Program

A draft program is now available. Please note this may change, and we’ll be adding more detail over the coming weeks.

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Keynote speakers

Rajendra Singh

India

Rajendra Singh is a highly regarded water conservationist from Alwar district, Rajasthan in India. Also known as the ‘waterman of India’, Rajendra won the Stockholm Water Prize, an award known as ‘the Nobel Prize for water’, in 2015. Previously, he won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for community leadership in 2001 for his pioneering work in community-based efforts in water harvesting...

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Leena Srivastava

India

Dr Leena Srivastava is the Vice Chancellor of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in India. She has over thirty years of experience in the fields of energy and environment, including climate change, policy and economics. She has a Masters in Economics from the University of Hyderabad and a Ph.D in Energy Economics from the Indian Institute of Science in...

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David Molden

Nepal

Dr. David James Molden is the Director General of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), an intergovernmental knowledge organisation dedicated to mountains and people of the Hindu-Kush Himalayan region.  Dr Molden is a research for development specialist with skills in water resource management and sustainable mountain development, with an interest in integrating social, technical, and environmental aspects of...

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Harinder Sidhu

Australia/India

Harinder Sidhu

Australia/India

Harinder Sidhu is Australia’s High Commissioner to India within the Department of Foreign Affairs andTrade, most recently serving as First Assistant Secretary of the Multilateral Policy Division. She has previously served overseas in Moscow and Damascus. Ms Sidhu’s previous roles included First Assistant Secretary in the Department of Climate Change, Assistant Director-General in the Office of National Assessments and Senior...

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Gary Brierley

New Zealand

Gary Brierley

New Zealand

Professor Gary Brierley is a geomorphologist who specialises in the use of landscape science to guide coherent and proactive management applications, particularly in river rehabilitation and conservation. He was born in the UK, completed his postgraduate work in Canada, established the foundations of his academic career in Australia, and moved to New Zealand in 2005. He is now Chair of...

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Avinash Tyagi

India

Avinash. C. Tyagi is the Secretary-General of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), having worked in the water resources sector within the Government of India for 28 years at the Central Water Commission (CWC), Inter-state Tungabhadra Board, and Ministry of Water Resources. He also currently coordinates the UN-Water Thematic Priority Area on Water and Climate Change. Avinash was...

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Genevieve Connors

India/USA

Dr. Genevieve Connors is the Program Leader for Water and Sustainability in the India Country Office of the World Bank. She is based in New Delhi, where she currently works in the office of the Country Director on new operations and on analytical work in the Bank’s sustainability sectors, including water, environment, agriculture and irrigation, rural development, disaster management and...

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Chris Gippel

Australia

Chris Gippel

Australia

Dr Chris Gippel is Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University, and a private consultant. He earned his PhD in 1989 from the Department of Geography and Oceanography, University College, University of New South Wales, and in the past three years, has been awarded fellowships from the Chinese Central People’s Government four times, facilitating sabbaticals to...

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Govert Geldof

Netherlands

Govert Geldof

Netherlands

Dr Govert Geldof is a senior consultant, leading his own company in Tzum in the north of the Netherlands, and a visiting associate professor at DTU in Denmark and at the University of Twente. His main interest is complexity. As a civil and water engineer, he realised at the beginning of the ‘90s that technical knowledge is not enough for...

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Greg Koch

China

Greg Koch

China

Greg Koch is a globally recognised leader in water resource management, driving Coca-Cola’s global water stewardship program across some 1,000 facilities and numerous agricultural supply regions. Greg and the program focus on water use efficiency and wastewater management in production facilities; watershed protection and climate change adaptation; community water initiatives; supply chain water management, global awareness and action, and water policy...

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Herbert Dreiseitl

Germany

Herbert Dreiseitl is an urban designer, landscape architect, water artist, interdisciplinary planner and Professor in Praxis. He is an internationally respected expert in creating ‘Liveable Cities’ around the world, with a special hallmark on the inspiring and innovative use of water to solve urban environmental challenges, connecting technology with aesthetics and encouraging people to take care and ownership of places....

