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Water Development Plan for Tasmania: Strategic environmental issues scoping report


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Davies, PE ORCID: 0000-0003-2651-4061 2001 , Water Development Plan for Tasmania: Strategic environmental issues scoping report.

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A brief review of environmental management within the current water management scene in
Tasmania shows that environmental issues should be managed much more effectively and efficiently.
The principle problem is a lack of effective strategic or practical links between environmental and
water management in the area of water development, planning and management.
A suite of policy and management planning initiatives are recommended to address this problem.
These initiatives include:
- Establishing and resourcing the implementation of several new policies addressing key aquatic
environmental issues.

- Significant improvements to environmental management within Water Management Planning,
including a focus on environmental outcomes.

- Providing a framework and resources for active assessment, review and audit of the
environmental performance of Water Management plans.

Water management planning is seen as the centrepiece of effective management of environmental
issues. However the existing planning process must be upgraded to ensure that environmental values
are being effectively managed.
In addition, an 'Australian-first' system of freshwater and estuarine comprehensive, adequate and
representative 'CAR' reserves is recommended to allow effective conservation of key, representative
aquatic ecosystems. Conservation of these representative aquatic ecosystems (which will include rivers
and streams, wetlands, major groundwater springs, lakes and estuaries) will be achieved through a
comprehensive review of aquatic environmental values. Where possible, representative systems will be
identified within existing reserves and on public land. Where the remaining high conservation priority
systems are identified on private and public lands, a series of planning and water management
constraints are recommended, along with land management prescriptions and voluntary covenants
aimed at maintaining key aquatic environmental values.

Item Type: Report (Technical Report)
Authors/Creators:Davies, PE
Keywords: Tasmania, freshwater , water development plan
Publisher: DPIWE
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