Program

Schedule

Monday
12-Sep-2016
Early morning
Late morning
Lunch
Early afternoon
Late afternoon
Tuesday
13-Sep-2016
Early morning
Late morning
Lunch
Early afternoon
Late afternoon
Wednesday
14-Sep-2016
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

Dr Roger Higgins, Chair, International RiverFoundation

Harinder Sidhu, Indian High Commissioner to Australia

Minister for Water Resources, Government of India

KEYNOTE: Changes in the Hindu-Kush Himalayan cryosphere, and what it means for mountains and downstream
David Molden, Director General, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

KEYNOTE: Climate change, water and sustainable development
Leena Srivastava, Vice Chancellor, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

 

10:30 AM
SPECIAL SESSION: Hindu-Kush Himalayas: The role of mountains in water security

Hosted by ICIMOD

This session will discuss the impacts of climate and other changes on glaciers, river flows and infrastructure such as hydropower. Read more…

10:30 AM
Integrated River Basin Management

KEYNOTE: An Integrated River Basin Management Plan for the Ganga
Ashvani Gosain

Development of river basin models for investigation of improved water management options: case study of the Upper Godavari basin in India
A Garudhkar

Water use and agricultural production trends in the Indus basin: Implications for future food security
Geoff Podger et al, CSIRO, Australia

Water insecurity and IWRM in West Timor, Indonesia
Mark Wolfsbauer
Even Flow Consultant Services, Australia

10:30 AM
Hydropower

Flow alteration signatures of diversion hydropower: An analysis of 32 rivers in southwestern China
Kelly Kibler and Mohammadhossein Alipour
University of Central Florida, United States

Impact of Hydropower Projects and of the 1960s Indus Water Treaty on the Fish Fauna found in the Indus and Jhelum River Basins common to India and Pakistan
Muhammad Rafique, Vaqar Zakaria and Cate Brown
Pakistan Museum of Natural History, Pakistan

EFlows inputs underpin sustainable hydropower deliberations in the Jhelum Basin, Kashmir
Cate Brown, Vaqar Zakaria, Alison Joubert, Muhammad Rafique Rafique and Jackie King
Southern Waters E R & C, South Africa

KEYNOTE: Effectively Governing the Hydropower Sector: A Call for a Basin-wide Perspective
Kate Lazarus

10:30 AM
Community engagement
12:00 PM
Lunch

Menu TBC

01:30 PM
Managing large river basins

Issues and Challenges of Transboundary Water Management with Special Reference to Kosi River
Shilpa Bagade(poharkar), IMS Law College, Noida, India

Supporting Basin Planning in India: Building on Experiences in Australia
Carmel Pollino, Amit Parashar, Geoff Podger, Rajendra Kumar Jain and Peter Wallbrink, CSIRO, Australia

Stakeholder Engagement to Support Water Planning in the Indian Context
Amit Parashar, Carmel Pollino, Kees Bons, Vaibhav Chaturvedi and Arunabha Ghosh, CSIRO, Australia and India

Variability of river discharges: A major challenge for water allocations and water management in India
Shivakumar Kanike and Biksham Gujja, AgSri Agriculture Consultants Hyderabad, India

KEYNOTE: Best practice process at the whole of system scale
Peter Wallbrink

 

 

01:30 PM
SPECIAL SESSION: River basin planning and strategic water management in Asia: prospects for the 21st century

Hosted by WWF

A number of recent innovations in river basin planning and strategic water management might provide unprecedented opportunities to help address the challenges. This session will explore how these innovations might help Asia plan and manage rivers and water resources to facilitate positive development outcomes throughout the rest of the 21st century. Read more…

01:30 PM
Hydropower

Water-energy-food nexus lessons from small hydropower in Bhilangana Sub-basin, Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India
Debashish Sen and Neha Khandekar (presenter)
People’s Science Institute, India

Gaining public rejection: lessons for sustainable hydropower development from Myanmar’s Myitsone Dam
Tira Foran, Zhu Xianghui, David Fullbrook and Sue Cuddy (presenter)
CSIRO, Australia

Hydropower, Environment and Environmental Flows
Arun Kumar
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India

Issues and challenges of sustainable hydropower development in the Indian-Himalayan region
Sanchit Saran Agarwal, Mitthan Lal Kansal and David E. Rheinheimer
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India

