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 | 

Time :08:30 – 10.00am

8:25am- Welcome from International RiverFoundation

8:30am- Welcome to Country

8:40am– 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

8:50am- Senator Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources

9:00am- Keynote: Prof N LeRoy Poff, Australia / USA. Environmental Flows: A Framework to Achieve Social-Ecological Sustainability in a Changing World

9:30am- Keynote: Brisbane Declaration 2017 – Panel

 

10:00 AM
Morning tea

10.00 – 10.30 | Plaza Foyer

10:30 AM
Special Session (Australian Water Partnership) – Monday – Late Morning

Time: 10:30 – 12:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P9

TitleLessons from Australian efforts to support river basin water reform projects in Asia

Organisation: Australia Water Partnership

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

CHAIR: Luca Pasquale

Time: 10:30 – 12:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P10

10:30am-Presenter: Simon Williams, Australia: The Snowy River flows again: Ecological process the basis for flow based river rehabilitation in the Snowy River.

10:45pm-Presenter: Jim Wilcox, USA: Restoring Ecosystem Services in the Sierra Nevada, California.

11:00am-PresenterKimberly Schonek, USA: Verde River Flow and Habitat Restoration Initiative – Colorado River Program.

11:15am-Presenter: Chris Spray, UK: Building with Nature: Adapting to Environmental Change through innovative catchment management in the Tweed UNESCO HELP Basin, Scotland.

11:30am-Presenter: Carole Sweatman, Australia. A water quality project for productive, profitable communities and a healthy reef.

11:30-12:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

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

CHAIR:  Olita Ojongo

Time: 10:30 – 12:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P6

10:30am-Presenter: Suparana Katyaini, India: Deliberations on gender inclusive transboundary water governance: Women’s voices from Brahmaputra River Women’s Voices from Brahmaputra River

10:45am-Presenter: Niken Nur Widyakusuma, Indonesia: WOMEN IN RIVER SCHOOL:  WOMEN INFORMAL EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE RIVER DEVELOPMENT…

11:00am-Presenter: Paul Sayers, UK. Exploring social justice in UK flood risk management: Present and future

11:15am-Presenter: Melita Grant, Australia: What does socially inclusive Integrated Water Resources Management look like?.

11:30am-Presenter: Kim Markwell, Australia: Women in Water – real stories about the unique challenges for women in advancing through leadership positions…

11:30-12:00pm- Q & A and Discussion 

 

10:30 AM
E-flows Restoration and Implementation – Monday – Late Morning

CHAIR: Nicky Grigg

Time: 10:30 – 12:00pm

Location: Plaza Auditorium

10:30am-Presenter:  Avril Horne, Australia: Environmental water allocation mechanisms: Release rules or active and variable management.

10:45am-Presenter: Angus Webb, AustraliaPrinciples for monitoring, evaluation and adaptive management of environmental flows…

11:00am-Presenter: Jeff Opperman, United States: Hydropower by Design: system-scale solutions for sustainable energy, river conservation and environmental flows.

11:30am-Presenter: Genevieve Hubert, United States. Ground-water Mitigation Banking; a Tool for Environmental Flow Restoration in the Deschutes Basin

11:30-12:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

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

Time: 10:30 – 12:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P8

TitleWater Stewardship:  A market-driven solution to shared catchment water challenges

Organisation: Alliance for Water Stewardship

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

CHAIR:  Siwan Lovett

Time: 10:30 – 12:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P7 

10:30am-Presenter: Johan Kaspers, Netherlands: Experience The River Waal..

10:45am-Presenter: Sheikh Rokonuzzaman, Bangladesh: River Olympiad: The Youth Engagement for River Protection..

11:00am-Presenter: Astria Nugrahany, Indonesia: Community Engagement in Watershed and River Basin Conservation Practices in Jasa Tirta I Public Corporation (PJT I)..

11:15am-Presenter: Mick Callan, Australia: Environment & Waterways Alliance: a model of engagment..

11:30am-Presenter: Paul Hackney, Australia: Returning Swimming to Lake Parramatta – a 72 year journey.

11:30-12:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

10:30 AM
Special Session (EWPP Workshop) – Monday – Late Morning

Time: 10:30-12:30

Location: Meeting Room P11

Title: EWPP Workshop

Organisation: TBC

12:00 PM
Lunch menu

Menu TBC

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

CHAIR: Genevieve Hubert

Time: 1:30 – 3:00pm

Location: Plaza Auditorium

1:30pm-Presenter: Natasha Bellis, United States. The Evolution of Environmental Flows on Whychus Creek

1:45pm-Presenter: Lin Cheng, China. Re-operation of the Three Gorges Dam for Environmental Flows

2:00pm-Presenter: Pia Weber, Chile. Legal Framework and Policy Tools to Protect Free-Flowing Rivers.

