The latest news from UNSW's water community.
 
Welcome to our August Newsletter 
 
A belated welcome to the August edition of the GWI newsletter. The delay was due to our attendance at the Stockholm World Water Week which concluded last Friday. The theme for this year’s SWWW was “Water for Society – Including All”. Emphasis was placed on progress towards SDG6, particularly in the area of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and delivery of “last mile” water supply solutions to vulnerable communities. Australia’s expertise in this area was ably promoted by the Australian Water Partnership who ran a number of events to bring Australian delegates together and to foster connections with the international community. GWI participated in two sessions sponsored by the Source 2 Sea platform and Asia Pacific Water Forum. Details on these presentations are available on the GWI website.
 
During August, Matt Blacka, from the Water Research Laboratory at Manly Vale attended the first regional preparatory workshop to set priorities for the United Nation’s Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.  Continuing the theme of Ocean Stewardship, we are pleased to announce that UNSW has joined the Global Ocean Accounts Partnership as a founding member and will host the inaugural meeting this November. This initiative was led by Ben Milligan, who joins UNSW as a Scientia Fellow in the faculties of Law and Science.
 
In other news, Dr Valeria Lima, who was awarded a scholarship from the Brazilian government to study at UNSW, published a study with researchers at the University of Sydney’s Centre for Water, Carbon and Food, demonstrating self-scheduling irrigation for cultivation of beans with a water use efficiency that is twice the maximum FAO guideline values.
 
The Water Issues Commentary seminar for August was delivered by Professor Daniel Abebe, vice Provost of the University of Chicago. Professor Abebe delivered a very engaging and thoughtful presentation on the limitations of international law in resolving transnational water issues. Using the Grand Renaissance Dam as an example, Professor Abebe outlined how mediation and the identification of mutual benefit are likely to be more effective than treaties in resolving disputes over transnational flows. The next Water Issues Commentary will be delivered by Prof Kurt Pennell from Brown University in a joint event co-sponsored by Sydney Branch of ALGA, and also coming up next month, UNSW Engineering is hosting an event exploring whether NSW's water system ready for a warmer and drier future. Finally, we conclude this months newsletter with a profile of researcher Dr. Veljko Prodanovic of the WaterGUM group.
 
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
GOAP
UNSW joins Global Ocean Accounts Partnership for Sustainable Development
 
UNSW Sydney recently accepted an invitation from the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) to join the Global Ocean Accounts Partnership for Sustainable Development (GOAP) as a founding member. GOAP brings together a diverse range of stakeholders to ensure that the values and benefits of oceans are recognised and accounted for in decision-making about social and economic development.
 
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UN Ocean Decade
GWI attends UN Ocean Decade meeting
 
The first of nine regional preparatory workshops for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development was hosted by the Pacific Community (SPC) in Noumea. Representing the GWI, Matt Blacka, Principal Coastal Engineer at UNSW’s Water Research Laboratory, attended the three-day meeting along with more than 70 “ocean experts” from across the Pacific region to determine the key priorities for the Decade in the Pacific region.
 
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Daniel Abebe
Egypt, Ethiopia and the division of the Nile

In 2011, Ethiopia announced its plans to dam the Blue Nile, resulting in conflict with Egypt and many years of ongoing discussions and negotiations. Professor Daniel Abebe, Vice Provost at the University of Chicago’s Law School, has examined this conflict in depth. He spoke about his findings at GWI's most recent water issues commentary seminar, where he argued that the traditional doctrinal approach was unlikely to result in a legal conclusion, and that an economics approach could hold the answer.
 
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Subsurface membrane irrigation
GWI experts achieve improved water management using membrane technology
 
GWI's Valeria Lima and Prof Greg Leslie had a paper published in the latest volume of Agricultural Water Management on subsurface membrane irrigation. Their findings suggest that subsurface membrane irrigation may be a solution for improved water management without compromising yield production and quality.
 
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   In Profile
Veljko Prodanovic
Introducing Veljko Prodanovic, Research Associate
 
Veljko Prodanovic strongly believes that people feel and function the best when they are close to nature. As a Research Associate at the UNSW Water Research Centre and School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Veljko is passionate about implementing ‘nature-based solutions’—or using nature to tackle socio-environmental challenges—and he has harnessed this passion to make positive change throughout his career.
 
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   Upcoming events
Engineering
Australia's Water Crisis: Will We Face 'Day Zero'?
 
With recent media reports outlining the looming risk of ‘Day Zero’, on 11 September, UNSW Engineering brings together some of the nation’s experts to discuss how the ongoing drought continues to wreak havoc for tens of thousands of Australians and what this might mean for all of us. Moderated by GWI's Prof Greg Leslie, a panel of industry experts will be asked if NSW’s water system is ready for a warmer and drier future, and whether the government has the appetite to restructure the traditional approach to water services delivery.
 
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