 

01:30 PM
River restoration

KEYNOTE: The development and uptake of the River Styles Framework: A catchment approach to guide coherent, geomorphologically informed river management practices
Gary Brierley

Academic Documentation to Restore River: A Success Story on Boral River, Bangladesh
Nusrat Khan, Sheikh Rokon, Azaz Mohammad, Ireen Sultana, Toriqul Islam and Shariful Islam
Riverine People, Bangladesh

Dam Removal and Restoration – Elwha River, Olympic National Park, USA
J Warrick

 

03:30 PM
River restoration

Application of Ecohydraulic Approach in Bank Protection Model
Daru Rini, Endang Arisoesilaningsih, Donny Harisuseno and Soemarno Soemarno
ECOTON, Indonesia

Multi-stakeholder approach to tributary river restoration
Rajesh Ramamoorthy
2030 Water Resources Group, India

KEYNOTE: Shared benefits: The importance of practical knowledge
Govert Geldof

03:30 PM
Managing large river basins

Aboriginal Waterway Assessments: new tools for realising shared benefits in the Murray Darling Basin
Will Mooney and Peter Ingram, Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations, Australia

Socio-cultural and Livelihoods flow assessment for Ramganga river, India
Neha Khandekar, People’s Science Institute, India

Taming the Lower Brahmaputra River – Bangladesh initiative
Md. Habibur Rahman, Bangladesh Water Development Board

Opportunities for Cross-border Collaboration in Monitoring and Management of River Biodiversity in Indus Basin – Moving from Conflict to Shared Responsibility
Vaqar Zakaria, Hagler Bailly Pakistan

Stepping out of the ‘water-box’: Re-thinking transboundary water cooperation
Yumiko Yasuda, International Centre for Water Cooperation/ The Hague Institute for Global Justice, Sweden

03:30 PM
SPECIAL SESSION: Advancing hydropower governance across Asia

Hosted by the International Finance Corporation and Australian Department of Foreign Affairs

This session will discuss examples and lessons from the development of hydropower on the rivers that flow out of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) Region. It explores how ‘good governance’ of the hydropower sector requires a commitment to build capacity and how it can be achieved through taking a holistic, basin-wide approach. Read more…

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.

07:00 AM
SPECIAL BREAKFAST: Water for Equality and Wellbeing in Asia

Hosted by The University of Queensland Global Change Institute Read more…

08:30 AM
SPECIAL SESSION: The role of environmental flows in broad-based basin planning for hydropower in Asia

Hosted by International Finance Corporation

This session will explore the use of EFlow assessments in basin-wide hydropower planning; challenges and opportunities, including tools, non-flow related issues, building partnerships, and negotiating purchasing and other agreements to promote sustainability. Read more…

08:30 AM
Technology and Innovation

It’s more than just introducing technology: water resources data and information management systems in a post-conflict country
Craig McVeigh, Lucy Barton and Adam Smith
Similie, Australia

The use of nutrient offsetting to optimise social investment in riparian restoration while reducing sewerage costs
S Lavanya

Nanotechnology for Water Treatment
Jack Schubert
Murdoch University, Australia

Monitoring River Ecosystems Through Citizen Science and Digital Tools
Dr. Pradeep Mehta, Surbhi Sharma, Surabhi Bhardwaj, Pranab J. Patar and Raghuvansh Saxena
Earthwatch Institute India

Modelling a part of Baitarani sub-basin using river system approach through source software
Rabindra Nath Sankhua, Rajendra Kumar Jain, Sandeep Bisht and Shikha Deep
Central Water Commission, India

08:30 AM
Special keynote session: International perspectives
09:00 AM
SPECIAL FORUM: Asia-Pacific Water Stewardship

Hosted by the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), Water Stewardship Australia and the India Water Stewardship Network

Now in its second year, the Asia-Pacific Water Stewardship 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.

This session runs throughout the day in four consecutive timeslots from 9am – 5pm. Read more…

09:00 AM
SPECIAL SESSION: Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra: The future of Himalayan rivers

Hosted by the World Bank

This special session run by the World Bank will put the spotlight on the challenges and opportunities in the management of three major Himalayan rivers of South Asia – the Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra. It includes the following themes.

