2017 Program

Schedule

Monday
18-Sep-2017
Early morning
Late morning
Lunch
Early afternoon
Late afternoon
Tuesday
19-Sep-2017
Early morning
Late morning
Lunch
Early afternoon
Late afternoon
Wednesday
20-Sep-2017
Early morning
Late morning
Lunch
Early afternoon
Late afternoon
Early morning
Late morning
Lunch
Early afternoon
Late afternoon
Early morning
Late morning
Lunch
Early afternoon
Late afternoon
Early morning
Late morning
Lunch
Early afternoon
Late afternoon
08:30 AM
Riversymposium opening plenary

Plaza Auditorium | 08:30 – 10.00

Welcome from International RiverFoundation

Welcome to Country

Mr Gregory Andrews,  Threatened Species Commissioner, Australian Department of the Environment and Energy

Hon Dr Steven Miles, Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland Government

Keynote presentation #1

Keynote presentation #2

 

10:00 AM
Morning tea

10.00 – 10.30 | Plaza Foyer

10:30 AM
E-flows Restoration and Implementation – Breakout sessions – Monday – Late morning

10.30 – Noon 

Location: Plaza Auditorium
Patrick McCarthy, United States. A systems approach to environmental flows and water security in the Colorado River Basin.

Avril Horne, Australia. Environmental water allocation mechanisms: Release rules or active and variable management.

Angus Webb, Australia. Principles for monitoring, evaluation and adaptive management of environmental flows.

Liz Petterson, United States. Prioritizing flow restoration on working landscapes in the arid southwest, USA: Lessons from the Arizona Land and Water Trust’s Desert River Initiative.

10:30 AM
Community Engagement and Leadership – Breakout Sessions – Monday – Late Morning

10:30 – Noon

Location: Meeting Room P9

Johan Kaspers, Netherlands. Experience The River Waal.

Sheikh Rokonuzzaman, Bangladesh. River Olympiad: The Youth Engagement for River Protection.

Astria Nugrahany, Indonesia. Community Engagement in Watershed and River Basin Conservation Practices in Jasa Tirta I Public Corporation (PJT I).
Mick Callan, Australia. Environment & Waterways Alliance: a model of engagment.

Paul Hackney, Australia. Returning Swimming to Lake Parramatta – a 72 year journey.

10:30 AM
Special Sessions (AWP) – Monday – Late Morning

10:30 – Noon

Location: Meeting Room P6

10:30 AM
Integrated River Basin Management-Restoration – Breakout Sessions – Monday – Late Morning

10:30 – Noon

Location: Meeting Room P7

Kimberly Schonek, USA. Verde River Flow and Habitat Restoration Initiative – Colorado River Program.

10:30 AM
Special Sessions (Alliance for Water Stewardship) – Monday – Late Morning

10:30 – Noon

Location: Meeting Room P10

10:30 AM
Inclusiveness – Breakout Sessions – Monday – Late Morning

10:30 – Noon

Location: Meeting Room P8

 

Paul Sayers, UK. Exploring social justice in UK flood risk management: Present and future

Meena Bilgi, India. Woman, Water and Work The Impact of Closer-to-Home Access to Water Supply on the Time-use and Livelihood of Women.

Kaye Cavanagh, Australia. Women in Water – real stories about the unique challenges for women in advancing through leadership positions.

12:00 PM
Lunch menu

Menu TBC

01:30 PM
Special Sessions (AWP) – Monday – Early Morning

13:30 – 15:00

Location: Meeting Room P6

01:30 PM
Technology and Innovation – Breakout Sessions – Monday – Early Afternoon

13:30 – 15:00

Location: Meeting Room P8

Brian Jackson, Australia. HydroNET and Real Time Radar Rainfall Data for improved hydrology, flood forecasting and flood warning.

Matthew Brooks, Australia. Creating Stream gauging station catchment areas and routing networks using the Geofabric.

Ramiro Aragon, USA. Potential Applications of Mobile LiDAR Systems on Riparian Areas: An Exploratory Study.

