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Michael Douglas, Brendan Edgar, Jim Donaldson. Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia Outline Background, problem, approach.

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1 Michael Douglas, Brendan Edgar, Jim Donaldson

2 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia Outline Background, problem, approach Major findings and implications LWAs contribution

3 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia

4 Mimosa

5 >60% of Australias water resources

6 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia Heffernan touted the Ord as the next food bowl

7 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia Ord stage 2 sldie

8 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia Research to underpin sustainable management Likely to be more development in northern Australia Need to avoid the mistakes made in the south Lack of basic knowledge of the full implications of options => Clear need for research

9 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia TRaCKs Aim To provide science and knowledge that governments, communities and industries need for the sustainable management of Australias tropical rivers and estuaries

10 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia Over 80 researchers from 18 organisations - CDU, GU, UWA, UQ - JCU, ANU, Uni. Canberra - North Australian Indigenous Land & Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA) - CSIRO, eriss, AIMS, GeoScience Australia - NT, WA, Qld Governments TRaCK Research Consortium

11 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia TRaCK Program 27 Research projects, Why do people value tropical rivers? 2.How do tropical rivers differ across the region? 3.How do tropical rivers work (physical and biological processes)? 4.What are the economic opportunities for Indigenous people? 5.How can we make good decisions about managing tropical rivers? 6.How can we ensure uptake of this research?

12 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia Where is TRaCK working? Daly Fitzroy Mitchell Flinders Darwin Region

13 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia Outline Background, problem, approach Major findings and implications LWAs contribution

14 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia Why do people value tropical rivers? National and Catchment scale: - For the Indigenous people, environment and recreational use - Moderate expansion of irrigated agriculture. Local community scale: - Harvesting and consuming aquatic resources can make a substantial contribution to Indigenous household economies.

15 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia Daly seasonal calendar

16 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia How do tropical rivers differ across the region?

17 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia Socio-economic profiling Demographic Characteristics Economic Parameters Individual Wellbeing Infrastructure and Services Institutional Arrangements Environment and Culture TRaCK Project 3.1: Stoeckl, Larson, Alexandritis, Stanley, Carson, Taylor

18 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia Ecohydrological regionalisation Predictable summer highly intermittent Stable summer baseflow (groundwater) Stable summer baseflow (rainfall) Extreme harsh summer intermittent

19 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia Hyrtls Catfish Biodiversity surveys

20 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia High conservation value aquatic ecosystems (HCVAE) using river biodiversity data Dave Wilson Neil Armstrong Dave Wilson Fish Turtle

21 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia How can we make good decisions? Trial of collaborative approaches in NT water allocation planning process

22 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia 1.Improved knowledge 2.New tools and approaches 3.High level end-user engagement Outcomes of the TRaCK program

23 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia 1.Improved knowledge 2.New tools and approaches 3.High level end-user engagement 4.Increased capacity -Researchers: -30 new research staff, 15 postgraduates -Tropical regions, Cross-cultural environments -End users: -Water managers Outcomes of the TRaCK program

24 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia Capacity building with Indigenous catchment groups Supported development of Indigenous catchment groups Training: Governance, Research skills, Presentation skills

25 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia 1.Improved knowledge 2.New tools and approaches 3.High level of end-user engagement 4.Increased capacity 5.Indigenous partnerships Outcomes of the TRaCK program

26 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia 1.Improved knowledge 2.New tools and approaches 3.Increased capacity 4.High level engagement 5.Indigenous partnerships 6.Improved management Outcomes of the TRaCK program

27 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia How will this research make a difference? Informing policy debate - Wild Rivers Qld, Living Rivers NT, Northern development Assessment and planning: Regional - Northern Taskforce (ONA, NWC) - North Australian Water Futures Assessment (DEWHA, NWC) - Kimberley & Cape York Heritage Assessments (DEWHA) Assessment and planning: Catchment/aquifer - Environmental flow assessments - Water allocation planning processes (NT, WA and Qld Departments) Monitoring - River & Wetland Health (DEWHA & NWC, NT, WA, Qld Govt, NRM Groups, Kowanyama Land and Natural Resource Management Office) - Working on Country Ranger Program (DEWHA) Opportunities for Indigenous enterprises - Water markets and water rights

