From 18 October until 6 November, Australia was represented in the Netherlands by four young water ambassadors: Ashlee Clarke, Ray Laine, Tracey Lloyd and Tom Perfrement (picture left-to-right).
As winners of this year's Australia-Netherlands Water Challenge they were invited to the Netherlands to further develop their Resilience Index and CoastalEngage concepts - which they presented earlier this year at the FMA National Conference in Brisbane - and to learn more about how the Dutch "live with water".
LET'S TALK RESILIENCE! is the theme of the third Australia-Netherlands Water Challenge, the winners of which were announced at the Floodplain Management Association National Conference on Thursday 21st of May in Brisbane.
The first DutchCham Business Award Gala Dinner on Tuesday 31 March at the Hyatt in Singapore featured the award presentation of the Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge 2014-2015.
Proud winners of the Urban Water Rebels program, Ms. Nishtha Manocha from Singapore and a team from Indonesia consisting of Ms. Ravina Binol, Mr. David Ginting and Ms. Tri Handayani received their awards from the hands of HE Mr. Jacques Werner, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Singapore [picture above].
The third edition of the Australia-Netherlands Water Challenge has officially launched this month on campuses throughout Australia.
Building on two previous successful editions of the program, the challenge is once again broadly supported by companies and organisations from both Australia and the Netherlands.
A newly invited Board of Recommendation, chaired by Hans Huis in 't Veld, chairman of the Topsector Water the Netherlands, is making a strong and enthusiastic appeal to young Australians to get actively involved with the knowledge partnership between both countries.
Under the theme LET'S TALK RESILIENCE!, the program is inviting fresh ideas to strengthen the resilience of Australia and the Netherlands in the face of climate extremes.
The program boasts a host of opportunities:
Ahead of the launch of the Australia-Netherlands Water Challenge 2015, a sector-wide study was performed in November 2014 among more than 200 water professionals in Australia. The results show strong support for the knowledge exchange partnership with the Netherlands on flood and drought management.
No less than 79% of the Australian respondents judge the partnership with the Netherlands to be valuable or very valuable.