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Collaborative water management in the Ringarooma River catchment Tasmania, Australia


Cleary, C and Hardie, S and Morrison, B and Aldridge, A and Pryor, S, Collaborative water management in the Ringarooma River catchment Tasmania, Australia, Proceedings of the 9th Australian Stream Management Conference, 12-15 August 2018, Hobart, Australia, pp. 213-222. ISBN 9780734054555 (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Sustainable resource use and agricultural production systems underpin Tasmania’s ‘clean green’ market advantage. To support this, 12 statutory water management plans have been adopted in Tasmania between 2003 and 2016. Rapid changes in the water management environment occurred concurrently with water planning, and were driven by expansion of irrigated agriculture, increased demand for water and new water markets. Strategic evaluations of the effectiveness of water planning (2003-2018) and identification of emerging risks and new opportunities have initiated a rethink of approaches to water management and planning in Tasmania. More effective collaborative approaches to water management and planning involving the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (the regulator), other water managers, stakeholders and scientists are now being undertaken.

The Ringarooma River catchment, north-east Tasmania (Australia) provides a useful case study that demonstrates how Tasmania’s water management environment is changing and how policy makers have responded to stakeholder’s concerns that local knowledge was not being adequately recognised or utilised. This paper outlines how the Ringarooma River Catchment Water Management Plan 2014 is enabling collaboration between community-based water managers, the regulator and scientists to support greater community participation in implementing water management strategies.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:flow management, adaptive management, water planning, collaboration, community, Tasmania, irrigation
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of benthic marine ecosystems
UTAS Author:Hardie, S (Dr Scott Hardie)
ID Code:128365
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2018-09-14
Last Modified:2020-11-11

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