Environmental water management and the scientific monitoring and research projects that inform it have historically focussed on individual river reaches and individual wetlands. This approach presents two problems:
Rather than asking what we can achieve with environmental water at a favourite waterway, we should ask what are the fundamental ecological processes that underpin waterway health across our landscapes and which waterways need environmental water and other management interventions to support those processes. The task is not simple and involves all of us. Researchers need to shift their focus to landscape scale processes and use the results of site based studies to build landscape scale ecological models. NRM agencies and environmental water holders need to co-ordinate efforts to ensure environmental water and other management tools are delivered where, when and in ways that they are most needed across the landscape.
This presentation aims to trigger thought, discussion and debate about these issues to influence future research agendas and management frameworks.