Water is scarce in the Lake Eyre Basin in the heart of Australia. The region goes through natural cycles ofboom and bust, and the flooding of the basin rivers is accompanied by spectacular responses from wildlifeand vegetation. However, the Lake Eyre Basin faces the threat of large-scale diversion of water from therivers and wetlands for use in irrigation and mining. Around the world, such water resource developmentshave caused widespread degradation of rivers and loss of habitats.
Lake Eyre Basin Rivers outlines the environmental, social and economic values of the rivers from a diverserange of perspectives, including science, tourism, economy, engineering, policy, Traditional Owners andpastoralists. It describes the current state of the environment, the past and ongoing threats to the riversystems, drawing on stories from the Murray-Darling Basin, and provides direction for ensuring that therivers remain free-flowing to service the environment and future generations.
This book is a valuable reference for environment and government agencies, industries and policy-makersconcerned with the region and will be of interest to the communities of the Lake Eyre Basin.
Examines the use and conservation of the Lake Eyre Basin rivers from a range of stakeholder perspectives
Explores all dimensions of sustainability and provides a thorough analysis of the long-term threats to the rivers
Outlines solutions for the future sustainability of the Lake Eyre Basin rivers, including the policy and legislative background
Richard Kingsford is Professor of Environmental Science and the Director of the Centre for Ecosystem Science, UNSW Australia. He has a background in freshwater science and conservation biology. He has a great passion for the people and environments of the Lake Eyre Basin, from his involvement in the region stretching back to the mid-1980s. He has served on many government committees concerned with the Lake Eyre Basin, including the Cooper Creek Catchment Committee, the Community Advisory Committee, the Lake Eyre Basin Scientific Advisory Panel and the Western Rivers Advisory Panel. He loves the rivers, their ecosystems, including the plants, animals and `invisible' organisms that make the place hum and, of course, the people of the Lake Eyre Basin.