Australian Leadership Award Fellowship 2010

The Peruvian-based project developed integrated frameworks to help better understand, evaluate and manage the water resources of the Ocoña district in Peru.

Project overview

The ALA Fellows came from a cross-section of backgrounds, for example, hydrologists, hydro-geologists, IT and hydraulics experts and engineers. A diverse group like this was important as Indonesia works towards an integrated water resource management approach.

The program was tailored to the needs and interests of the Fellows, focusing on areas such as sanitation and public health in rural and peri-urban areas, utility management and coastal water resource management in the tropics. Comparative Australian and international case studies were used throughout the program to enhance learning.

Before arrival

Before arrival in Australia the Fellows worked with their colleagues in Indonesia to develop an individual work plan and project for the Fellowship period. This individual work plan identified a manageable project that would contribute to the institutional goals of PERPAMSI and make use of the knowledge gained through the program.

Training program

Two weeks of intensive foundation classes in climate change, environmental science and natural resources as part of an English for Specific Purposes program offered by Griffith University, a partner of IWC. These modules were taught by Environmental Scientists, who were also qualified English as a Second Language Teachers

Six weeks of lectures/ seminars/ workshops/ presentations

  • water supply and sanitation
  • wastewater treatment
  • water pricing
  • water and gender
  • adaptation and resilience in water supply management
  • capacity building and community development
  • project management

Two weeks of study tours

  • headlands to the coast – urban water supply management
  • remote Australian water and sanitation
  • coastal water resource management in the tropics

Follow-up activities

Upon their return to work, the Fellows, with assistance from an IWC staff member, facilitated a series of one-day workshops on IWRM to enable transfer of knowledge and skills to a broader base of PERPAMSI management staff.

Fellows remain members of the IWC and ALA Fellows Alumni groups and IWC offers refresher professional training courses to Alumni and assists PERPAMSI applications to attend important international water forums including the annual Riversymposium in Australia. Through these ongoing activities, the Fellows continue their liaison with Australian professionals and share best practice and experiences.

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