The Lunch Wrap-Up of the two Workshops – Gardens Theater Foyer
After three hours of discussions the 60 participants came together for a well deserved lunch and a shared debrief of the workshop highlights.
Summaries of the 2 workshops highlighted how well water and flood risk management have evolved in both the Netherlands and Australia and that we can continue to learn from each other. Yes there are ongoing needs to be more effective and efficient and a number of ideas were proposed from the two workshops, namely:
The wrap of this Resilient Urban Deltas and Floodplains Summit had Henk Ovink and Piet Filet, Convenor – Flood Community of Practice, engage and reflect on what were highlights for the day. One discussion even explored the notion that if we have effective, seamless and well working governance that it could benefit from more visibility – healthy partnering and institutional arrangement need to be better acknowledge and appreciated – “they are like a marriage” – says Henk – “show them that we love them!!!”
In concluding on the Summit, guest for the day Major-General Richard Wilson – Chair of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority – shared his insights that the international and Dutch learning on resilience does have a place in Queensland. He reflected that the Authority and the “whole of Government” Resilience framework this agency is developing to underpin communities and their ability to proactively deal with future water challenges is well positioned to adapt from the good case studies from around the world.
This recent collaboartion between Dutch and Queensland/Australian parties initiated since the 2011 state-wide Queensland floods has evolved markedly and this Summit has certainly consolidated this AUSNED collaboartion. We will keep you posted as further steps are taken.