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".
The program was packed with project assignments, expert meetings, company visits, field trips, social activities and, during their last week, participation in the Young Professionals Program of the Amsterdam International Water Week (2-5 Nov).
The outcomes of the projects have been very well received by their mentors from Deltares, Waternet and Royal HaskoningDHV, as well as other stakeholders such as the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure & the Environment and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.
On the 12th of November, the teams will be presenting their work to floodplain management experts during a New South Wales-Netherlands Water Collaboration event, hosted by the Netherlands Consulate-General in Sydney.
To see the full story in pictures go to www.facebook.com/hollandwaterchallenge