3rd International Yellow River Forum
IWC Project Coordinator Danielle Pedi and Dr. Eva Abal with Professional Development workshop participants.
From 16-19 October 2007, IWC participated in the 3rd International Yellow River Forum in Dongying, China. The Forum is coordinated by the Yellow River Conservancy Commission and brings together leading basin managers, scientists, academics, government agencies and non-governmental groups from over 60 countries to discuss the pressing issues facing sustainable water management in China and internationally. This year’s them was ‘Sustainable Water Resources Management and Delta Ecosystem Maintenance’. The event culminated in the release of the Yellow River Initiative (link below), which declares the support of all delegates to the central aim of ‘Keeping the Healthy Life of Rivers’ and presents an action plan for achieving this goal.
In partnership with the Adelaide-based International Centre of Excellence for Water Management (ICEWaRM), IWC held a half-day workshop at the Forum on ‘Maximising the Benefits of Professional Development Activities’. This interactive workshop allowed participants from 6 Chinese basin agencies to discuss ways in which training activities could further strengthen the organizational capacity of basin agencies.
IWC also formalised its growing relationship with the Yellow River Conservancy Commission (YRCC) through the signing of an Agreement on joint capacity building activities. In 2008, 10 professionals from the YRCC will participate in a seven month training program, including a Graduate Certificate in Integrated Water Management, with support from the AusAID Australian Leadership Awards Fellowship Program.