Achieving water and environmental security in Peru
IWC hosted 16 Fellows from ANA, the National Water Authority of Peru, for a month-long training program under the Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships.
Project Category: Education & Training
Key Areas of Work: Environmental quality,Integrated Water Resource Management
Project Date: Aug 18, 2014
The program, Achieving water and environmental security in Peru through integrated river basin management, supported the ANA in developing their institutional capacity to achieve water and environmental security in Peru, in light of the country's complex water related challenges, such as:
- poor institutional capacity
- increasing water stress from climate change, population growth and economic development
- deteriorating water quality
- poor water efficiency
- inequality in access to improved water services for domestic use.
The program helped the Fellows to increase technical understanding of a wide variety of water management issues, build capacity to engage with stakeholders, and support the development of Integrated River Basin Management (IRBM) plans for Peru.
The fellows participated in field trips where they gained an understanding of how to implement the innovative water management practices taught in the program. Sites they visited included:
- Peru ANA 1North Stradbroke Island (Brisbane)
- Bulimba Creek Oxbow (Brisbane)
- Wivenhoe Dam and Brisbane River (Brisbane)
- Agriculture / irrigation sites (Rockhampton)
- Grazing lands (Rockhampton)
- Capricorn Coast (Rockhampton)
- Mine sites (Emerald)
- Murray Darling Basin related projects (Canberra)
- Water Sensitive Urban Design sites (Melbourne)
A key component of course was problem-based learning, allowing fellows to work together in groups to reflect on lessons from lectures and field trips, and apply them to individual change projects in a peer-to-peer learning situation.
Individual change projects enabled the Fellows to identify specific challenges and opportunities for effecting change in water supply management practices and improving the specific issues they faced upon their return to Peru.