AWP at the Asian Water Forum 2022

Dear AWP Friend, 

Please join us at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Asia Water Forum from
9 – 11 August 2022.  AWP is supporting our partners in the following sessions. 

The Path Toward the Asian Water Development Outlook 2025 

Session by invitation only  

This closed session is to reflect on the experience of developing the Asian Water Development Outlook (AWDO) 2020 and to help plan for AWDO 2025 with a view to ensuring greater use of AWDO data for water security policy and planning in ADB developing member countries. 

Speakers include:  

  • Geoff Wilson, Senior Water Resources Specialist, Asian Development Bank 

  • Lucía Gamarra, Senior Partnerships and Impact Officer, Australian Water Partnership  

  • Neeta Pokhrel, Chief of Water Sector Group, Asian Development Bank 

  • Mark Pascoe, CEO, International WaterCentre/Chair, Asia-Pacific Water Forum  

  • Sarah Ransom, General Manager, Australian Water Partnership 


Session: Enhancing the economic value of water  

Tuesday 9 August 2022, 1:00–2:30 pm AEST  

In a presentation on ‘Modernising irrigated agriculture’, Lee Baumgartner will present a project which has developed the tools, country-specific guidelines, regional lessons, and in-country capacities required to include biodiversity and ecosystem service considerations more systematically into irrigation rehabilitation, extension, and modernisation programs.  

Speaker: Lee Baumgartner, Interim Director Gulbali Institute, Charles Sturt University 


Session: Innovative tools for awareness raising and decision making  

Tuesday 9 August 2022 at 5–6:30pm AEST  

Presentation: Adaptive partnering during the pandemic - lessons and successes 

Indonesia is facing a water crisis as the nation’s population and development increase and risk of climate change becomes prevalent. In a presentation on ‘Adaptive partnering during the pandemic - lessons and successes’, Katie Trevor will present a case study on the Australia-Indonesia Water Utility Improvement Program, which implemented a twinning partnership between Indonesian and Australian water utilities during the pandemic.  

Speaker: Katie Trevor, International and Industry Program Manager, Australian Water Association 

Session: Water-energy-food nexus

Presentation: Food production and water management in atolls and low-lying Pacific Islands 

Revitalising traditional varieties and water management practices requires a combination of technical assistance, and also participatory processes that enable oral histories to capture how food and water systems have changed through time and in the future. This research is critical to direct climate adaptation actions to ensuring food and water security for the most vulnerable. 

Speaker: Dr Federico Davila, Research Director & Senior Research Fellow (Food Systems), Institute for Sustainable Futures | University of Technology Sydney 

Workshop: Water Security Data as Tools for Decision Making and Resilience 

Thursday 11 August 2022 1–2:30pm (AEST)  

The Asian Water Development Outlook (AWDO) is the Asia Development Bank’s flagship water security knowledge resource, developing cutting edge analysis informed by robust datasets to provide findings and recommendations. The AWDO rates and ranks 49 countries in the Asia-Pacific region according to their water security measured across five key dimensions. AWDO is an exceptional resource for all water security recommendations throughout the Asia-Pacific. In this workshop we will explore how you can influence decision makers in your country to make better, data-informed decisions using AWDO and its various case studies.   


  • Michael Wilson, Group CEO, eWater  

  • Dr Lachlan Guthrie, Aurecon Senior Consultant, Environment and Planning, Aurecon  

  • Dr Brian McIntosh, A/Prof Integrated Water Management, Head of Discipline Environment and Marine Sciences, Griffith University 

We’ll share posts on our social media channels, so be sure to subscribe, follow and like us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date!  You can join the discussion and share your impressions by tagging #AWF2022,  @ADBWater and @WaterPartnersAU on Twitter.  

Participation in the Asia Water Forum is free but you need to register, please visit the website for more information. 


Lucía Gamarra
Senior Partnerships and Impact Officer
Australian Water Partnership
T +61 2 6206 8797

The Australian Water Partnership is supported by the Australian Government
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