Water Down Under: As story of long-term climate change, adaption, maybe mal- adaption and transition – Perth, Western Australia.

Authors: Micheal Mouritz*, Curtin University
Topics: Water Resources and Hydrology, Australia and New Zealand
Keywords: Water security, water sensitive cities, Perth, Australia
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/9/2020
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM
Room: Capitol Ballroom 3, Hyatt Regency, Fourth Floor
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This paper provides a snap shot of the journey from water security to water sensitivity in Perth, Western Australia. As the city of Perth gets close to its 200th birthday in 2029, it is worth reflecting on the range of processes underway to deal with the last 30 years of a drying climate. This paper summaries some of the key actions over this journey as well as explore some of the key learning's associated with gradual transition from relatively narrow focus on water security, to building a framework and actions about the many dimension of water – framed under the language of becoming a more water sensitive city. This point of reflection aims to help provide some insights as to what next as the city grows towards 3.5 million and the climate continues to dry.

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