of environmental flows
through adaptive management
Environmental water is critical for improving Australia's freshwater systems. But maximising the benefits from this water can be difficult as environmental responses to watering are often poorly understood. Our expert panel will discuss the successes, challenges and routes for improving environmental water outcomes through adaptive management.
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Meet the panelists
Hilary Johnson, Commonwealth Environmental Water Office
Hilary Johnson has worked in the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office for over 10 years. In this time, he has participated in and led the development of the Office’s planning and decision-making processes, legislative reviews, and communication and engagement activities. In his current role he is responsible for advising and implementing decisions on the use of Commonwealth environmental water in the southern Murray-Darling Basin, and the implementation of the Office’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Research program.
Meghan Mussehl, The University of Melbourne
Meghan Mussehl is a third year PhD candidate at the University Melbourne working on integrating multiple knowledge sources into environmental flows assessments. She believes that engineering and science and can be a tool for connecting communities with their environment and looks for new ways to collaborate with stakeholders to achieve equitable management. Recently, she has worked with the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority conducting an environmental flows assessment on the Kaiela (Lower Goulburn) River. She designed a participatory modelling approach that brought together community members, researchers, and water agencies to identify ecological values and build quantitative models to support flow recommendations. She is particularly interested in the interactions between participatory approaches and adaptive management.
Professor Robyn Watts, Charles Sturt University