2:30pm-Presenter: Vanessa Ramos, Portugal. The challenge of environmental flows in Portugal, under the Water Framework Directive

2:30-3:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

01:30 PM
Special Sessions (University of Maryland Centre) – Monday – Early Afternoon

Time: 1:30-3:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P9

Title: The river basin report card game

Organisation: University of Maryland Centre for Environmental Science

01:30 PM
Special Session (International RiverFoundation) – Monday – Early Afternoon

Time: 1:30-3:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P8

Title: Riverprize: What does it take to win and what are the benefits?

Organisation: International RiverFoundation

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

CHAIR: Phil Smith

Time: 1:30-3:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P6

1:30pm-Presenter: Brian Jackson, Australia: HydroNET and Real Time Radar Rainfall Data for improved hydrology, flood forecasting and flood warning.

1:45pm-Presenter: Matthew Brooks, Australia: Creating Stream gauging station catchment areas and routing networks using the Geofabric.

2:00pm-Presenter: Stefan Szylkarski, Australia: A combined hydrological-hydrodynamic data assimilation approach for improving river flow forecasting…

2:15pm-Presenter: Jacques van Delft,  South Africa: Bloemwater Conduit Hydropower Plant.

 2:30-3:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

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

CHAIR:  Kim Stone

Time: 1:30-3:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P7

1:30pm-Presenter: Taroi Rawiri, NZ: Capacity building to enable indigenous communities to engage in River Restoration in the Waikato-Tainui rohe of the Waikato River, Aotearoa (New Zealand).

1:45pm-Presenter: 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…

2:00pm-Presenter: Prof Dr Suratman M.sc., Indonesia: Volunteer’s Role of River Restoration Movement in Klaten Regency, Java, Indonesia.

2:15pm-Presenter: Andrew Kelly, Australia: The Yarra Riverkeeper, Yarra River Protection Act and Birrarung Council.

2:30pm-Presenter: Sarah Clift, Australia: Making the Parramatta River swimmable again: From pipe dream to reality.

2:30-3:00pm-Q & A and Discussion

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

CHAIR:  Johnny Sundstrom

Time: 1:30-3:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P10

1:30pm-Presenter: Kashif Shaad, Singapore: Communicating Freshwater Health to facilitate IRBM – Experiences from Dongjiang and Mekong River basins…

1:45pm-Presenter: Nyein Thandar Ko, Netherlands: Changes in macroinvertebrates assemblages in regulated rivers in Myanmar: Macroinvertebrate as an indicator to study the potential impact of dams.

2:00pm-Presenter: Gregorio Garcia, Philippines. CONVERGENCE: THE KEY TO SUCCESSFUL RIVER RESTORATION AND MANAGEMENT (CASE OF THE PASIG RIVER, PHILIPPINES).

2:15pm-Presenter: Tamara Boyd, Australia: Tracking and reporting the long-term social and cultural benefits of waterway investment.

2:30pm-Presenter: Lori Gould, Australia: RoCing RARC (Rivers of Carbon and Rapid Assessment of Riparian Condition).

2:30-3:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

03:30 PM
Special Session (International WaterCentre) – Monday – Late Afternoon

Time: 3:30-5:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P9

Title: From the back seat into the driver’s seat: Steering your own development as an emerging leader

Organisation: International WaterCentre

03:30 PM
Eco-hydrology and Monitoring – Breakout Session – Monday – Late Afternoon

CHAIR: Lisa Walpole

Time: 3:30-5:00pm

Location: Plaza Auditorium

3:30pm-Presenter: Lauren Zielinski, United States: Creating an integrated monitoring and evaluation system which informs adaptive management of environmental flows

3:45pm-Presenter: Jaye Lobegeiger, Australia: Use of a risk-based ecohydrological approach to inform sustainable water resource management: case study using floodplain turtles as indicators

4:00pm-Presenter: Gordon O’Brien, South Africa: Framework for regional evaluations of E-flows in the Nile Basin.

4:15pm-Presenter: Prafulkumar V Timbadiya, India: Assessment of Environmental Flows for the Tapi River basin, India

4:30pm-Presenter: Robyn Watts, Australia. Environmental flows and citizen action deliver localised environmental benefits during a large hypoxic blackwater event in the southern Murray-Darling Basin

4:30pm-5:00pm-Q & A and Discussion

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

CHAIR:  Cesar Espana

Time: 3:30 – 5:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P10

3:30pm-Presenter: Brian Jackson, Australia: The Adaptive, Operational Management of the Crocodile River, Kruger Park, South Africa. An international Water Resources Management Experience with HydroNET.

