History

The Australia-China Joint Research Centre on River Basin Management (Water Resources and Water Quality) builds on the existing Australia-China Centre on Water Resources Research (ACCWRR).

Australia-China Centre on Water Resources Research (ACCWRR)

The Australia-China Centre on Water Resources Research (ACCWRR) was launched in 2006 at the University of Melbourne, facilitated by the Australian Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (MOST).

The Centre’s chief objective was to link water researchers, policy-makers, managers, technology providers and users in a constructive exchange, addressing the common challenge of water scarcity facing Australia and China.

Development

The Centre adopted a three-phased developmental approach:

Phase I (May 2006–December 2007)

Strengthen relationships between water managers and researchers in Australia and China through workshops, seminars, and conferences and the exchange of staff and postgraduate students;

Phase II (January 2008–June 2009)

Established collaborative research projects, building on those relationships, addressing an agreed set of priority research issues, and utilising joint sources of funding.

Phase III (July 2009–June 2012)

Developed the relationships, research projects and knowledge exchange into a portfolio of activities delivering a vibrant and productive ongoing exchange of ideas, personnel and knowledge, and major progress on the water challenges facing both countries.

Major activities and achievements

Major activities and achievements are summarised as follows:

  • 17 successful projects over $4m in research funding.
  • Over 40 publications (More than 23 Journal papers, 2 book chapters, 9 refereed conference papers)
  • 11 research partnerships
  • 10 workshops
  • 20 organizations receiving knowledge transfer through training, workshops and field visits (14 from China; 2 from Australia; 2 from India and 2 from South Africa)
  • Visited 29 Chinese institutes and met 180 officers and scientists with multiple disciplinary backgrounds for building relations and joint research activities
  • Involved in or facilitated the hosting of 38 delegations, 260 people from 45 Chinese institutes who visited Australia; including 9 visiting scholars and facilitated 20 staff and post-graduate student exchange visits
  • 396 network contacts from 46 Chinese universities, research organizations, government departments and water catchment authorities, widely distributed across China
  • 40 network contacts within Australia and the USA, the UK, Spain, South Africa and India through collaborative projects
  • Major scientific contributions in understanding the impact of climate change on water resources, improvement of irrigation use efficiency, water allocation and water trading, development of systemic and adaptive governance at catchment level, and enhancement of synergies and reduction of trade-offs between ecosystem services and sustainable livelihood.

Network Contacts

We have established 396 network contacts from 45 Chinese universities, research organizations, government departments and water catchment authorities, which are widely distributed across China.

A map of China showing network locations.

Australian and international network contacts

Forty network contacts within Australia and the USA, the UK, Spain, South Africa and India though collaborative project have been established.