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This network aims to create opportunities for sharing and evolving knowledge to progress the field of Catchment Management across Australia. Through doing this we build cohesive collegial networks and aim to develop leading edge practices that foster collaboration and integration together with other areas of the water sector and across Australia.
What is Catchment Management?
Catchment management, and in particular Integrated Catchment Management (ICM), has the objective of improving and integrating the management of land, water and related biological resources in order to achieve the sustainable and balanced use of these resources.
ICM is the involvement of agencies, stakeholders and general public in policy making, planning, and management to promote sustainable use of natural resources and protect and improve the quality and quantity of water and the environment the water originates from.
One way to achieve the objectives of ICM is through the adoption of uniform principles that are flexible enough to develop management programs adapted to local conditions. The adoption of uniform national principles would facilitate a comprehensive audit and evaluation of catchment management programs, and modifications to be devised and implemented. At present there are no consistent national standards for catchment management across all states and territories.
The 2015-17 Action Plan is under development and will be released shortly. Watch this space!
Want to join the Catchment Management Specialist Network?
If you or a colleague would like to keep updated on the latest developments and events in Catchment Management, then join us! To join this network you must be an AWA member.
AWA would like to engage the wider specialist network members with activities. To do so we are encouraging all network members to join the specialist network LinkedIn group. To access the Catchment Management LinkedIn group visit the Australian Water Association Group and view the sub-groups.
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Got any ideas for our network? We are driven by our member's interests, so why not send us an email and let's see what we can do!
We are driven by our member's interests. If you have any ideas for a project this network could work on to advance Catchment Management, just send us an email and let's see what we can do!
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