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Michael Douglas, Brendan Edgar, Jim Donaldson. Outline. Background, problem, approach Major findings and implications LWA’s contribution. Mimosa. >60% of Australia’s water resources. Heffernan touted the Ord as the next food bowl. Ord stage 2 sldie.

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Michael Douglas,

Brendan Edgar, Jim Donaldson

outline
Outline
  • Background, problem, approach
  • Major findings and implications
  • LWA’s contribution
research to underpin sustainable management
Research to underpin sustainable management
  • Likely to be more development in northern Australia
  • Need to avoid the mistakes made in the south
  • Lack of basic knowledge of the full implications of options
  • => Clear need for research
track s aim
TRaCK’s Aim

To provide science and knowledge that governments, communities and industries need for the sustainable management of Australia’s tropical rivers and estuaries 

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TRaCK Research Consortium

  • Over 80 researchers from 18 organisations
    • CDU, GU, UWA, UQ
    • JCU, ANU, Uni. Canberra
    • North Australian Indigenous Land & Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA)
    • CSIRO, eriss, AIMS, GeoScience Australia
    • NT, WA, Qld Governments
track program
TRaCK Program

27 Research projects, 2006-10

  • Why do people value tropical rivers?
  • How do tropical rivers differ across the region?
  • How do tropical rivers work (physical and biological processes)?
  • What are the economic opportunities for Indigenous people?
  • How can we make good decisions about managing tropical rivers?
  • How can we ensure uptake of this research?
where is track working
Where is TRaCK working?

Darwin Region

Daly

Mitchell

Fitzroy

Flinders

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Outline
  • Background, problem, approach
  • Major findings and implications
  • LWA’s contribution
why do people value tropical rivers
Why do people value tropical rivers?
  • National and Catchment scale:
    • For the Indigenous people, environment and recreational use
    • Moderate expansion of irrigated agriculture.
  • Local community scale:
    • Harvesting and consuming aquatic resources can make a substantial contribution to Indigenous household economies.
socio economic profiling
Socio-economic profiling

TRaCK Project 3.1: Stoeckl, Larson, Alexandritis, Stanley, Carson, Taylor

  • Demographic Characteristics
  • Economic Parameters
  • Individual Wellbeing
  • Infrastructure and Services
  • Institutional Arrangements
  • Environment and Culture
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Ecohydrological regionalisation

Stable summer baseflow (rainfall)

Predictable summer highly intermittent

Extreme harsh summer intermittent

Stable summer baseflow (groundwater)

hyrtl s catfish
Hyrtl’s Catfish

Biodiversity surveys

high conservation value aquatic ecosystems hcvae using river biodiversity data
High conservation value aquatic ecosystems (HCVAE) using river biodiversity data

Fish

Dave Wilson

Neil Armstrong

Turtle

Dave Wilson

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How can we make good decisions?

