Decision Making in Water Resources Policy and Management

Decision Making in Water Resources Policy and Management

An Australian Perspective

1st Edition - May 19, 2017

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  • Editors: Barry Hart, Jane Doolan
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128105238
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128105245

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Decision-Making in Water Resource Policy and Management: An Australian Perspective presents the latest information in developing new decision-making processes. Topics covered include key aspects of water resources planning, recent water resource policy changes in irrigation, urban, and environmental considerations, the evolution of a water market, a number of case studies that provide real examples of improved decision-making, transfer of the Australian experience overseas, and challenges for the future. Many countries are experiencing major water scarcity problems which will likely intensify with the continued impacts of climate change. In response to this challenge, there is increased worldwide focus on the development of more sustainable and integrated water resource policies. The Australian experience over the past three decades has led to major improvements in the decision-making processes in water resources policy and management, particularly in response to drought and climate change, providing a great model on which other nations can use and adapt. This information is essential to early to mid-career practitioners engaged in policy, planning and operational roles in all fields of water resource policy and management, and catchment management.

Key Features

  • Summarizes key results from three decades of changes in Australian water resource policy
  • Illustrates how Australian knowledge is being used in other countries and how this might be expanded
  • Provides international practitioners with real examples of where and how the Australian knowledge is assisting in other situations


Early to mid-career practitioners engaged in policy, planning and operational roles in all fields of water resource policy and management and in catchment management

Table of Contents


    CHAPTER 1 Water Resource Policy, Planning and Management in Australia—An Overview
    J. Doolan, B.T. Hart


    CHAPTER 2 Managing the River Murray: One Hundred Years of Politics
    C. Guest

    CHAPTER 3 Evolution of Water Entitlements and Markets in Victoria, Australia
    C. Fitzpatrick

    CHAPTER 4 Agriculture in Northern Victoria (Australia) Over the Past 20–30 Years: Factors Influencing Decision Making by Individual Farmers
    R. Rendell

    CHAPTER 5 Urban—Major Reforms in Urban Water Policy and Management in Major Australian Cities
    J. Chong, S. White

    CHAPTER 6 Environmental Water Reform
    S.E. Bunn


    CHAPTER 7 Environmental Flows and Eco-Hydrological Assessments in Rivers
    M.J. Stewardson, J.A. Webb, A. Horne

    CHAPTER 8 The Role of Economic Analysis in Water Resource Management—The Murray-Darling Experience
    D. James

    CHAPTER 9 Social-Ecological Analyses for Better Water Resources Decisions
    S.A. Bekessy, M.J. Selinske

    CHAPTER 10 Assessing and Managing the Social Effects of Water Reform in Agricultural Areas
    J. Schirmer

    CHAPTER 11 Finding Diamonds in the Dust: Community Engagement in Murray-Darling Basin Planning
    P.-L. Tan, K. Auty

    CHAPTER 12 Integrated Approaches Within Water Resource Planning and Management in Australia—Theory and Application
    C.A. Pollino, S.H. Hamilton, B. Fu, A.J. Jakeman


    CHAPTER 13 Case Study 1—The Murray-Darling Basin Plan
    B.T. Hart, D. Davidson

    CHAPTER 14 The Victorian Waterway Management Strategy
    S.E. Loo, A. Clarke

    CHAPTER 15 Managing Water Quality for the Great Barrier Reef
     R. Eberhard, J. Brodie, J. Waterhouse


    CHAPTER 16 Knowledge Transfer in International Water Resource Management—Six Challenges
     I. Campbell, C. Barlow

    CHAPTER 17 Building Expertise in River Basin Modeling—Transfer of Knowledge from Australia to India
    C.A. Pollino, P.J. Wallbrink, A.K. Parashar, G.M. Podger, R. McLoughlin

    CHAPTER 18 Design of a National River Health Assessment Program for China
    C. Gippel, Y. Zhang, X.D. Qu, N. Bond, W.J. Kong, C. Leigh, J. Catford, R. Speed, W. Meng


    CHAPTER 19 Future Challenges
    B.T. Hart, J. Doolan, S.E. Bunn, A. Horne, C.A. Pollino, R. Rendell, A. Webb


Product details

  • No. of pages: 398
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2017
  • Published: May 19, 2017
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128105238
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128105245

About the Editors

Barry Hart

Professor Barry Hart is Director of the environmental consulting company Water Science Pty Ltd. He is also Emeritus Professor at Monash University, where previously he was Director of the Water Studies Centre. Prof Hart has established an international reputation in the fields of ecological risk assessment, environmental flow decision-making, water quality and catchment management and environmental chemistry. He is well known for his sustained efforts in developing knowledge-based decision making processes in natural resource management in Australia and south-east Asia. Prof Hart is currently a board member of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and a non-executive Director of Alluvium Consulting Australia Pty Ltd. He is also Deputy Chair of the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing of Onshore Unconventional Reservoirs in the Northern Territory, which commenced in December 2016.He has received several awards, including the Limnology Medal (1982) from the Australian Society for Limnology, the Environmental Chemistry Medal (1996) and Applied Chemistry Medal (1998) from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, a Centenary Medal for services to water quality management and environmental protection (2003) and was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2012.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Water Science Pty Ltd, Australia; Emeritus Professor Monash University

Jane Doolan

Professor Jane Doolan is a Professorial Fellow in Natural Resource Governance at the University of Canberra. She has extensive senior leadership experience working in sustainable water resource and environmental management, having provided policy advice to governments on issues such as urban and rural water supply and security, national water reform, and water sector governance. She has driven important initiatives in river health, environmental water allocation and catchment management, and the management of water during drought and climate change. Her career encompasses intergovernmental policy development and negotiations, particularly in relation to the management of the Murray–Darling Basin. Previously held positions include Commissioner with the National Water Commission and Deputy Secretary for Water in the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries. She is currently the Chair of the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre and a Director of Western Water Authority.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professorial Fellow in Natural Resource Governance, University of Canberra, Australia

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