 

01:30 PM
Integrated River Basin Management-Demonstrating Benefits – Breakout Sessions – Monday – Early Afternoon

13:30 – 15:00

Location: Meeting Room P7

Kashif Shaad, Singapore. Communicating Freshwater Heath to facilitate IRBM – Experiences from Dongjiang and Mekong River basins.

Vladimir Matichenkov, Russia. Reduction of pollutant mobility in Xiangjiang River Basin.

Nyein Thandar Ko, Netherlands. Changes in macroinvertebrates assemblages in regulated rivers in Myanmar: Macroinvertebrate as an indicator to study the potential impact of dams.

George Oliver De la Rama, Philippines. Convergence: The Key to Successful River Restoration and Management (Case of the Pasig River, Philippines).

01:30 PM
Community Engagement and Leadership – Breakout Sessions – Monday – Early Afternoon

13:30 – 15:00

Location: Meeting Room P9

Kat Hartwig, Canada. Shifting paradigms, normalizing water stewardship; the ripple effect of engaged citizens and innovative collaborations.

Munyaradzi Chitakira, South Africa. The dynamics of stakeholder participation in integrated water resources management: A case study of the upper Pungwe River basin, Southern Africa.

Prof Dr Suratman M.sc., Indonesia. Volunteer’s Role of River Restoration Movement in Klaten Regency, Java, Indonesia.

Farah Kabir. Community led WATER advocacy initiative.

Sarah Clift, Australia. Making the Parramatta River swimmable again: From pipe dream to reality.

01:30 PM
E-flows Restoration and Implementation – Breakout Sessions – Monday – Early Afternoon

13:30 – 15:00

Location: Plaza Auditorium

Genevieve Hubert, United States. Ground-water Mitigation Banking; a Tool for Environmental Flow Restoration in the Deschutes Basin

Natasha Bellis, United States. The Evolution of Environmental Flows on Whychus Creek.

Lin Cheng, China. Re-operation of the Three Gorges Dam for Environmental Flows.

Parineeta Dandekar, India. Evolution of Eflows discourse in India: Reconciling rhetoric and action

03:30 PM
Integrated River Basin Management-Planning – Breakout Sessions – Monday – Late Afternoon

15:30 – 16:30

Location: Meeting Room P7

Brian Jackson, Australia. The Adaptive, Operational Management of the Crocodile River, Kruger Park, South Africa. An international Water Resources Management Experience with HydroNET.

Keri Neilson, New Zealand. Waikato and Waipa River Restoration Strategy – an action plan for the restoration of New Zealand’s longest river.

Stephen Packer, Australia. Writing a Water Quality Improvement Plan for the Mount Lofty Ranges – How to get improvement when there is no perceived problem?

David Winfield, Australia. River Basin Planning – Drawing on the Australian Experience to Inform Basin Planning in India.

Kate Fitzpatrick, USA. Basin Planning in the Upper Deschutes River: Rebalancing water use in a changing climate.

03:30 PM
Community Engagement and Leadership – Breakout Sessions – Monday – Late Afternoon

15:30 – 16:30

Location: Meeting Room P9

Marisa Hossick, United States. Environmental flow restoration, a compelling story. Keep it simple.

Natalie Stalenberg, Australia. Navigating the waters towards greater support for environmental flows: Nature Foundation SA shares its story.

Siwan Lovett, Australia. Why ‘mess is best’ for inspiring community action.

Leonie Woodham, Australia. Our Water Ways.

03:30 PM
Technology and Asset Management – Breakout Sessions – Monday – Late Afternoon

15:30 – 16:30

Location: Meeting Room P8

Jean-Michel Benier, Australia. Defining waterways as segmented linear assets to support and enhance service delivery.

Henry Odunsi, Nigeria. UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE (UAV) AND BATHYMETRIC LIDAR SYSTEMS: a sustainable tool for rivers, ports and harbour surveillance.
Oliver Maennicke, Australia. Relaunching the WWF Water Risk Filter – Using spatial water risk assessment to inform water stewardship strategy on corporate-, site and basin level.

