Water Policy Reform

Water Policy Reform

Lessons in Sustainability from the Murray–Darling Basin

Edited by John Quiggin, Thilak Mallawaarachchi and Sarah Chambers

Agriculture in the Murray–Darling Basin of Australia represents a controversial ‘policy experiment’ comprising large capital investments, innovation and enterprise across a hundred-year period. This book, which contains contributions from some of Australia’s foremost economic, social science and public policy researchers and writers, examines the evolution of public policy frameworks that transformed water management from initial exploitation for irrigation as a dominant single use to a dynamic multiple use resource system.

Risk and Sustainable Management Group

Edited by John Quiggin, Thilak Mallawaarachchi and Sarah Chambers

Subjects: development studies, development studies, environment, environmental geography, management natural resources, water

Extract

The Risk and Sustainable Management Group (RSMG) at The University of Queensland was established in 2004 as part of a Federation Fellowship research project, funded by the Australian Research Council. RSMG is supported jointly by the School of Economics (Faculty of Business, Economics and Law) and the School of Political Science and International Studies (Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences). Since its inception, RSMG considered that climate change and water availability are the two most pressing issues we face amongst the problems of sustainable management of environmental resources: they are complex and complicated by incomplete knowledge and by the uncertainty inherent in natural ecosystems and processes. The research of RSMG has focused on improving our understanding of all aspects of this process, from fundamental conceptual issues regarding uncertainty to the policy problems involved in developing a sustainable system of water entitlements for the Murray–Darling Basin. xvii Columns Design XML Ltd / Job: Quiggin-Water_Policy_Reform / Division: 00Prelims /Pg. Position: 1 / Date: 31/1