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Kate Lazarus

Laos/USA

Kate Lazarus

Laos/USA

Kate Lazarus leads the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) hydropower advisory program in Asia. Since 2012, she has developed and managed an advisory program on environmental and social standards for the hydropower sector in Asia including Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan. This program engages the private sector to help raise standards and lower development impacts. Kate was instrumental in developing the...

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Stéphanie Duvail

France

Dr. Stéphanie Duvail is a geographer with the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD). Her research deals primarily with wetland management, with a special interest in the impacts of large dams on the ecosystems and livelihoods of coastal wetlands and their potential restoration through managed flood releases. She has extensive experience with multi-disciplinary and participatory research. Her PhD focused...

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Peter Wallbrink

Australia

Peter Wallbrink

Australia

Dr Peter Wallbrink is the Research Director for Basin Management Outcomes at CSIRO, Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. The Basin Management Outcomes program has an international outlook, and aims to deliver impact and value in the area of integrated water resource management. It has a focus on achieving triple-bottom-line outcomes at the basin scale and seeks to apply...

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Saleem Ali

Australia

Saleem Ali

Australia

Professor Saleem H. Ali is an environmental planner whose research and practice focuses on ways of resolving ecological conflicts through technical and social mechanisms, as well as exploring novel ways of peace-building between corporations, governments and communities. He holds the Blue and Gold Distinguished Professorship in Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware, USA (commencing September 2016), and...

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Ashvani Gosain

India

Ashvani Kumar Gosain, Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at IIT Delhi, has made a significant contribution to the NATCOM – the National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). His recent assignments include the formulation of the Ganga River Basin Management Plan (GRBMP), of which he was the Team Leader of the Water Resources Management...

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Special sessions

Water for equality and wellbeing in Asia

Breakfast event | University of Queensland Global Change Institute

Water for equality and wellbeing in Asia

Breakfast event | University of Queensland Global Change Institute

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In India, 60% of the population lack access to toilets. In Southeast Asia, this amounts to one billion people. Poverty...

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Hindu-Kush Himalayas: The role of mountains in water security

Session | International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

Hindu-Kush Himalayas: The role of mountains in water security

Session | International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

icimod-sponsor The Hindu Kush Himalayas are called the water towers of Asia as it is the source of ten major rivers, and has...

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Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra: The future of Himalayan rivers

Session | World Bank South Asia Water Initiative

Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra: The future of Himalayan rivers

Session | World Bank South Asia Water Initiative

  PrintDate: Tuesday, 13 September Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm This special session run by the World Bank's South Asia Water Initiative (SAWI) will put the spotlight on...

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Asia-Pacific water stewardship

Full-day forum | Alliance for Water Stewardship

Asia-Pacific water stewardship

Full-day forum | Alliance for Water Stewardship

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The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), Water Stewardship Australia and the India Water Stewardship Network are proud to host the second...

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Civil society engagement on water in South Asia

Session | The Asia Foundation

DFMyanmar-logo-theAsiaFoundation Public engagement is crucial to productive, collaborative and urgent discussion on the issue of water security and can mitigate potential risks such...

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Advancing hydropower governance across Asia

Session | International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Advancing hydropower governance across Asia

Session | International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

IFC-WBG-Horizontal-RGB-web ag-sponsor To meet growing energy demands, countries worldwide are rapidly developing their untapped hydropower potentials creating...

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River basin planning and strategic water management in Asia: prospects for the 21st century

Session | WWF

WWF_logo-1024x768 Asia is home to many of the world’s most iconic rivers, including the Yangtze, Ganga, Indus, Ayeyarwady, Brahmaputra and Mekong. These basins hold unique...

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Managing drought and water scarcity: do key principles transcend basins, regions and nations?

Workshop | Australian Water Partnership

AWP logo Over 1.7 billion people are currently living in river basins where water use exceeds recharge. Demand for water will increase as populations...

