Global perspectives offer an opportunity to understand what is happening in other parts of the world so that we can learn from others and identify what the Australian water sector has to offer in this increasing interconnected marketplace. The following questions are some of the areas we would like to explore.
1. How has your business been successful in navigating challenges associated with securing contracts within international markets?
2. How important is interaction with local communities and the development of partnerships when delivering long term solutions within low income countries?
3. How is Australia helping to deliver regenerative, restorative, net-positive water infrastructure at home and overseas?
4. How is the Australian water sector positioned to enable the introduction of new water technologies into developed markets overseas?
5. How can businesses enable transfer of water technologies and innovations to increase the rate of economic empowerment in developing countries?
6. How has technology development and innovation allowed for improvements to living standards in developing countries?
7. How does Australia compare to other developed countries in terms of water security and innovation potential? Are there opportunities to learn from other countries?
8. What are other countries doing to address the Sustainable Development Goals? Are there opportunities to learn from these countries?
9. What is the international community’s response to the minimisation of non-revenue water?
10. How is the international community responding to innovations in wastewater treatment and are there opportunities for technology transfer from the rest of the world back into Australia?
11. What is the Australian water sector’s current role in developing the Indo-Pacific? Where are the opportunities and what has been successful to date?
12. Update on emerging pathogens and chemicals of concern for water sector (e.g. antibiotic resistance, chemicals of concern, as well as broader global risks like cyber security, displacement of people, etc.)?
13. How are Australians contributing to global water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) improvements?
14. What international experience is there in resource recovery from waste water? What successes have there been and what is holding back adoption in Australia?
15. ADB - National Water Security Index: how will this affect the region where we live? Will deeper engagement in regional water issues lead to better water management outcomes of mutual interest and benefit?
a. Key Dimension 1—Household Water Security
b. Key Dimension 2—Economic Water Security
c. Key Dimension 3—Urban Water Security
d. Key Dimension 4—Environmental Water Security Key
e. Key Dimension 5—Resilience to Water-Related Disasters
16. World Economic Forum – how can solving water governance resolve top global risks?
17. International water crisis – SDGs, UNESCO, and UNHLP. What are the lessons from the past and are past solutions the way to solve future challenges?
18. What is the role of water diplomacy and what are good examples where it has worked to improve river basins and water sheds?