24 May Twinning Exchange: Dneister River Basin visits the Goulburn Broken Catchment
As part of the GEF IW:LEARN and IRF exchange between the Dniester River Basin and the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBCMA) (2001 Australasia Riverprize winner); Tamara Kutonova, GEF Dniester Project Regional Coordinator – OSCE, Radu Cazacu, Deputy Head of Water in Moldova and Iryna Ovcharenko, Head of Agency, State Agency of Water – Ukraine, joined Mark Turner from the GBCMA for a four day tour of the Goulburn Broken Catchment from the 14th to the 17th of May.
The tour quite literally took a top to bottom approach; beginning with a visit to the headwaters of the catchment at Mt Buller (see photo above) and ending with a short cruise on the Murray River at Echuca. Over the four days the group met with both public and private individuals, from farmers to resource managers and researchers, to discuss land and water management. A good dose of the traditional Australian tour item of Kangaroo spotting was also thrown in, and the group discussed various river basin management issues that were both similar and vastly different. The learning and relationship building has not stopped there, with information and idea exchange to continue between the two river basins.