The latest news from UNSW's water community.
 
Welcome to our July Newsletter 
 
Welcome to the July edition of the GWI newsletter. In the last month members of UNSW water community signed an agreement to establish a Sino-Australia Centre for Sponge Cities. The Centre, a joint initiative of UNSW’s WaterGUM group, Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute (JITRI) and Chongchuan District People’s Government, Nantong, China, will focus on new approaches for urban stormwater management, from pollution control to flood mitigation. The theme of effective use of stormwater and other water resources in the urban environment, was a feature of a three day student led event to develop business models for sustainable urban agriculture enterprises in the Indian Capital, New Delhi. The event involved students from IIT Ropar working with UNSW undergraduates on a suite of designs ranging from aquaponics to micro food grids.
 
This month's newsletter contains an update on the Healthy Hydration and Nutrition project developed by through Yuwaya Ngarra-li partnership with the Dhariwwa elders group in Walgett and a profile on Tess Stafford, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Economics within the UNSW Business School and Zhaozhi Zheng who is a PhD student in the Faculty of Engineering. Tess specialises in environmental economics with a focus on sustainability and labor practices in commercial fishing. Her specialty is the study of how economics informs regulatory approaches in environmental settings, particularly when market failures require governmental intervention. Zhaozhi Zheng is working towards a PhD on the treatment of stormwater for potable use with the Water Green Urban Management (WaterGUM) group. Another highlight of the month was the compelling and insightful seminar delivered by Dr Erin O’Donnell from the University of Melbourne, who provided a forensic analysis of the implications of conferring legal status on rivers. We are also very pleased to announce that GWI will participate in two platform discussions on marine plastics and rural water and sanitation at Stockholm World Water Week in August and that the next Water Issues Commentary seminar will be delivered by Daniel Abebe, Vice Provost, Harold J. and Marion F. Green Professor of Law at the University of Chicago who will speak on his research on transnational water management in Africa.
 
I hope that you enjoy this newsletter and thanks again for your continued interest and support.
 
Professor Greg Leslie 
Director, UNSW Global Water Institute
 
   News
Urban water hack
Aquaponics provides an innovative solution to Sustainable Food Agriculture in New Delhi
 
On 12-14 July, UNSW Founders in partnership with UNSW Engineering and UNSW Global Water Institute held the Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food Planning Hackathon.
 Participants were tasked with exploring how to create low cost, low energy, accessible and sustainable urban agricultural solutions for continuous food production to provide for the growing population of New Delhi. The winning team aimed to integrate modular aquaponics for under utilised land in peri urban and urban environments in Delhi.
 
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MoU signing
Green technologies helping to shape sustainable sponge cities in China
 
On 16 July, Professor Ana Deletic, as the leader of the Water Green Urban Management (WaterGUM) group at UNSW's School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and representative of the Sponge City project team at the Sino-Australia Centre on Sponge City, signed a MOU with Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute (JITRI) and Chongchuan District People’s Government, to jointly establish Jiangsu Sponge City technology research institute in China.
 
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Cameron Holley, Erin O'Donnell and Greg Leslie
Legal Rights for Rivers: A paradox for water governance

Dr Erin O’Donnell, water law and policy specialist and Research Fellow at Melbourne Law School, presented at UNSW on 10 July as part of GWI’s Water Issues Commentary Series. Recognised internationally for her research into the groundbreaking new field of legal rights for rivers, Dr O’Donnell’s presentation explored the paradox that is created when legal rights are given to rivers.
 
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Walgett
NSW Government committed to removing salt from water in Bourke and Walgett
 
The NSW Government recently committed several million dollars to install reverse osmosis systems in Walgett and Bourke to remove high levels of salt in the towns' water supplies. An exciting development for the partnership between Dharriwaa Elders Group, the Walgett Community and UNSW, it is hoped that the new systems will be implemented and fully functioning by October this year.
 
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   In Profile
Tess Stafford
Introducing Tess Stafford, Senior Lecturer, School of Economics
 
Tess Stafford’s interest in environmental economics began at a young age. She grew up in Key West, Florida, as the daughter of commercial lobster fishermen, and witnessed the lobster industry becoming more and more regulated as the years went by. Tess noticed that some of the new regulations were grounded in economic theory while others were not—and some improved the industry while others appeared to have devastating effects. The experience taught Tess the importance of carefully choosing policy tools and spurred her interest in environmental economics.
 
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Zhaozhi Zheng
Introducing Zhaozhi Zheng, PhD Candidate
 
Zhaozhi Zheng is a PhD Candidate in the UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He completed his Master degree at the National University of Singapore where he learnt about the process of treating domestic wastewater to use as drinking water.
He believes that compared to recycled domestic wastewater, stormwater is much more easily accepted by the general public as a source of drinking water, hence he is undertaking research at UNSW to develop an efficient and low maintenance stormwater treatment process to purify treated stormwater for potable use.
 
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   Upcoming events
SIWI
Promoting Source to Sea at World Water Week, Stockholm
 
The Stockholm International Water Institute's Source to Sea (S2S) Platform will be hosting three sessions at this year’s World Water Week - all to be hosted on Tuesday 27 August as part of a Source-to-Sea Day of programming. As part of this program, GWI will be presenting on marine plastics and rural water and sanitation. Currently, SIWI also has an invitation to tender for 'Source to Lake' and 'Source to Sea' pojects in Ethiopia and Vietnam. Closing dates for tenders are 12 and 19 August.
 
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Prof Abebe
Save the date: Prof Daniel Abebe, University of Chicago Law School
 
Professor Daniel Abebe will present a seminar at UNSW as part of GWI's Global Water Issue Commentary Series on Monday 12th August. Prof Abebe is Vice Provost, Harold J. and Marion F. Green Professor of Law, Walter Mander Teaching Scholar, Associate Member of the Department of Political Science, Faculty Affiliate of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture
Daniel Abebe’s scholarship focuses on the relationship between the constitutional law of US foreign affairs and public international law. He has also written about international water law, China and climate change, and cyberwar.
 
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