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CSIRO Complementary Measures assessment method

Complementary measures include a range of non-flow natural resource management activities such as installation of fishways, fish diversion screens, release of the carp herpes virus, investments to address cold water pollution and riparian management activities and habitat restoration.  Complementary measures are not a new concept – it was acknowledged in the Basin Plan that other actions, along with water recovered for the environment, can provide environmental benefits.  

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority commissioned the CSIRO to lead and coordinate, in collaboration with southern Basin jurisdictions and scientific experts, the development of a method for assessing the relative environmental benefits of complementary measures.  The draft method is supported by a conceptual framework that describes the potential role for non-flow related complementary measures in contributing to the environmental outcomes of the Basin Plan.

While there has been significant progress made with method development, significant additional work would be required before the method could be considered ready for use and applied.

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CSIRO Complementary Measures assessment method

Scoping the development of a method to assess the relative environmental benefits of Complementary Measures

Published: 02 Nov 2017  •   Independent reports