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Wednesday, March 24, 2021 12:00 PM AEDT – 1:00 PM AEDT

Associate Professor Briony Rogers will present the Water Sensitive Cities (WSC) Transitions Toolkit, developed by the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities. These tools have been developed through nine years of action research focused on providing strategic guidance to cities wanting to accelerate their transition to water sensitive futures.

The toolkit includes: 1) the WSC Index, which is used in a collaborative process to benchmark a city’s current water sensitive performance, identify diagnose key strengths and weaknesses, and inform priorities for management actions; 2) the WSC-SDG mapping tool, which allows exploration of the relationship between water sensitive city strategies and achievement of SDG targets; 3) the Transition Dynamics Framework (TDF), which is used to identify key enabling factors that need to be strengthened to facilitate further transition progress toward an envision water future; and 4) the Management Actions Tool, which allows users to identify, prioritise, develop and track progress of management actions that to effectively advance their water sensitive city vision.

The Toolkit is designed to translate theoretical understanding of water sensitive city transitions into a practical suite of tools that can be readily applied by city stakeholders. It is also designed to capture data and insights from city applications in ways that can help cities learn from each other.

It has been developed through action research in six cities around Australia: Perth, Bendigo, Gold Coast, Sydney, Adelaide and Townsville. The Toolkit is attracting significant interest by city stakeholders interested in rapidly advancing water sensitive city practices in their context. For example, the WSC Index has been used to benchmark more than 50 cities and towns around Australia. The TDF has been recognised as a tool that uniquely informs the development of strategic pathways for complex system change.

The presentation will be 45 minutes, followed by interactive Q&A for 15 mins. The Q&A will help the audience develop an understanding on how the tools can be applied in different contexts to support the envisioning, development and implementation of water sensitive city approaches.