Tamara Boyd

Tamara Boyd

Tamara Boyd, Australia

Dr Tamara Boyd is an environmental engineer with a PhD in the use of markets to manage natural resources. Tamara is the founding director of Intrinsic Scope, providing professional consulting services, and a non-executive director of the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority. She has previously managed river and wetland health for Parks Victoria and groundwater reform for the Victorian government. Tamara has contributed to various Victorian policies and strategies relating to both water and waterway management and has worked in partnership with Commonwealth and State agencies, catchment management authorities, water authorities, traditional owners and community groups. A Victoria Fellowship enabled Tamara to undertake a study mission into water management in the United States, Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom. She is also a fellow of the Peter Cullen Trust Science to Policy leadership program and a recipient of a National Emergency Medal for services performed during the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

Presentation Title: Tracking and reporting the long-term social and cultural benefits of waterway investment

Long-term targets and trajectories have been created for the social and cultural benefits of investment in waterway health. These encourage managers to recognise the ways improving or maintaining a waterway’s condition can support community outcomes over several decades by achieving shared benefits for Aboriginal and recreational water users. They will help to communicate restoration expectations, track progress and report outcomes to communities. Indicators of social and cultural outcomes will be included in Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (MER) plans for priority sites across Victoria. These indicators may include maintaining or improving the site’s capacity to support recreation or culture and heritage activity, achieved through intermediate outcomes for amenity, accessibility and cultural heritage. A maximum score for an indicator is not necessarily the aim. Rather indicators and their trajectory recognise a site’s unique context and the goals of investment. As an initial trial, several long-term monitoring locations have been selected to track progress against social and cultural indicators. This presentation will feature results from both the Merbein floodplains and the Budj Bim waterway. The Merbein floodplains are popular for a variety of recreation activities, with stakeholders and community keen to see increasing visitation and use by low impact recreational users. Improving both riparian condition and public infrastructure is forecast to generate a significant change in the Recreation Capacity Index, through improvements in amenity and accessibility tracked via target audience satisfaction scores. The Budj Bim waterway is rich in cultural heritage places, including stone huts and engineered wetlands and channels used to hold and harvest eels, comprising the oldest known and continually used aquaculture system in the world. A range of waterway management activities generate significant benefit to the site’s Cultural and Heritage Capacity Index, with key accessibility and cultural heritage outcomes monitored through satisfaction surveys.

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