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Stormwater Australia | Stormwater2021

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Stormwater Australia | Stormwater2021

New frontiers for stormwater: Into the next decade

We face profound challenges to manage our co-dependent urban and rural areas into the next decade. Population growth and climate change is driving rapid changes to the natural and human environment including declining waterway health and increasing flood risks. These challenges involve behaviours, policy settings and society expectations in linked economic, social and environmental systems. A systems approach is needed to transform our science, governance, practice, policy and culture to resolve these continually evolving problems and understand the trade-offs. How can we explain these complex challenges to our colleagues and instigate change within society?

Does increased urban density provide sustainable outcomes or result in declining liveability? Our knowledge, experience and culture are also rapidly evolving into the next decade. Perhaps these evolving opportunities will meet to challenges of the next decade and transform our urban and rural areas. How will this happen? The evolution of systems thinking, recognition of circular economies and the connectivity of scales, increased diversity, better connected networks of people, digital twins and legacy knowledge from our first peoples are the new frontiers. This might influence local actions to deliver global benefits to people and ecosystems.

The National Excellence Awards will be announced at the Conference Dinner, and will be rounding the event program out with a number of social and networking events.


Crown Promenade Melbourne
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14 April - 8:00am
16 April - 5:00pm
Crown Promenade Melbourne