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Water Resource Management: Focus Areas


The Water Resource Management Program focuses on five priority areas raised by the National Water Commission for north Australian rivers:

  1. Improve the capacity to develop and implement water management plans that incorporate environmental, cultural and economic factors in areas of strong inter-seasonal variation.

  2. Enhance knowledge and understanding of river ecology and water-dependent ecosystems, including access to traditional knowledge.

  3. Improved understanding of surface and groundwater interactions, particularly in the seasonally dry wet-dry tropics.

  4. Efficient supply of high quality water to remote communities; appropriate management responses to the supply of water to isolated/remote communities.

  5. Water accounting and assessment of water resources.

It is envisaged that these priority areas will be achieved by developing and maintaining collaborative relationships among partner organisations, researchers and other water users and managers, including state and territory Government agencies. The outcomes from communication and networking between Indigenous and non-indigenous managers and scientists involved in surface and ground water resource management is three fold. It will:

  • assist in empowering Indigenous people in decision making and implementation regarding the management of surface and ground water habitats and resources,

  • assist in empowering Indigenous people in planning for water allocations, whether they are allocations for cultural, economic, environmental or social purposes, and

  • improve the understanding of the wider Australian audiences of the rights, roles, responsibilities and achievements of Indigenous people in managing surface and ground water habitats and their resources and how this translates to benefits at the National level.

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