Over the past few months our staff have been active in strengthening research partnerships and establishing new connections across the globe. The importance of connections, not only with fellow researchers, industry and government but also across ecosystems, forms a central theme
of this edition of the Magazine.
Associate Professor Anik Bhaduri has recently returned from India, where the Sustainable Water Future Programme hosted its first international conference, opening up new opportunities for partnership with Future Earth South Asia and the Indian Institute of Science.
The Global Wetlands Project (GLOW) team has recently partnered with the Global Mangrove Alliance, strengthening our global reach and impact in coastal wetland management. My recent appointment as a member of the Earth Commission, hosted by Future Earth, also provides an exciting opportunity to further our engagement in international water management and policy.
Several of the articles showcase our ‘Source-to-sea’ philosophy and why it is important to consider the ecological and physical linkages between catchments, rivers and coasts. The ‘Building Catchment Resilience’ project, supported by The Ian Potter Foundation, brings together researchers, industry and government to develop innovative tools to guide investment in catchment rehabilitation and in doing so provide considerable environmental and economic benefits downstream. We also showcase some of the work we are doing to reduce land-based pollution and improve
water quality in the Great Barrier Reef catchments.
Several of the articles showcase our ‘Source-to-sea’ philosophy and why it is important to consider the ecological and physical linkages between catchments, rivers and coasts.
We explore the ‘grand challenge’ of balancing water needs for humans and nature. Our work in the Northern Australia Environmental Research Hub is featured, highlighting the important linkages between river flows, estuaries and the fisheries and birdlife they sustain, and the implications of water resource development for agriculture. Professors Fran Sheldon and David Hamilton discuss the recent review of the water sharing plan for the Barwon-Darling River system and Fran further explores the broader issues of large-scale water diversion schemes in an opinion piece on the ‘Bradfield Scheme’.
We trust you enjoy the third edition of the Magazine and hope it connects with you in some small way.
Magazine Link to Edition 3: https://www.griffith.edu.au/australian-rivers-institute/news-and-events