23 May Peter Wallbrink
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Dr Peter Wallbrink is the Research Director for Basin Management Outcomes at CSIRO, Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. The Basin Management Outcomes program has an international outlook, and aims to deliver impact and value in the area of integrated water resource management. It has a focus on achieving triple-bottom-line outcomes at the basin scale and seeks to apply its knowledge, tools and processes to a range of large basins in Australia and abroad. He is currently leading a significant portfolio of projects in South Asia with the aim of linking water management decisions to livelihood outcomes.
Peter has significant experience in developing tools and technologies to support basin scale planning, management and use of water, as well as in developing information platforms, standards and architecture to underpin planning and management processes. He has published more than 110 peer-reviewed articles in a diverse range of discipline areas, including soil erosion, sediment generation and redistribution dynamics, land use impacts on water quality, river hydrology, and best practice in applying water management modelling.
Keynote presentation: Towards enabling outcomes from Basin Planning processes – lessons & observations
There are many important outcomes in large basins that can be supported by well-executed Basin Planning processes. However, there are also significant barriers to the design and implementation of a plan, and success is not always certain. We reflect on five issues that appear critical to achieving any intended outcomes.
These issues are: (i) the need to consider Institutional and policy barriers to implementation, ie is there multi-party political will to achieve improved water management outcomes, and is there adequate legislation in place to deliver the policies? (ii) Are the institutional and stakeholder arrangements in place (and of sufficient capacity and maturity) in order to understand, negotiate and implement any benefit sharing (ie trade-offs) arrangements? (iii) Has the physical connectivity of the system been considered as well as an ability of water managers to cope with risks and shocks (ie floods and droughts)? (iv) socio-economic issues and livelihoods appear of equal importance to environmental/engineering concerns, and that culture and gender are becoming increasingly important, and finally, (v) the observed path of practitioners tends towards model complexity to deal with multiple and dynamic water management objectives; this can be at the expense of more simple, and fit for purpose planning approaches.
Authors: Peter Wallbrink, Geoff Podger, Carmel Pollino and Richard McLoughlin
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