3:45pm-Presenter: Simon Hunter and Joanna TaylorAustraliaValley-wide floodplain management plans in NSW’s northern Murray-Darling Basin: protecting and maintaining floodplain and wetland connectivity

4:00pm-Presenter: Stephen PackerAustralia: Writing a Water Quality Imrovement Plan for the Mount Lofty Ranges – How to get improvement when there is no perceived problem?

4:15pm-Presenter: Carole Sweatman, Australia. Integrated solutions takes an integrated team – reshaping catchment and river health investment and action in the Wet Tropics

4:30pm-Presenter: Kate FitzpatrickUSA: Basin Planning in the Upper Deschutes River:  Rebalancing water use in a changing climate

4:30-5:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

 

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

CHAIR: Richard Marsh

Theme 4: Technology and Asset Management

Time: 3:30 – 5:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P6

3:30pm-Presenter: 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.

3:45pm-Presenter: Jean-Michel BenierAustralia: Defining waterways as segmented linear assets to support and enhance service delivery.

4:00pm-Presenter: Nagarajan Ramakrishnan, India: Assessment of river basin in semi-arid region, Peninsular India.

4:15pm-Presenter: Partha Susarla and Kylie CrouchAustralia: Maroochy River Wetland restoration: an affordable green infrastructure solution with benefits for environment, and habitat.

4:30-5:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

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

CHAIR: Dr Tamara Boyd

Time: 3:30 – 5:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P7

3:30pm-Presenter: Marisa Hossick, United States: Environmental flow restoration, a compelling story. Keep it simple.

3:45pm-Presenter: Kylee Carpenter, Australia.  “Does anyone here speak English?” – How the benefits of environmental flows

4:00pm-PresenterNatalie Stalenberg, Australia: avigating the waters towards greater support for environmental flows: Nature Foundation SA shares its story.

4:15pm-Presenter: Siwan Lovett, Australia: Why ‘mess is best’ for inspiring community action.

4:30pm-Presenter: Leonie WoodhamAustralia: Our Water Ways.

4:30-5:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

03:30 PM
Special Session (GEF IWLEARN) – Monday – Late Afternoon

Time: 3:30-5:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P11

Title: GEF IW:LEARN: A global initiative to advance Twinning

Organisations: International RiverFoundation / GEF IW:LEARN

 

03:30 PM
Special Session (WWF) – Monday – Late Afternoon

Time: 3:30 – 5:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P8

Title: Listen to the river: Lessons from a global review of environmental flow success stories

Organisation: WWF

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.

03:30 AM
Special Session – 2017 Thiess International Riverprize finalists – Tuesday – Late Afternoon

CHAIR: Ian Atkinson

Time: 3:30-5:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P8

Presenter: 

Tim Troll, USA. Nushagak & Kvichak Rivers, USA

Steven Schauer, USA. San Antonio River, USA

George Oliver De La Rama, Philippines.  Pasig River, Philippines

Luke Comins, UK. River Tweed, United Kingdom

08:30 AM
Morning plenary – Tuesday

8.30 – 10.00  | Plaza Auditorium

Keynote: Dr Bill Young, USA. Water Security: Getting to Solutions for People, Economies and the Environment

Keynote: Dr Anne Poelina, Australia. Guardians of the Mardoowarra (Fitzroy River) (14 minute film)

Keynote: Gerrard Albert, New Zealand. Tupua Te Kawa – The journey to return the Whanganui River to the Whanganui River

10:00 AM
Morning tea

10.00 – 10.30 | Plaza Foyer

10:30 AM
RiverFoundation Twinning – Breakout Sessions – Tuesday – Late Morning

Chair: Charlotte Spliethoff

Time: 10:30-12:00am

Location: Meeting Room P8

10:30am-Presenter: Lucy Cameron, Australia. An ear to listen and time to ponder: experiences and insights from the Victorian Waterway Management Twinning Program.

10:45am-Presenter: Tara Davis, USA. Opportunities in Cross-Cultural Exchanges: Willamette River, USA and Rio Laja, Mexico.

11:00am-Presenter: Olita Ogonjo, Kenya. Still Twinning – The Tweed Kenya Mentoring Program

11:15am-Presenter: Brian Kemp, Canada. Twinning Success – Working Towards An Integrated Watershed Management Plan.

11:30am-Presenter: Daivd Winfield, Australia. River Basin Planning – Drawing on the Australian Experience to Inform Basin Planning in India.

11:30-12:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

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

CHAIR: Xuli Meng

Time: 10:30 – 12:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P10

10:30am-Presenter: Ying Tian, China: New approaches to river basin management for sustainable development in China.

