Water use in Australia faces a major transformation as a result of the high and growing pressures on rivers ands aquifers to meet multiple demands: for irrigation, for expanding cities and for the burgeoning resources sector. There is also a wide recognition that rivers, lakes and wetlands have specific environmental water needs as well as less tangible social and cultural values.
To meet competing demands for water resources requires system-wide understanding as well as robust science to underpin trade-offs. Developing information systems and services can increase efficiencies in water planning, water trading, river operations and sustainable catchment management.
The Integrated Water Resources Management Theme addresses the issues of how to manage rural water resources in an integrated way to better meet the needs of irrigation, the resources sector, urban demand and water for the environment.
The theme also seeks to apply its research to water resources management issues in developing countries. Water use in these countries is often characterised by trans-boundary ownership of the relevant basin with neighbouring countries. This situation often generates multiple competing demands from owners over development rights, use and access.
Read more about Integrated Water Resources Management.