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The Australian National University

2010 Technical Workshop

Technical Workshop on Socio-Economic Effects of MDB Water Reform

Tuesday 14 December 2010

The technical workshop was sponsored by the Department of Sustainability, Water, Environment, Population and Communities and the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy at the Australian National University. The workshop included presentations on water reform in the Murray-Darling Basin by some of Australia's leading researchers and presentations by social scientists engaged with economic modelling, structural adjustment and community engagement processes within the Basin. The workshop was an invitation-only event limited to a maximum of 100 attendees.

9.30 am

Registration and Morning Tea

9:45 am

Introduction and workshop objectives
Quentin Grafton, Australian National University
Russell James, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

10:00 - 10:45 am

Session 1: Understanding the socio-economic context

Session objective: Consider water use and socio-economic trends over the last decade and in the context of longer term trends.
Chair: Quentin Grafton, ANU

10:00 am

A socio-economic description of the Murray-Darling Basin
Lisa Conolly, Australian Bureau of Statistics
» view powerpoint [PDF 1176KB]

10:20 am

Discussion

10:50 - 12:20 pm

Session 2: Understanding the aggregate economic effects of water reform

Session objective: Consider results from the macroeconomic modelling undertaken so far. Discuss methodological difficulties and data constraints, and further work to increase the robustness of results.
Chair: Jim Donaldson, MDBA

10:50 am

Assessing the regional impact of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and the Australian Government's Water for the Future Program in the Murray Darling Basin
Peter Gooday, ABARE-BRS
» view powerpoint [PDF 553KB]
» listen to audio [MP3 4033KB]

11:10 am

TERM-H2O modelling of drought and buybacks
Glyn Wittwer, Monash University
» view powerpoint [PDF 469KB]
» listen to audio [MP3 5048KB]

11:30 am

Modelling the Impacts of Reduced Surface Water Diversions in the Murray-Darling Basin
Quentin Grafton, Australian National University
» view powerpoint [PDF 372KB]
» listen to audio [MP3 3556KB]

11:50 am

Discussion

12:20 pm

Lunch

1:00 - 2:10 pm

Session 3: Understanding the community level effects of water reform

Session objective: Consider results from the community profiling undertaken so far. Discuss methodological difficulties and data constraints, and further work to increase the robustness of results.
Chair: Robert Tanton, NATSEM

1:00 pm

Indicators of community vulnerability, resilience and adaptive capacity across the Murray-Darling Basin a focus on irrigation in agriculture
Nyree Stenekes, ABARS-BRS
»view powerpoint [PDF 541KB]
» listen to audio [MP3 5927KB]

1:20 pm

Understanding the community level effects of water reform
Jeremy Cheesman, Marsden Jacob Associates
» view powerpoint [PDF 565KB]
» listen to audio [MP3 6459KB]

1:40 pm

Discussion

2:10 - 3:20 pm

Session 4: Structural adjustment and community engagement processes

Session objective: Identify best practice methods for engaging with communities on adjusting to reforms and how to apply those lessons in respect of the Murray-Darling Basin water reforms.
Chair: Drew Collins, BDA Group

2.10 pm

Another way? Working with communities towards understanding and consensus
Tony Westmore, ACOSS
» view powerpoint [PDF 322KB]
» listen to audio [MP3 4400KB]

2.30 pm

Future-oriented community consultation for environmental sustainability
Martin Mulligan, RMIT University
» view powerpoint [PDF 112KB]
» listen to audio [MP3 4198KB]

2.50 pm

Discussion

3:20 pm

Afternoon Tea

3:40 - 4:50 pm

(Cont.) Session 4: Structural adjustment and community engagement processes

Session objective: Identify best practice methods for engaging with communities on adjusting to reforms and how to apply those lessons in respect of the Murray-Darling Basin water reforms.
Chair: Quentin Grafton, ANU

3:40 pm

A stakeholder-led decision making process for setting extraction limits in regional aquifers
Stuart Richardson, Sinclair Knight Mertz
» view powerpoint [PDF 1408KB]
» listen to audio [MP3 5135KB]

4.00 pm

Investing in the Future: Robust Community Transitional Strategies for Livelihood Sustainability the Missing Link in the Guide to the Basin Plan
Chris Miller, Flinders University
» view powerpoint [PDF 219KB]
» listen to audio [MP3 6293KB]

4.20 pm

Discussion

4.50 pm

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