Indigenous Water Planning Forum

Project details

Objective:

To bring together Indigenous people and jurisdictional water planners to identify and document good examples of Indigenous engagement in water planning processes.

Funding:

$200,000 from the Australian Government Raising National Water Standards program.

Jurisdiction: National
Commenced: 1 July 2008
Completed: 30 December 2008

Progress

About the project

The explicit inclusion of Indigenous interests in water plans is rare. To help address this concern, Indigenous people and jurisdictional water planners will be brought together to identify and document good examples of Indigenous engagement in water planning processes.

To ensure the aims of the Forum are met, it will be informed by:

  • a compilation of the various jurisdictional legislative requirements for Indigenous participation in water planning
  • an assessment of those water plans that have previously included Indigenous interests, and
  • a summary of where Indigenous needs have been met previously through an allocation from the consumptive pool.

Project benefits

The Forum will:

  • summarise the existing Australian water plans that have had Indigenous engagement
  • bring together the Indigenous people and jurisdictional water planners who have previously participated in water planning processes
  • document the best examples of Indigenous engagement in water planning processes
  • refine a statement of principles for Indigenous engagement in water planning processes.

The project will support the implementation of National Water Initiative by enhancing the recognition of Indigenous needs in relation to water access and management.