Institutional Change for Water Management in SEQ
- The Alliance is a partnership between the Queensland government, CSIRO, The University of Queensland and Griffith University, Brisbane
- The project focuses on the factors and relationships for building effective and efficient long-term institutional arrangements that will deliver our water needs through the new Century.
- The five dimensions that underlay effective institutions examined by the project are: Context; Roles and Relationships; Quality and Efficiency Issues; Spatial Scale; and Tools and Instruments
Enhancing Institutional Capacities for Water Management in South East Queensland
Future climate change and regional growth coupled with existing drought and water shortages has led to a number of reforms to, and the institution of numerous innovations for South East Queensland’s water industry.
With the establishment of the Queensland Water Commission, and the substantial redesign of roles and responsibilities for water planning and management in the region, this project focuses on the factors and relationships for building effective and efficient long-term institutional arrangements that will deliver our water needs through the new Century.
This will be addressed by investigating five dimensions underlying effective institutions:
- Context: the institutional context of major institutional reforms in Queensland and other comparative jurisdictions, nationally and internationally;
- Roles and relationships: the intersection of roles and responsibilities for water security in the framework of Integrated Water Resource Management, noting the linkages to broader roles for land-use decision-making and natural resource management; while also noting the responsibilities of three levels of government and private landholders;
- Quality and efficiency issues: water quality and water-use efficiency are important dimensions of water security and are linked to broader program and policy issues;
- Spatial scale: the long-term issues arising in both urban and peri-urban areas, and their relevance to regional and national frameworks;
- Tools and instruments: the instruments/actions (or mix of actions) which deliver improved water outcomes, e.g. market based incentives, regulatory directives, and voluntary actions.
This project is a research partnership between the University of QLD, CSIRO, the QLD Water Commission and the Department of Natural Resources and Water, QLD.
The institutional arrangements for ongoing innovation and successful management of water security and quality in South East QLD are of great significance, and will be overseen by the appointment of a joint research fellow dedicated to the project.
Contact: Prof Brian Head
University of Queensland
Ph: +61 7 3346 7450
Email: Brian Head
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