In the final seminar of the 2012 Fenner Forum Series we examine future challenges and opportunities for water management, use and conservation in a changing world.
The past two decades have seen significant world-wide water reforms. In Australia, these reforms have led to major institutional changes, the introduction of water entitlements and water markets, the purchase of water for the environment, caps on water extraction and diversions, changes in urban and irrigated water use, basin-wide salinity management strategies, centralisation of water resource information and a reliance on water-sharing plans in catchments.
These reforms coincided with major droughts and floods, continuing land use change, increasing mining pressures, growing urbanisation, a global financial crisis, water quality declines and general decreases in the resources of regulators.
In this forum we will discuss the skills, training and organisations required to cope with and adapt to the predicted changes in managing water and related resources in Australia and elsewhere over the next two decades.