Environmental water delivery is becoming more frequently used to help restore riverine ecosystems. Environmental watering actions have been undertaken in the Edward-Wakool system in New South Wales since 2010. There is a diverse and active community that has been engaged in activities associated with environmental watering in this system. Uptake of localism principles by key project partners from 2010 to 2014 created opportunities to re-engage with a community disenfranchised by recent institutional and regulatory changes. Over time, stakeholder engagement (classified according to the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation) has shifted from lower levels of engagement (ie. Inform, Consult, Involve) to higher levels (Collaborate and Empower). A refocusing of community engagement using the approaches of adaptive management and localism enabled trust to be built between all parties (investors, water managers, delivery partners and the broader community) and promoted a willingness to share responsibility to achieve a shared vision for the system. The ultimate expression of this trend has been the establishment of the Edward-Wakool Stakeholder Committee, which aims to engage stakeholders in decision-making, facilitate information exchange and coordination of activities, and support adaptive management of projects in the Edward-Wakool system. The increased stakeholder engagement has enabled an adaptive management approach to be implemented that can respond to stakeholder needs and, at the same time, lead to improved environmental and social outcomes.
|Conference||7th Australian Stream Management Conference|
|Abbreviated title||Catchment to Coast|
|Period||27/07/14 → 30/07/14|