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Water resources of the Howard River region, Northern Territory: A report on the social and cultural values and a stakeholder assessment of water use scenarios

TitleWater resources of the Howard River region, Northern Territory: A report on the social and cultural values and a stakeholder assessment of water use scenarios
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsWoodward, E, Jackson, S, Straton, A
Date Published2008
InstitutionCSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems
ISBN Number978 0 643 09666 0
Keywords2: Assets and Values
Abstract

This 181-page report describes the results of CSIRO social research designed to inform the Northern Territory Government's water allocation plan being developed for the Howard River Catchment. The report begins by defining social and cultural values in the context of Australian water resource management and introduces the water management administration system of the Northern Territory and describes the Howard River water planning area: its biophysical characteristics, dominant land uses and socio-economic features. The purpose of the first five chapters of the report is to outline the specific activities that occur in the region. The report also identifies the most popular locations and describes their history, current management arrangements and the environmental changes and other pressures identified by stakeholders during the course of the study. Significant Aboriginal cultural sites are also identified and the utilisation of water sites in the study area is described. The last chapter of the report provides an analysis of the stakeholder assessment of impacts of water use scenarios. One objective of this project required that the project team gain an understanding of the way in which potential changes to water use in the greater Darwin area might affect the social and cultural values of the Howard River catchment. To achieve this the team conducted a community consultative workshop at CSIRO in Darwin spanning two days in April and May 2008. The purpose of the workshop was to examine a set of water use scenarios, and build a picture of how each scenario may affect those present at the workshop. A separate report on the workshop process and outcomes can be downloaded at http://www.csiro.au/resources/HowardRiverWorkshop.html

URLhttp://www.csiro.au/files/files/pnry.pdf