Presentation on theme: "The Sustainability Challenge"— Presentation transcript:
1 The Sustainability Challenge TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE REPORTING TO ENHANCE SUSTAINABILITY
2 The challenge The project vision is for… “…an irrigation industry that applies triple-bottom-line reporting for continuous improvement and enhanced sustainability”.
3 Sustainability Challenge Project Concurrent and converging componentsKnowledge about sustianability and irrigationTBL FrameworkSI’s, their selection and useCase study Organisation AnalysisParticipatory MethodEvaluation MethodTBL reporting reviewCase Study LearningWorkshops & PlanningTBL Reporting and evaluationCase Study EvaluationIrrigationSustainabilityAssessmentGuidelines
4 Irrigation Sustainability Assessment 1. Irrigation sustainability principles2. High-level objectives3. Linkages between each high-level objective and:SubcomponentsOperational objectives4. Indicators and performance measures
5 Irrigation Sustainability Principles Ensuring the health of the supply river and groundwater/drainage systems, and maintaining extractions at sustainable levelsUsing, conserving and enhancing the land/water/ biota resources in irrigation areas and associated areas, now and into the futureMaintaining the economic and social services and benefits to rural and associated urban communities that enhances the quality of life, now and into the future
6 ISAF AND MI BUSINESS PLANNING 1. Irrigation sustainability principles2. High-level objectives – based onissues of concern for stakeholders3. Component tree of each H-L objectiveSubcomponentsOperational objectives4. Sustainability indicatorsMI - Management plans/activities of irrigation company such as: Business plan, LWMP, etcBusiness objectivesActivities - KPI’sLower two tiers of generic component tree modifiable by users to suit local conditions/concerns provide flexibility, and direct links to MI business management plans/activities
7 ‘Business Scorecard’A business management approach links discussion of overall strategic directions with each business unit’s goals; allows input from staff on business objectives as well as performance indicatorsStrategic Directions DocumentBusiness Unit PlanIndividual and team performance plansCorporate PlanExecutive performance PlanStrategic Plan
8 Overview of sustainability issues Environmental issues / objectivesIn BSC planDownstream impacts on water resourcesDegradation of irrigated lands – e.g. salinityMaintain water qualityWeedsCatchment target implicationsDisjointed biodiversity areasAdded to BSCClimate change – reduce greenhouse emissionsWUE & groundwater rechargeClimate change – seek energy efficienciesRoot zone salinity / depth of groundwaterOtherEcosystem services opportunitiesSub optimal understanding of impacts of irrigationBiophysical state of Murrumbidgee & Tumut Rivers – upstream in and downstream impactLong term viability of perennial horticultureLack of land use capability information
9 Overview of sustainability issues Economic issues / objectivesIn BSC planReduced allocations to areaMaintain profitability of irrigation farmingWater tradeIncreased legislative requirements – influence legislationMI governanceAdded to BSCLong term infrastructure – financial securityMinimise impacts of water competition / maintain attractivenessOtherAttract / maintain value adding industriesMaintain / grow diversity of agricultural industrySustaining growth of businessesMaintain / grow diversity of industriesBenchmarking performance with other irrigation areas
10 Overview of sustainability issues Social-political issues / objectivesIn BSC planEmployment security within companyAdded to BSCAdd to quality of life in regionAttract skilled & unskilled labourGain/influence community acceptance of irrigationOtherDeclining services: health, education & transportEmployment security in regionRural unemploymentChange in population demographicsReduce poverty / equitable wealth distributionDiminishing political significanceImage of irrigation in wider communityReduced government support / input into NRMControlling development demand
11 ISAF and the Urban case study Successful application withLower Nepean Hawksbury Water Users Assoc, primary producer and cut flower irrigatorsCouncilsWater provider4 tier framework adapted to 5 step worksheet
12 5 Step Process Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Adopt or develop principles that define irrigation sustainabilityIrrigation Sustainability Principles (ISAF)1…etcNew sustainability principled (if needed)Step 2Adopt or develop high-level objectives to give more detail about sustainability in irrigationHigh level objectives (ISAF)New high level obj (if needed)Step 3List the issues with regard to irrigation sustainability, that your organisation would like to improveStep 4Turn these issues into objectives for your organisationObjectives that will help our organisation improve our irrigation sustainabilityIndicators for each objective1.2.Step 5Develop indicators for each objective that will show progress towards sustainability.22.214.171.124.
13 Urban response to framework Responses to evaluation of the process100% of participants thought it relevant100% of participants thought it a useful process94% of participants thought the process easy to useReadily usable and logical process, good for planning specific action from general ideas about sustainability.Plain language version neededElectronic format would be good
14 Final products – Report Series TBL Approach and Irrigation Sustainability Assessment (Mid May)The triple bottom line approach and performance reporting in the Australian irrigation industry,Irrigation Sustainability Assessment FrameworkIndicators of performance and their criteria for selection.Case Study Experience (Mid May)Murrumbidgee Irrigation Case Study,Lower Burdekin Case Study,Urban Case Study,Murray Irrigation Limited and their move to sustainability reportingIntegrated reporting processes (Early June)Participatory approach to performance reportingEvaluating performance reporting across each case studySustainability Reporting For Irrigation - TBL recipe / glossy (June 30)background, ISAF and indicators, how to …,appendix case study summaries