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Sustainability Research Centre (SRC) at the University of the Sunshine Coast has a commitment to understand the relationships between people, place and change. Part of this commitment is SRC’s participation in an international consortium called Climate Adaptation and Water Governance (CADWAGO) funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Volkswagen Foundation, Compagnia di San Paolo.

The CADWAGO project is an international research enterprise that focuses on climate change adaptation and water governance to reconcile food security, renewable energy and the provision of multiple ecosystem services. The project aims to improve water governance by developing a more robust knowledge base and enhancing the capacity to adapt to climate change. CADWAGO is led by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and brings together ten research partners from Europe, Australasia and North America. CADWAGO builds on past and on-going dialogue between researchers and stakeholders in these regions.

SRC is leading the Institutions and Organisations Work Package (Professor Tim Smith, Dr Dana Thomsen, Dr Maria de Lourdes Melo Zurita and Dr Noni Keys) in partnership with the University of Tasmania (Dr Anna Lyth and Associate Professor Neil Holbrook), Griffith University (Professor  Scott Baum and Professor Rodger Tomlinson), and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Dr Ben Preston). The SRC is also the leading partner for the two Australian case studies – Integrated Coastal Management and Southeast Queensland Floods – and will share lessons drawn from these cases with European stakeholders.

Co-learning is an essential part of the project and therefore establishing a dialogue with stakeholders and decision makers is considered very important. The CADWAGO consortium recently met during a three-day workshop at the Open University in London, bringing together 20 scholars involved in different case studies around the world. Stakeholders involved in the management of water across Europe also joined CADWAGO for one day and shared ideas, concerns and future trends in water governance. During 2015 another event is planned to take place in Italy.

For more information about the project visit the CADWAGO website or get in touch with Professor Tim Smith or Dr Maria de Lourdes Melo Zurita. You can also email the consortium leader Professor Neil Powell.

Exciting video presented by the CADWAGO project team

On 15 September 2015 the CADWAGO project team (Climate Adaptation and Water Governance) led by Professor Neil Powell, USC and Uppsala University, presented at the Royal Society in London- the oldest learned academy in the world. The session included a keynote by the OECD Head of Water Programmes. At the event a video was screened of the Work Packages, one led by USC (Prof Tim Smith, Dr Dana Thomsen and Dr Maria de Lourdes Melo Zurita) in partnership with UTAS, Griffith University and Oak Ridge National Lab, and the other Work Package led by colleagues at Brock University in Canada (with the University of Winnipeg). There was very positive feedback and several questions from the floor - answered through Skype. The video is focused on the project findings in relation to flooding.





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