Australia 3rdEdition 01

 

Floods and Droughts: Australia and the Netherlands Cooperating on Climate Extremes

The devastating Queensland floods of 2011 sparked an unexpected alliance to take-on climate extremes between two countries that have enjoyed strong relationships for hundreds of years: Australia and the Netherlands.

It may seem that Australia and the Netherlands are worlds apart in many ways. Yet, in climate change and its consequences they find a common enemy. And it’s exactly those differences that make both countries great partners: Australia being more focused on disaster recovery and the Netherlands on disaster prevention.

As we have come to understand: neither approach is and will be sufficient. Both are needed - and more. Hence, there is a wealth of knowledge and experience to share and new ideas to be developed - resulting in a thriving knowledge exchange partnership that has been underway for several years.

Partnership image v4

Inspiring the Next Generation

A key part of the partnership is the Australia-Netherlands Water Challenge: a program that allows young talent to actively participate in the collaboration by developing their own original ideas, supported by professional mentors.

Since 2012, three editions of the Australia-Netherlands Water Challenge have been organised, supported by professionals from over 30 organisations from both countries - across private sector, government and academia.

As such, the water challenge has developed as a valuable platform that brings people together, stimulates the exchange of knowledge and inspires the next generation water leaders to get involved.

Australia 1stEdition 02


 

 

 

 

 

“When asked if I’d like to develop my idea - of course I said “YES!”. I’d never been to Europe, or worked with smartphone applications, or worked with a Dutch company – I was terrified! Fortunately, everyone was very welcoming. I was amazed at the effort they put into making me feel welcome”
Kevin Loh, Winner Australia 2011
Kevin Loh, Winner Australia 2011
“It was a great experience for us, as Indonesia's young generation, to contribute our ideas for the development of Jakarta Bay. We learn a lot from the Dutch companies and how they think about solutions, which is much more than only engineering. It brought us to a better understanding about Indonesia, our beloved country.”
Aldea Permatasari Firdhaus, Amalia Handini Astari, Mochammad Imron & Aulia Fatwa Farizqa, Winners Indonesia 2014
Aldea Permatasari Firdhaus, Amalia Handini Astari, Mochammad Imron & Aulia Fatwa Farizqa, Winners Indonesia 2014
“The Holland Water Challenge brought me confidence and belief that an innovative idea is more important than gold. When preparing for the final, I spent days and nights to scheme a novel living-style with less carbon and safe water. So Many Thanks to my Dutch Friends, and Wish Our Friendship Forever!”
Li Xiang, Winner China 2010
Li Xiang, Winner China 2010
“An idea is like a projectile. Without a suitable catapult, it is just any ordinary stone incapable of making serious impact. In my case, the Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge was the perfect platform to launch my idea.”
Victor Sim, Winner Singapore 2012
Victor Sim, Winner Singapore 2012
"We're looking forward to making the most of the opportunity to take our idea to the next level and implement what we believe will be a valuable tool for the water industry and emergency services, both in Australia and internationally. Thanks to Holland Water Challenge for organising and supporting the program!"
Dan Peade & Paul Munro, Winners Australia 2013
Dan Peade & Paul Munro, Winners Australia 2013
"The Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge really helped us use our knowledge to make a little difference on the issues of water reclamation. The award ceremony was great. The trip to Singapore was also very vauable. We would like to let other students know such a good competition!"
Leng Ling, Fan Jingyu, Wu Junhao & Lu Ka Kit, Winners Singapore 2013
Leng Ling, Fan Jingyu, Wu Junhao & Lu Ka Kit, Winners Singapore 2013
"The Australia-Netherlands Water Challenge offers a great opportunity for young people to make an impact in the area of climate change and disaster resilience. We are thankful to have had this wonderful experience."
Tracey Lloyd & Tom Perfrement, Winners Australia 2015
Tracey Lloyd & Tom Perfrement, Winners Australia 2015
"We love every second of the program and always remember the time being with the program as one of the greatest memories through student life. I hope to see you again with another challenges and programs. We have the youth and capabilities and what we need is a chance to prove it."
Pann Ei Ei Phyoe, Winning Team Myanmar 2016
Pann Ei Ei Phyoe, Winning Team Myanmar 2016