The Lake Eyre Basin. Lake Eyre Basin Great Artesian Basin

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  • The Lake Eyre Basin
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  • Lake Eyre Basin Great Artesian Basin
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  • Lake Eyre Basin 1.2 million square kilometres Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre - one of the larger terminal lakes in the world among the last major free-flowing rivers in the world Diamantina Cooper Georgina
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  • LEB Landscapes bioregions
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  • Mitchell Grass Downs
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  • Channel Country
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  • Simpson- Strzelecki Dune Fields
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  • Stony Plains
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  • Macdonnell Ranges
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  • Salt Lakes
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  • Significant places Channel country Permanent waterholes Mound Springs Ramsar wetlands Coongie Lakes Aboriginal heritage sites
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  • High flow variability Flow variability Lake Eyre Basin rivers
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  • High flows .
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  • Low flows .
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  • Boom .
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  • . bust
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  • Human footprint Towns Geothermal energy Oil, gas and mining Grazing & agriculture Tourism
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  • Unsustainable practices Murray-Darling Basin Chowilla Gwydir wetlands Coorong Macquarie Marshes
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  • the Lake Eyre Basin is remarkably unscathed
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  • Emerging threats Changes to flow Vegetation clearing Weeds Feral pigs Feral animals
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  • Critical vulnerability .. Changes to flow major dams flow diversion levee banks & floodplain harvesting on-farm storages
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  • Looking after this resource .
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  • Oct 2000 Effective June 2001 Northern Territory 2004 reviewed June 2007
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  • Catalysts for sustainability Proposal for World Heritage listing (1993) Currareva cotton application (1995)
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  • Very strong community response Supported by State and Federal governments Lake Eyre Catchment Protection Group Lake Eyre Basin Coordinating Group Coopers Creek and Georgina-Diamantina Catchment Committees
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  • The Lake Eyre Basin Process Grass-roots/bottom-up community initiated Community involvement remains strong
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  • Current arrangements Agreement Scientific Community Government Agencies Water and Environment Intergovernmental Agreement Ministerial Forum
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  • Lake Eyre Basin Agreement . is about balance Socio-economic viability Ecological sustainability
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  • Key messages 1.The Lake Eyre Basin is unique in the world. 2.The Basin is in good condition, but vulnerable to increasing pressures 3.A genuine basin-wide approach is essential 4.Working towards real ecological and social sustainability 5.Water is the key
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  • . we need long-term Government and Community commitment
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