Knowledge transfer takes place when connections are made, exchange happens between individuals and within networks, and the knowledge is transformed into actions and initiatives.
The kini (Malaysian for ‘current’) initiative provides opportunities for water practitioners, stakeholders and researchers throughout Australia and the Asia-Pacific to share experiences and expertise.
The kini initiative aims to engage the full range of people involved in water management in the Asia Pacific — not just governments and large irrigators, and not just participants in AWP Activities, but also ‘civil society’. It should help the AWP and Activity teams to improve the environmental sustainability and equitability of water management in the Asia-Pacific, and engagement of the private sector (particularly farmers) in water management.
The audience for the kini initiative is therefore widely dispersed and distributed across Australia and the Asia-Pacific, and overlaps with a variety of existing water networks.
Jointly with the AWP, IWCAN will support the engagement of water professionals throughout the Asia Pacific Region to share knowledge and practices informed by the Australian experience by setting up and running a knowledge sharing platform: a digital gateway to allow for knowledge exchange and learning. This would enable practitioners in the Asia Pacific region (including DFAT alumni) to actively take part in a community of practice and access Australian Water Expertise relevant to their professional development.
More than just provide information, the platform will serve to build and share knowledge, on a global level, throughout the water sector in order to support sustainable water management. The platform will convey knowledge in a strategic manner and also connect practitioners, researchers, and experts to help support water management building upon the Australian experience.
The kini initiative will encourage the sharing of knowledge and capability, dealing with complexity, trade-offs and opportunities in connected water systems in a holistic manner, across four core water reform themes:
UNDERSTANDING THE WATER RESOURCE BASE
– with integrated assessment of water availability and quality, catchment condition and ecosystem health.
RIVER BASIN PLANNING & WATER ALLOCATIONS FRAMEWORK
– including building resilience for climatic extremes.
GOVERNANCE REFORMS & INSTITUTIONAL STRENGTHENING
– including robust water entitlements and allocation frameworks.
MANAGING DEMAND & IMPROVING EFFICIENCY
– including use by ecosystems.