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.
On 3 June 2014, Mr. Khoo Teng Chey, Executive Director of the Singapore Centre for Liveable Cities and Mr. Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of the the city of Rotterdam, jointly released two giant floating fish during the Dutch water sector network reception at the Singapore International Water Week, marking the official start of the third edition of the Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge.
To the excitement of the more than one hundred guests, the fish appeared to be represent exactly the spirit that this year’s challenge with the theme Urban Water Rebels is looking to promote as they flew uncontrollably across the exhibition hall!
An innovative concept for an Integrated Floating Village has won the first Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge. The Indonesia-Netherlands Young Water Talent Award was presented to the winning student team from Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) by Dutch Minister for Infrastructure and the Environment, Mrs. Melanie Schultz van Haegen.
Picture above from left to right: Minister Schultz van Haegen, students from team ITB, Dr. Basoeki (chair judiging committee), Mr Van Niekerk (chair Export & Promotion Dutch water sector)
The Integrated Floating Village concept is specifically aimed at the fishing communities in Jakarta. As the city is developing plans for extensive flood defence structures in Jakarta Bay, these communities need to find a new place to live.