International Development Program

Find out how climate change is impacting the water sector across our region, and what is being done to build resilience. Come along on Day 2 of Ozwater'24 to hear water professionals from Southeast Asia, the Pacific and Australia share how they are working together to address the challenges that we are facing.

Rooms 203 & 204

Note: this session will be translated simultaneously in English, Vietnamese, Khmer, Bahasa Indonesia and Mandarin – all attendees will be provided with a headset. 


Building Climate Resilient Water Sectors through International Partnerships  Wednesday, 1 May 2024 - Rooms 203 & 204

10:35am - 12.00pm
Rooms 203 & 204

Session 1 - Uniting Water Leaders Across Our Region

Water leaders from the Pacific, Southeast Asia, and Australia will converge to discuss the urgent need for climate resilience in the regions’ water sectors. The panel features representatives from the Vietnam Water Association (VWSA), the Indonesian Water Association (PERPAMSI), the Pacific Water and Wastewater Association (PWWA), and from Australia’s AWA and the Australian Water Partnership. Session participants will explore critical themes such as climate change impacts and the role water associations individually and collectively have in supporting the wider water sector to meet these challenges. 

  • Ms Melita Grant, Research Director Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney, 


  • Mrs Corinne Cheeseman, Chief Executive, Australian Water Association  
  • Ms Sarah Ransom, General Manager, Australian Water Partnership  
  • Pitolau Lusia Sefo Leau, Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Water and Wastewater Association  
  • Dr Subekti, Executive Director, PERPAMSI (Indonesian Water Supply Association)
  • Dr Tran Anh Tuan, Vice Chairman, Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage Association  
12.00pm – 1.10pm Lunch 
1.10pm – 3.00pm
Rooms 203 & 204
Session 2 – Insights from Utility Partnerships Across Southeast Asia and the Pacific  

This Panel brings together international and Australian water utility leaders to explore innovative approaches to climate resilience. Through discussions on themes including non-revenue water reduction, energy efficiency, and disaster response, the panellists will share strategies, challenges, and successes in adapting to climate variability. The session invites interactive engagement with the audience, fostering dialogue and knowledge exchange. The panel highlights the vital role of utility-to-utility partnerships in building climate-resilient water sectors worldwide.  

  • Mr Tony Wulff, Ozwater’24 Program Committee Member 
  • Mr Tran Tu Trong, Deputy Director, An Giang PCERWASS 
  • Mr Andrew Crakanthorp, Chief Executive Officer, Riverina Water 
  • Ms Taryn Colless, Resilience Lead, Unitywater  
  • Ms Élisiva Tapueluelu, Deputy CEO - Administration, Tonga Water Board 
  • Ms Indah Paramita, Manager of Company Secretariat, Giri Menang 
  • Mr Antoine Chassagne, Manager Operational Support Water, TasWater  

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