Meeting Indigenous peoples' objectives in environmental flow assessments:Case studies from an Australian multi-jurisdictional water sharing initiative

Jackson, Sue, Pollino, Carmel, Maclean, Kirsten, Bark, Rosalind ORCID: and Moggridge, Bradley (2015) Meeting Indigenous peoples' objectives in environmental flow assessments:Case studies from an Australian multi-jurisdictional water sharing initiative. Journal of Hydrology, 522. pp. 141-151. ISSN 0022-1694

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The multi-dimensional relationships that Indigenous peoples have with water are only recently gaining recognition in water policy and management activities. Although Australian water policy stipulates that the native title interests of Indigenous peoples and their social, cultural and spiritual objectives be included in water plans, improved rates of Indigenous access to water have been slow to eventuate, particularly in those regions where the water resource is fully developed or allocated. Experimentation in techniques and approaches to both identify and determine Indigenous water requirements will be needed if environmental assessment processes and water sharing plans are to explicitly account for Indigenous water values. Drawing on two multidisciplinary case studies conducted in Australia's Murray-Darling Basin, we engage Indigenous communities to (i) understand their values and explore the application of methods to derive water requirements to meet those values; (ii) assess the impact of alternative water planning scenarios designed to address over-allocation to irrigation; and (iii) define additional volumes of water and potential works needed to meet identified Indigenous requirements. We provide a framework where Indigenous values can be identified and certain water needs quantified and advance a methodology to integrate Indigenous social, cultural and environmental objectives into environmental flow assessments.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: Funding for this research was provided by the Murray Darling Basin Authority and CSIRO’s Water for a Healthy Country Flagship. The project evolved in partnership with the Ngemba Billabong Restoration and Landcare Group, the Brewarrina Local Aboriginal Land Council and the Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre. We thank these organisations and the Ngemba and Wamba Wamba communities. We also thank Angela Arthington, Tony McLeod and Nick Bond for their comments on the penultimate draft and the journal’s reviewers. Publisher Copyright: © 2015 Published by Elsevier B.V.
Uncontrolled Keywords: cultural water values,environmental flows,indigenous values,murray-darling basin,social assessment,water science and technology ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2300/2312
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Environmental Social Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2021 01:56
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 15:31
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.12.047

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