Program

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Keynote speakers

Harinder Sidhu

Australia

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 Adviser in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor 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 previously the Director of the Climate and Water Department of the World Meteorological Organization, a specialized UN Agency, and was...

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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 Changjiang Water Resources Protection Institute and Wuhan University. Chris is known for his contribution to the theory and practice of large...

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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 natural resources management. He has experience in leading and implementing development and research work across Asia and Africa, and is...

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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 Physical Geography at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. With A. Prof Kirstie Fryirs, he co-developed the River Styles framework...

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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 climate change. Previously, for two years, she supervised implementation of the National Ganga River Basin Project, the $1 billion loan...

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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 bringing ideas from theory into the 'real' world. To build the bridge between the technical and social sciences, he uses...

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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. He 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 engagement. He collaborates with bottling partners, governments, NGOs, aid/development agencies and communities throughout the Coca-Cola system....

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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. He has realised groundbreaking contemporary projects in the fields of urban design, urban hydrology, water art, stormwater management, planning and...

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Kate Lazarus

China

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 ground-breaking Hydropower Developers’ Working Group in Lao PDR, which will soon be established in Myanmar. Her expertise spans water...

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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 its knowledge, tools and processes to a range of large basins in Australia and abroad. He is currently leading a...

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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 has also held the Chair in Sustainable Resources Development at the University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute in Brisbane, Australia...

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Special sessions and workshops

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Breakfast panel discussion: Water for equality and wellbeing in Asia

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In India, 60% of the population lack access to toilets. In Southeast Asia, this amounts to one billion people. Poverty in this region is a central concern, where death and disadvantage occur in part through lacking access to clean, safe water—which is a key intervention for primary health prevention. The United Nations seeks to address this limitation in one of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals: ‘to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all’. To respond and contribute to the technology, behavioural change and systems thinking behind this goal, the University of Queensland has established an initiative on water, health and sustainable development.

A panel discussion will investigate the contribution that water researchers can provide on water, sanitation, heath and beyond to the Asian region, facilitated by Associate Professor Eva Abal, Program Director of the Sustainable Water Program at The University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute. An active discussion with audience members will be facilitated at each table over a catered breakfast.

Date: Tuesday, 13 September
Time: 7am-8.30am
Cost
: $15 AUD (Tier 1) / $30 AUD (Tier 2)

Want to sign up for this breakfast event? Register for Riversymposium now.
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Civil society engagement on water in South Asia

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Public engagement is crucial to productive, collaborative and urgent discussion on the issue of water security and can mitigate potential risks such as regional tension. This session discusses the ways in which civil society engagement on water-related issues in South Asia has and can play a constructive role in fostering improved management and regional cooperation on water in the region. A panel of 3-4 experts from the South Asia region will discuss their experience, with The Asia Foundation also sharing its experience in supporting civil society engagement on water at a transboundary and national level.

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Asia-Pacific Water Stewardship Forum

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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 Asia-Pacific Water Stewardship Forum in New Delhi. The Forum is a unique opportunity to advance the understanding and impact of AWS water stewardship in the Asia-Pacific region, and to contribute to the further development of water stewardship at a global level. The AWS International Water Stewardship Standard (the AWS Standard) defines global best practice in water stewardship and establishes a framework for major water users to understand and improve their water use, and to effectively engage other stakeholders in pursuit of shared outcomes. The AWS Standard is gaining traction across Asia-Pacific as major water users seek to understand and take collaborative action in response to increasingly critical water challenges. Using examples from around the region, with a particular emphasis on India and South Asia, the Forum will examine water stewardship experiences in industry and agriculture in a diverse range of contexts from major international companies to local water users’ associations. The relationship between water stewardship and other sustainability standards and initiatives will also be explored.

The Forum aims to:

  • Connect organizations and individuals from the Asia-Pacific region with an interest in the implementation and/or promotion of water stewardship in a diverse range of contexts
  • Increase understanding and uptake of water stewardship across Asia-Pacific
  • Provide an opportunity for intra-regional learning on water stewardship
  • Strengthen collaborative opportunities between different sustainability approaches, and
  • Receive input into designing the next phase of the AWS global water stewardship system.

Date: Tuesday, 13 September (full-day event)
Time:
 8.30am-5.00pm

More special sessions and workshops will become available soon.

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.

Would you like to sponsor Women and Water? Find out more here.

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

The Sundarbans tour is a unique opportunity for delegates to experience 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.

This tour is proudly sponsored by the World Bank.

Nepal

Nepal: mountain rivers, technology and upstream-downstream linkages

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.

Yamuna

Yamuna: healthy rivers, healthy villages

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.

Study tour registration will open soon. In the meantime, you can register for the conference and sign up to our newsletter to be notified when it becomes available.

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.

Learn about RiverprizeApply for ERPA
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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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