Bridges and barriers to adaptive management and adaptive governance: The implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan

Speaker: Bill Johnson

Location: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in Building 6, Level C, Room 12

There has been a great deal written and said about adaptive management and adaptive governance since the work of CS Holling, Carl Walters and others in the last quarter of the 20th Century. These days, most natural resource policy and plans include adaptive management of the resource as an objective.

The Murray-Darling Basin Plan is one of these plans. Adaptive management is defined and referred to throughout. More significantly, many important principles of adaptive management and governance are woven into the fabric of the Plan.

Five years from the release of the Basin Plan, how adaptive has the implementation been, and could more have been done?

About Bill

Bill Johnson has worked for state and Commonwealth Governments in water management reform. He managed environmental allocations to the Ramsar-listed Macquarie Marshes and the Gwydir Wetlands, and was involved in water reforms at regional and state levels in New South Wales. He then worked for the Murray-Darling Basin Authority on the preparation and implementation of the Basin Plan.

He now works towards building genuine, broad-based community participation in the management of river systems.