Our impact

Identifying and participating in opportunities across three thematic areas.

Vegetable merchants at Mekong floating market
The work of the UNSW water community has positive impacts for communities, ecosystems and economies. We are committed to advancing progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, with the cross-cutting topics of climate change and equity at the forefront of our effective and sustainable approaches.
We seek to identify and participate in high-impact opportunities across our three thematic areas that require collective action and multidisciplinary solutions. Explore our thematic areas below.

Thematic areas

Water governance and security

This area drives equitable water management to ensure just and sustainable outcomes for towns, agriculture and the environment. The work focuses on and building resilient and sustainable communities, improving water quality, alleviating poverty and reducing conflict.

Healthy Oceans and Resilient Coastlines

We focus on activities to protect ecosystems and infrastructure at the intersection of marine and freshwater environments. A key priority is identifying and adapting to anthropogenic threats including storm surge, sea level rise and pollution. 

Safe Water: Access and Equity for All

Our activities are linked to Sustainable Development Goal 6, which aims to achieve water and sanitation for all by 2030. Projects are focused on the intersection of engineering, environmental humanities and public health disciplines where culturally appropriate approaches are co-designed to reduce disease and improve quality of life. 

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