MDB EWKR is a six year project and represents a large investment of Australian Government funding and participant's time. Accordingly, a substantial scoping and planning phase is underway at the outset of the project to ensure that the research focuses on the needs of water managers, and to establish collaborative partnerships to implement the research and build on other programs and initiatives.
Phase 1 commenced with MDFRC consulting with environmental water managers and researchers to identify priority research questions and research sites for MDB EWKR, aligned with Basin Plan and MDB EWKR objectives.
Fig 1. MDB EWKR Phase 1 Process
MDB EWKR aims to address Basin-wide research questions and knowledge gaps, providing research outcomes that are useful across the Basin as much as possible taking into account climatic and landscape differences. Research priorities have been determined in consultation with State and Commonwealth government agency staff involved in managing environmental water and environmental sites, as well as scientists involved in research. Four broad themes, as well as underlying research questions are proposed (see below). In each case research will focus on better understanding the processes that drive the achievement of environmental outcomes, so that learnings may be applied to different management situations.
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