Water Journal : Water Journal May 2013
39 Feature Article MAY 2013 WATER CSIRO, The University of Adelaide, SARDI and Flinders University, to bring together a multi-disciplinary team in a truly collaborative approach. A set of projects was developed to examine the response of key ecological components of the river, oodplains and wetlands, including plants, trees and sh. Since the early investments that were a direct response to the opportunity to investigate ecological responses to a signi cant change in climatic conditions of moving from drought to ood, the Goyder Institute has kept true to the Roadmap process and has directed funding to longer-term strategic investments in R&D that deliver against speci c state policy outcomes. The focus of these in the River Murray Roadmap has been directed to complex system understanding of issues related to the ecology and hydrology of oodplains and the river channel. In addition, building on the knowledge and expertise through the Murray-Darling Basin Plan process, there has been a need to support targeted policy projects to support implementation of the Basin Plan, in particular the Environmental Watering Plans. CONCLUSION The Goyder Institute for Water Research has successfully implemented the translation of science into decision making at the science- policy interface, setting an example of how to effectively engage governments and government agencies in identifying science needs and knowledge gaps, by bringing together leading experts to address these gaps with quality science, and ensuring that the science is relevant and directly applicable to policy makers. This interaction has strengthened the quality and abundance of science in decision-making in South Australia and increased the capacity and capability of the Government to respond to important water resource issues. The Murray-Darling Basin Plan process is an example of how such a knowledge institute can be effective and ef cient in providing defensible science into policy considerations and decision making by governments. The return on investment from the State Government investment in the Goyder Institute has been signi cant. For example, the science outcomes from the Goyder Institute Basin Plan analysis has been fundamental in securing Federal funding of $1.77 billion to support recovery and management of the additional 450GL agreed to in the Basin Plan to meet South Australian Environmental Water requirements, and $265 million for the River Murray Improvement Program in partnership with the Water Industry Alliance. The rst phase of the Goyder Institute ends in June 2015. A proposed second phase will build on the strengths of this rst round of strategic investment by the State Government and will continue to provide the much needed science for the sustainable management of South Australia's diverse and challenging water resources. The outcomes of the review of the Guide to the Basin Plan were documented in a Synthesis Report that summarised the ndings of each of four detailed technical reports providing the detailed methods and ndings of the work undertaken. These documents informed the initial South Australian response and underpinned the next pieces of analysis undertaken by the South Australian Government and the Goyder Institute in the review and analysis of the Draft Basin Plan. These Reports are available on the Goyder Institute website (www.goyderinstitute.org). Further detailed information regarding all the Goyder Institute R&D projects, including Technical Reports and Fact Sheets, is also available on the website. 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