03:30 PM
Special Sessions (Department of Agriculture) – Monday – Late Afternoon

15:30 – 16:30

Location: Meeting Room P10

03:30 PM
E-flows Restoration and Implementation – Breakout Sessions – Monday – Late Afternoon

15:30 – 16:30

Location: Plaza Auditorium

Natalie Holland, Australia. The Murray-Darling Basin Balanced Water Fund – using markets and innovative financing to restore wetlands and floodplains in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Pia Weber, Australia. Legal Framework and Policy Tools to Protect Free-Flowing Rivers.

Daniela Rosero, United States. Mismatch between legislation and technical guidelines for environmental flows, a review from Ecuador.

 

03:30 PM
Policy, Governance and Leadership – Breakout Sessions – Monday – Late Afternoon

15:30 – 16:30

Location: Meeting Room P6

Erin O’Donnell, Australia. Environmental Water Managers: What Happens When the Environment has Legal Rights?

Ester Galende Sanchez, Ireland. Integrating urban-rural communities through stakeholder analysis to implement Mechanisms for Rewarding Hydrological Ecosystem Services: Case Study of Lima, Peru.

Eshwer Kale, India. Water Stewardship: Creating Cadre of Water-stewards.

Elisa Zavadil, Australia. Waterway Science Conceptual Models: from conceptual models to decision support system.

03:30 PM
Breakout sessions – Monday – Late afternoon

3.30 – 5.00

E-flows Restoration and Implementation

Twinning

Integrated River Basin Management – planning

Technology and Asset Management

Community Engagement and Leadership

Special Sessions

05:30 PM
SPECIAL EVENT: Welcome reception

The Riversymposium welcome reception offers the change to connect with delegates from around the world in a relaxed social setting. After the conclusion of sessions on day one, join fellow delegates for an informal and warm welcome over food and beverages.

08:30 AM
Morning plenary – Tuesday

8.30 – 10.00  | Plaza Auditorium

Keynote speaker #3

Keynote speaker #4

Keynote speaker #5

10:00 AM
Morning tea

10.00 – 10.30 | Plaza Foyer

10:30 AM
Social and Cultural Dimesions of E-flows – Breakout Sessions – Tuesday – Late Morning

10:30 – 12:30

Location: Plaza Auditorium

Rebecca Tharme, United Kingdom. Rivers, flows and people – journeying into the social dimensions of environmental flows.

Sue Jackson, Australia. Indigenous seasonal calendars as a source of knowledge for determining sustainable flow regimes.

Sarah Laborde, Australia. How fast does the Logone floodplain dry? Social and cultural relevance of rates of change in river discharge and floodplain water levels.

Sarah Baines, Canada. Indigenous Flows in the Lower Athabasca River, Canada: A bridging dialogue to meaningfully impact water policy innovation.

Michael Douglas, Australia. Food for thought: water requirements and food production in northern Australia.

10:30 AM
Breakout sessions – Tuesday – Late morning

10.30 – Noon

Social and Cultural Dimensions of E-flows

E-flows in the Murray-Darling

Integrated River Basin Management

Special Sessions

Community Engagement and Leadership

Special Sessions

10:30 AM
E-flows in the Murray Darling – Breakout Sessions – Tuesday – Late Morning

10:30 – 12:30

Location: Meeting Room P6

Matthew Coleman, Australia. Modelling an Environmental Watering Strategy for the Murray–Darling Basin.

David Bell, Australia, Tracking the future – improving environmental watering in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Ingrid Takken, Australia, Modelling environmental water in Source River System models: The River Murray System.

Hilary Johnson, Australia. Operational challenges and strategies for managing environmental water in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Michael Stewardson, Australia. Delivering Environmental Flows at the Basin-Scale through Active Management of Environmental Water Entitlements.

10:30 AM
Integrated River Basin Management – Breakout Sessions – Tuesday – Late Morning

10:30 – 12:30

Location: Meeting Room P7

Sirisena Meegasmullage, Sri Lanka. Ecosystem degradation Problems and IRBM Prospects in Sri Lanka.

10:30 AM
Community Engagement and Leadership – Breakout Sessions – Tuesday – Early Morning

10:30 – 12:30

Location: Meeting Room p9

Geeta Sandal, India. Initiatives towards Developing Blue Cities: Community Engagement program to Adopt Integrated Urban Water Management.

