Water conservation

Research report

Technical report

12 Apr 2017

The report is in two sections. The first is a summary report written from my Office with the assistance of the Departmental Science Advisors from the Department of Conservation and the Ministry for the Environment. This overview avoids technical detail but tries to explain the core issues of...

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Video program

26 Mar 2017

This 15'27" "Sunday" television current affairs story journeys down the Selwyn River in New Zealand investigating the impact of dairy farming, climate change and irrigation in causing reduced flow and high nitrate levels. Considers whether the river is like a canary in a coal mine and whether it...

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Discussion paper

16 Mar 2017

Today the Productivity Commission released an issues paper posing the questions the Commission will seek to ask and answer in their National Water Reform Inquiry.

Water reform has supported growth in agriculture and other industries, returned much needed water to the environment, created...

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Policy

19 Oct 2016

Water for Victoria is the Victorian Government's strategic plan for management of water resources, now and into the future. We will ensure we manage water to support a healthy environment, a prosperous economy and thriving communities.

To meet the challenges of climate change and...

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Briefing paper

18 Oct 2016

In NSW, groundwater users must pay to take groundwater which is traded in a market. However, in Queensland there is generally no cost for the take of groundwater beyond , a nominal fee to obtain a licence.

The provision of access to a public resource like groundwater without payment can...

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Research report

14 Oct 2016

RMCG has completed a ground-breaking socio-economic study of the impact of the Basin Plan across the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District (GMID). The study was commissioned by concerned agencies and stakeholders across the region.

The study shows that the Basin Plan has led to significant...

Research report

03 Jun 2016

The Catchment Management Investment Standard has been prepared to assist water utilities make the case for catchment management as a water quality treatment asset.

Operating in an economically regulated environment where consumer affordability is paramount and where the regulator puts the...

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Policy

26 May 2016

Let's not beat around the bush on this one. When it comes to water, South Australia is incredibly vulnerable.

I make no apology for holding up the Rudd Government's $42billion stimulus package for 24 hours in order to negotiate a better outcome on water -- it wasn't just in SA's interest...

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Research report

17 May 2016

The term water-energy nexus describes the interdependence, and often competing demands, of two of the world’s most valuable resources: water and energy. Following agriculture, the energy industry is the second-largest user of freshwater. Water is essential to harness, extract and produce energy...

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Journal article

15 Mar 2016

The Visualising Victoria's Groundwater (VVG) web portal federates groundwater data for the State of Victoria, Australia, thus making legacy data, government datasets, research data and community sourced data and observations visible to the public. The portal is innovative because it was...

Journal articles

19 Nov 2015

This issue of Policy Quarterly traverses a range of contemporary policy issues including the governance of Auckland, climate change, financial incentives to work, the investment approach to funding social assistance, regulatory design and stewardship, water management, special education, the...

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Strategy

11 Nov 2015

This innovative interdisciplinary study focuses on the history, science, and policy of tree planting and water conservation in South Africa. South Africa’s forestry sector has sat—often controversially—at the crossroads of policy and scientific debates regarding water conservation, economic...

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Audio program

22 Jun 2015

A major review of the risks of climate change in the Murray Darling Basin is likely within the next seven years.

The proposed timeline has been revealed to ABC RN after a dispute between the Murray Darling Basin Authority and some of Australia's leading water scientists over the...

Journal article

09 Jun 2015

Green Infrastructure is the network of green spaces and water systems that delivers multiple environmental, social and economic values and services to urban communities. This living network strengthens the resilience of urban environments to respond to the major current and future challenges of...

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Research report

06 Nov 2014

Overview: Transformative, long-term economic and institutional reforms that Australia must implement if it is to create a healthy environment with a productive economy.

This blueprint describes the magnitude of the environmental challenges we face, establishes the case...

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Research report

16 Sep 2014

This paper provides an overview of water availability in Australia, the major sources of water, and the spatial and time challenges limiting access to water resources.

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Australia is recognised as the world’s driest inhabited continent; with access to just...

Book

27 May 2014

This book brings together some of the world’s leading water researchers with an especially written collection of chapters on: water economics; transboundary water; water and development; water and energy; and water concepts.

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Freshwater governance holds...

Research report

02 Apr 2014

This eighth annual report provides a detailed account of the performance of 81 urban water utilities servicing 18.7 million Australians.

Under the National Water Initiative (NWI), governments have agreed to prepare an annual independent, public report on urban water utilities to benchmark...

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Research report

10 Jan 2014

The Land Cover Database should not be used on its own to identify wetlands in the Wellington region, whether it is for resource management, ecological or significance assessment purposes.

Abstract: Wetlands are nationally rare in New Zealand as a result of their on-going...

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Working paper

30 Apr 2013

Collaborative governance is talked about as something New Zealand needs to have more of, to deal with the sorts of issues governement faces today, like solving use and conservation of fresh water.  There is even some promising practice of collaborative governance such as through the Land and...

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