Pulilan River, Philippines. PHOTO: JAIME SUMUGAT SINGLADOR
Pulilan River, Philippines: The local government has embarked upon a campaign to clean-up the river. Photo: JAIME SUMUGAT SINGLADOR

Freshwater is vital for survival – and yet one-in-nine people globally don’t have access to clean drinking water and one-in-three lacks improved sanitation.

There is an increasing need for cutting-edge science and innovation in the water arena to address the global demands for sustainably produced water, a safe water supply and healthy waterways. 

Through the GCI Sustainable Water Program, the university is committed to addressing the complexities of the global water challenge to improve access and ensure appropriate management of this vital resource.

The Global Change Institute (GCI) is playing an important role in achieving this goal, coordinating the university’s strengths in innovation and education by building strategic water research partnerships and facilitating adoption of this research into planning and policy. Increasingly, GCI is highlighting the key links between water, food, energy and our coasts.

The emerging Sustainable Water Program of work integrates four themes of water for productive economies, water for cities, water for the environment, and resilient water communities. This will be achieved through outputs that provide innovative decision-making support tools, whole-of-system understanding, market-based solutions, and innovative monitoring.


Discussion Papers

Discussion Paper: Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals for water and beyond' (Sep 2016)

This University of Queensland discussion paper from the Water for Equity and Wellbeing Initiative was developed to consider Australia’s efforts to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in Australia, and within the broader Asia-Pacific region.

 

 

discussion paper

Discussion Paper on Water for Equity and Wellbeing: The UN Sustainable Development Goals for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: How Should Australia Respond Within and Beyond its Borders’ (July 2016).

Australia is positioned next to south-east Asia, where one billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. Only half the population in the Pacific Island countries have access to such facilities, while poor hygiene and unsanitary living conditions have contributed to children in remote Australian Aboriginal communities experiencing a higher rate of common infectious diseases than in large urban communities.


 
Projects and activities

IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2016

Objectives and research themes

Contact the GCI Sustainable Water Director, Associate Professor Eva Abal or Manager, Dr Nina Hall

The Global Change Institute collaborates with researchers across The University of Queensland to meet the challenges of change.

Sustainable Water

GCI's sustainable water research involves input from many UQ schools, institutes or centres including:

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