Setting the Murray-Darling Basin Scene. R. Quentin Grafton ( email@example.com ). A Hundred Year Policy Experiment. Politics is front & centre in water policy and water reform (change)
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R. Quentin Grafton
(ii) to protect, restore and provide for the ecological values and ecosystem services of the Murray-Darling Basin; and
(iii) subject to subparagraphs (i) and (ii) – to maximise the net economic returns to the Australian community from the use and management of the Basin water resources
Establish SDLs that reflect “an environmentally sustainable level of take” that will not compromise:
(1) the environmental water requirements of key environmental assets including water-dependent ecosystems;
(2) ecosystem services and sites with ecological significance;
(3) key ecosystem functions;
(4) the productive base;
(5) and key environmental outcomes for the water resource that, in doing so, the economic, social and environmental outcomes are optimisedand the net economic returns maximised.
To meet key environmental outcomes and ecological health by Basin and catchment
to minimise social and economic impacts on Basin communities and industries
3,000-4,000 GL yet SDLs NOT at lowest cost