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Integrated River Basin Management Australian Leadership Award Fellowship 2008

Integrated River Basin Management Australian Leadership Award Fellowship 2008

Agnese Middleton, IWC


In 2008 the International WaterCentre hosted ten water professionals from China’s Yellow River Conservancy Commission (YRCC) in a seven-month long professional development program.

Project Category: Education & Training

Key Areas of Work: Ecosystem health,River twinning,Water sensitive urban design,Water quality,Environmental quality,Training IWM,River basin management,Sustainability,Catchment management,Training leadership,Wastewater management,Ecosystem health and river restoration,Integrated Water Resource Management,Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

Project Date: Apr 08, 2008

In 2007 the AusAID-funded Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) Fellowship Program in Integrated River Basin Management (IRBM) commenced for ten Fellows from The Yellow River Conservancy Commission (YRCC).

The Program provided training in the form of either a Graduate Certificate in Integrated Water Management or a Professional Development Program.

The Integrated River Basin Management Fellowship Program identified integrated water resource management as the key areas of interest for Australia-China cooperation. With the growing awareness that China must balance unprecedented economic growth with greater attention to environmental sustainability, water management is a high priority for the Chinese government, as it is for Australian government. The Yellow River, China’s second longest river, has experienced tremendous industrial, agricultural and population growth in the last twenty years, resulting in new development pressures on its already fragile ecosystems.

Areas of mutual professional and scientific interest for IWC and YRCC are river health indicators, monitoring and evaluation, water allocation, water saving measures and linking river management into regional planning.

In 2008 the 10 YRCC Fellows studied in Brisbane, undertaking a program which built their knowledge and skills through a combination of academic studies and experiential learning in the concepts and principles of integrated water management.

The program consisted of intensive English language training, non-award academic study, study tours and industry placements. This format provided an opportunity for fellows to broaden their knowledge of integrated water resource management while pursuing their areas of interest and expertise through personalised work plans and one-month placement with an Australian water industry partner.

Blog written by participants while on a study tour



Two participants received a Graduate Certificate in Integrated Water Management Program. The eight other participants received a Certificate of Program Completion from the IWC.

Modules covered included project management, science of water and environmental flows and rehabilitation.


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