10:45am-Presenter: Louise Burge, Australia: National Agricultural Productivity & Reconciliation Ecology Centre

11:00am-Presenter: Wenxue Li, China: To explore a new philosophy for governance on the floodplains of the Lower yellow River under new circumstances

11:15am-Presenter: Erwando Rachmadi, Indonesia. Integrating Water Resources Management in Bengawan Solo River Basin, Indonesia

11:30am-Presenter: Juan Ossa Moreno, Australia. Hydro-economic modelling in mining regions: A case study in the Aconcagua Catchment

11:30-12:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

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

CHAIR: Nadine Kilsby 

Time: 10:30 – 12:00pm

Location: Plaza Auditorium

10:45am-Presenter: Sue Jackson, Australia:Indigenous seasonal calendars as a source of knowledge for determining sustainable flow regimes.

11:00am-Presenter: 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

11:15am-Presenter: Sarah Baines, Canada: Indigenous Flows in the Lower Athabasca River, Canada: A bridging dialogue to meaningfully impact water policy innovation.

11:30am-Presenter: Michael Douglas, Australia: Food for thought: water requirements and food production in northern Australia.

11:30-12:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

10:30 AM
Special Session (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) – Tuesday – Late Morning

Time: 10:30-12:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P6

Title: Achieving SDG6 at home and overseas

Organisation: Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

10:30 AM
Special Sessions (Queensland Urban Utilities) – Tuesday – Late Morning

Time: 10:30-12:00pm

Location: Meeting room P7

TitleWhat is the value of Moreton Bay?

Organisation: Queensland Urban Utilities

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

CHAIR:  Pia Weber

Time: 10:30 – 12:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P9

10:30am-Presenter: Peter Phillips, Australia: Patterns of carbon input into the Murray river during rising floodwaters

10.45am – Presenter:  Ingrid Takken, Australia: Modelling environmental water in Source River System models: The River Murray System.

11:00am-Presenter: Hilary Johnson, Australia: Operational challenges and strategies for managing environmental water in the Murray-Darling Basin.

11:15am-Presenter: Michael Stewardson, Australia: Delivering Environmental Flows at the Basin-Scale through Active Management of Environmental Water Entitlements.

11:30-12:00pm-Q & A and Discussion

12:00 PM
Lunch menu

Menu TBC

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

CHAIR: Maddie Greenlee

Time: 1:30-3:00pm

Location: Plaza Auditorium

1:45pm-Presenter: Eloise Kendy, USA. The social dimensions of Colorado river restoration: Insights for water policy at the U.S.-México border

2:00pm-Presenter: 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?

2:15pm-Presenter: Erin O’Donnell, Australia. Environmental Flows Policies: A New Framework for Implementation.

2:30pm-Presenter: James Peters, Australia. Incorporating Aboriginal Cultural Perspectives into Water Allocation Planning and Environmental Flow Delivery

2:30-3:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

 

01:30 PM
Sustainable Development Goals – Breakout Sessions – Tuesday – Early Afternoon

CHAIR: Russell Rollason

Time:1:30-3:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P6

1:30pm-Presenter: Amanda Morgan, Australia. Why knowledge and learning are essential to achieving SDG6.

1:45pm-Presenter: Pema Dorji, Bhutan. Comparative Study of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in Bhutan with best practices elsewhere.

2:00pm-Presenter: Barry Hart, Australia. Water Resources Planning for Northern Australia.

 2:15pm-Presenter: Vanh Mixap and Yu Yu Htay, Cambodia. Women’s voices from the Mekong – How we are tackling SDG 5 and 6

2:30-3:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

01:30 PM
Special Session (Emerging River Professional Award Finalists) – Tuesday – Early Afternoon

CHAIR: Simon Ross

Time: 1:30-3:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P11

1:45pm-Presenter: Lauren Zielinski, USA. Creating a Monitoring and Adaptive Management Framework for Environmental Flows

2:00pm-Presenter: Tatenda Dalu. 8. Ecological quality assessments of urban streams in the developing world

2:15pm-Preseter: Dean Muruven. Securing South Africa’s Strategic Water Source Areas

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

CHAIR: EWPP names coming soon

Time: 1:30-3:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P10

1:30pm-Presenter: Reece Hill, New Zealand. Prioritising soil conservation and water quality issues for the Waikato River and Waipa River Restoration Strategy, New Zealand.

1:45pm-Presenter: Richard Cresswell, Australia. Integrated agricultural and water modelling to guide Healthy Rivers in New Zealand.

2:00pm-Presenter: J.M. Chandramali Jayawardana, Sri Lanka. Effect of catchment disturbance on river health in two agricultural catchment in Sri Lanka.