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Developing effective fish passages for South-East Asian and Himalayan hydropower projects

Session | International Finance Corporation

IFC-WBG-Horizontal-RGB-web Development of large hydropower projects (HPPs) in SE Asian rivers, particularly in the Himalayas, is increasing rapidly. Maintaining connectivity and genetic diversity of...

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The role of environmental flows in broad-based basin planning for hydropower in Asia

Session | International Finance Corporation

IFC-WBG-Horizontal-RGB-web While project-scale efforts to protect river ecosystems are important, embedding these in the context of a wider basin or regional-level approach is crucial,...

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Free-flowing rivers and strategic hydropower planning

Session | WWF

WWF_logo-1024x768 Free-flowing rivers – rivers that maintain a high level of connectivity and natural flows – are the freshwater equivalent of terrestrial wilderness areas. They...

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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 2016 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, 11 September (PM)

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.

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Riversymposium Welcome reception

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Monday, 12 September (PM)

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.

The Riversymposium welcome reception also offers the chance to launch a new initiative, service or product to hundreds of passionate river management enthusiasts. The welcome reception sponsor will be announced in the coming months.

Would you like to sponsor the 2016 Riversymposium Welcome Reception? Find out more here.

Riverprize Gala Dinner

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Tuesday, 13 September (PM)

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 2016 International Riverprize winner.

Would you like to sponsor the Riverprize Gala Dinner? Find out more here.

Study tours

Sundarbans

Sundarbans: the world’s largest mangrove forest

15 – 18 September 2016
Departs: Kolkata, 12 noon

The Sundarbans tour is a unique opportunity for delegates to cruise through the world’s largest mangrove forest, renowned for its seven main rivers, numerous other water courses, wildlife reserves, and diverse range of flora and fauna. Part of the Ganges Delta, the Sundarbans region covers 140,000 hectares of Bangladesh and West Bengal (India) in lush biodiversity and is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Its numerous water courses form a broad network of channels in the Sundarbans, influenced by flow tides and a range of hydrological factors.

Travel from Kolkata through the forest’s many rivers and creeks, experiencing the cultural heritage and influence of forest and its rivers on everyday life. The tour is predominantly by boat, anchoring in a variety of key cultural and scientific destinations—including the famous Bhagabatpur Crocodile Sanctuary and Lothian Island Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Nepal

Nepal: mountain rivers, technology and upstream-downstream linkages

15 – 18 September 2016
Commences: Kathmandu, 12 noon

Nepal is known for its incredible mountain ranges, including the Annapurnas and Himalayas, and its home to the tallest mountain in the world. The Nepal study tour explores mountain rivers, communities and their use of technology for risk management of floods, climate change and drinking water supply. It focuses particularly on the linkages between upstream water services providers and downstream water users, highlighting the partnerships involved in mountain river management and the interaction between Nepal’s diverse villages and communities. The tour begins in Kathmandu, Nepal’s bustling and lively capital, and travels across stunning geographies to Godavari, the Sunkoshi River and Dhulikel.

This tour is proudly coordinated in partnership with ICIMOD.

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Yamuna

Yamuna: healthy rivers, healthy villages

Date: 15 September 2016
Departs: New Delhi

The Yamuna is the longest tributary of the Ganges, covering 40.2% of the entire basin. Along it are dozens of diverse river communities, who rely on the Yamuna for irrigation, religious significance, bathing and more. Despite the river’s high pollution levels, the government of India has announced plans to rebuild and repair its sewage system and the drains that empty into the river. Delegates will visit the Somb-Thapana river catchment and gain valuable education on Indian river systems, with emphasis on communities’ river restoration work through concerted conservation efforts and catchment restoration plans.

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Awards

The International RiverFoundation will present two prestigious awards at the Riverprize Gala Dinner in conjunction with the 2016 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.

Riverprize finalistsERPA finalists
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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.

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