Lots more interesting stuff on the Risk and Sustainable Management Group blog including
Wetlands, rivers and floodplains are worth around 20 times the value of agricultural production in the MDB (estimated at around $9 billion). Or 25% of the Australian GDP.$187 billion is clearly an impressive figure, considering the wetlands, rivers and floodplains of the MDB are a small part of the continent. But it is also a very suspicious one.
The River Symposium is underway in Brisbane with the theme â€˜Managing rivers with climate change and expanding populationsâ€™.
John is making a presentation today (Wednesday) at 1:30 titled â€˜Responding to climate change in the Murray Darling Basinâ€™.
Reader Chris Dodds has alerted me to this PM&C discussion paper on potential private involvement in waste water. Thereâ€™s a lot of interesting information, including discussion of issues like the role of third-party access, which is central to the continuing dispute between Sydney Water and Services Sydney, a would-be private entrant.
The Australian on Tuesday and Wednesday mention a project just launched to answer the question of how best to use water for environmental purposes. Working out the best way to use the water will help decide how much money is required to purchase water (as a portfolio of water rights) for a given environmental target.
Today the UQ Sustainability Seminar Series, run by the Division of Environmental Engineering, hosted Frank Barram, Managing Director of Integrated Energy Services, on the topic â€œApplications, benefits and limitations of alternative energy in Australia. An economic perspectiveâ€?.
â€œThey (Environmental Managers) need to enter markets to source water and to access the full range of water and water-related products on the same terms and conditions as other market participants.â€? XXII
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