Opening Panel: Responding to climate change: the urgent need to integrate WRM & WASH

The intensification of the hydrological cycle from climate change is impacting all of us. The spectre of rolling disasters is upon us with the water sector is more affected than most. Whilst climate change impacts create an imperative for coordination, this has never been easy in water management where responsibilities cross multiple agencies.

The opening panel of the (Symposium) will discuss whether climate change impacts are forcing, improving or worsening coordination across the water sector – water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and water resources management (WRM). Join four experienced WASH and WRM specialists from Nepal, Indonesia, Federated States of Micronesia and Cambodia to discuss what climate change means for their work, the achievement of SDG6 and integration.

Panel Facilitator

Bronwyn Powell

Bronwyn Powell

WASH & WRM Specialist
International WaterCentre, Griffith University


Tri Dewi Virgiyanti

Tri Dewi Virgiyanti

Director of Housing and Settlement,
BAPPENAS (Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning)

Mr Virak Chan

Mr Virak Chan

Water Resource Management Specialist
World Bank

Mr Kasio

Mr Kasio “Kembo” Mida, Jr

Chief Executive Officer
Chuuk Public Utility Corporation
Federated States of Micronesia

Dr Rajit Ojha

Dr Rajit Ojha

Section Chief,
Department of Water Supply and Sewerage Management,
Ministry of Water Supply, Government of Nepal

Panel Recording

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The Water and WASH Futures team are pleased to have partnered with the following organisations to deliver this forum.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the Government. We work with other government agencies to ensure that Australia’s pursuit of its global, regional and bilateral interests is coordinated effectively

The International WaterCentre seeks to develop the skills and knowledge in individuals, communities and organisations to drive systemic and lasting change.
IWC does this by employing a diverse range of strategies that have integrated approaches to water management at their core to strengthen the capabilities of individuals, communities and organisations.

Water for Women is the Australian Government’s flagship water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) program supporting improved health, gender equality and wellbeing in Asian and Pacific communities through socially inclusive and sustainable WASH projects and research.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) envisions a water-secure and resilient Asia and the Pacific, supporting ADB developing member countries through investments for better water services and careful management of water resources.

The Water and WASH Futures team are grateful to have received sponsorship from the following organisations for this event:

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