Improved water productivity and increased export incomes are at the heart of a new National water management blueprint launched at the University of Melbourne recently.
The Blueprint for Regional Water Productivity launched by Minister for Environment, The Hon Greg Hunt will position Australia as a world leader in water resource management.
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The Blueprint was developed as part of the Carlton Connect Initiative led by Professor Peter Scales from the Melbourne School of Engineering.
“We have some major objectives in mind. We want to look at irrigated and rain-fed agriculture that takes maximum advantage of variable water availability. We need to move towards environmental water management that is underpinned by a strong evidence base,” he said.
“The project will also look at efficient water distribution and markets that promote multiple benefits and planning that will enrich regional communities.”
Achievement of the objectives will result in a more sustainable approach to economic development and help create more resilient regional communities.
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Catchment management involves the integration of sound biophysical information with social and economic analysis. This is used to achieve the best outcomes for a catchment’s natural resources and the people who live and work there.
Students studying Integrated Water Catchment Management major in the Master of Environment will look into the functioning of catchments and the constraints to improving catchment management; particularly, how these constraints can be eased.
Integrated Water Catchment Management is appropriate for professionals working in soil and water regulation, land management, and conservation in the private and public sectors. It is suitable for students with a first degree in physical science, life science, social science, engineering, forestry, horticulture or agriculture.