Water Governance and Security

Helping countries and communities make critical water decisions for now and for the future.

There is no single model of water governance that enables water to be managed equitably and effectively throughout the world.
Different political contexts, economies, ecosystems, weather patterns and social structures all influence the overarching structures that define how available water resources are best managed.  
We focus on the research, development, implementation and promotion of responsible actions that prioritise water sustainability while optimising benefits across multiple sectors. Our work helps countries and communities both within Australia and overseas to make critical water decisions for now and for the future.

Our activities

  • Research and advice on legal frameworks and institutions

  • Research and advice on water regulation and allocation

  • Water modelling advice and implementation 

  • Sustainability assessments

  • Facilitation of collaborative governance models

  • Building food and water resilience

  • Advancing renewable energy technologies 

  • Co-design of local, community-led water solutions

  • Innovative models for water accounting and finance

  • Support for a circular economy

  • Global research on water leadership and decision-making 

  • Engagement with multilateral organisations

  • Supporting productive dialogue and debate on effective water management.

Sustainable Development Goals addressed:

  • Zero hunger
  • Good health and well-being
    SDG 3
  • Clean water and sanitaton
    SDG 6
  • Affordable and clean energy
    SDG 7
  • Reduced inequalities
    SDG 10
  • Sustainable cities and commuities
    SDG 11
  • Responsible consumption and production
    SDG 12
  • Climate action
    SDG 13
  • Peace, justice and strong institutions
    SDG 16
  • Partnerships for the goals
    SDG 17

Other impact areas

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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