Sylvester Prince Harris, Liberia. Enhancing integrated river basin management for sustainable communities’ development, long-term sustainability, healthy river ecosystems, and capacity building.

10:30 AM
Special Sessions (DFAT – SDGs) – Tuesday – Late Morning

10:30 – 12:30

Location:

12:00 PM
Lunch menu

Menu TBC

01:30 PM
Community Engagement and Leadership – Breakout Sessions – Tuesday – Early Afternoon

13:30 – 15:30

Location: Meeting Room P9

Piet Filet, Australia. Collaboration to build capacity, insight and desired water futures.

Anaru Begbie, New Zealand. Te Ia O te Awa/The current of the River – Understanding the learning needs of Raukawa kaitiaki (guardians).

Nuki Nicholson, New Zealand. Sharing Traditional Indigenous Knowledge of the Waikato River within the Te Arawa River Iwi Trust (TARIT) tribal area of Aotearoa (New Zealand).

Shelley Scoullar, Australia. Achieving Multiple Outcomes with Local Knowledge.

01:30 PM
Integrated River Basin Management – Breakout Sessions – Tuesday – Early Afternoon

13:30 – 15:30

Location: Meeting Room P7

Oscar Angulo Nunez, Peru. A cost-effective strategy to improve rural community sanitation and secure urban water supply: Mechanism of Reward for Ecosystem Services. Cusco, Peru.

01:30 PM
SDGs – Breakout Sessions – Tuesday – Early Afternoon

13:30 – 15:30

Location: Meeting Room P4

Pema Dorji, Bhutan. Comparative Study of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in Bhutan with best practices elsewhere.

Barry Hart, Australia. Water Resources Planning for Northern Australia.

Irene Kamutero, Zimbabwe. Towards Cleaner Power Production: The Case of Repowering Zimbabwe.

01:30 PM
Special Sessions – Tuesday – Early Afternoon

13:30 – 15:30

Location: Meeting Room P11

Lucy Cameron, Australia. An ear to listen and time to ponder: experiences and insights from the Victorian Waterway Management Twinning Program.

Tara Davis, USA. Opportunities in Cross-Cultural Exchanges: Willamette River, USA and Rio Laja, Mexico.

Brian Kemp, Canada. Twinning Success – Working Towards An Integrated Watershed Management Plan.

Daivd Winfield, Australia. River Basin Planning – Drawing on the Australian Experience to Inform Basin Planning in India.

01:30 PM
Social and Cultural Dimensions of E-flows – Breakout Sessions – Tuesday – Early Afternoon

13:30 – 15:30

Location: Plaza Auditorium

Lauren Zielinski, United States. Incorporating social indicators in the monitoring and evaluation of environmental flows.

Carlos de la Parra, Mexico. The social dimensions of Colorado river restoration: Insights for water policy at the U.S.-México border.

John Conallin, Netherlands. Environmental flows in a rapidly developing world: What are the most appropriate approaches for embedding environmental flows? Are stakeholder centred approaches the key to implementation?

Erin O’Donnell, Australia. Environmental Flows Policies: A New Framework for Implementation.

James Peters, Australia. Incorporating Aboriginal Cultural Perspectives into Water Allocation Planning and Environmental Flow Delivery

01:30 PM
Breakout sessions – Tuesday – Early afternoon

1.30 – 3.00

Social and Cultural Dimensions of E-flows

E-flows in the Murray-Darling

Integrated River Basin Management

SDGs

Community Engagement and Leadership

Special Sessions

01:30 PM
2017 International Riverprize Finalists

 

The 2017 Thiess International Riverprize Finalists will be announced in July.

During this session, the finalist will tell their stories.

Location: Plaza Auditorium

01:30 PM
E-flows in the Murray Darling – Breakout Sessions – Tuesday – Early Afternoon

13:30 – 15:30

Location: Meeting Room P6

Paul Frazier, Australia. Monitoring the outcomes of environmental watering: Long-term intervention monitoring in the Gwydir River.

Andrew Herron, Australia. When 1ML ≠ 1ML – Floodplain inundation to maintain environmental values.

Deborah Nias, Australia. Business, community and government partnerships for watering wetlands in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Anne Jensen, Australia. Where have all the flowers gone?

