Water Journal : Water Journal August 2012
industry news 'While industry and the community have their roles to play, it is government, the manager of Australia's regulatory and public policy systems, that needs to show leadership. This document outlines effective steps the government can take to protect Australia's economic and environmental sustainability," he continued. The predominant focus of public policy discussion to date has been on mitigation and greenhouse gas abatement through regulation and placing a price on carbon. Despite some positive steps by government to address mitigation, adaptation remains low on the public policy agenda. Yet the continuing prosperity of the nation is dependent on how resilient we are to changes in climate. With an overall replacement cost for Australia's built environment estimated in excess of $5.7 trillion, the economic, social and environmental risks posed by climate change are significant. A policy framework is necessary to support the owners, managers, and inhabitants of our built environment -- our buildings, precincts, and communities -- to make their regions resilient to the effects of climate change. One of the key elements of the framework is the establishment of a National Built Environment Adaptation Council to facilitate consultation between industries, government and communities, sponsor research and be a driver for change. ASBEC President, Tom Roper, stated that "by implementing adaptation strategies now governments and individuals will benefit in the longer term and a central body such as a National Built Environment Adaptation Council would help deliver these changes now and in the future." The full report and framework is available at www.asbec.asn.au Australian Endeavour Executive Award Recipient Jeff Camkin, Professor (WRM) at the University of Western Australia (and former WA Branch President and AWA Director), has received an Australian Endeavour Executive Award to continue his work developing collaboration between Europe and Australia in water research and management. The Fellowship, which commences on 1 August 2012, will be hosted at the National Laboratory of Civil Engineering in Portugal. Working closely with partners in Portugal, Spain, UK and beyond, as well as Australia, Jeff aims to establish ongoing mechanisms for the exchange of experiences and learning, as well as business opportunities. Interested individuals and organisations can contact him at Jeff.Camkin@uwa.edu.au. WaterSmart Innovations Conference & Expo For the fifth consecutive year, the WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition, which will be held 3--5 October in Las Vegas, will serve as a platform for water-efficiency professionals from around the world to meet and share their experiences and successes. Also this year, the US EPA's Water Sense Program and the Alliance for Water Efficiency will present the EPA's WaterSense Partner of the Year Awards during the WSI luncheon, Thursday, October 4. WSI 2012 will be held at the South Point Hotel and Conference Center. The conference is presented by the Southern Nevada Water Authority in partnership with the US EPA's WaterSense Program, the American Water Works Association, the Alliance for Water Efficiency and other forward-thinking organisations. For more information email: email@example.com or visit: www.WaterSmartInnovations.com Delivering innovative water, wastewater and reuse solutions.
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