Transforming Integrated Water Management

Event Name Transforming Integrated Water Management
Start Date 13 Mar 2019 1:00 pm
End Date 13 Mar 2019 2:00 pm
Duration 1 hour

Water Authorities have long been powerful drivers of global, national and local innovation for economic development, environmental enhancement and societal wellbeing. Accordingly, they play a critical role in progressing sustainable development.

However, water authorities are now facing a new challenge of how to integrate the sustainable development goals into their integrated water management approaches. In this presentation, MSDI’s Dr Paul Satur discusses the progress Australian water authorities have made and the opportunities and challenges they face to break down the silos of resource management sectors and deliver innovative solutions to resource management in an integrated “whole of system” way. In drawing on a review of recent insights and capabilities from Integrated Water Management (IWM) approaches in Australia, Dr Satur will showcase a framework for Integrated Sustainable Management (ISM) and discuss how Water Authorities can lead this transition by embedding Sustainable Development Goals in IWM strategies and operations.

About Dr Satur

Dr Paul Satur is an early career environmental and social science researcher and practitioner with the Centre for Water Sensitive Cities as part of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute. His role is to provide the research, training and influence necessary to support the ongoing transitions of urban and semi-urban communities to sustainable, liveable, productive and resilient water sensitive futures. Paul has had extensive experience with the Water Sensitive Cities approach, having recently completed a doctoral thesis entitled Social Inequality and Water Sensitive Cities in Australia, within the School of Social Sciences (Monash University) and the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC). With a background in environmental management Paul possesses over 10 years experience in the integrated urban water management/ natural resource management sector, having particular expertise in the development, delivery and review of stakeholder engagement, education and capacity building programs and initiatives. Paul continues to work effectively in spaces that present complex socio-institutional and socio-ecological challenges for the continued development of sustainable systems. Paul has recently founded the Our Future Cities organisation, which promotes opportunities for diverse voices to help shape the future sustainability, liveability and resilience outcomes of our cities.