The Need for a Research Network

Today’s environmental challenges require a multidisciplinary approach that considers the social, economic and cultural dimensions of water management, where interinstitutional partnerships and research networks are essential. The scientific community will not be able to face these challenges alone. Therefore, the creation of links between public authorities, the productive sector and civil society will ensure that research activities are applied and meet the society needs.

Our Mission

Designing a model of integrated management of tropical hydrographic basins, promoting a bridge between scientific knowledge and society. 


  • The initial concept of Tropical Alliance is proposed by Austrade and Trade Investment Queensland (TQI) to promote academic and business exchange between Brazil and Australia.
  • The Australian Rivers Institute at Griffith University becomes the leader to develop the Tropical Alliance initiative and to identify Water Resource Management as a priority area.
  • Initial discussions regarding aquatic sciences take place at the Congress of the Brazilian Water Resources Association during the Latin American Water Week.
  • Australian scientists visit Brazil in July and meet with research funding and training Agencies at Federal (CNPq, CAPES) and State (FAPESP, FAPEMIG, FAPERJ, FAPEAM, SECTES) levels, Water and Environment Agencies (including  Agência Nacional das Águas and State Agencies in São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília), Industry Federations (FIESP, FIEMG) and key research groups with an interest in the management of tropical waters (USP, UFMG, UFRJ, UERJ, UnB , INPA).
  • A Workshop is organized by Austrade with the Secretariat of Environment and Water in São Paulo and Special Session take place at the Conference of the Brazilian Water Resources Association (ABRH) in Brasília. In addition, other discussions were held with researchers from USP, UFRJ and UnB.
  • The proposal to establish an international network is initiated through partnership among the Agência Nacional da Água (ANA), Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq), Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal do Nível Superior (CAPES) – PrInt program (Institutional Internationalization Program), State Research Support Foundations (FAPDF, FAPES, FAPESB, Araucária Foundation/FAPPR), Universities and Research Institutes.
  • Griffith University and the Universidade de Brasilia (UnB) sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU – Memorandum of Understanding) to support the initiative to develop a formal proposal of an international network focused on tropical water management issues: Tropical Water Research Alliance (TWRA) between Brazil and Australia.
  • The first Workshop to discuss TWRA issues takes place at the XVI Brazilian Congress of Limnology in the Rio de Janeiro State
  • The World Water Forum provides discussions that strengthen the Alliance’s proposal with the Agência Nacional da Água (ANA) and other national and international agencies.
  • ANA signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Australian Government for cooperation in water management and the Australian Rivers Institute becomes the implementing partner.
  • Professors Stuart Bunn, José Francisco Gonçalves Jr. and Hamish Campbell make technical visits to universities in Brazil (UnB, Brasília) and Australia (Griffith University, Brisbane).
  • A PhD internship from a UnB student at Griffith University is approved through the Capes PrInt Program.
  • Three workshops are held to discuss the implementation of the Tropical Alliance: July 31 promoted by FAPDF in Brasília; 2 – 1 August promoted by SETI-PR in Curitiba; 3 – 5 and 6 of August during the XVII Brazilian Congress of Limnology in Florianópolis.
  • FAPES formalizes the support for theTropical Alliance, making Espírito Santo State the pioneer of the execution and implementation of the Alliance activities.
  • Beginning of the TWRA activities in the Espírito Santo State.
  • I TWRA Workshop for TWRA implementation in Espírito Santo State in April.
  • III TWRA International Workshop in Brasília in July.

José Francisco Gonçalves Jr., Ph. D.

President of TWRA Brasil

Stuart Bunn, Ph. D.

General Coordinator of TWRA Australia