Workshop held to improve outcomes in the Ecohydrological conceptual Models and Impact Pathway diagrams Project

The Goyder Institute for Water Research hosted a workshop in Port Augusta to help better understand the interactions and impact of resource and infrastructure developments on water and ecosystems in the Braemar, Stuart Shelf and Northern Eyre regions. This brought together 39 attendees from researchers, First Nations and community members, Landscape Boards, policy makers and consultants to provide invaluable feedback.

We would like to particularly thank members from the Wirungu Aboriginal Corporation, Gawler Ranges Aboriginal Corporation, Nauo Aboriginal Corporation and Iga Warta Community who shared their personal stories, their passion and respect for the lands on which they live.

The project is developing ecohydrological conceptual models to visualise connections between water flow and the environment, and Impact Pathway Diagrams to understand and communicate how resource development (such as mining or renewable energy generation) can affect, or protect, water resources, important species and the protected landscape.

The project results will provide a range of tools to inform government on potential environmental impacts when evaluating an industry development proposal, and support companies to sustainably plan their development in the region. Developing these with the support and knowledge of the local community and landscape managers is critical to their success.

Funding for this project has been provided by South Australian Government’s Department for Environment and Water, in partnership with the Department for Energy and Mining. It is also being supported by Landscape SA providing knowledge and expertise of the local regions.

For any further information, please contact Dr Bryony Cotterell, Goyder Institute Research Program Manager

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