I have read with interest the various claims that the draft Basin Plan doesn’t take into account climate change. The fact of the matter is, of course, that climate change is factored into the Basin Plan.
Climate scientists are fond of pointing out that it is difficult to see long-term climate change compared to natural variability. This is no more evident than in the Murray-Darling Basin, where there are several different climate zones that are subject to highly seasonal climate patterns as well as huge variability between years. These are the factors that produce the extreme floods and droughts we’ve experienced over the past decade.
However, there is more than enough information about the Murray-Darling Basin to be confident about two key points. The first is that historical management of the Basin has led to the over-allocation of water. The second is that the Basin’s climate will continue to be highly variable.
The draft Murray-Darling Basin Plan addresses these two key challenges. Continue reading the post from Dr Rhondda Dickson, MDBA Chief Exec