UOW is a founding partner of the newly established Australia India Water Centre (AIWC), a virtual centre to promote water research between Australian and Indian researchers. A MOU has been signed by a consortium of 9 Australian and 15 Indian Universities and Institutes to promote cooperation and collaboration in water research, education, training and capacity building. The AIWC will provide a platform for long term partnership between Australian and Indian researchers to work towards a common goal and contribute to the solutions to United Nations Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDG): SDG2 for zero hunger and SDG 6 for clean water and sanitation and SDG13 for climate action.
Australia and India both face challenges to water security in both cities and towns. The spatial and temporal variation of water availability to satisfy the ever growing water demand for agricultural, industrial, domestic and environmental sectors poses special challenges in light of climate change. There is a lack of suitable water storages particularly in coastal areas. The UOW researchers (Prof Shuqing Yang and Prof Siva Sivakumar) have been undertaking research on the development coastal reservoirs as a method to solve the water crisis and increase fresh water storage options. The coastal reservoirs can be potentially designed for multipurpose that can not only provide fresh water storage but also can be a potential solution for flood reduction, energy generation, recreation and urban renewal.
The virtual launch of the AIWC was organised the Western Sydney University (Australia-lead) and Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (India lead) and attended by the VCs (including our VC) and water researchers of most universities as well as the following dignatories: AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER TO INDIA, His Excellency The Hon. Barry O’Farrell; INDIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER TO AUSTRALIA His Excellency The Hon. A. Gitesh Sarma; MINISTER FOR EDUCATION, Commonwealth of AUSTRALIA, The Hon. Dan Tehan MP; UNION CABINET MINISTER, MINISTRY OF JAL SHAKTI (Water and Energy) , REPUBLIC OF INDIA The Hon. Sh. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
His Excellency The Hon Barry O’Farrell AO, Australian Ambassador to India