Engaging with complexity in the Mekong

5.10.2017 - Posted by Simon Tilleard
Having spent almost 10 years living and/or working on water resources issues within the Mekong Basin, I have seen first-hand the complexity and challenges facing water management. Water scarcity, flood, transboundary management, competing users and climate change are real challenges that government, NGOs, academia and the private sector are working on every day to address. This complexity and uncertainty needs to be acknowledged and engaged with, particularly in a basin where the conclusions are dynamic and the stakes are high (60 million people live in the basin!). 
Along with a few colleagues who have also worked in the region, I was recently surprised to read a paper in the well-respected Asia and Pacific Policy Society that overlooked many of these important complexities whilst calling for improved water governance in the region. So we wrote a response to emphasise that enhancing transboundary water governance in the Mekong region is a worthy goal, but it needs to be grounded in evidence, analysis and an understanding of the context.
See the response here


Caring for Indian rivers through a “Rally for Rivers”

22.09.2017 - Posted by Tarika Khanna

India is facing major challenges in looking after its rivers. With a population of 1.25 Billion, more than 15% of the world’s population, it has only 4% of the world’s freshwater resources. This puts massive pressure on the river systems, many of which are becoming degraded, especially in urban areas. Many of the smaller rivers have vanished while the perennial rivers are becoming seasonal. Floods and droughts are becoming increasingly frequent.

At Alluvium, we feel strongly about the health of rivers, whether it be in Australia, India or any other country. As part of our work in India, we are currently working with state and national government to support basin planning initiatives. 
We also believe strongly in the importance of public awareness and engagement. An important river health public awareness initiative currently being undertaken in India is the ‘Rally for Rivers’ campaign launched by the Isha Foundation in consultation and collaboration with the Ministry of Environment. The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness of the Indian public about the importance of protecting Indian rivers. 
Sadhguru, an Indian yogi, poet and author, launched the campaign from Coimbatore on September 3, and it will culminate in Delhi on October 2. The campaign will drive 6,560km from Kanyakumari to the Himalayas, covering 13 states and 21 major cities. The awareness campaign is receiving great support from communities along the route who are pledging to the cause and attending events.
Along with the campaign, the Isha foundation is calling for comprehensive river rejuvenation plans to reverse the decline and in turn revive our rivers. The Isha Foundation proposes a core solution to stabilize and revitalize our rivers, that is in line with the “fence and reveg” philosophy that Alluvium has been promoting for a decade. This involves creating and maintaining tree cover for a minimum of one kilometre on either side of the entire river length and half a kilometre for tributaries. This riparian vegetation zone provides for stability of the river banks, and decreases contaminant and nutrient runoff into the rivers. 
Our Delhi office and the rest of the Alluvium team support this initiative and the call for a comprehensive river rejuvenation programme in India.

New Alluvium office in India

17.08.2017 - Posted by Simon Tilleard
In some exciting news Alluvium has opened its first international office in India.
Alluvium has been working on expanding its presence in the Asian Pacific region for the past two years and over this time we have established the business as a leader in catchment and waterway strategy, planning and economics. In order to more effectively service major international clients such as the World Bank and Asian Development Bank, and to assist in delivery of projects, we have recently open an office in Dehli.  

We welcome Tarika Khanna as the office lead and look forward to Alluvium becoming more integrated in decision making for major catchment and waterway infrastructure and investment throughthe region.  

Beautiful Pic by Amanda Briney

Two new positions at Alluvium

8.08.2017 - Posted by Lucy Moon
Position 1.

Alluvium has been expanding into coastal geomorphology work over the past three years and is keen to strengthen our team by adding skills in coastal management and climate change adaption.
We are seeking to recruit a Senior Coastal Planner to be based either in Townsville or Brisbane.
Position 2. 
Our work often requires hydraulic modelling to inform the design process and evaluate flooding impacts.  The analysis of channel hydraulics is also a key component of many of our geomorphology studies and assessments.   
We are seeking to recruit a Hydraulic Modeller to be based in Sydney or Newcastle.

Please request the full Position Description from with the position title in the subject.
Applications due by 10th September 2017.


Alluvium International

10.07.2017 - Posted by Kane Travis
Around 18 mths ago we decided to set up Alluvium International and see how our home grown Australian skills apply to the international market.  Happy to say that it has been a busy time and we have found there certainly is a need for our skills to help contribute to solving the complex water issues found in Asia and the Pacific. 
NCEconomics is a valuable partner in this venture as the social and economic aspects of water management are so important in the development context. Together we recently signed up to an exciting ecosystem services valuation project in Myanmar. 
Since beginning in March last year AI has been working in places such as Nepal, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos PDR and Tuvalu. We recently compiled a map of current and recent work - see here.
Our work in the international arena has helped drive us towards our vision of making the world a better place, and has been a great opportunity for our staff to travel and face the challenges presented by international work.