Understanding water governance: the case of Australia’s Murray-darling basin

Lain Dare, Mark Evans

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Water use in the Basin has increased five-fold in less than a century. The problems caused by over-allocation have been exacerbated by severe drought and the early impacts of climate change. There is insufficient water to maintain the Basin’s natural balance and ecosystems, resulting in a marked decline in its ecological health. Many species that were once common are now rare and listed nationally for protection under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. At least 35 bird species and 16 mammals that live in the Basin are endangered. Twenty mammal species have become extinct
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-417
Number of pages7
JournalPolicy Studies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sept 2017


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