This session runs in three consecutive timeslots from 9am – 3pm. Read more…

10:30 AM
Technology and Innovation

A framework for Ecological Transformation of Musi River through Geodesign
Ajitkumar Babar and Sarat Chandra Bokka (presenter)
ESRI India Technologies, India

Hydromorphological walkover survey of 5500km of Scottish Rivers: lessons and opportunities
Sally German, Katie Atkinson, Irantzu Lexartza and David Hetherington
Arup, UK

Riverbed Farming Technology adoption by land poor farmers of Tarai districts of Nepal
Hari Gurung and Juerg Merz
HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, Nepal

Assessing a varying demand scenario using WEAP for Damanganga Project, India
Sanjay Yadav and Minal Jariwala
Sardar Vallabhai National Institute of Technology, India

Managing Nutrients from Sewage Treatment Plant Discharges in to Receiving Waters by Utilising Nutrient Offsets Framework
Partha Susarla
Unitywater, Australia

10:30 AM
2016 Emerging River Professional Award Finalists

2016 ERPA finalists:

  • Lee Garnett (Australia), project manager, Brisbane City Council
  • Tero Mustonen (Finland), postdoctoral researcher, University of Eastern Finland
  • Jaime Ruprecht (Australia), project engineer, University of New South Wales Water Research Lab
10:30 AM
SPECIAL FORUM: Asia-Pacific Water Stewardship

Hosted by the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), Water Stewardship Australia and the India Water Stewardship Network

Now in its second year, the Asia-Pacific Water Stewardship 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.

This session runs throughout the day in four consecutive timeslots from 9am – 5pm. Read more…

10:30 AM
SPECIAL SESSION: Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra: The future of Himalayan rivers

Hosted by the World Bank

This special session run by the World Bank will put the spotlight on the challenges and opportunities in the management of three major Himalayan rivers of South Asia – the Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra. It includes the following themes.

This session runs in three consecutive timeslots from 9am – 3pm. Read more…

12:00 PM
Lunch

Menu TBC

01:30 PM
SPECIAL FORUM: Asia-Pacific Water Stewardship

Hosted by the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), Water Stewardship Australia and the India Water Stewardship Network

Now in its second year, the Asia-Pacific Water Stewardship 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.

This session runs throughout the day in four consecutive timeslots from 9am – 5pm. Read more…

01:30 PM
Water quality and public health
01:30 PM
Policy, Governance and Institutions

How can learning be enhanced in water policy, governance and institutions?
Jess Schoeman, Catherine Allan and Max Finlayson
Charles Sturt University, Australia

Impacts and outcomes of water policy reform for irrigation intensive regions: A grass-roots look at the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan
Perin Davey
Murray Irrigation Limited, Australia

River Management in the context of CBNRM: An Australian Story
Kathleen Broderick
Broderick and Associates, Australia

The Oregon Model: A Grassroots Approach to Watershed Health
Tara Davis
Willamette River Initiative, United States

Orinoco Report Card: A Tool for Improving and Maintaining Basin Health
Cesar Suarez, Saulo Usma, Luis German Naranjo, Simon Costanzo, Sarah Freeman and Michele Thieme
WWF, Colombia

01:30 PM
SPECIAL SESSION: Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra: The future of Himalayan rivers

Hosted by the World Bank

This special session run by the World Bank will put the spotlight on the challenges and opportunities in the management of three major Himalayan rivers of South Asia – the Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra. It includes the following themes.

This session runs in three consecutive timeslots from 9am – 3pm. Read more…

01:30 PM
2016 International Riverprize Finalists

2016 Thiess International Riverprize finalists:

  • (Segura River, Spain) Segura River Basin Authority and Spain’s Murcia Regional Water Department
  • (Elwha River, USA) The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
  • (Niagara River, USA) Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
03:30 PM
Special keynote session: Encore

Speakers TBC

03:30 PM
Keeping rivers alive: Knowledge to practice

Hosted by WWF

This session explores efforts to identify and protect high conservation value free-flowing rivers, approaches to basin-level hydropower planning to lessen the impacts of planned dams, design and operation of dams as a mitigation measure, and the results of efforts to restore the connectivity of rivers. Read more…

03:30 PM
Integrated River Basin Management

Developing river basin report cards: A practitioner’s guide
Bill Dennison et al, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, USA

