Yellow River water professionals training in Australia
Fifteen Fellows from China’s Yellow River Conservancy Commission (YRCC), People’s Republic of China, have arrived in Australia for a six-week AusAID-funded Australian Leadership Award (ALA) Fellowship program in Integrated River Basin Management.
The cross section of staff was drawn from many divisions within YRCC, including water resource specialists, biologists, hydrologists, hydrogeologists, information technology experts and river dynamics specialist.
The Fellows face daily challenges of balancing China’s unprecedented economic growth and demand for water with ecological health. To maximise their learning in Australia, the Fellows have come equipped with case studies based on their own work environments in the Yellow River Conservancy Commission. These case studies serve as a foundation for discussion and learning about integrated river basin management in Australia.
The Fellows have spent a weekend on North Stradbroke Island off the east coast of Australia as an introduction to the broader concepts of integrated water management. They will also spend time in south-western Queensland learning about catchment management, as well as climate change, and erosion management.
At the end of the program the Fellows will travel through the Murray-Darling Basin, meeting with local groups and government representatives along the way. In Canberra, the Fellows will meet with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and the Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO, the National Water Commission and the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPAC) and finish their trip in Melbourne, where they will present their final case studies and reflections to the group.