Recent world experience has increased awareness of the risks and consequences of water use decisions and the need for a new approach to decision-making that places greater emphasis on the involvement of local communities and communities of interest. Dealing with complexity, uncertainty and risk emerges as a shared need and responsibility for government and communities, highlighting the importance of mutual learning, shared knowledge and systems thinking. Local knowledge and effective long-term policy-stakeholder-research partnerships can support social learning and a more adaptive and resilient approach to irrigation, water and catchment management. In this paper we discuss challenges and successes the Cooperative Research Centre for Irrigation Futures (CRC IF) System Harmonisation program experienced working with five irrigated regions across Australia. We also draw from these different regional experiences some common lessons for harmonising irrigation systems and confronting complex water challenges.
|Conference||Australian Irrigation Conference, Jointly run by Irrigation Australia and Irrigation Futures|
|Period||08/06/10 → 11/06/10|