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River basin trajectories: societies, environments and development. Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture Series 8.

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This book contains 11 papers which cover a range of vital topics in the areas of water, agriculture, food security and ecosystems - the entire spectrum of developing and managing water in agriculture, from fully irrigated to fully rainfed lands. They are about people and society, why they decide to adopt certain practices and not others and, in particular, how water management can help poor people...


Chapter 12 (Page no: 263)

Much ado about the Murray: the drama of restraining water use.

This chapter focus on the institutional arrangements developed for integration of management across the states lying within the Murray-Darling basin (MDB) in Australia, set against the evolution of water use and its environmental consequences. It leads up to the recent major change in water resources management in Australia through the ceding of state responsibility to the federal government. Some biophysical, economic and technical background on the pillars of Australian water management, including a well-evolved and, by world standards, sophisticated water-allocation and accounting system are presented. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the current challenges being faced, most notably in environmental water allocation and in adjusting to the significant projected impacts of climatic change. The emerging lessons from Australia are broadly instructive, since its arid climate is already very variable and is expected to experience considerable change, with significant reductions in annual runoff expected in the existing irrigated areas.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) River basin trajectories: an inquiry into changing waterscapes. Author(s): Molle, F. Wester, P.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 20) Squeezed dry: the historical trajectory of the lower Jordan River basin. Author(s): Aken, M. van Molle, F. Venot, J. P.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 47) Are good intentions leading to good outcomes? Continuities in social, economic and hydro-political trajectories in the Olifants River basin, South Africa. Author(s): Merrey, D. J. Lévite, H. Koppen, B. van
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 75) From half-full to half-empty: the hydraulic mission and water overexploitation in the Lerma-Chapala basin, Mexico. Author(s): Wester, P. Mollard, E. Silva-Ochoa, P. Vargas-Velázquez, S.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 99) Managing the Yellow River: continuity and change. Author(s): Pietz, D. Giordano, M.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 123) The Colorado River: what prospect for 'a river no more'? Author(s): Kenney, D. J.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 147) Sharing scarce resources in a Mediterranean River basin: Wadi Merguellil in central Tunisia. Author(s): Goulven, P. le Leduc, C. Bachta, M. S. Poussin, J. C.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 171) Water competition, variability and river basin governance: a critical analysis of the Great Ruaha River, Tanzania. Author(s): Lankford, B. A. Tumbo, S. Rajabu, K.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 196) Buying respite: Esfahan and the Zayandeh Rud River basin, Iran. Author(s): Molle, F. Ghazi, I. Murray-Rust, H.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 214) Rural dynamics and new challenges in the Indian water sector: the trajectory of the Krishna basin, South India. Author(s): Venot, J. P.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 238) Pumped out: basin closure and farmer adaptations in the Bhavani basin in southern India. Author(s): Lannerstad, M. Molden, D.