A Decade of Achievement
By Richard Hopkins, ICE WaRM Chief Executive
I’m delighted to celebrate a decade of outstanding success for ICE WaRM.
ICE WaRM has certainly come a long way since it was established in 2004 as an Australian Federal Government initiative, supported by the South Australian Government.
Its creation came with the emerging realisation that water resources management was one of the keys to a sustainable and prosperous future.
Over the last decade, that awareness has gathered pace and water resources are now widely recognised as a major issue facing societies across the globe.
In Australia, authorities are confronting water resources issues in a number of sectors – addressing such things as the balance between irrigation and environmental concerns and water supplies in the mining and coal seam gas industries.
Internationally, the approach of developing nations has changed markedly in 10 years. With a new awareness based on education and training, many governments have increased their efforts to preserve river systems and water supplies. As well as ecological factors, there is a greater realisation that sustainable water supplies are crucial to their economic success.
ICE WaRM has made a significant contribution to raising the education and training levels in Australia, through our multi-award winning tertiary and industry-based programmes. We also have established extensive networks across the globe and have hosted high-level delegations of academics and decision-makers from regions as widespread as Europe, the Indian sub-continent Central Asia and South East Asia. In combination with important initiatives by Australian and overseas governments, ICE WaRM is helping improve the management of water resources for the benefit of millions of people.
ICE WaRM is indebted to our many partners – in particular the Federal and South Australian governments – and to our Directors and staff for their tireless work and support.