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The use of water for irrigation varies greatly in technology, practicality and efficiency.

Simple irrigation is often inefficient – a lot of water is lost from the irrigation system.

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The use of water for irrigation varies greatly in technology, practicality and efficiency.

A pivot irrigation system in South Africa.

Water - challenges of availability, access and management

Africa has the largest disparities in water availability and least coverage in potable water supply and sanitation. These women are collecting domestic water supplies from a source a kilometre from their homes in Tanzania, 2012. (c) J Pittock.

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Transboundary Water Governance

Throughout the world rivers are not contained by borders – either country or state. As a result, governance becomes transboundary or 'across borders'.


Dr Quentin Grafton

Dr Quentin Grafton is Professor of Economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Chairholder UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance and Director of the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy (CWEEP) at the Australian National University. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of British Columbia in 1992 and has published about 100 scholarly articles, some in the world’s leading academic journals, numerous chapters in books and has co-authored or edited a dozen books. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards including, in September 2011, the Eureka Prize for Water Research and Innovation that honours Australia’s leading researchers and scientists.

Dr Daniel Connell

Dr Daniel Connell is Director of Education programs of the UNESCO Chair. He is a research fellow at the Australian National University in the Crawford School of Public Policy where he works on cross-border water governance issues relevant to large hydrological systems. His book, Water Politics in the Murray-Darling Basin, examines the institutional arrangements in place in the Murray-Darling Basin. More recently in partnership with Quentin Grafton he edited and published Basin Futures: Water reform in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Jamie Pittock

Jamie Pittock is Director of International Programs of the UNESCO Chair (as of August 2010). He worked for non-government environmental organisations from 1989 to 2007 on a range of conservation issues, primarily the conservation of freshwater ecosystems. In Australia, Jamie worked for mainly for WWF Australia (1994-2007), where he led the advocacy program for the introduction of national environmental legislation, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. From 2001 to 2007 he directed WWF International's Global Freshwater Programme, mainly from the Netherlands. This work involved supporting river basin management programs globally with fundraising, training, and policy development, linked to international institutions such as the World Water Forum and Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. He was also the co-facilitator of the China Council on International Co-operation on Environment and Development's Taskforce on Ecosystem Services and Management. Jamie is also Chair of Water Stewardship Australia and director of the Australia and United States' Climate, Energy and Water Nexus project for the US Studies Centre.

Paul Wyrwoll

Paul Wyrwoll is an Editor of the Global Water Forum, UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance, and an Environmental Economist at the International Centre for Environmental Management, Hanoi. He is also a Research Associate of the Development Policy Centre, Australian National University. His research focuses on hydropower management, climate change mitigation, and development in the Asia-Pacific.

Chris White

Chris White is an Editor of the Global Water Forum. He studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford University before moving to the ANU to complete a Masters in Environmental and Resource Economics in 2010. Following this Chris joined the ANU as a Research Associate; working on a number of government reports, editing several books, and undertaking original academic research looking at the economics of water and biodiversity. During this time Chris also designed and edited the Global Water Forum as part of his work with the UNESCO Chair. In addition to these roles, Chris now works as an Environmental Economist for URS in London.

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