In the last twenty years, policy makers in Australia have been forced to acknowledge that it is not possible to perpetually supply more water at a low cost. Consequently, the country has begun to focus on water resource management through legislative and institutional change attempting to allocate water in a more economically efficient and socially and environmentally acceptable manner.
This book provides insight into the challenges of institutional change, as well as valuable lessons on the design of property rights for complex resources. Contributors from across disciplines address pertinent issues, such as irrigation in the Murray-Darling basin, one of Australia's largest drainage divisions; the progression from common law riparian rights to share-based entitlements that encourage sustainable water use; and the potential outcomes of the recent National Water Initiative, a wide-ranging strategy to improve water management and simultaneously maintain healthy groundwater and river systems.
About the Author
Lin Crase is an associate professor in the School of Business at La Trobe University, where he is also associate head for the Albury-Wodonga campus.
Table of Contents
1. An Introduction to Australian Water Policy
2. The Hydrological Setting
3. Historical Development of Water Resources in Australia: Irrigation in the Murray-Darling Basin
4. Legal Frameworks of Australian Water: Progression from Common Law Rights to Sustainable Shares
5. Uncertainty, Risk and Water Management in Australia
6. The Institutional Setting
7. Coping with the Reforms to Irrigated Agriculture: The Case of Murray Irrigation
9. Ecological Requirements: Creating a Working River in the Murray-Darling Basin
10. Urban Water Management
11. Acknowledging Scarcity and Achieving Reform
12. Urban Reuse and Desalination
13. Water Trading and Market Design
14. Adaptive Management
15. The Social and Cultural Aspects of Sustainable Water Use
16. Lessons from Australian Water Reform