Natalie Stalenberg, Australia. When the river runs high: two case studies illustrating how an environmental watering program responds to a high river

03:30 PM
Breakout sessions – Tuesday – Late afternoon

3.30 – 5.00 

Social and Cultural Dimensions of E-Flows

E-Flows in the Murray-Darling

Integrated river basin management – Agriculture

Water Security, Climate Change and Natural Disasters

Policy, Governance and Leadership

Special Sessions

04:00 PM
Integrated River Basin Management – Breakout Sessions – Tuesday – Late Afternoon

16:00 – 17:30

Location: Meeting Room P7

Reece Hill, New Zealand. Prioritising soil conservation and water quality issues for the Waikato River and Waipa River Restoration Strategy, New Zealand.

Richard Cresswell, Australia. Integrated agricultural and water modelling to guide Healthy Rivers in New Zealand.

J.M. Chandramali Jayawardana, Sri Lanka. Effect of catchment disturbance on river health in two agricultural catchment in Sri Lanka.

Shane White, Australia. Impacts of blueberry horticulture on stream water quality.

04:00 PM
E-flows in Australia – Breakout Sessions – Tuesday – Late Afternoon

16:00 – 17:30

Location: Meeting Room P6

Ben Gawne, Australia. Incorporating Research into the adaptive management of environmental flows.

Helen Keenan, Australia. Developing a new environmental flow rule for Warragamba Dam: application of flow, ecological and economic modelling in the 2017 Metropolitan Water Plan.

Ivars Reinfelds, Australia. Flow, fish and weeds: eco-hydraulic modelling to determine benefits from environmental flows for a major urban water supply, Warragamba Dam, NSW.

Kelly Lynch, Australia, Response of periphyton to variable flows in the Nepean River, NSW.
Simon Fane, Australia. Assessing the impacts on supply; optimisation modelling, economic analysis and community engagement to support a decision for new environmental flows in Sydney.

04:00 PM
Water Security, Climate Change and Natural Disasters – Breakout Sessions – Tuesday – Late Afternoon

16:00 – 17:30

Location: Meeting Room P8

Michael Wrathall, Australia. Drought security assessments of regulated rivers in NSW.

Yinsheng Zhang, China. Impacts of snow/glacier variability over the hydrologic regimes in upper Indus River Basin.

Priyantha Jayakody, Australia. River transmission loss forecast using multiple variables.

Bindhy Wasini Pandey, India. Water Induced Hazards Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment in Himalaya: A case Study of Alaknanda River Basin.

Gautam Rajkarnikar, Nepal. The Impact of Climate Change on Natural Resources of Indrawati River Basin,Nepal.

Paul Sayers, United Kingdom. Assessing future flood risk and opportunities for adaptation at UK scale.

04:00 PM
Social and Cultural Dimensions of E-flows – Breakout Sessions – Tuesday – Late Afternoon

16:00 – 17:30

Location: Plaza Auditorium

Michelle Lim, Australia. Singing the Warloongarriy River Law Song for Country- Enabling First Law and Legal Personhood for the Mardoowarra (Fitzroy River), West Kimberley, Australia.

Erina Waterne-Rawiri, New Zealand. Indigenous Priorities for River Restoration in Aotearoa (New Zealand).

Chehek Bilgi, India. Women and Rivers – Hindu Mythology and Ground Realities in India.

Naomi Simmonds, New Zealand. Descended from the waters of the Waikato and Waihou – self-determination and freshwater management in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Virginia Marshall, Australia. Overturning aqua nullius.

06:45 PM
SPECIAL EVENT: Riverprize Gala Dinner

Hosted by the International RiverFoundation

Pre-dinner drinks will be held  from 6.45pm for an official event start time of 7.30pm.

The Riverprize Gala Dinner features the awarding of the 2017 Thiess International Riverprize.

08:30 AM
Morning plenary – Wednesday

8.30 – 10.00 | Plaza Auditorium

Thiess International Riverprize Winner

Keynote speaker #6

Keynote speaker #7

10:00 AM
Morning tea

10.00 – 10.30 | Plaza Foyer

10:30 AM
Water Security, Climate Change and Natural Disasters – Breakout Sessions – Wednesday – Late Morning

10:30 – 12:30

Location: Meeting Room P7

Wade Hadwen, Australia. It all comes out in the WaSH – the need for integrated water resource management to deliver climate-resilient and sustainable water and sanitation services.

