In 2010, the formation of the Australian Water Project (AWP) was announced. The AWP is a joint project by CEDA, Harvard University and UniWater (a venture between the University of Melbourne and Monash University). The project will conduct independent analyses into Australia's water shortages and policy solutions. Crisis and Opportunity: Lessons of Australian Water Reform is the first discussion paper (volume 1) from the Australian Water Resources Project.
Crisis and Opportunity: Lessons of Australian Water aims to drive debate around water reform to ensure we learn from the mistakes of the devastating drought from 1996 to 2009.
Volume I draws together 14 contributions from experts to look at different aspects of Australian water reform including environmental, economic, agricultural and technological water management issues.
The release of the publication will be followed by a series of public workshops across Australia in March 2012. These workshops will help identify and inform a series of priorities and recommendations for future reform to be included in volume II, to be released mid next year.
Volume I reviews key points including:
CEDA Chief Executive Professor the Hon. Stephen Martin said: "CEDA has chosen to examine water reform because few issues are as fundamental to maintaining a robust economy than access to clean, fresh water."
"While Australia is a world leader in water reform and came through the drought relatively well given its severity and duration, we need to examine how water managers and markets withstood the environmental challenge and how we can do things better in the future," he said.
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