2:15pm-Presenter: Keri Neilson, New Zealand. Waikato and Waipa River Restoration Strategy – an action plan for the restoration of New Zealand’s longest river

2:30pm-Presenter: Shane White, Australia. Impacts of blueberry horticulture on stream water quality.

2:45pm-Presenter: Ben Stewart-Koster, Australia. Feeling the pinch of hydrologic and climatic change: An expert based model to estimate risk factors in a combined aquaculture-agriculture system

2:45-3:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

01:30 PM
Special Session (Griffith University) – Tuesday – Early Afternoon

Time: 1:30-3:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P8

Title: COMPASS: Navigating the water challenges of the 21st century 

Organisation: Water Future, Griffith University

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

CHAIR: Megan Holcomb

Time: 1:30-3:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P9

1:30pm-Presenter: Paul Frazier, Australia. Monitoring the outcomes of environmental watering: Long-term intervention monitoring in the Gwydir River.

1:45pm-Presenter: Andrew Herron, Australia. When 1ML ≠ 1ML – Floodplain inundation to maintain environmental values.

2:00pm-Presenter: Jessica Davison & Helen Watts, Australia. Incorporating Research into the adaptive management of environmental flows

2:15pm-Presenter: Natalie Stalenberg, Australia. When the river runs high: two case studies illustrating how an environmental watering program responds to a high river

2:30pm-Presenter: Anne Jensen, Australia. Where have all the flowers gone?

2:30-3:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

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

CHAIR: Johnny Sundstrom

Time: 1:30-3:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P7

1:30pm-Presenter: Piet Filet, Australia. Collaboration to build capacity, insight and desired water futures.

1:45pm-Presenter: Anaru Begbie, New Zealand. Te Ia O te Awa/The current of the River – Understanding the learning needs of Raukawa kaitiaki (guardians).

2:00pm-Presenter: 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).

2:15pm-Presenter: Shelley Scoullar, Australia. Achieving Multiple Outcomes with Local Knowledge.

2:30pm-Presenter: Jessica Blackman, Australia. Green Heart Schools – Youth leadership and our water resilient future

2:30-3:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

 

03:30 PM
Integrated River Basin Management – Breakout Sessions – Tuesday – Late Afternoon

Chair: Carmina Rivera

Time: 3:30-5:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P10

3:30pm-Presenter: Misko Ivezich, Australia, Assessing stream condition to inform management to protect the Great Barrier Reef

3:45pm-Presenter: Erin O’Donnell, Australia. Environmental Water Managers: What Happens When the Environment has Legal Rights?

4:00pm-Presenter: Lyndal Hasselman, Australia. Watering the environment: Whose job is it anyway?

4:15pm-Presenter: Ester Galende Sanchez, Ireland. Integrating urban-rural communities through stakeholder analysis to implement Mechanisms for Rewarding Hydrological Ecosystem Services: Case Study of Lima, Peru

4:30pm-Presenter: Elisa Zavadil, Australia. Waterway Science Conceptual Models: from conceptual models to decision support system.

4:30-5:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

 

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

Chair: Owen Hoar and Akosua Owusu Efaa

Time: 3:30-5:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P7

3:30pm-Presenter: Carl Tippler, Australia. Iconic Species and Ecosystem Services – A case study form the Parramatta River Catchment , Sydney Australia.

3:45pm-Presenter: Simon Costanzo, United States. Developing a basin health report card for the Orinoco River in Colombia: a stakeholder driven approach to environmental assessment, management and planning.

4:00pm-Presenter: Heath Kelsey, United States. Shared visioning for positive change through stakeholder engagement in an evolved ecosystem health report card development process.

4:15pm-Presenter: 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.

4:30pm-Presenter: Deborah Nias, Australia. Business, community and government partnerships for watering wetlands in the Murray-Darling Basin.

4:30-5:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

03:30 PM
Social and Cultural Dimensions of E-flows – Breakout Sessions – Tuesday – Late Afternoon

Chair: Sue Jackson

Time: 3:30-5:00pm

Location: Plaza Auditorium

3:15pm-Presenter: Anne Poelina, Australia. Singing the Warloongarriy River Law Song for Country- Enabling First Law and Legal Personhood for the Mardoowarra (Fitzroy River), West Kimberley, Australia

3:30pm-Presenter: Erina Watene-Rawiri, New Zealand. Indigenous Priorities for River Restoration in Aotearoa (New Zealand)

3:45pm-Presenter: Naomi Simmonds, New Zealand. Descended from the waters of the Waikato and Waihou – self-determination and freshwater management in Aotearoa New Zealand

4:00pm-Presenter: Virginia Marshall, Australia. Overturning aqua nullius

4:15pm-Presenter: Lauren Zielinski, United States. Incorporating social indicators in the monitoring and evaluation of environmental flows

4:30-5:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

03:30 PM
Public Health – Breakout Sessions – Tuesday – Late Afternoon

Chair: Nasir Ali and Marie Ainsleen Cabriole

Time: 3:30-5:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P6

3:30pm-Presenter: Rhys Anderson, Australia. Urban swimmability: A driver for sustainable and liveable cities.

