Monash highlights leadership in water management at G'Day USA

G’Day USA includes an annual calendar of events organised by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to showcase Australian capabilities to the US market.

On 13 April 2017, MSDI’s Prof Rebekah Brown delivered a keynote presentation at the US-Australian Dialogue on Water Management and Drought Solutions. The event was held at Stanford University in San Francisco and brought together Australian and US water experts to discuss practical solutions to long term water management.

In her keynote Professor Brown showcased Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE), a five-year Monash led global water project that focuses on revitalisation of 24 informal settlements in Indonesia and Fiji. The Wellcome Trust awarded funding of $14 million to this interdisciplinary research project, which will make a significant positive impact on some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

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The RISE Consortium is led by the Monash Sustainability Development Institute, in collaboration with five Monash Faculties – Art, Design & Architecture; Business and Economics; Engineering; Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences; and Science. It includes the South East Asia Community Observatory at Monash University Malaysia along with the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Water Sensitive Cities, Stanford University, Emory University, University of Cambridge, University of Melbourne, United Nations University, Fiji National University, Hasanuddin University, The University of the South Pacific, Melbourne Water, South East Water, WaterAid, Oxfam and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

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