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Broadacre Irrigation Productivity & Sustainability

Sustainable Irrigation Program Research Proposal

Proposal for Broadacre Irrigation Productivity & Sustainability Evaluating innovative farming practices for joint outcomes of productivity and sustainability.

Building a Business Case for Investment in Soil Information

Market dynamics and institutional strategy

Soil information is valuable, but the economic rationale for public funding of soil information – especially large scale mapping programs – appears to be poorly understood and/or articulated at present. Public investment in soil information needs to be strongly linked to market failure and public good arguments. A value chain concept and economic principles enable us to identify the following areas in which market failure arguments could be used in support of a ‘business (more)...

Business futures

Final Report 10

The Goulburn Broken Catchment is known as the food bowl of Australia. It covers 2.4 million hectares and has a population of around 200,000 people (Department of Sustainability and Environment 2005). Irrigated agriculture is a major business engine in the Goulburn Broken region, producing more than $1.2 billion at the farm gate in 2001-2002 from about 280,000 hectares of irrigated agricultural land. Investment in on-farm and processing infrastructure is about A$100 million per annum (Michael Young and (more)...

Capacity Assessment Tool

The Capacity Assessment Tool is designed to help people to think about, and work through, the issues associated with their capacity to engage in riparian restoration works.

Capacity building and knowledge exchange methods for community-based river and riparian management

This report brings together the results of the trip with an executive summary introducing readers to the content of the report by comparing and contrasting Canadian and Australian approaches to capacity building and knowledge exchange.The executive summar

Capacity of landmanagers to adopt sustainable management practices

Socio-economic Indicators & Protocols for the National NRM Monitoring & Evaluation Framework

The Natural Heritage Ministerial Board has tasked the NLWRA (2003-08) with coordinating the collation of data to support reporting on natural resource condition under the National Natural Resource Management Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (NM&EF). As described in the NM&EF “the health of the nation’s natural resources is being assessed to provide a (more)...

Carbon Uptake and Water Use of Vegetation Under Climate Change

Accumulation and storage of carbon in trees is one method of sequestration which may help offset increasing atmospheric CO2 concentrations. However, for every molecule of CO2 absorbed by a leaf, up to a thousand molecules of water are released as transpiration, water that has moved out of the soil into the atmosphere. Therefore, simply planting more trees to absorb more CO2 is not as risk-free as may originally be thought, (more)...

Cartography for environmental law - effective regulation of natural resource use

Fact Sheet: Research project TPF1 of Social and Institutional Research Program

Case Studies of Current Regional/Catchment Integrated Assessments

This report provides detailed evaluation and analysis of each of the eight cast studies profiled for the National Land and Water Resources Audit (NLWRA) as part of Case Studies of Curren

Catchment assessment techniques to help determine priorities in river restoration

The intent is for the assessment techniques described to provide an improved rational basis for setting stream rehabilitation priorities. Focus catchments were chosen that had issues aligned with those in the project objectives. Two existing assessment techniques; SedNet (Prosser et al., 2001) and RARC (Jansen et al., 2004a), were selected to be developed for regional scale priority setting, based on the project team’s expertise with these techniques. These techniques were (more)...

Catchment Characterisation

A first sieve for managing dryland salinity

Catchment Story

A classroom exercise for teachers of primary and lower secondary  Materials  A Large Transparent (Glass) Aquarium or similar container 30 ( Minimum 24) small film cannisters Various materials to represent pollution as outlined in the list attached Two large glasses Paper towels, filters, scoops, strainers, milk cartons with soil to ensure correct disposal of polluted water and (more)...