and China on environmental management, climate change, and transition to low emissions technologies. Grant applications are due 6 December 2021. Read more.

AWP Partners

This section of our newsletter highlights the expertise and work of our partners.
This month's featured Partners are:

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

ICIMOD is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayas – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan – and based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Read more

Proud Mary Consulting Pty Ltd

Proud Mary Consulting creates public value with clients through advising on policy, strategy, governance and public administration in relation to water, climate change, energy, environment and sustainability. Proud Mary’s clients include organisations in the water, local government, state government, not-for-profit and university sectors. View partner profile
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AWP is involved in the following events:

Partners Workshop
8–10 Mar 2022, Canberra | Hosting

Dubai Expo 
1 Oct 2021–31 Mar 2022, Online | Participating

10–12 May 2022, Brisbane | Participating

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