×I10. Stories of change: working together for a better water future

The development and management of water resources is one of the most pressing and complex challenges facing the world today. Population and economic growth are increasing pressure on water resources, affecting food and energy security. Climate change further complicates water issues. The United Nations recognises these issues in several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and has designated 2018–2028 as the International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development.

The complexity, intensity and urgency of global water challenges require global solutions and the pooling of resources. Fortunately, water research capacity worldwide has grown impressively over the past few decades, creating a solid foundation for scientists from different institutions and countries to work together towards common research goals. Along the vein, scientists from Australia are working with partners to develop breakthrough science and management innovations to drive change in the water sector.

In this session, we would like to hear about some remarkable stories of strengthening institutional infrastructure and data collection and analysis to inform sustainable and equitable water management. We will hand out examples of research results, assessment tools and management strategies to the participants. We expect the discussion will bring together new perspectives and experiences, inspire new ideas and innovation, and create opportunities for scientists and planners to work together towards a better water future.

Submissions encouraged on sectoral integration for decision-making, capacity building for actions, collaboration for gathering information, and innovative tools.

Key topics: Inclusive water management, Water management tools, Water information systems