Basin Futures

Basin Futures

Water reform in the Murray-Darling Basin

Edited by: Daniel Connell, Quentin Grafton orcid

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This unique book brings together 27 chapters from some of the world’s leading practitioners and experts on environmental water, communities, law, economics and governance. Its goal is to understand the many dimensions of water in the Murray- Darling Basin and provide guidance about how to implement a water management plan that addresses the needs of communities, the economy and the environment. The comprehensiveness of topics covered, the expertise of its authors, and the absolute need to take a multidisciplinary approach to resolving the “wicked problem” of governing our scarce water resource makes this volume a must read for all who care about Australian communities and the environment.


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May 2011
ANU Press
Business & Economics; Engineering & Computer Science: Electrical & Electronic Engineering

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Part I. Water and the Basin

  1. Understanding the Basin and its Dynamics (PDF, 469KB)John Williams doi
  2. Freshwater Ecosystem Conservation: Principles versus policy (PDF, 340KB)Jamie Pittock, C. Max Finlayson doi
  3. Environmental Water: The Benefits of Ecological Goods and Services (PDF, 586KB)Richard H. Norris doi
  4. Climate Change and its Impacts – Current understanding, future directions (PDF, 590KB)Nick Schofield doi

Part II. Communities

  1. Basin Bookends, the Community Perspective (PDF, 473KB)Leith Boully, Karlene Maywalda doi
  2. The Media and the Guide to the Basin Plan (PDF, 729KB)Åsa Wahlquist doi
  3. Rethinking Community in the Face of Natural Resources Management Challenges (PDF, 581KB)Martin Mulligan doi
  4. Why justice is important (PDF, 648KB)Catherine Gross doi
  5. Indigenous Water Management: Priorities for the next five years (PDF, 736KB)Sue Jackson doi
  6. Water Planning and Dispossession (PDF, 680KB)Jessica K Weir doi
  7. The Future of the Basin: Thriving or dying communities? (PDF, 1.1MB)Chris Miller doi

Part III. Legal issues

  1. A Sustainable Murray–Darling Basin: The legal challenges (PDF, 927KB)Douglas Fisher doi
  2. Evidentiary Issues with the Implementation of the Sustainability Duty of Care in the Basin Plan (PDF, 199KB)Jennifer McKay doi

Part IV. Economics

  1. Economic Costs and Benefits of the Proposed Basin Plan (PDF, 1.8MB)R. Quentin Grafton doi
  2. Multiple Benefits through the Life Cycle of the Basin Plan (PDF, 913KB)Darla Hatton MacDonald, Rosalind Bark, Dustin Garrick, Onil Banerjee, Jeff Connor, Mark Morrison doi
  3. Modelling Challenges (PDF, 298KB)Qiang Jiang doi
  4. Irrigators, Water Trading, the Environment and Debt: Buying water entitlements for the environment (PDF, 1.0MB)Henning Bjornlund, Sarah Wheeler, Jeremy Cheesman doi
  5. Economic Perspectives of the Proposed Basin Plan for the Southern Connected Murray (PDF, 881KB)Donna Brennan doi
  6. Managing Risk in the Murray-Darling Basin (PDF, 968KB)John Quiggin doi

Part V. Governance

  1. The Role of the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (PDF, 997KB)Daniel Connell doi
  2. Improving Water Planning Processes: Priorities for the next five years (PDF, 1.0MB)Mark Hamstead doi
  3. Connecting Science and Engagement: Setting groundwater extraction limits using a stakeholder-led decision-making process (PDF, 277KB)Stuart Richardson, Ray Evans, Glenn Harrington doi
  4. Comparative Perspectives on Basin Governance in the Murray–Darling Basin: Insights from the western United States (PDF, 273KB)Dustin Garrick, Rosalind Bark doi
  5. What Can the Murray–Darling Basin Plan Achieve? Will it be enough? (PDF, 200KB)Neil Byron doi
  6. Planning as Performance: The Murray–Darling Basin Plan (PDF, 236KB)Ray Ison, Philip Wallis doi
  7. Enhancing Collaborative Management in the Basin (PDF, 359KB)Katherine A. Daniell doi
  8. Improving the Basin Plan: Options for consideration (PDF, 1.1MB)Mike Young doi

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