4-5th September The Future of Environmental Flows - CANBERRA

Event Cost: 
Ann Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra
Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 9:00am to Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 5:00pm

Environmental flows represent the cornerstone in Australia's approach to adapting freshwater ecosystems to climate change. As an adaptation tool, environmental flows aim to minimise existing stressors, build resilience, protect refuges or enable triage during extreme events, e.g. drought. Over the next century, however, there are likely to be considerable change in the climatic, cultural and institutional settings within which planning and management of environmental flows occurs. This workshop aims to explore these potential changes so that priorities for research and institutional change can be identified. The key questions to be addressed are:

1. What will the objectives and targets for environmental flows be in 2030?

2. What institutional arrangement for managing environmental flows will exist in 2030?

3. how will environmental flows be delivered and monitored in 2030?

4. What knowledge will underpin environmental flow planning and management in 2030?

5. What would be different in a repeat of the "Big Dry"?