Essays on A Policy Framework for Water as a Natural Resource Issue and How It Can Be Improved Assignment

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The paper "A Policy Framework for Water as a Natural Resource Issue and How It Can Be Improved" is an engrossing example of coursework on management. The following report commences with a background analysis into the existing water resources crisis in Australia providing statistics. The purpose of the report is to provide solutions to the crisis. The report then gives an analysis of the reasons behind water resources as a natural resource. It is argued that as the ultimate naturally occurring source of life, water is not just a natural resource but actually the most important natural resource. It follows this up with a description of the main biophysical challenges facing water resources in Australia and they are the changing rainfall pattern; evaporation; increasing temperatures; systems-based water management; access to the existing water; sustainable water use; and creating and sustaining healthy water environments. The legislative aspect is then analyzed where several policies and agencies dealing with water legislation are outlined.

This is then linked up to the political aspect of managing water resources by focusing on the role of stakeholders. The report summarily concludes with a way forward focusing on the policies that need to be implemented to secure the future of water resources.

A list of the sources used for this report is then provided in the References section. INTRODUCTION Background Australia’ s water resources have been on the decline. Overall, Australia is a comparatively dry country with a limited amount of water resources. Most of her water resources are in Tasmania and northern Australia (Meyer, 2003). A recent CSIRO research predicted that by 2030, most of Australia will constantly be in a state of drought 20 % more of the time.

(Australia Conservation Foundation, 2004). This prediction points to a stark future for Australia. Purpose Following the decline of water resources, the authorities must find a way on how to best utilize and conserve water. A balance must be struck between its use for economic purposes and the sustainable use of these crucial water resources. The main aim of this report is thus to analyze the existing framework on water resources and discover how to best improve it. Scope This report covers water resources within Australia as a whole mainly focusing on the resources found within Tasmania and northern Australia.

The time frame spans the past 15 years up to the present time.

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