Desert Waters International Connection
On April 2-3, 2019, the Desert Waters International Symposium offered exceptional opportunities to share water resource management experiences and perspectives from Arizona and South Australia. We appreciate your contribution to a thought-provoking discussion of actions to better connect water for natural areas to healthy, thriving communities and economies.
While the similarities between the Arizona and South Australian situation are striking, the institutions in these two settings are extremely different. The symposium presented lessons beyond environmental water rights that touch upon core human values, as well as trust and relationships among communities. The UA Water Resources Research Center, Sky Island Alliance, and University of Adelaide are working together to synthesize and distill the major lessons and takeaways from our expert contributors.
Agenda with Links to Presentations
This symposium is an opportunity for us to share past and recent experiences in Arizona and South Australia in managing the water resources of their respective Colorado River and Murray-Darling Basins. We will be looking at these experiences through the Basins’ respective governance and policy contexts, and the scientific understanding that underpins each Basin. From this overarching perspective, we will drill down into each of the three principles of integrated water resources management - social (cultural), economic (productive) and ecological (environmental). We will end the day by drawing together lessons from our respective experiences and present pathways to progress water management in each Basin, from overarching governance through to local implementation. This event is an important step in bridging contemporary lessons between Australia and Arizona and building on the long-term collaborative relationship between Australia and the US.