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The Murray, the Goulburn, the Broken, the Ovens … and the Ganges?

Winton Wetlands has played host to a visiting delegation of water management officials from India including high level advisers to government.

Four were from the national Ministry responsible for water resources and river restoration, and four from state-level water ministries.

The officials have been in Victoria for a major water conference in Melbourne, with several making arrangements through Australian Government agencies to travel on to regional Victoria after the conference to acquaint themselves with some important projects under way in this part of the world.

They had a particular interest in gaining further insights into sustainable and equitable water management practices, some of which are being pioneered locally.

One such site is Winton Wetlands, which has attracted international attention for the scale of work under way there to restore a natural functioning wetland ecosystem.

The visitors were accompanied by Dr Jason Reynolds, an expert from the University of Western Sydney.

India has more than 1300 wetlands, with 114 deemed to be ‘significant’. Many require close cooperation between state, territory and national governments under a National Plan for Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems.

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Posted:  22 May 2024