Managing Water for Australia: The Social and Institutional Challenges

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Karen Hussey, Stephen Dovers
Csiro Publishing, 2007 - Science - 157 pages
Australian water policy and management are undergoing rapid and immense change in response to drought, technological advances, climate change and demographic and economic shifts. The National Water Initiative and the 2007 Australian Government water policy statements propose a fundamental shift in how Australians will use and manage water in the future.

The implementation of the national water policy presents many challenges-the creation of water rights and markets, comprehensive water planning, new legislative settings, community participation in water management, linking urban and rural water management, and more.

Managing Water for Australiabrings together leading social sciences researchers and practitioners to identify the major challenges in achieving sustainable water management, to consolidate current knowledge, and to explore knowledge gaps in and opportunities for furthering water reform.The book features a strong and constructive focus on the reform agenda for water policy; offers a substantial, rigorous and highly topical contribution of knowledge to Australia's water resource management capacities; and brings together a range of specialists from the social science disciplines, including political scientists, economists, sociologists and legal scholars.

Contributors include: Kathleen Bowmer, Serena Chen, Daniel Connell, Stephen Dovers, Douglas E Fisher, Alex Gardner, Geraldine Gentle, R. Quentin Grafton, Steve Hatfield-Dodds, Karen Hussey, Sue Jackson, Tony Jakeman, Rebecca Letcher, Joe Morrison, Chris Olszak, Deborah Peterson, Lisa Robins, Kate Stoeckel, Geoff Syme and Mike Young.
 

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Contents

Water reform in Australia the National WaterInitiative and the role of the National Water Commission
1
The role of communication and attitudes researchin the evolution of effective resource management arrangements
11
Indigenous perspectives in water managementreforms and implementation
23
Environmental water allocations and their governance
43
Water planning principles practices and evaluation
59
Water trading and pricing
73
Linking rural and urban water systems
85
Integrated assessment of impacts of policy and waterallocation changes across social economic and environmentaldimensions
97
Delivering the National Water Initiative the emergence ofinnovative legal doctrine
113
Delivering the National Water Initiative institutionalroles responsibilities and capacities
127
International perspectives on water policy andmanagement emerging principles common challenges
141
Index
155
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Karen Hussey teaches at Australia National University.

Stephen Dovers is a Professor and the Director of the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University. He focuses on generic policy and institutional dimensions in environment and sustainability, combining contemporary and historical perspectives across a diverse range of sectors, most of which represent environmental dilemmas with strong justice conflicts.

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