3:45pm-Presenter: Daniel Ahn, New Zealand. A mass balance model of rubber crumb on sports fields and contribution to zinc contamination in Motions Creek (New Zealand).

4:00pm-Presenter: Lydia Cetin, Australia. INTEGRATED CATCHMENT-RIVER MODELLING OF THE URBAN PARRAMATTA RIVER TO SUPPORT ACHIEVING SWIMMABILITY TARGETS.

4:15pm-Presenter: Claire Robinson, United States. Los Angeles, USA – A Metro “Tale of Two Rivers: the Los Angeles & San Gabriel Rivers Emerald Necklace”

4:30pm-Presenter: Jamie Ruprecht, Australia. Boating Management Plans in the Wake of Rising Powerboat Ownership

4:30-5:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

03:30 PM
E-flows in Australia – Breakout Sessions – Tuesday – Late Afternoon

Chair: Thu Ha Nguyen and Luke Raymond McPhail

Time: 3:30-5:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P9

3:30pm-Presenter: 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.

3:45pm-Presenter: 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.

4:00pm-Presenter: 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.

4:15pm-Presenter: Suzanne Witteveen, Australia. Victoria’s state framework for environmental water outcomes

4:30-5:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

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: Dr Eloise Kendy, USA. Just Add Water:  Historic Return of the Colorado River to its Delta, United States and México

Keynote speaker: David Papps, Australia.  TBC

10:00 AM
Morning tea

10.00 – 10.30 | Plaza Foyer

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

Chair: Natalie Arnold

Time: 10:30 – 12:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P7

10:30am-Presenter: Paula Hanasz, Australia. International actors and transboundary water governance; the case of the Ganges-Brahmaputra problemshed.

10:45am-Presenter: Frederick Bouckaert, Australia. The role of River Basin Organisations in sustainable management of river basins: case studies from around the world.

11:00am-Presenter: Chathura Sanjeewa, Sri Lanka. CAPACITY BUILDING FOR YOUNG WATER PROFESSIONALS (YWP): Experience sharing from Sri Lanka.

11:15am-Presenter: Barry Hart, Australia. Climate Change and the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

11:30am-Presenter: Justin Foley, Australia. ACT Healthy Waterways – Delivering citywide stormwater quality improvement.

11:30-12:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

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

Chair: Nicky Grigg

Time: 10:30 – 12:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P10

10:30am-Presenter: 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.

10:45am-Presenter: John McAneney, Australia. Risk and Determinism – opposing paradigms driving gated spillway operations during major flooding.

11:00am-Presenter: Priyantha Jayakody, Australia. River transmission loss forecast using multiple variables.

11:15:am-Presenter: Lee Okjeong, South Korea. Development of mega-storm generating tool

11:30am-Presenter: Tsitso Mocumi, South Africa. Ensuring provision of sustainanable water services amidst the severe drought adversities

11:30-12:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

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

Chair: Darren Ryde

Time: 10:30 – 12:00pm

Location: Plaza Auditorium

10:30am-Presenter: Amy Russell, Australia. Making a big difference for a little fish (Murray hardyhead)

10:45am-Presenter: Janice Kerr, Australia. Stable low-flow spawning fish habitat assessments: Calculating flow thresholds to inform the Environmental Assessment of state Water Plans (Qld).

11:00am-Presenter: Paula D’Santos, Australia. Let it Flow – how environmental water can provide native fish benefits.

11:15am-Presenter: Phil Slessar and Mark Toomey, Australia, Flows, habitat, connectivity and cooperation: recovering native fish in northern Victoria

11:30am-Presenter: Robyn Watts, Australia. Environmental flows and citizen action deliver localised environmental benefits during a large hypoxic blackwater event in the southern Murray-Darling Basin.

11:30-12:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

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

Chair: Richard Marsh

Time: 10:30 – 12:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P6

10:30am-Presenter: Adrian Martins, Australia. Partnership approach to freshwater turtle conservation in Northern Victoria.

10:45am-Presenter: Arturo Garcia, Mexico. A North American Migratory Bird Partnership: Restoration, Monitoring, and Community Engagement in the Rio Laja, Mexico and Willamette Basin, USA.

11:00am-Presenter: Mark Drew, United States. SIERRA MEADOW STRATEGY: A process and outcome centered on increasing pace and scale of meadow restoration.

