New Australia-India partnership
Friday 19 October 2012
A new Australia-India partnership includes sharing of advanced Australian modelling work on river basin flows.
In a joint statement released this week by the Prime Minister of Australia and Prime Minister of India, agreements on energy and resources issues include the following statement on water resource management (item 17):
The Prime Ministers agreed that India and Australia should collaborate more closely on the common challenge of managing scarce water resources. To give effect to this, they announced a Water Technology Partnership, under which Australia and India would share technologies to build capacity to better manage this vital natural resource. The partnership would include sharing of advanced Australian modelling work on river basin flows.
In January 2013, the Australian Government announced the next steps in the partnership, which include a pilot of the eWater Source modelling platform in the Brahmani Baitarani river basin. This river basin spans the states of Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh (three of the poorest states in India).
Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard with
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
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