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Integrated Catchment Management Key Elements - Julie Burke. Integrated Catchment Management: What is it?. Management of a watershed Taking account of all competing interests: Economic use of land and water Environmental concerns Social and cultural uses and values

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Integrated Catchment Management: What is it?
  • Management of a watershed
  • Taking account of all competing interests:
    • Economic use of land and water
    • Environmental concerns
    • Social and cultural uses and values
  • Taking advantage of knowledge in all disciplines:
    • Water engineering, economics, ecology, agricultural studies, forestry, sociology etc
Integrated Catchment Management: Key Elements
  • driving issues
  • identification of assets to be protected
  • mechanisms to manage trade-offs and processes to manage negotiations
  • measurable and simple objectives set
  • Assessment of scenarios against objectives
  • clear roles, responsibilities and accountabilities
  • capacity of partners to carry out roles
  • mechanisms to monitor, evaluate and improve the approach
In the Murray-Darling Basin, the Driving Issues are
  • Water sharing
  • Water quality
  • Riverine Ecosystem Health
  • Biodiversity
basin assets in the broad goals
Basin assets in the Broad (Goals)
  • Healthy Rivers
  • Healthy Ecosystems
  • Productive and Innovative Industries
  • Healthy regional communities
Some Specific Basin assets
  • Adelaide’s drinking water
  • Barmah-Millewa Forest and Narran Lakes (Ramsar sites)
  • Murray Irrigation Districts
  • Lake Victoria (cultural site)
Managing Trade-offs
  • Need to limit degradation of assets
  • MDB will set limits on degradation of:
    • Water quantity and flow
    • Water quality
    • Riverine health
    • Biodiversity
  • MDBC calls these limits “targets”
  • These targets are a numerical form of objective against which all scenarios can be tested
Catchment objectives

Basin objective

Managing Trade-offs – Targets to protect assets

Within-valley target at site 4:

Protects town water supply

5. Management target for sub-catchment:

Revegetation of 20% of sub-catchment area


Within-valley target at site 2:Protects irrigation water supply

Major Town


Major Wetland



Irrigation District


Within-valley target at site 3:

Protects wetland ecosystem

End of valley target at site 1Protects downstream

Achievement of the target is the OBJECTIVE Protection of the assets is the desired OUTCOME

Assets identified and targets set at different scales

Scale determines who manages negotiations and agrees targets

Basin -------------------------------- Commission

Catchment---------------------- States

Sub-catchment --------- CMOs

Managing Negotiations
  • Identify stakeholders relevant to the issues and the scale
  • Involve them in setting of targets, scenario development and assessment
  • Everyone must have access to the same information
Assigning Roles
  • Assign and agree roles and responsibilities
  • Ensure mechanisms for reporting against responsibilities to all stakeholders
  • Accountability, not blame
Capacity Building
  • Capacities must match roles and responsibilities
  • Capacities include:
    • leadership
    • legal and institutional
    • financial
    • technical
    • knowledge base
    • cultural
  • Required at many stages
    • Assessment of concerns (audit)
    • Understanding of processes and drivers (economic, environmental, social)
    • Modeling of scenarios, including “do nothing”
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Monitor progress towards Objectives and Outcomes
  • Monitor and evaluate the PROCESS
  • Inform all stakeholders
  • Learn from successes and failures to inform future actions
  • all decisions are “interim” and must be tested



Measurable and simple objectives

Scenario Assessment