Risk assessment for developing sustainable catchment management practices in Badulu Oya Upper Watershed, Sri Lanka
Chathura Sanjeewa et al, National Water Supply & Drainage Board

The Rhine and its water quality
Tabea Stötter, International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine, Germany

Long term managament of a rapidly aggrading alluvial river in New Zealand
Matthew Gardner
Land River Sea Consulting Ltd, New Zealand

03:30 PM
Urban rivers

Urban River Restoration: Cities & Water
Amos Brandeis
Amos Brandeis – Architecture and Planning Ltd, Israel

Urban wetlands for liveability – case studies from India and Australia
Harsh Vardhan, Stuart Cleven and Simon Tilleard
Indian Birding Fair, India

Conservation of rivers for environment friendly urbanisation in the context of Bangladesh
Md. Alauddin
National River Conservation Commission, Bangladesh

Building a Flood Resilient Brisbane
Natalie Baker
Brisbane City Council, Australia

 

03:30 PM
SPECIAL FORUM: Asia-Pacific Water Stewardship

Hosted by the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), Water Stewardship Australia and the India Water Stewardship Network

Now in its second year, the Asia-Pacific Water Stewardship 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.

This session runs throughout the day in four consecutive timeslots from 9am – 5pm. Read more…

07:00 PM
SPECIAL EVENT: Riverprize Gala Dinner

Hosted by the International RiverFoundation

Program TBC.

Read more about the 2016 International Riverprize finalists

08:30 AM
SPECIAL SESSION: Civil society engagement on water in South Asia

Hosted by the Asia Foundation

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. Read more…

08:30 AM
Integrated River Basin Management

The story of the Thames – from liquid history to solid future
Alastair Driver, Environment Agency, UK

Supporting integrated water resources management in the Koshi Basin, and beyond
Dave Penton et al, CSIRO, Australia

Future Cards – Tools for Integrated River Basin Management
Heath Kelsey et al, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, USA

Restoring river system processes at the catchment scale for economic and social resilience
David Hetherington et al, Arup, UK

 

08:30 AM
SPECIAL SESSION: Basin planning in the Brahmani Baitarni Basin, India

Hosted by CSIRO

This session is about sharing the experiences results of collaboration between India and Australia collaboration around the in exercising basin scale approaches. Read more…

08:30 AM
Policy, Governance and Institutions

Enhancing Cooperation through Water Diplomacy and Multilevel Stakeholder Engagement: Learning’s from IUCN Experiences in Asia
Raphaël Glémet, Archana Chatterjee (presenter) and Vishwa Ranjan Sinha
IUCN

Groundwater Laws in the Indus Basin
Ahmad Rafay Alam
Saleem, Alam & Co., Pakistan

Shared Basins –Contested Benefits: Need for an alternative diplomacy paradigm for improving formal trans-boundary water instruments between India and Nepal
Shawahiq Siddiqui, Shilpa Chohan and Tira Foran
Indian Environment Law Organization, India

Improving policy, governance & institutions for shared water management
J Dore

10:30 AM
SPECIAL SESSION: Informing Change in the Indus Basin: Knowledge Sharing and Cross-Basin Learning to Support Stronger Transboundary Management

Hosted by IWMI

This session explores ways of enhancing knowledge sharing and generation in the Indus Basin towards more inclusive and accountable transboundary water governance. Read more…

10:30 AM
Environmental Flows

Towards e-flow policies for seasonal river systems through valuation of ecosystem services and biodiversity
Somnath Bandyopadhyay and Arun Dixit
Nalanda University, India

Paving the way for ecosystem services: lessons from China and beyond
Z Qingfeng

ELOHA – Ecological Limits of Hydrologic Alteration: what have we learned?
Angela Arthington
Griffith University, Australia

Environmental Flow Considering Water Quality and Changing Climate: An Emerging Issue in River Water Management
Shushobhit Chaudhary, C. T. Dhanya and Arun Kumar
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India

Comparing incomparables in DRIFT EFlows assessments
Alison Joubert, Southern Waters E R & C, South Africa

10:30 AM
SPECIAL WORKSHOP: Managing drought and water scarcity: do key principles transcend basins, regions and nations?