  • Trial of collaborative approaches in NT water allocation planning process
outcomes of the track program
Outcomes of the TRaCK program
  • Improved knowledge
  • New tools and approaches
  • High level end-user engagement
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Outcomes of the TRaCK program
  • Improved knowledge
  • New tools and approaches
  • High level end-user engagement
  • Increased capacity
    • Researchers:
      • 30 new research staff, 15 postgraduates
      • Tropical regions, Cross-cultural environments
    • End users:
      • Water managers
capacity building with indigenous catchment groups
Capacity building with Indigenous catchment groups
  • Supported development of Indigenous catchment groups
  • Training: Governance, Research skills, Presentation skills
outcomes of the track program2
Outcomes of the TRaCK program
  • Improved knowledge
  • New tools and approaches
  • High level of end-user engagement
  • Increased capacity
  • Indigenous partnerships
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Outcomes of the TRaCK program
  • Improved knowledge
  • New tools and approaches
  • Increased capacity
  • High level engagement
  • Indigenous partnerships
  • Improved management
how will this research make a difference
How will this research make a difference?
  • Informing policy debate
    • Wild Rivers Qld, Living Rivers NT, Northern development
  • Assessment and planning: Regional
    • Northern Taskforce (ONA, NWC)
    • North Australian Water Futures Assessment (DEWHA, NWC)
    • Kimberley & Cape York Heritage Assessments (DEWHA)
  • Assessment and planning: Catchment/aquifer
    • Environmental flow assessments
    • Water allocation planning processes (NT, WA and Qld Departments)
  • Monitoring
    • River & Wetland Health (DEWHA & NWC, NT, WA, Qld Govt, NRM Groups, Kowanyama Land and Natural Resource Management Office)
    • Working on Country Ranger Program (DEWHA)
  • Opportunities for Indigenous enterprises
    • Water markets and water rights
where to next for track
Where to next for TRaCK?
  • Originally planned as a 10 year program
  • Support for a continuation beyond 2010
  • TRaCK consortium UJV
    • Co-ordinate funds from a range of sources
  • North Australian Biodiversity Hub
    • Expands the scope of TRaCK – Catchment to Coast
    • Biodiversity patterns
    • Threats to biodiversity and ecosystem resilience
    • Planning for conservation and management
    • Biodiversity values and Indigenous livelihoods
    • Ecosystem health assessment
    • Knowledge management and adoption
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Outline
  • Background, problem, approach
  • Major findings and implications
  • LWA’s contribution
track history 2004
TRACK History: 2004
  • 2004
    • LWA Tropical Rivers Forum, Darwin
    • LWA Ecosystem Processes Project (CDU, GU, UWA) $30k
      • Develop conceptual models of ecosystem processes
      • Scope a larger program of research
      • Identify opportunities for integrated research
  • 2005
    • Develop TRaCK Prospectus with LWA
    • Submit CERF application with LWA as host organisation
  • 2006
    • NAILSMA join consortium
    • CERF funding
    • NWC funding
    • Qld Smart state
lwa contribution
LWA Contribution
  • Big picture vision for R&D
    • Scoping studies
    • Seeding funds for developing ideas
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LWA Contribution
  • Big picture vision for R&D
    • Scoping studies
    • Seeding funds for developing ideas
  • Multidisciplinary, cross-program
track end users funders
TRaCK end-users/funders
  • >$34m program
  • ~$ 23 m cash
    • Dept. Environment, Water, Heritage & the Arts
    • National Water Commission
    • Queensland Government
    • Land and Water Australia
    • Fisheries R&D Corporation
  • > $11m in-kind
    • Qld, NT, WA Governments
    • Regional NRM and Catchment groups
    • Indigenous organisations (Land councils, communities)
    • Industry e.g. Fisheries
    • Environment NGO’s
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LWA Contribution
  • Big picture vision for R&D
    • Scoping studies
    • Seeding funds for developing ideas
  • Multidisciplinary, cross-program
  • Brokering funding partnerships
track s governance structure
TRaCK’s Governance structure

Land and Water Australia Board

Project Co-ordinators

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LWA Contribution
  • Big picture vision for R&D
    • Scoping studies
    • Seeding funds for developing ideas
  • Multidisciplinary, cross-program
  • Brokering funding partnerships
  • Reputation, governance, management
how can we ensure uptake of this research
How can we ensure uptake of this research?
  • Knowledge and Adoption Theme
    • Staff, strategy and implementation plans
    • Communication products/activities
  • Active engagement of end users
  • Clear pathways for adoption
    • e.g. Planning processes, monitoring programs
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LWA Contribution
  • Big picture vision for R&D
    • Scoping studies
    • Seeding funds for developing ideas
  • Multidisciplinary, cross-program
  • Brokering funding partnerships
  • Reputation, governance, management
  • Knowledge & Adoption
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LWA Contribution
  • Big picture vision for R&D
    • Scoping studies
    • Seeding funds for developing ideas
  • Multidisciplinary, cross-program
  • Brokering funding partnerships
  • Reputation, governance, management
  • Knowledge & Adoption
  • Commitment to the North
    • Enduring influence – Kate, Brendan, John, Andrew, Me