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ANU Crawford School, the Fenner School, and the Centre for European Studies present

Water governance in Oceania: a conversation on research, innovation and (sustainable) development



22nd November 2016


Acton Theatre, Level 1, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU


Mr Taaniela Kula, Government of Tonga
Mr Teitibwebwe Kaberiera, Government of Kiribati
Professor Quentin Grafton, Crawford School, ANU
plus many more



Freshwater in Oceania is variably distributed and not always accessible in the places and volumes required for human and ecological needs and desires, including drinking and sanitation, agriculture, industry and a range of other land-based economic, social and cultural purposes. There are also issues in many areas of Oceania due to conflicting values and understandings about how water and connected land should be used and managed, and whose rights it should be to do so. Prime examples are the Bonriki groundwater reserve in Kiribati,used to support dense urban populations in Tarawa and the sparsely populated Kimberley region of Western Australia with seemingly bountiful water resources that are seen by many, including in the current Australian Government, as in need of ‘development’, despite competing claims on the need for stewardship and avoiding the mistakes of the ‘South’ from many including traditional custodians of the region.

This facilitated conversation and Q&A between researchers and practitioners from across Oceania draws on the results of the Fonds Pacifi que water governance project. The speakers will unpick some current challenges, future directions and how certain types of participatory research and innovation can be used to enhance water governance and sustainable development in the region.

Speakers include:

  • Mr Taaniela Kula, Government of Tonga
  • Dr Caroline Lejars, CIRAD & IAC, New Caledonia
  • Mr Teitibwebwe Kaberiera, Government of Kiribati
  • Dr Anne Poelina, Madjulla Inc.
  • Professor Quentin Grafton, Crawford School, ANU
  • Dr Nils Ferrand, IRSTEA, G-EAU
  • Professor Ian White, Fenner School, ANU

This event is presented by Crawford School of Public Policy, the Fenner School of Environment and Society, and the Centre for European Studies, The Australian National University.

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