Adaptation and mitigation: Identifying low risk climate change mitigation and adaptation in catchment management while avoiding unintended consequences.

Synthesis and Integrative Research Program
Max Finlayson
Charles Sturt University
Year Started: 
New South Wales

Some climate change adaptation and mitigation measures proposed for water resources can be considered ‘maladaptation’ as they may have negative or unintended consequences for other elements of the catchment. This project will focus on three catchments in the Murray Darling Basin and examine the practicalities of a range of complementary measures for managing rivers and wetlands that have the potential to enhance the resilience of catchments to bio-physical and economic impacts. It will deliver a plain-English guide to the risks, costs and benefit of different mitigation and adaptation options for southern Australian rivers.

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