La Trobe University La Trobe Business School Water Scarcity drought Australia

Abstract

Australia is commonly described as the driest continent on earth. However, on average Australians have more access to water per head of population than many other places in the world. The challenge of managing water in Australia is that rainfall is highly variable both spatially and temporally.

At the conclusion of the millennium drought Australians had witnessed several policy successes and arguably a number of policy failures in response to drought. Rather than dwelling on these, this year’s Water Forum asks ‘are we better prepared for drought given the current policy and institutional settings?’

The 2015 Water Forum, organised in part by La Trobe Business School academics Professor Lin Crase and Dr Bethany Cooper, will focus on preparedness for drought and the prospect of better dealing with water shortages. As with previous events the Forum will use high-calibre keynote speakers to give shape to the theme of the Forum and also provide an opportunity to divide into separate industry strands of interest covering:

  •  Environmental Water
  •  Urban Water
  •  Agricultural Water

The Forum is free, and open to practitioners, policy makers, researchers and resource managers. We welcome involvement by early career professionals.

Forum

Date: Thursday 12 November 2015

Time: 8am – 4pm

Venue: Main Lecture Theatre, La Trobe University, University Drive, Wodonga

RSVP: Call the Center for Water Policy and Management on 02 6024 9835, email us at cwpm@latrobe.edu.au or register via the corresponding webpage.