An irrigation sustainability assessment framework for reporting across the environmental-economic-social spectrum

Evan W. Christen, Nihal Jayawardane, M. Shepheard, B. Maheshwari, D. Atkins, Penny Davidson, Michael Mitchell, B. Simmons

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In order to promote irrigation sustainability through reporting by irrigation water managers around Australia, we have developed an adaptive framework and methodology for improved triple-bottom-line reporting. The Irrigation Sustainability Assessment Framework (ISAF) was developed to provide a comprehensive framework for irrigation sustainability assessment and integrated triple-bottom-line reporting, and is structured to promote voluntary application of this framework across the irrigation industry, with monitoring, assessment and feedback into future planning, in a continual learning process. Used in this manner the framework serves not only as a 'reporting tool', but also as a 'planning tool' for introducing innovative technology and as a 'processes implementation tool' for enhanced adoption of new scientific research findings across the irrigation industry. The ISAF was applied in case studies to selected rural irrigation sector organisations, with modifications to meet their specific interests and future planning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Role of irrigation and drainage in a sustainable future
EditorsAlbert J Clemmens, Susan S Anderson
Place of PublicationDenver, Colorado
PublisherU.S. Committee on Irrigation and Drainage
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781887903233
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventInternational Conference on Irrigation and Drainage (CID) - Sacramento, California, USA, New Zealand
Duration: 03 Oct 200706 Oct 2007


ConferenceInternational Conference on Irrigation and Drainage (CID)
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand


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