A framework for sustainable water management in Australia able to adapt
to future challenges can be developed through fostering the principles of
green growth – improving productivity and economic prosperity as well
as improved environmental and social outcomes.
Water is vital for all aspects of life on Earth. It is a crucial resource underpinning Australia’s economy,
society and environment. Many factors influence water security in Australia. These include population
growth, environmental degradation, climate change and variability, rainfall, land use, pollution,
institutional arrangements and demand for Australia’s exports, notably of natural resources and food.
Sustainable water management will require technological innovation driving increased efficiency and
productivity and enhanced environmental outcomes in order to balance economic, environmental
and social issues.
Sustainable Water Management: Securing Australia’s future in a green economy is an ATSE
report that explores the linkages and interdependencies between the many roles, uses and
sources of water in Australia, examines the vital role of water in maintaining national prosperity
under key challenges, develops a systems model for water supply security and highlights the
importance of scientific development and technological innovation in moving to a cleaner, greener
economy. Crucially, the report sets out how green growth principles can be fostered to develop
sustainable water management strategies able to adapt to future challenges in recognition of the
interdependencies between water, the economy, the environment and society.
This report was the stage one outcome of the three-phase project Green Growth in Australia.
Promoting Australia's advancement through technology