Gregory McMahon, Australia. Risk and Determinism – opposing paradigms driving gated spillway operations during major flooding.

Nitin Bassi, India. Decision Support Tool for Predicting Drinking Water Scarcity in Semi-arid Hilly Areas of Western India.

Khan Md. Sarafat Hossain, Bangladesh. Climate Resilient Infrastructures in Coastal Zone of Bangladesh.

Md Shafi Noor Islam, Brunei Darussalam. Human Habitation Uncertainty in Char-Lands (Bars) of the Ganges-Padma River Basin Area: Approach for Settlement and Livelihoods Sustainability.

10:30 AM
Eco-hydrology and Monitoring – Breakout Sessions – Wednesday – Late Morning

10:30 – 12:30

Location: Plaza Auditorium

Amy Russell, Australia. Making a big difference for a little fish (Murray hardyhead).

Janice Kerr, Australia. Stable low-flow spawning fish habitat assessments: Calculating flow thresholds to inform the Environmental Assessment of state Water Plans (Qld).

Paula D’Santos, Australia. Let it Flow – how environmental water can provide native fish benefits.

Phil Slessar, Australia, Flows, habitat, connectivity and cooperation: recovering native fish in northern Victoria.

Robyn Watts, Australia. Environmental flows and citizen action deliver localised environmental benefits during a large hypoxic blackwater event in the southern Murray-Darling Basin.

John Koehn, Australia. How do we manage a long-lived, highly migratory, flow-responding fish at a basin scale?

10:30 AM
Breakout sessions – Wednesday – Late morning

10.30 – Noon

Eco-hydrology and Monitoring

Social and Cultural Flows, and E-flows in Victoria

Water Security, Climate Change and Natural Disasters

Biodiversity Conservation

Policy, Governance and Leadership

Special sessions

10:30 AM
Biodiversity Conservation – Breakout Sessions – Wednesday – Late Morning

10:30 – 12:30

Location: Meeting Room P8

Roberto Epple. The “Wild Rivers Site” label, a new tool to go beyond the regulatory requirements of the European Water Framework Directive.

Adrian Martins, Australia. Partnership approach to freshwater turtle conservation in Northern Victoria.

Tara Davis, Australia. A North American Migratory Bird Partnership: Restoration, Monitoring, and Community Engagement in the Rio Laja, Mexico and Willamette Basin, USA.

Mark Drew, United States. SIERRA MEADOW STRATEGY: A process and outcome centered on increasing pace and scale of meadow restoration.

10:30 AM
Policy, Governance and Leadership – Breakout Sessions – Wednesday – Late Morning

10:30 – 12:30

Location: Meeting Room P9

Sumit Vij, Netherlands. Changing climate policy paradigms in Bangladesh & Nepal.

Paula Hanasz, Australia. International actors and transboundary water governance; the case of the Ganges-Brahmaputra problemshed.

Frederick Bouckaert, Australia. The role of River Basin Organisations in sustainable management of river basins: case studies from around the world.

Chathura Sanjeewa, Sri Lanka. CAPACITY BUILDING FOR YOUNG WATER PROFESSIONALS (YWP): Experience sharing from Sri Lanka.

Barry Hart, Australia. Climate Change and the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Idrees Malyar, Afghanistan. Transboundary Water Institutions in Developing Countries; and, Risk and Opportunities to Cooperation: A Case Study in Afghanistan.

10:30 AM
Social and Cultural Flows, and E-flows in Victoria

10:30 – 12:30

Location: Meeting Room P6

Will Mooney, Australia. ‘This is our inherent right’. Reflecting on 10 years of advocacy for water justice: achievements, challenges and future directions.

Jamie Woods, Australia. Our Water Our Way.

Joel Boyd, Australia. River Yarns – a pilot project partnership for cultural flows in the Wimmera.

Jane Walker, Australia. Towards Cultural Flows – Glenelg River Aboriginal Water Values.

