Researchers at the Centre for Applied Conservation Science at the University of Adelaide are currently …
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What goes around comes around: a recent history of evaluation in natural resources management in SA. Lessons, gaps and opportunities. Twenty years ago, SA introduced new legislation and levees for catchment water management (Water Resources Act, SA 1997) and later management of natural resources generally (Natural Resources Management Act, SA 2004). Regional boards were established and still operate – managing natural resources using funds from locally-raised levees, Federal and State programs and industry partnerships. Building on international good practice examples from Canada and the USA, as well as carefully selected behavioural and organisational change theories, the regulations introduced 20 years ago included requirements to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of NRM programs and policies implemented at the state, regional and local levels.This presentation leads the audience through a rapid appraisal of how the good intentions of 20 years ago have been realised in practice.
Desalination has come to the fore in Australia as a means of “water proofing” Australian coastal cities against drought. The construction of large desalination plants along the coast has generated considerable public debate, with questions raised by the community about the potential impacts of these plants on the local environment. In a recent review of the impacts associated with desalination plants, it was noted that the greater proportion of published information was descriptive and provided little quantitative data that could be assessed independently. In Australia, a large number of detailed monitoring studies have been developed to assess the environmental performance of seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plants. These studies have provided a substantial volume of information, which in general is lost in the grey literature of internal reports to regulatory bodies. The presentation will discuss some of the “known knowns and the known unknowns” of marine discharges associated with the operation of a SWRO desalination plant based on experiences acquired from the construction and operation of the Adelaide Desalination Plant. Contact Bob Newman 0439 821 742
The Conference will include the 2017 State Landcare Award presentations.
With the theme of Celebrating Innovation and Diversity in Landcare, the Conference will showcase Landcare and natural resources programmes from across South Australia. As in 2015, the Conference will include keynote presentations by national, state, regional and local leaders in Landcare and natural resources management. It will bring together Landcarers from across South Australia to network with peers, share experiences and ideas, acknowledge the huge achievements of the Landcare community and inspire Landcarers to continue their valuable work.
Through keynote addresses, presented papers, workshops and field tours the Conference will explore innovation and diversity in Landcare in four key streams of engagement | security | enterprise | partnerships. These streams will integrate and address Landcare themes of Biodiversity Management and Conservation, Aboriginal Land Management, Coastal Management and Sustainable Farming and Fishing.
Conference delegates are also invited to experience landcare and natural resource management in the Northern and Yorke NRM Region, through five field tours to local sites and projects.