28 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia Where to next for TRaCK? Originally planned as a 10 year program Support for a continuation beyond 2010 TRaCK consortium UJV - Co-ordinate funds from a range of sources North Australian Biodiversity Hub - Expands the scope of TRaCK – Catchment to Coast 1.Biodiversity patterns 2.Threats to biodiversity and ecosystem resilience 3.Planning for conservation and management 4.Biodiversity values and Indigenous livelihoods 5.Ecosystem health assessment 6.Knowledge management and adoption

29 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia Outline Background, problem, approach Major findings and implications LWAs contribution

30 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia TRACK History: LWA Tropical Rivers Forum, Darwin - LWA Ecosystem Processes Project (CDU, GU, UWA) $30k Develop conceptual models of ecosystem processes Scope a larger program of research Identify opportunities for integrated research Develop TRaCK Prospectus with LWA - Submit CERF application with LWA as host organisation NAILSMA join consortium - CERF funding - NWC funding - Qld Smart state

31 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia LWA Contribution 1.Big picture vision for R&D - Scoping studies - Seeding funds for developing ideas

32 Daly River Fish and Flows Project

33 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia Bayesian Belief Network Model

34 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia LWA Contribution 1.Big picture vision for R&D - Scoping studies - Seeding funds for developing ideas 2.Multidisciplinary, cross-program

35 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia TRaCK end-users/funders >$34m program ~$ 23 m cash - Dept. Environment, Water, Heritage & the Arts - National Water Commission - Queensland Government - Land and Water Australia - Fisheries R&D Corporation > $11m in-kind - Qld, NT, WA Governments - Regional NRM and Catchment groups - Indigenous organisations (Land councils, communities) - Industry e.g. Fisheries - Environment NGOs

36 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia LWA Contribution 1.Big picture vision for R&D - Scoping studies - Seeding funds for developing ideas 2.Multidisciplinary, cross-program 3.Brokering funding partnerships

37 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia TRaCKs Governance structure Program Management Committee John Childs (Chair) Richard Jenkins, Cape York Land Council Michael Robinson, LWAPeter Whitehead, NT NRETA Christine Schweizer, DEWHAGreg Claydon, Qld. DNRW Kerry Olsson, NWCNaomi Arrowsmith, WA DOW Research Executive Committee Michael Douglas, CDU, (Chair) Stuart Bunn, GU (Dep. Chair)Jim Donaldson, LWA Peter Davies, UWASue Jackson, CSIRO SE Ruth OConnor, CDUJon Olley, CSIRO LW Joe Morrison, NAILSMABrendan Edgar, LWA, (Executive Officer) Land and Water Australia Board Project Co-ordinators

38 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia LWA Contribution 1.Big picture vision for R&D - Scoping studies - Seeding funds for developing ideas 2.Multidisciplinary, cross-program 3.Brokering funding partnerships 4.Reputation, governance, management

39 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia How can we ensure uptake of this research? Knowledge and Adoption Theme - Staff, strategy and implementation plans - Communication products/activities Active engagement of end users Clear pathways for adoption - e.g. Planning processes, monitoring programs

40 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia LWA Contribution 1.Big picture vision for R&D - Scoping studies - Seeding funds for developing ideas 2.Multidisciplinary, cross-program 3.Brokering funding partnerships 4.Reputation, governance, management 5.Knowledge & Adoption

41 Research to support river and estuary management in northern Australia LWA Contribution 1.Big picture vision for R&D - Scoping studies - Seeding funds for developing ideas 2.Multidisciplinary, cross-program 3.Brokering funding partnerships 4.Reputation, governance, management 5.Knowledge & Adoption 6.Commitment to the North - Enduring influence – Kate, Brendan, John, Andrew, Me


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