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River Health Management in the Pearl and Yellow River, China - Australian Leadership Award Fellowship 2011

In 2011 IWC hosted 21 professionals from the Yellow Rivers Conservancy Commission, China, during a four week professional development program to explore the river health management in the Pearl and Yellow Rivers, China in an integrated water management context.

Project Category: Education & Training

Key Areas of Work: River basin management,Public health,River Restoration

Project Date: Nov 01, 2011

The program provided participants with an insight into Australia’s approach to sustainable water resources management.

Participants studied integrated water management concepts in theory and practice in the context of river health management for the Pearl and Yellow rivers in China. They had an opportunity to explore ways in which diverse disciplines may inform the practice of integrated water management, and discussed how this learning could assist them as professionals making decisions or providing advice to decision-makers.

The programs provided an opportunity for participants to broaden their knowledge of integrated water management while pursuing particular areas of interest and expertise through individual work plans, field trips and industry placements.

Program objectives

  1. Further developing the technical capacity of our Chinese counterpart organisations through a targeted academic program focused on the science and management of river health, environmental flows and catchment management in Australia.
  2. The development of strategic partnerships with Australian academics and Australian natural resource managers.
  3. The exchange of knowledge through formal and informal networking opportunities.



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