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Negotiations for Resolution of Transboundary Water Conflicts

Date: 1 August 2018, 14:30-16:00 hours (Indian Standard Time - IST)




Resolution of Transboundary Water Conflicts [Speakers: Hon Karlene Maywald (Australia) ]



11th ICID Webinar on
Negotiations for Resolution of Transboundary Water Conflicts

ICID, under its policy to extend its knowledge dissemination wider, conducts regular Webinar Services for its members in particular and wider irrigation and drainage community in general. The Webinar is being divided into two series, namely, ‘Professional Series’ delivered by renowned water experts with 10+ years of experience and ‘Young Professional Series’ provided by young professionals in the water sector, particularly working on agricultural water management (AWM) and other related topics.  The webinar on ‘Negotiations for Resolution of Trans-boundary Water Conflicts’ is the 9th webinar in the professional series and 11th webinar of ICID.




Australia has faced many water challenges over the years and has needed to change the way it thinks about water in order to build resilience. In this webinar Ms Maywald addresses the policy and political changes that Australia has made, explores the need for science to enable evidence-based decision making to underpin transboundary negotiations and the impact of community behavioural change.

Ms Maywald provides an insight into the National frameworks and co-operative agreements that led to change in Australia.
While both State and Central Government politicians must accept the need for change, it is just as critical for communities to understand the benefits of change and importantly the risks of not changing. Governments that consider policy reform with infrastructure investment are more likely to deliver long term, sustainable solutions.

Ms Maywald also explains how securing infrastructure investment through Basin Planning creates water security which becomes an economic enabler of prosperity by creating confidence for long term investment by governments, irrigators and the private sector.


Speaker - Ms. Karlene Maywald (Australia)

Hon Karlene Maywald is the current Board Chair of ICE WaRM (International Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Management), the Strategic Advisor, International Water Opportunities with the South Australian Government, and the Managing Director of Maywald Consultants Pty Ltd, providing water policy and government relations advisory services. Until May 2015 Karlene was the Chair of the National Water Commission. Karlene was the representative for the seat of Chaffey in the South Australian House of Assembly from October 1997 until March 2010. During her tenure, from 2004 - 2010, she was South Australia’s Minister for Water Security and the River Murray, during one of the worst drought periods in living memory. She has a proven, long-standing track record in water management and is passionate about water reform in Australia. Ms Maywald has served on numerous national ministerial councils including the Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council, the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council, the Primary Industries Ministerial Council and the Regional Development Ministerial Council. Karlene is a board member of the South Australian Water Corporation, together with related SA Water Board Committees.






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