Four Nation Mekong River Group Visits Australia

Wednesday, 23 September, 2015

A group of 17 delegates from four of the Mekong River Commission nations has visited Australia as part of a programme to build leadership in sustainable water management across the region.

The mid-career specialists – 7 women and 10 men – hold leadership or emerging leadership positions in the water sector in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.
The 23-day programme, supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, focused on managing water resources across national boundaries, change management and promoting collaboration and cooperation to achieve shared goals.

The group started with a series of workshops with presenters including ICE WaRM Chair, Karlene Maywald, before a 3-day field trip to Berri, Loxton and Mildura, where they explored the community impact of cross-border agreements for South Australian and Victorian irrigators on the River Murray.

The delegates also took part in the 18th International River Symposium in Brisbane.