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Tamil Nadu delegation visits Alluvium to discuss urban water issues and opportunities.

21.11.2017 - Posted by Simon Tilleard



In our Melbourne office we recently hosted a delegation from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The delegation included Mr Velumanu (Minister Municipal Administration, Rural Development, and Urban and Rural Water Supply), Mr Singh (Principal Secretary of the Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department) and Mr Natarajan (CEO of Tamil Nadu Water Investment Company).
 
It was a great opportunity to meet with one of the more progressive Indian states for urban water management. We heard about their focus and priorities in the sector and shared some of our relevant past experience in areas such as river rejuvenation, stormwater drainage and treatment and broad-scale WSUD planning. 
 
Our international program manager, Simon Tilleard, will be undertaking a follow up visit to Tamil Nadu in December to further explore urban water related opportunities in the state.
 
Thanks to Gopi Shankar and Victorian Government Trade and Investment for their support.
 

Climate Change Science

3.11.2017 - Posted by Kane Travis




At Alluvium we have always believed that the value of our work is measured in our capacity to make a difference to the world we live in.

This extends to our work on natural resources and on the communities that rely on them for their quality of life. Over recent months we have turned our attention to climate change and adaptation measures and have been awarded two very different, but very important projects. 

In Melbourne Natural Capital Economics and Alluvium have teamed to deliver an Economic Vulnerability Assessment of Extreme Heat to Victoria. Working for DELWP, this work extends from infrastructure and rural production, through to impacts on urban populations. The work is a perfect example of where science and economics needs to be highly integrated to produce meaningful project outcomes. 
 
Heading about as far north as you can go we are helping the Douglas Shire Council in North Queensland to develop their Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy. Teaming with JBP our work here is focused on helping to build coastal communities understanding and resilience to future increased storm severity and sea level rises.
 

Lessons for effective on basin planning

2.11.2017 - Posted by Simon Tilleard
 
Alluvium experts reflect on recent basin planning related experiences in Australia, India, Myanmar and Thailand to draw 10 critical lessons for effective basin planning.

Click here for more information.


Rural Water Advisory up and going

24.10.2017 - Posted by Kane Travis



Very happy to announce our new subsidiary venture designed to support sustainable water resource management and development in the rural sector.
 
Rural Water Advisory (RWA) operates under an independent Board and focuses on supporting landholders, rural water suppliers and local Councils to work in partnership with Commonwealth and State Governments delivering modernisation and water saving projects.
 
Leveraging science and engineering skills from Alluvium and Economics from Natural Capital Economics, RWA seeks to provide a new, independent and highly skilled practice to respond to water policy, planning with design challenges in the rural sector.  Our work benefits regional communities, the agricultural sector and the health of rural waterways.
 
RWA has been busy for 12 months aligning commonwealth needs and with private sector needs and most recently has been supporting the NSW Government to prepare EOI applications and preliminary business cases for water infrastructure projects to receive funding under the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund. 
 
Find out more at www.ruralwateradvisory.com.au
 

Valuing ecosystem services in the Ayeyarwady River Basin

23.10.2017 - Posted by Josh Tait
As I wait to board my flight home from the great city of Yangon I thought I would take this opportunity to write a blog about what I have been doing over here. In a nutshell, Myanmar is undergoing national water reform to develop the institutions and tools required for the sustainable management of the nation’s water resources. Part of this reform includes an integrated river basin management plan for the Ayeyarwady River Basin (ARB). 

The ARB is a significant and defining landmark in Myanmar, expanding over 400,000 km2 (~ 59% of Myanmar’s total landmass). The figure below depicts the ARB, the regions located in the Basin and the major waterways. The population of the ARB is estimated at around 33.2 million (64% of Myanmar’s population). The people of Myanmar have a powerful connection with the Basin, particularly the 2,170km long Ayeyarwady River, and this is clearly evident with how they respect and engage with it daily.
 
A key building block in the development of integrated river basin management is the development of a comprehensive environmental, social and economic baseline. The baseline, to be documented in a State of the Basin Assessment (SOBA) report, will explore the historical and future trends of key characteristics of the Basin and how it is used for the economic benefit of communities and the country. The SOBA is being developed in six packages of work covering the natural, economic and social systems of the Basin. We have been engaged by the Australian Water Partnership to undertake a rapid assessment to quantify the ecosystem services of the Basin. 
 
The ARB is vitally important to Myanmar’s stock of natural capital, economy and many peoples' livelihoods. With large scale development of the basin’s water resources likely to occur over the coming decades, there are significant risks to the physical integrity and condition of the Basin’s natural capital. The physical impacts of poor management could be profound and would have major consequences for the country’s economy.

Some Basin statistics:
 
The ARB has 7.5 million ha of agricultural land, approximately 59% of agricultural land nationally
The ARB accounts for approximately 87% of mining activity nationally
The ARB holds most the of the country’s on-shore energy resources, approximately contributing: 40% to national oil production, 45% to national biomass production and 63% to national hydropower production  
The waterways of the ARB represent approximately 71% of navigable inland water routes nationally
75% of registered manufacturing enterprises in 2014 – 2015 were in the ARB states/regions

Our work focused on six key ecosystem services.
 
Agricultural 
Inland Water Transport 
Fisheries 
Potable Water Supply
Biodiversity 
Ecotourism
 
We have estimated the aggregate value of the above six ecosystem services is in the range of USD 2.5 to USD 7.5 billion per annum (Myanmar total GDP for 2016 was USD 75.1 Billion). So, something very significant and worth considering as Myanmar further develops the basin!

Finally, it has been an absolute privilege to work with such inspired local and international contributors – I truly hope this is just the beginning of Alluvium and my work in Myanmar. A big thank you to Alluvium and Natural Capital Economics for giving me this experience. 
 
Feel free to get in touch if you would like to know more.

 
 
 

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