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Environmental Water Requirements of Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems

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LINK: http://www.environment.gov.au/water/publications/environmental/rivers/nrhp/groundwater.html

Description

This report deals with the three main stages in the process of allocating groundwater to meet the needs of dependent ecosystems. The report also proposes a policy framework for this process that could be adopted at national and state levels.

The objectives of the project are:

  • identify those important groundwater dependent ecosystems in Australia that are at high risk of degradation from current or future changes in catchment hydrology;
  • determine the processes involved in alteration of these systems, especially the impact of water extraction;
  • develop a method for determination of environmental water requirements that will protect these systems against decline in their ecological character;
  • identify information gaps in determining environmental water requirements of groundwater dependent ecosystems;
  • identify the practical limitations and opportunities available for implementation of environmental water requirements to these systems;
  • identify primary economic drivers for implementing water management regimes to protect groundwater dependent ecosystems;
  • describe a framework for assessing the economic feasibility of implementing management regimes.

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Regions: Canada, World

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