Rene Woods, Australia, Understanding cultural flows: a coordinated research effort in pursuit of Aboriginal water rights.

12:00 PM
Lunch menu

Menu TBC

01:30 PM
Social and Cultural Flows, and E-flows – Breakout Sessions – Wednesday – Early Afternoon

13:30 – 15:30

Location: Meeting Room P6

Cliff Kelly, New Zealand. From the Source: Tribal Perspectives on the Significance of Water, Water Rights and Water Governance of Te Waihou and the Blue Spring.

Fiona Spruzen, Australia, Gaining water for the environment in Victoria – water recovery mechanisms.

Suzanne Witteveen, Australia. Victoria’s state framework for environmental water outcomes.

Katie Burns, Australia. Werribee River: case study of an integrated approach to rural, urban and environmental water priorities.

Kristy Harrison, Australia. Environmental Impact Assessment of Environmental Flows for Dam Upgrades: The Campaspe Reservoir, Victoria, Australia.

Bill Moulden, Australia. What can environmental flows achieve? Lessons from 5 years of delivery in coastal Victorian catchments.

 

01:30 PM
Biodiversity Conservation – Breakout Sessions – Wednesday – Early Afternoon

13:30 – 15:30

Location: Meeting Room P8

Mary Bonet, Australia. ‘Corridors of Effort’- Abercrombie River Connections.

01:30 PM
Breakout sessions – Wednesday – Early afternoon

1.30 – 3.00

Eco-hydrology and Monitoring

Social and Cultural Flows, and E-flows in Victoria

Public Health

Biodiversity Conservation

Policy, Governance and Leadership

Special Sessions

01:30 PM
Policy, Governance and Leadership – Breakout Sessions – Wednesday – Early Afternoon

13:30 – 15:30

Location: Meeting Room P9

Matthew Davis, New Zealand. Water rights and water markets in Chile revisited.

Amy McCoy, USA. Shortage on the Lower Colorado River: Flexibility as the Antidote to Scarcity.

Robert Baldwin, Canada. Creating a public-private relationship, to achieve maximum benefits in the Lake Simcoe watershed.

Craig Wilson, Australia. The efficient use of stormwater management investment to achieve positive water quality outcomes.

Justin Foley, Australia. ACT Healthy Waterways – Delivering citywide stormwater quality improvement.

01:30 PM
Eco-hydrology and Monitoring – Breakout Sessions – Wednesday – Early Afternoon

13:30 – 15:30

Location: Plaza Auditorium

Jaye Lobegeiger, Australia. Use of a risk-based ecohydrological approach to inform sustainable water resource management: case study using floodplain turtles as indicators.

Heather McGinness, Australia. Waterbird recruitment and movement: Responses to flooding, stressors and threats.

Darren Ryder, Australia. Food web responses to hydrologic regimes in floodplain rivers.

Peter Pollard, Australia. The fate of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in flowing freshwaters around the world: the devil is in the (microbial) detail.

Angela Arthington, Australia. Reflections on ELOHA – Ecological Limits of Hydrologic Alteration: expanding its scope.

Gordon O’Brien, South Africa. Framework for regional evaluations of E-flows in the Nile Basin.

Lauren Zielinski, United States. Creating an integrated monitoring and evaluation system which informs adaptive management of environmental flows

01:31 PM
Public Health – Breakout Sessions – Wednesday – Early Afternoon

13:30 – 15:30

Location: Meeting Room P7

Rhys Anderson. Urban swimmability: A driver for sustainable and liveable cities.

Matthew Davis, New Zealand. A mass balance model of rubber crumb on sports fields and contribution to zinc contamination in Motions Creek (New Zealand).

Lydia Cetin, Australia. Integrated Catchment: River Modelling of the Urban Parramatta River to Support Achieving Swimmability Targets.

Claire Robinson, United States. Los Angeles, USA – A Metro “Tale of Two Rivers: the Los Angeles & San Gabriel Rivers Emerald Necklace”.

03:30 PM
Riversymposium closing plenary

Location: Plaza Auditorium

15:30 – 16:30
Debate, hypothetical or keynote presentation (TBC)

16:30 – 16:40
Emerging Water Professionals closing statement

16:40 – 17:00
Final closing remarks

Select date to see events.

