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Catchment Management

     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. 

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    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.

    For more information, see our ACTION PLAN  

    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. 








     February 2014

    Latest newsletter is out now!


    Highlights include:

    • Catchment Management Network Scope
    • Literature of interest
    • Papers
    • Events / Conferences


    Members should have a copy in their inbox and can also access it HERE. If you'd like to receive future issues either:



    Tuesday 29 April, 1045-1730, Brisbane convention & Exhibition Centre
    Jointly presented by AWA's Catchment Management, Environmental Water Management and Rural Water Specialist Networks

    The Ozwater14 theme ‘Water for everyone’ should include the water needs for the environment, the broader need of our catchments and the health of the rivers in the catchment.  The stream will introduce rural water management by showing what is implemented in the Murray-Darling Basin. The Murray-Darling Basin Plan results in the opportunity for leading edge science to be applied. Urban and rural communities will work together to implement the plan in the 22 major catchments of the Murray-Darling Basin. The objective of this stream is to inform delegates of the state of the art of integrated water management at basin scale, and of investments in the basin as part of the Water Act 2007. 

    Speakers include:
    • Tony McLeod, General Manager, Murray-Darling Basin Authority
    • Neil Sims, Land and Water, CSIRO
    • Richard McLoughlin, Department of Environment
    • Nicholas Sheahan, Mallee Catchment Management Authority 
    • Amber Clarke– Sustainable Water Environments Division, Water Group, Department of Environment and Primary Industry, Victoria
    • Richard Kingsford, Australian Wetlands & Rivers Centre
    • Lin Crase, Professor of Applied Economics, Latrobe University
    • Graham Hawke, Bureau of Meteorology
    • Gary Jones, Chief Executive, eWater CRC
    The cost of this full-day stream is included in the Ozwater registration fee. For more information to to 

    To find out when our next event is being held, please contact the network committee


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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!    


    If you would like to contribute to this section, please email us for more information.