Australian Water Resources. Brief overview History Water resource issues in Australia COAG Water Reforms Tradeoffs between biodiversity & economy A case study - the Murray-Darling Basin The Cap Institutional arrangements ICM framework Comparisons with South Africa. Water in general.
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Balancing social, environmental and economic dimensions of water resource management
Demand exceeds supply - 26% areas over-allocated
30% groundwater units over-allocated
Salinisation - especially in southern basins
Changed flow regimes
Pest fish species
Devolution of authority
Politics of water & catchment management
Cost of repairing damage
Declining runoff due to off-stream storage
Rising saline water tables
Alien plants & animals
Increasing returns from irrigated agricultureWater resource issues