Planning for the future: integrated water management in the Ord River catchment
IWC's Poh-Ling Tan, Professor for Water Law and Governance, joined with Graduate Certificate in Water Planning Alumni Susannah Cullen, Water Engineer and Project Manager for MWH Global in London, UK, and Adam Turville, Project Officer in the MidCoast Water planning team, Australia, to write the article.
The paper discusses the new Ord WAP using an integrated water management approach. It finds that water planning would be assisted with more transparent risk assessment, social input and economic evaluation, and that negotiating the multiple perspectives of stakeholders would need to consider the benefits that people obtain from ecosystems and placing an economic value on this natural capital. The authors suggest that these lessons are applicable to other water resources in the north.
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Article reprinted Courtesy the Australian Water Association. First published Water Journal, Vol 41, No 4, June 2014