Water education plan
Water is a high priority for the people of greater Sydney. Community consultation shows a large proportion of Sydney residents think that education about sustainable water management is essential. This means that local government, non government organisations, the NSW Government and the community together have the opportunity to work toward a sustainable water future.
The Water Education Plan for greater Sydney 2008-2012 (PDF) (Water Education Plan) aims to provide the framework to coordinate all water education across greater Sydney. It sets the priority objectives and strategies to maximise the contribution of education as one of the many strategies to secure Sydney’s water supplies. The Water Education Plan has been developed for those working in water management, education or sustainability and also provides a commitment to training, resources and support.
The Water Education Plan has been collaboratively developed by representatives from local government, non government organisations and the NSW Government as an initiative of the NSW Government’s Water for Life Education Program. Its development has been based on the priorities and needs of stakeholders, the community and the environment. The Plan also contributes to the priority actions identified in Learning for Sustainability, the NSW Environmental Education Plan.
The Water Education Plan sets out the:
- context for the plan and the role of stakeholders in its implementation
- key objectives for water education
- key outcomes the plan is seeking to achieve for 2008-2012
- strategies for the water education sector to work toward these outcomes, as well as the actions for which the NSW Government, local government and non government organisations will be responsible.
The Water Education Plan is guided by a vision to achieve "Effective and integrated education that builds the capacity of the people of Greater Sydney to play an informed and active role in working towards a sustainable water future."
Two key objectives underpin this vision.
- Increasing the capacity of water educators, water stakeholders and the water sector to deliver effective and integrated education.
- Engaging the people of greater Sydney to play an informed and active role in working towards a sustainable water future, including:
- reducing demand for water through increased water efficiency and recycling
- increasing the community’s understanding of water supply and demand issues, including using alternative sources of water
- protecting and restoring river and catchment health.