Please note: This schedule is a draft only and is subject to change at any time as the program develops.

Keynote speakers

Dr Anne Poelina

Australia

Dr Anne Poelina is a Nyikina Warrwa (Indigenous Australian) woman from the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia. She holds a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Master of Education, Master of Arts (Indigenous Social Policy) and she is a Doctor of Philosophy.  Dr Poelina is Managing Director of the Madjulla Association, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow University of Notre Dame, Adjunct...

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Dr Eloise Kendy

USA

 

As Senior Freshwater Scientist of The Nature Conservancy’s North America Region, Dr. Kendy provides technical and strategic support to the Conservancy’s freshwater programs that protect and restore environmental flows.   With international colleagues, she developed and helps implement ELOHA, a scientific framework to establish regional streamflow standards.  She also co-manages the binational science team that designed and monitors responses to environmental...

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Prof N LeRoy Poff

Australia

 

N. LeRoy Poff is a Professor in the Department of Biology at Colorado State University and holds a partial appointment in Riverine Science and Environmental Flows in the Institute of Applied Ecology at Canberra Uni in Australia. Prof. Poff is a recognized global leader in the application of theory-driven ecological science to water resources management and freshwater sustainability.

His research and...

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Mr Gerrard Albert

New Zealand

Mr. Gerrard Albert is of Nga Paerangi and Ngati Tuera, hapu (sub-tribes) of the Whanganui River. Between 2008 and 2016, Gerrard led the technical aspects of the negotiations between his Iwi (tribe), Te Ati Haunui a Paparangi, and the New Zealand Government in settlement of the longstanding Iwi claim over the Whanganui River. A graduate of his Iwi whare wananga...

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Social events

Riversymposium social events offer the chance to network, mingle and relax with other delegates working towards sustainable river basin management. The 2017 social program includes the Riversymposium welcome reception, the popular Women in Rivers event and the world-renowned Riverprize Gala Dinner.

Women and Water

womenwater

Sunday, 17 September (5.30-8.30pm)
Location TBC

Understanding gender roles is important in managing the world’s water, recognised by the United Nations and proven to result in more efficient water management. In the developing world, women are often the principal water managers at the family level—but have been frequently excluded from high-level decision. Women and Water provides a forum for perspectives on the significance of rivers and waters to gender and culture, recognising women as agents of change and plan for a more equitable water future. The event will feature a panel discussion alongside informal networking, food and drink.

Interested in sponsoring Women and Water? Please, get in touch!

Riversymposium Welcome reception

reception

Monday, 18 September (5.30 – 7.30pm)
Location TBC

The Riversymposium welcome reception offers the change to connect with delegates from around the world in a relaxed social setting. After the conclusion of sessions on day one, join fellow delegates for an informal and warm welcome over food and beverages.

All delegates who attend the Riversymposium on Monday will receive a ticket to the welcome reception.

The Riversymposium welcome reception also offers the chance to launch a new initiative, service or product to hundreds of passionate river management enthusiasts.

Would you like to sponsor the 2017 Riversymposium Welcome Reception? Let us know!

Riverprize Gala Dinner

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Tuesday, 19 September (6.45 – 10.30pm)
Plaza Terrace Room, BCEC

Riverprize is a prominent environmental award giving recognition to those who have developed and implemented outstanding, visionary and sustainable programs in river management and restoration. The Riverprize Gala Dinner is the highlight of the Riversymposium social program, bringing award finalists, conference delegates, IRF partners and VIPs together for a night of networking, entertainment, food and drinks—and, of course, the announcement of the 2017 International Riverprize winner.

Would you like to sponsor the 2017 Riverprize Gala Dinner? Get in touch!

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RiverExpo

RiverExpo was introduced to Riversymposium in 2014 and is a modern new take on the traditional trade exhibition, enabling all groups with services, products or ideas to meet and network with a diverse global audience—from river managers to policy developers, scientists, consultants, students, NGOs, indigenous and community organisations and business and industry representatives. The RiverExpo space incorporates art, culture and interactive activities.

Want to exhibit at RiverExpo? Contact us now.