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Diversity in water management study
Picture: Laurie Benson Rwanda’s Gerard Ndagijimana, China’s Yvonne Xu, Afghanistan’s Abdul Sabour Jawad and UWA Albany’s Peter Speldewinde.

Albany welcomed international guests this week when 60 master’s students from 24 countries came to town to study water management.

The intensive two-week program, now in its fifth year, is run through the International Water Centre, with students hailing from places as far apart as Zambia, Brazil, China and Tanzania.

Afghanistan’s Abdul Sabour Jawad, who is studying a master’s degree in integrated water management, said the group was enjoying learning about Albany’s water use.

“We started off looking at river health, we went out to Napier Creek and Marbelup Creek,” he said.

“We’re here because we’re looking at recycled water use in Albany and its potential, how having a scarce water supply will affect the city and its people.

“We come from all different backgrounds, it’s been great.”

University of Western Australia Albany Assistant Professor Peter Speldewinde said the research group was studying Albany’s ecosystems and catchments, looking at how water management in Albany and how it could be improved.

The group is staying at Camp Quaranup and visited many sites including the Water Corporation’s Waste Water Treatment Plant and blue gum plantation.

Gerard Ndagijimana, from Rwanda, said he was enjoying himself in Albany but was a little bit cold.

The program is a joint venture through UWA, Monash University, University of Queensland and Griffin University.

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