Hosted by Australian Water Partnership

This workshop will focus on determining which of the solutions to water scarcity adopted by Australia may be adaptable for use in south and south-east Asia. Key issues for discussion will include water scarcity planning, growing and diversifying water supplies, reforming the efficiency of water allocation, improving the benefits of water use, seeking multi-benefit stakeholder solutions and improving scarcity related hydro-meteorological data and forecasting.

This workshop runs in two consecutive timeslots from 10.30am – 3pm. Read more…

12:00 PM
Lunch

Menu TBC

01:30 PM
SPECIAL GAME: The river basin report card game: Understanding stakeholder decision-making

Hosted by the University of Maryland

An interactive role-playing game has been professionally designed to engage multiple stakeholders in using report cards to help inform decision-making in river basins. Participants role play as policymakers, natural resource managers, non-government organisations, companies, community representatives, or other stakeholders.

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01:30 PM
SPECIAL SESSION: Developing effective fish passages for South-East Asian and Himalayan hydropower projects

Hosted by International Finance Corporation

This session will explore fish passage designs and provide examples of successful fish ladders in Southeast Asia. Read more…

01:30 PM
SPECIAL WORKSHOP: Managing drought and water scarcity: do key principles transcend basins, regions and nations?

Hosted by Australian Water Partnership

This workshop will focus on determining which of the solutions to water scarcity adopted by Australia may be adaptable for use in south and south-east Asia. Key issues for discussion will include water scarcity planning, growing and diversifying water supplies, reforming the efficiency of water allocation, improving the benefits of water use, seeking multi-benefit stakeholder solutions and improving scarcity related hydro-meteorological data and forecasting.

This workshop runs in two consecutive timeslots from 10.30am – 3pm. Read more…

01:30 PM
Climate change and sustainable development

KEYNOTE: Role of ICID and other organisations in helping us achieve the SDGs
Avinash C Tyagi

Can water sustainability be achieved through UN Sustainable Development Goal 6? Implications, challenges and possibilities
Nina Hall and Eva Abal
The University of Queensland, Australia

Launch of the Australian Water Knowledge Digital Platform – An Initiative to Share Australian Water Expertise with the Asia Pacific RegionKaren Delfau and Raymond Lam
International WaterCentre Alumni Network, Australia

Ensuring resilience in energy-water-food management ahead of the next climate shock
Nina Hall, Steven Kenway and Eva Abal
The University of Queensland, Australia

Linking natural capital to economic indicators for freshwater systems
Safa Fanaian
South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies, India

03:30 PM
Riversymposium closing plenary

International Riverprize winner presentation

Keynote: Rajendra Singh, winner of Stockholm Water Prize 2016 and Founder, Tarun Bharat Sangh

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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 TERI University, New Delhi – a uniquely inter-disciplinary higher education institution, focussed on sustainable development. She is a member of various committees and Boards both at the international and national levels, including the Advisory Board to the President of ADB on Climate Change and Sustainable Development, the Administrative Board of the...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jean-Francois Donzier

France

Jean-François Donzier has been the General Manager of the International Office for Water since 1991. He is General Secretary of the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) and of the International Network of Water Training Centers (INWTC).He was Governor of the World Water Council at its creation in 1997 and GWP Steering Committee Member for 6 years. As a General in the French National...

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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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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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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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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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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

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

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Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra: The future of Himalayan rivers

SESSION | World Bank

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Asia-Pacific water stewardship

FORUM (full day) | Alliance for Water Stewardship

Asia-Pacific water stewardship

FORUM (full day) | Alliance for Water Stewardship

Civil society and transboundary water management experiences from South and South East Asia

SESSION | The Asia Foundation

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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)

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

SESSION | WWF

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

WORKSHOP | Australian Water Partnership

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

SESSION | International Finance Corporation

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

SESSION | International Finance Corporation

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Keeping rivers alive: Knowledge to practice

SESSION | WWF

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Informing Change in the Indus Basin: Knowledge Sharing and Cross-Basin Learning to Support Stronger Transboundary Management

SESSION | IWMI

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The river basin report card game: Understanding stakeholder decision-making

GAME | The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

The river basin report card game: Understanding stakeholder decision-making

GAME | The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

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Basin planning in the Brahmani Baitarani Basin, India

SESSION| CSIRO

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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

womenwater

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

reception

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.

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.

This tour is offered at a subsidised rate thanks to the generous sponsorship of the World Bank.

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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.

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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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