Joel Magday awarded IRF-OceanaGold Future Water Leader scholarship
3 February 2016
Joel Magday has been awarded the IRF-OceanaGold Future Water Leader Scholarship.
The scholarship supports future water leaders of the Cagayan Valley Region, Philippines, in conjunction with the IRF river recovery program in the Didipio Mine and Addalam River Basin areas. With the hope of developing and advancing integrated river basin management expertise in the Northern Luzon province, the scholarship will enable Joel to study a Master's in Biology at St Mary's University and complete a thesis supporting river recovery in the Addalam River Basin.
Joel completed his bachelor at the same university, being recognised as a Top Outstanding Students of Saint Mary’s University (TOSSMU) and receiving an award for Best Undergraduate Thesis in the Technical Research Category. His research has been in environmental mycology, and he plans to focus his Master's research on biological assessment and river monitoring in the Addalam River basin—involving communities, youth and local governments in the research program to build capacity on river science and water quality.
2015 Women in Rivers event demonstrates breadth of insights into water and gender roles
8 October 2015
Both women and men articulated their insights into water, the human-river relationship, gender roles and developing nations’ river experiences at the recent Women in Rivers event, held at the Museum of Brisbane in conjunction with the18th International Riversymposium. Sponsored by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA), the event was chaired by Dr Deborah Nias with a panel comprised of curator Deb Alexander, economist Michelle Ramsay, author Cynthia Barnett and MDBA director Daniela Croce.
The Women in Rivers event was introduced for the first time in 2014, providing a forum for delegates to hear different perspectives on the significance of rivers to gender, culture and more.
Bounthavivanh Mixap, the IRF's EWPP Coordinator and 2014 Ken Thiess-GWP Scholar, has written a blog post detailing her experiences, learnings and musings from this year’s Women in Rivers event.
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IWC Scholarships open!
25 June 2015
International Watercentre (IWC) is currently offering a range of scholarships for professionals interested in joining either the Water Leadership Program or Master of Integrated Water Management in 2016.
IWC's Master of Integrated Water Management is designed to fast-track career development and equip students with transdisciplinary skills in integrated water management. Students enrol at The University of Queensland and choose one of three specialisation streams: 'International development'; 'Urban water' or 'Water, land and people'.
Designed for emerging water leaders, the IWC Water Leadership Program helps participants to develop the abilities they need to exert influence, drive change and advance challenging integrated water management projects. The 2015/16 program will start in December and run for nine months with two intensive sessions in Brisbane and various distance/online elements including coaching.
Scholarship applications are currently opwn to domestic students only and include full scholarship and half scholarship options. Closing dates start 15 September.
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IRF announced Pernod Ricard Winemakers' Australian charity
7 July 2015
We are delighted to announce that Pernod Ricard Winemakers has selected IRF as their main charity partner in Australia.
Jacob's Creek, the flagship Australian brand for Pernod Ricard, has supported the IRF for many years, kindly donating beverages for the Riverprize Gala Dinner, participating in World Rivers Day activities and helping to support the organisation in many other small but meaningful ways.
This most recent development will allow our partnership to grow and prosper, also enabling Pernod Ricard staff to become more engaged in additional fundraising and project activities.
Pernod Ricard Winemakers have invested heavily in infrastructure and technology to optimise water use at every stage of their supply chain, and have worked hard to preserve and regenerate the waterways on and around their landholdings. Jacob’s Creek itself in the Barossa Valley is one of the key waterways which has been successfully restored.
We are very excited to begin working on this new phase of partnership with Pernod Ricard Winemakers.
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Riversymposium Earlybird Registration Closing Soon!
25 June 2015
Earlybird registrations for the 18th International Riversymposium close on 31 July 2015!
The 2015 Riversymposium is back at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from September 21-23. With the overarching theme of Healthy Rivers - Healthy Economies, this year's Riversymposium will address global hot topics such as connecting mining, environment and society and market-based approaches to water scarcity, as well as topics of interest to Australia and Queensland such as protecting the Great Barrier Reef and living with flooding in urban centres.
Renowned for its sub-tropical climate, Brisbane provides a breathtaking setting for the Riversymposium with the venue situated just a short walk from the river. So what are you waiting for?
Registrations are now being accepted online, and the special ‘earlybird’ rate of $895 is available until 31 July 2015.
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GHCMA seeks partners for new Twinning program
11 March 2015
In an innovative approach to Twinning, Glenelg Hopkins CMA has elected to share their $50,000 Twinning grant to establish multiple Twinning programs within Australia.
Expressions of interest are being sought from South-east Australian groups and organisations involved in river management to take part in the innovative new twinning program. The program aims to establish some of the best river managers as mentors for groups or organisations wishing to be assisted in the planning and delivery of river protection projects.
Up to three mentor/mentee partnerships will be established, with funding provided to enable collaboration between the groups. Additionally, all participants will take part in a three day Waterway Masterclass, facilitated by Dr Siwan Lovett, Director of the Australian River Restoration Centre, providing all participants with an opportunity to learn about successful approaches to waterway management.
Mentoring partnerships will continue for a minimum of one year with mentors assisting mentees with the roll-out of their own river management project.
Groups interested in participating as either mentors and mentees are encouraged to visit the program website for further information.
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