Journal article

Institutional impediments to conservation of freshwater dependent ecosystems

Daniel A Spring, Luke Croft, Nick R Bond, Shaun C Cunningham, Ralph Mac Nally, Tom Kompas

SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2018

Abstract

When freshwater resources become scarce there is a trade-off between human resource demands and environmental sustainability. The cost of conserving freshwater ecosystems can potentially be reduced by implementing institutional reforms that endow environmental water managers with a permanent water entitlement and the capacity to store, trade and release water. Australia's Murray Darling Basin Plan (MDBP) includes one of the world's most ambitious programs to recover water for the environment, supported by institutional reforms that allow environmental water managers to operate in water markets. One of the anticipated benefits of the Plan is to improve the health of flood-dependent forests, w..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The work undertaken in the paper was undertaken as part of the Modern River Operating Systems theme within the Farms, Rivers and Markets project, funded by the National Water Commission and the Victorian Water Trust. Special thanks to Professor John Langford and Professor Mike Stewardson for timely assistance in the study.