2013 Winter - Will the Murray-Darling Basin Plan improve with age?

Please note single Journal articles are not available in hard copy.

To download the free editorial articles click here

This catalog has no sub-catalogs.

FPJ1002C - MDBA - Implementing the Basin Plan: The MDBA’S Perspective

MDBA (2103), Implementing the Basin Plan: The MDBA’S Perspective, Farm Policy Journal, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 1-7, Winter, Surry Hills, Australia.

Read Abstract

After years of planning and negotiations, the Murray-Darling Basin Plan overcame its final hurdle and became law when it was overwhelmingly passed in the Australian Parliament last November (2012).
The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is now getting on with the job of implementing the plan. An enormous amount of work is required over the next seven years to achieve this. To take some of the mystique out of what has to occur during its implementation phase, the key processes and activities are summarised in this article.

$12.10


 
 




You might also like:
 

Making Decisions About Environmental Water Allocations

There are major changes underway in the management of water in Australia, with one of the most significant being the ownership of water entitlements by the environment. When announced water buy-back programs are completed and promised water infrastructure investments are implemented, the environment will be the sole largest holder of water entitlements in Australia, and that water will be used to restore or improve ecological processes and environmental assets associated with Australia’s major inland rivers.

How that water will be managed; who will be responsible for making decisions about it; how the general community will be able to monitor how well that water is being used; and who will decide whether the environment is receiving sufficient water, are all questions that are yet to be answered. The decisions that will need to be made are complex, because they incorporate both economic (attempting to ascribe economic values to outcomes that can be achieved from alternative uses of water) and scientific (how much water is needed to achieve desired environmental outcomes) elements, and both have considerable uncertainty.

The research project was initiated by the Australian Farm Institute to advance discussion on these questions, and to identify some preferred options for the future management of environmental water in Australia. Given that the Australian public will, in future, be the owners of water assets valued in excess of $3 billion, it is important to make sure these assets are managed in a way that maximises the return from them, while at the same time enabling irrigated agriculture to continue to make a large contribution to national economic output.

The aim of the research reported here was to utilise the knowledge of experts who have extensive experience in water policy issues to further develop thinking on how decisions about allocating water to the environment should be made. This is important not only to ensure environmental water is used effectively, but also because the same decision-making framework will be used to decide how much water will in future be available for irrigated agriculture. Each of the four experts responded in quite different ways to each of the questions posed.

Making decisions about environmental water allocations
is a report stemming from the collective work of two economists - Professor Jeff Bennett and Professor Mike Young - and two environmental scientists - Professor Richard Kingsford and Professor Richard Norris.

How that water will be managed; who will be responsible for making decisions about it; how the general community will be able to monitor how well that water is being used; and who will decide whether the environment is receiving sufficient water, are all questions addressed in this report.

Full Report
June 2010, pp. 1-80 (80 pages)
Publisher: Australian Farm Institute
Authors: Bennett, J, Kingsford, RT, Norris, RH & Young, M
ISBN 978-1-921808-00-5 (Web)
ISBN 978-0-9806912-9-0 (Print)

$77.00


FPJ1002F - Maywald - The Basin Plan and Australia’s National Water Reform Journey

Maywald, K (2103), The Basin Plan and Australia’s National Water Reform Journey, Farm Policy Journal, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 27-35, Winter, Surry Hills, Australia.

Read Abstract

When it comes to Australian water reform few issues loom larger than the management of the Murray-Darling Basin. It has taken more than a century of protracted negotiation and compromise to finally emerge with the Murray-Darling Basin Plan which was formalised in November 2012.
Now, the National Water Commission – the body responsible for auditing the Plan’s implementation – will start providing independent oversight of progress.
The National Water Commission sees the Basin Plan as a step-change in the governance and management of water resources in Australia’s largest and most important river system. The Basin Plan aims to deliver on the vision articulated in the National Water Initiative (NWI) by restoring the Basin’s rivers and groundwater resources to health and supporting strong communities and resilient industries.

$12.10


FPJ1002H - Babbar-Sebens - An Engineer’s Perspective on Water Catchment Planning

Babbar-Sebens, M (2103), An Engineer’s Perspective on Water Catchment Planning, Farm Policy Journal, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 43-45, Winter, Surry Hills, Australia.

Read Abstract

WRESTORE is an online, democratic tool for stakeholders in a watershed to test and optimise scenarios of the spatio-temporal design of restoration and conservation strategies in their landscape. The model and instruments used do not address all issues relevant to the Murray-Darling Basin, but this approach gives participants tools to test different alternatives. The application of this type of tool to discussions about the Murray-Darling Basin Plan would seem beneficial.

 

$12.10


Purchase a
membership and gain
unlimited access to
our journal and
research library

LEARN MORE BECOME A MEMBER

Purchase our
latest report

READ MORE