11:15am-Presenter: Luke Kidd,  Australia. A spatio-temporal assessment of the impact of climate change on hydrological refugia in Eastern Australia using the Budyko water balance framework

11:30am-Presenter: Mary Bonet, Australia. ‘Corridors of Effort’- Abercrombie River Connections.

11:30-12:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

 

10:30 AM
Special Session (Queensland Reconstruction Authority) – Wednesday – Late Morning

Time: 10:30-12:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P8

Title: Building Queensland’s flood resilience

Organisation: Queensland Reconstruction Authority

10:30 AM
Social and Cultural Flows, and E-flows in Victoria – Breakout Sessions – Wednesday – Late Morning

Chair: Cate Brown

Time: 10:30 – 12:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P9

10:30am-Presenter: Will Mooney, Australia. ‘This is our inherent right’. Reflecting on 10 years of advocacy for water justice: achievements, challenges and future directions.

10:45am-Presenter: Jamie Woods, Australia. Our Water Our Way.

11:00am-Presenter: Joel Boyd, Australia. River Yarns – a pilot project partnership for cultural flows in the Wimmera.

11:15am-Presenter: Jane Walker, Australia. Towards Cultural Flows – Glenelg River Aboriginal Water Values.

11:30am-Presenter: Rene Woods, Australia. Understanding cultural flows: a coordinated research effort in pursuit of Aboriginal water rights.

11:30-12:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

12:00 PM
Lunch menu

Menu TBC

01:30 PM
Special Session (Australian Water Partnership / Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder) – Wednesday – Early Afternoon

Time: 1:30-3:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P6

Title: Delivering environmental water: The role of government, NGOs and the community

Organisation: Australian Water Partnership / Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder

01:30 PM
Water Security, Climate Change and Natural Disasters – Breakout Sessions – Wednesday – Early Afternoon

Chair: Aoife Cleary

Time: 1:30-3:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P10

1:30 pm- Presenter: Michael Wrathall, Australia. Drought security assessments of regulated rivers in NSW .

1:45pm-Presenter: Yinsheng Zhang, China. Impacts of snow/glacier variability over the hydrologic regimes in upper Indus River Basin1.

2:00 pm-Presenter: Paul Sayers, United Kingdom. Assessing future flood risk and opportunities for adaptation at UK scale.

2:15pm-Presenter: Ashish Sharma, Australia. Urban flooding increasing, while the countryside dries up – the dichotomous impact of rising global temperatures

2:30pm-Presenter: David Barratt, Australia. Development of a Catchment Post-Emergency Recovery Plan for the Upper Murrumbidgee

 2:30-3:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

01:30 PM
Special Session (Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources) – Wednesday – Early Afternoon

Time: 1:30-3:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P8

Title: Australia’s integrated water reform approach

Organisation: Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

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

Chair: Natalie Baker

Time: 1:30-3:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P7

1:30pm-Presenter: Matthew Davis, New Zealand. Water rights and water markets in Chile revisited.

1:45pm-Presenter: Robert Baldwin, Canada. Creating a public-private relationship, to achieve maximum benefits in the Lake Simcoe watershed.

2:00pm-Presenter: Craig Wilson, Australia. The efficient use of stormwater management investment to achieve positive water quality outcomes.

2:15pm-Presenter: Jim Binney, Australia. Waterways as natural capital underpinning communities and business: a case study on Gold Coast waterways

2:30pm-Presenter: Tony Weber, Australia. The cost of saving an icon from pollution: integrating science & economics to estimate the cost of meeting targets to help save the Great Barrier Reef

2:30-3:00pm-Q & A and Discussion

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

Chair: Robyn Watts

Time: 1:30-3:00pm

Location: Plaza Auditorium

1:30pm-Presenter: John Koehn, Australia. How do we manage a long-lived, highly migratory, flow-responding fish at a basin scale?

1:45pm-Presenter:Heather McGinness, Australia. Waterbird recruitment and movement: Responses to flooding, stressors and threats.

2:00pm-Presenter:Darren Ryder, Australia. Food web responses to hydrologic regimes in floodplain rivers.

2:15pm-Presenter:Peter Pollard, Australia. The fate of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in flowing freshwaters around the world: the devil is in the (microbial) detail.

2:30pm-Presenter: Nicole McCasker, Australia. A conceptual synthesis of flow-recruitment relationships for riverine fishes

2:30-3:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

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

Chair: Nadine Kilsby 

Time: 1:30-3:00pm

Location: Meeting Room P9

1:30pm-Presenter: 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.

