From 18 October until 6 November, Australia was represented in the Netherlands by four young water ambassadors: Ashlee Clarke, Ray Laine, Tracey Lloyd and Tom Perfrement (picture left-to-right).
As winners of this year's Australia-Netherlands Water Challenge they were invited to the Netherlands to further develop their Resilience Index and CoastalEngage concepts - which they presented earlier this year at the FMA National Conference in Brisbane - and to learn more about how the Dutch "live with water".
The program was packed with project assignments, expert meetings, company visits, field trips, social activities and, during their last week, participation in the Young Professionals Program of the Amsterdam International Water Week (2-5 Nov).
The outcomes of the projects have been very well received by their mentors from Deltares, Waternet and Royal HaskoningDHV, as well as other stakeholders such as the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure & the Environment and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.
On the 12th of November, the teams will be presenting their work to floodplain management experts during a New South Wales-Netherlands Water Collaboration event, hosted by the Netherlands Consulate-General in Sydney.
To see the full story in pictures go to www.facebook.com/hollandwaterchallenge
LET'S TALK RESILIENCE! was the theme of the third Australia-Netherlands Water Challenge, the winners of which were announced at the Floodplain Management Association National Conference on Thursday 21st of May in Brisbane.
Within the context of the knowledge exchange partnership on floods and droughts between Australia and the Netherlands – initiated after the Queensland floods in 2011 - ambitious students and young professionals from across Australia were challenged to contribute their own ideas for a more climate-resilient Australia.
After several selection rounds, the four best teams were invited to present their ideas at the FMA National Conference in front of four hundreds flood management experts and a jury, chaired by Dutch Consul-General, Mr. Willem Cosijn.
Ultimately, it was the teams consisting of Tom Perfrement and Tracey Lloyd, students at the University of New South Wales and Raymond Laine and Ashlee Clarke, graduates from the University of Wollongong, who came out on top. Tom and Tracey won win their idea for a composite resilience index as a way to make resilience more measurable and provide government better direction for action. Raymond and Ashlee presented on an online tool called CoastalEngage, aimed at involving local communities with important trade-offs and decisions relating to coastal development.
The first DutchCham Business Award Gala Dinner on Tuesday 31 March at the Hyatt in Singapore featured the award presentation of the Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge 2014-2015.
Proud winners of the Urban Water Rebels program, Ms. Nishtha Manocha from Singapore and a team from Indonesia consisting of Ms. Ravina Binol, Mr. David Ginting and Ms. Tri Handayani received their awards from the hands of HE Mr. Jacques Werner, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Singapore [picture above].
The third edition of the Australia-Netherlands Water Challenge has officially launched this month on campuses throughout Australia.
Building on two previous successful editions of the program, the challenge is once again broadly supported by companies and organisations from both Australia and the Netherlands.
A newly invited Board of Recommendation, chaired by Hans Huis in 't Veld, chairman of the Topsector Water the Netherlands, is making a strong and enthusiastic appeal to young Australians to get actively involved with the knowledge partnership between both countries.
Under the theme LET'S TALK RESILIENCE!, the program is inviting fresh ideas to strengthen the resilience of Australia and the Netherlands in the face of climate extremes.
The program boasts a host of opportunities:
Ahead of the launch of the Australia-Netherlands Water Challenge 2015, a sector-wide study was performed in November 2014 among more than 200 water professionals in Australia. The results show strong support for the knowledge exchange partnership with the Netherlands on flood and drought management.
No less than 79% of the Australian respondents judge the partnership with the Netherlands to be valuable or very valuable.
As Urban Water Rebels from across the world are submitting their visions as part of the Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge 2014, five prominent urban water leaders have been announced to form the jury committee:
On 3 June 2014, Mr. Khoo Teng Chey, Executive Director of the Singapore Centre for Liveable Cities and Mr. Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of the the city of Rotterdam, jointly released two giant floating fish during the Dutch water sector network reception at the Singapore International Water Week, marking the official start of the third edition of the Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge.
To the excitement of the more than one hundred guests, the fish appeared to be represent exactly the spirit that this year’s challenge with the theme Urban Water Rebels is looking to promote as they flew uncontrollably across the exhibition hall!
An innovative concept for an Integrated Floating Village has won the first Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge. The Indonesia-Netherlands Young Water Talent Award was presented to the winning student team from Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) by Dutch Minister for Infrastructure and the Environment, Mrs. Melanie Schultz van Haegen.
Picture above from left to right: Minister Schultz van Haegen, students from team ITB, Dr. Basoeki (chair judiging committee), Mr Van Niekerk (chair Export & Promotion Dutch water sector)
The Integrated Floating Village concept is specifically aimed at the fishing communities in Jakarta. As the city is developing plans for extensive flood defence structures in Jakarta Bay, these communities need to find a new place to live.