Receptivity to sustainable urban water management in the South West Pacific

Michael Shane Poustie, Rebekah Ruth Brown, Ana Deletic

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Small urban centres in the South West Pacific face many challenges regarding urban water management in the light of future uncertainties and climate change. Without implementing sustainable urban water management (SUWM), they risk adverse environmental and public health impacts, but little is known regarding the receptivity of urban water professionals towards its principles and practices. This paper assesses the willingness and ability of urban water managers from the region to implement SUWM. Results demonstrate that whilst aware of current failures, there was limited awareness of sustainable solutions, and a limited ability to identify benefits arising from SUWM implementation. There is a need to increase the opportunities for urban water professionals in the region to acquire skills and implement SUWM. This study identifies the capacity development needed in the region to increase receptivity to SUWM.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-258
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Water and Climate Change
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • capacity development
  • receptivity
  • South West Pacific
  • sustainable urban water management

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