1:45pm-Presenter: Cate Brown, South Africa. Good practice note: downstream flow regimes and environmental and social flows management plans for hydropower projects

2:00pm-Presenter: Fiona Spruzen, Australia. Gaining water for the environment in Victoria – water recovery mechanisms.

2:15pm-Presenter: Katie Burns, Australia. Werribee River: case study of an integrated approach to rural, urban and environmental water priorities.

2:30pm-Presenter: Caitlin Davis, Australia. Making every drop count

2:30-3:00pm- Q & A and Discussion

03:30 PM
Riversymposium closing plenary

Location: Plaza Auditorium

Time: 3:30-4:30 pm
Debate, hypothetical or keynote presentation (TBC)

Time: 4:30 – 4:40pm
Emerging Water Professionals closing statement

Time: 4:40 – 5:00pm
Final closing remarks

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

Keynote speakers

Dr Bill Young

USA

Dr Young is a Lead Water Resources Management Specialist with the World Bank, based in Washington D.C. He leads analytical studies (on water security, basin planning, flood forecasting) and development lending projects (on water resources management, capacity development and hydrometeorology) in South Asia, with a current focus on Pakistan. He is also involved in transboundary water management in South Asia,...

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Mr David Papps

Australia

David Papps is the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder - a statutory position responsible for managing Commonwealth environmental water to protect and restore the Murray-Darling Basin’s environment.

Prior to this appointment, David was the inaugural Director-General of the ACT Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate which was created in 2011 by the amalgamation of the Department of the Environment,

Climate Change, Energy and Water...

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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 / USA

Prof N LeRoy Poff

Australia / USA

 

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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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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Special sessions

Achieving SDG6 at home and overseas | Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Australia’s integrated water reform approach | Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Building Queensland’s flood resilience | Queensland Reconstruction Authority
COMPASS: Navigating the water challenges of the 21st century | Water Future, Griffith University
Delivering environmental water: The role of government, NGOs and the community | Australian Water Partnership / Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder
Emerging River Professional Award finalists | International RiverFoundation / IWCAN / OceanaGold
From the back seat into the driver’s seat: Steering your own development as an emerging leader | International WaterCentre
GEF IW:LEARN: A global initiative to advance Twinning | International RiverFoundation / GEF IW:LEARN
Lessons from Australian efforts to support river basin water reform projects in Asia | Australian Water Partnership
Listen to the river: Lessons from a global review of environmental flow success stories | WWF
Riverprize: What does it take to win and what are the benefits? | International RiverFoundation
The river basin report card game | University of Maryland Centre for Environmental Science
Water Stewardship:  A market-driven solution to shared catchment water challenges | Alliance for Water Stewardship

What is the value of Moreton Bay? | Queensland Urban Utilities

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

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Sunday, 17 September (5.30-8.30pm)
Arbour Lounge, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Grey Street, South Brisbane

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.

For more information on the Women and Water event, please click here.

Riversymposium Welcome reception

reception

Monday, 18 September (5.30 – 7.30pm)
Plaza Foyer, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Grey Street, South Brisbane

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 (6.30 – 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, sponsored by Brisbane City Council, 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. The evening will also include the announcement of the Vera Thiess Fellowship for Women and the 2017 Emerging River Professional Award.

Dress code: cocktail

Would you like to book a table at the 2017 Riverprize Gala Dinner, with VIP placement, logo and verbal recognition throughout the evening? Tables are available for a cost of $1450 for 9 seats, or $1600 for ten seats. To book, contact patricia@riverfoundation.org.au.

Study Tours and Workshops

Two full-day study tours and a half-day game/workshop are available for Riversymposium delegates on Thursday 21 September.

Through our study tours, learn about the economic, environmental and social benefits of the Ramsar-listed Moreton Bay and North Stradbroke Island, or check out the innovative Beaudesert nutrient offsets project – which  regenerated and rehabilitated an eroded riverbank to prevent five tonnes of nitrogen and 11,000 tonnes of soil from entering the Logan River.

If you only have half a day to spare, participate in our Sustainable River Delta game, working as part of a team to develop and implement a Sustainable Water Management Plan for the coming 100 years in the fictional setting of the Tainui Harbor.

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Awards

The International RiverFoundation will present two prestigious awards at the Riverprize Gala Dinner in conjunction with the 2017 International Riversymposium: the Emerging River Professional Award and the Thiess International Riverprize.

Riverprize is the world’s most prestigious river award, recognising, rewarding and supporting outstanding, visionary and sustainable programs in river management—and the Emerging River Professional Award (ERPA) recognises and fosters those in the early stages of their careers in rivers who have demonstrated innovation, excellence and leadership in river, basin or river-dependent community management.

The Vera Thiess Fellowship for 2017-18 will also be formally awarded at the gala dinner.

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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.