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Response to Drought in South Australia:

A Case Study in Adaptive Management

Context: A workshop with representatives from Government and research organisations with an interest in the water management lessons learned from the ‘Millennium Drought’. This workshop was held as part of the Living Laboratories program, an initiative supported by ICE WaRM and the Department for Water.

When: 9.00-3.30, Wednesday 7th December 2011

Where: Stamford Plaza – The Crystal Room, 150 North Terrace, Adelaide.

Purpose of the Workshop:

  1. Identify common learnings from across organisations and keys to successful collaboration in responding to the drought;
  2. Determine effective means for Government to engage with the community during periods of high, collective community stress;
  3. Identify outstanding high priorities for new research and/or policy to help respond to drought or equivalent natural resource stresses in the future;
  4. Seek to publish the proceedings of the workshop in the peer reviewed literature so that it may be of value to other public administrators in Australia and overseas.

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Proceedings: Response to Drought in South Australia Workshop

Podcasts and presentations of proceedings are available below:

  1. Introduction – Richard Hopkins: Audio (MP3 551kb)
  2. Welcome – Hon. Paul Caica – Audio (MP3 11,401Kb)
  3. Introduction and Context – Richard Hopkins: PDF (605kb), Audio (MP3 11,536kb)
  4. Departmental Perspective – Andrew Beal: Audio (MP3 24,200kb)
    1. Part 1: PDF (4,188kb)
    2. Part 2: PDF (5,769kb)
    3. Part 3: PDF (5,490kb)
    4. Part 4: PDF (5,449kb)
  5. Hon. Karlene Maywald: Audio (MP3 20,233Kb)
  6. Hon. Dean Brown: Audio (MP3 21,628kb)
  7. Andrew Johnson: Audio (MP3 4,739kb)
  8. Drought Impacts on Urban Water Users – Paul Doherty: PDF (524kb), Audio (MP3 14,571kb)
  9. Drought Impacts on Primary Producer – Lamont Cock: PDF (928kb)
  10. Learning from extreme events – Justin Brookes: PDF (1,370 kb)


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Immediate Action Required for Future Drought

Friday, 20 July, 2012

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The report, from an ICE WaRM-led workshop which studied management of the millennium drought, says priorities need to be set after examining the full cost of the recent drought and also taking into account the potential future impact of climate change.

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Response to Drought in South Australia Workshop

Friday, 25 May, 2012

Proceedings from the Response to Drought in South Australia Workshop are now available:

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In light of that, ICE WaRM’s Living Laboratories programme staged a workshop in Adelaide in October to examine the prospects for the future of the Murray-Darling.

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Living Laboratories Update

Wednesday, 16 July, 2008

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The workshop explored new approaches which can halt the decline in wetlands, floodplains and other river systems – many of them suffering serious and rapid degradation because of reduced water flows and longer periods between inundation.

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