Learning to Adapt | Strategic water management

Published 29th November 20 12:00 AM

L2A – celebrating 10 years!

L2A Strategic water management 5, 12 and 26 May 2021

This course will deliver targeted skills development on climate change in strategic water management. Guided by expert speakers from the research and policy communities and by case studies presented by practitioners, we will be considering how to manage water under the influence of climate change.

Water is foundational to urban and regional socio-ecological systems. These systems encompass a range of economic activities, important ecologies and human communities. This course explores strategies to build overall systems resilience as rainfall and runoff is increasingly subject to uncertainty and disruption. Our focus is on the NSW jurisdiction, exploring themes that apply just as well elsewhere.

Who should attend?

This course has been designed for practitioners looking to develop a specialisation or update their skills in natural resource management and looking to develop specialised skills in regulatory, policy, consulting responses to climate change and strategic water management.

Places are limited. L2A Strategic water management will run with a maximum of 20 participants to ensure quality of learning, and adequate scope for networking and engagement. The program will not be recorded to encourage open discussion.

Expert Speakers (more to be announced)

  • Mark Simons, Director, Regional Water Strategy, Coastal and Southern, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
  • Neal Hughes, Director, ABARES
  • Elliot Stuart, Liveable Communities Advisor, Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA)
  • Marcia Dawson, Senior Strategy Advisor – Strategic Analytics & Market Insight, Sydney Water
  • Dr Jane Doolan, Commissioner, Productivity Commission
  • Professor Pierre Mukheibir, Professor of Water Futures, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney
  • Leo Drynan, Director, Rhelm
  • Associate Professor Nicholas Gill, Head of School – School of Geography and Sustainable Communities, University of Wollongong
  • Dr Fabian Sack, Director, Sustainably

Session 1 - Climate projections and water security

The science of integrating climate projections into water modelling is developing rapidly and has major implications for strategic water management. We will explore how policy makers are addressing water security in light of this science and some of the implications for agriculture and mining.

5 May | 9.00am - 12.30pm

Session 2 - Uncertainty in water resource planning

Climate change and the associated political and market responses are major sources of uncertainty in water resource planning. We will survey some of the ways in which industry and policy makers are managing this uncertainty, particularly in relation to water security for communities.

12 May | 9.00am - 12.30pm

Session 3 - Considering social and economic impacts

Climate change is increasing uncertainty around rainfall and runoff, impacting on our social-ecological systems and economies. We will consider alternative social and economic approaches to accommodating this uncertainty in ways that enhance resilience.

26 May | 9.00am - 12.30pm

Course delivery

  • Online via zoom over 3 x half days
  • Start 9.00am – finish 12.30pm

Series Education Partner

Course Partner


There are L2A sponsorship opportunities for: series partner, course partner and student member support.

Click here to download the Sponsorship Prospectus >

Event details

When: 5, 12 & 26 May 2021

Where: Zoom

Cost: EIANZ Members - $720, Non-members - $1,050

Registrations Open: 29th November 20 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 4th May 21 5:00 PM

Places Available: 19

Contact: Sponsorship: Fiona Gainsford, EIANZ NSW, Courses: Fabian Sack, Sustainably Pty Ltd, Registrations: or +61 3 85934140

Register now and secure your attendance


Published 29th November 20 12:00 AM