WEBINAR: Water Challenges of Oceania: Today to 2025

22 August 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

This webinar will take place on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 from 15:00 to 16:30 Australian Eastern Time (7:00-8:30 CET).  Participation is free and open to all.  Audience questions are encouraged.

This 90 minute webinar is based on themes being discussed by IWRA’s Oceania chapter, which is led by the UNW Global Water Institute. 

The session will focus Oceania’s unique water challenges and opportunities.  The panel will use a multidisciplinary lens to highlight the most urgent water challenges in the Oceania region and identify issues on the horizon that it needs to be prepared for.  The panel will also concentrate on questions around the impacts of climate change, community adaptation, and how to ensure a balance between human and environmental needs.  These discussions will engage too in sustainable water management, the theme of IWRA’s upcoming XVII World Water Congress in Daegu, Korea to take place from May 11th to May 15th, 2020.

Topics include:

  • Water Challenges Facing Oceania
  • Post Disaster WASH Risks Amongst Vulnerable Population – The Fiji Perspective
  • Small Community WASH Interventions in South Pacific Island Countries – Getting It Wrong While Trying To Do Right
  • Opportunities And Challenges in Managing Catchments Under Change


  • Dr. Andrew Dansie, Chair of IWRA Oceania Chapter & Program Manager, Global Water Institute, University of New South Wales
  • Dr. Amelia Turagabeci, HoD Epidemiology and Environmental Health, Child Health Research Centre, University of Queensland
  • Prof. Paul Jagals, Honorary Professor in Integrated Environment Health, Child Health Research Centre, School of Public Health, University of Queensland
  • Dave Hebblethwaite, Water Governance Coordinator, Pacific Community
  • Assistant Prof. Lucy Marshall, Deputy Director, Water Research Centre, School of Civic and Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales


  • Scott McKenzie, PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia

The output from the webinar will be a multidisciplinary clarion call for (a) the most urgent water challenges in Oceania, and (b) those on the horizon that need to be prepared for.  This will be communicated through the development of a special issue journal and policy brief using the priorities identified from the panel and audience feedback.

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